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Series: Septimus Heap #4
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 8th 2008
Genres: fantasy, YA
Source: the library
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There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets and the place where they fervently hope they will be able to find Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped back in time in physik. But how will Septimus escape the Queste?
Queste, like all the books in the Septimus Heap series, is filled with nonstop action, humor, and fantastical adventure as Septimus continues his journey of Magykal self-discovery."
I re-read this book as part of the “finish the series” challenge I’m doing this year. I decided since I really liked the series, that I’d re-read all of them. I started re-reading the first one & was a little bored with it, so I decided to jump ahead & re-read this one.
I originally gave this book five stars, so I know I greatly enjoyed it, but I wasn’t writing reviews (regularly, anyway) back in 2009, when I last read the series. Now, I’m only giving it four stars. Honestly, the characters are great, but the plot just seemed a little thin for a roughly 600 page book. Lots of stuff happens, but the main plot was “let’s go rescue Nicko & Snorri” (and I’m finding that I don’t really care for Snorri, at least in this book; she’s got zero personality).
The series reminds me alot of Harry Potter & I do think fans of Harry Potter will enjoy this one, too, but it lacks the originality of HP’s world & is definitely written for a younger audience then the HP books (at least the latter ones). The villians aren’t very evil, nothing truly bad ever really happens in Septimus’ world.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: