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With a lead character called Septimus Plog you just have to know this is going to be a very different story – and you’ll not be disappointed! Septimus – aka Sept – is very much the odd one out in his home village of Nowhere. When his uncle dies he travels to collect his inheritance. Now, once you realise his Uncle was a powerful magician, you know the fun’s about to start! You really need to read it to discover just what fun, danger, dark magic and nasty spells he encounters and how he changes life for those he loves because he’s inherently good and kind.
This is a magical story of good v evil, resisting temptation and being determined despite set backs, starring the usually unremarkable but very honest and reliable Septimus. It is an adventure where magical creatures, treasure and more all have their parts to play. It is an illustrated story, written in chapters which start with a sentence outlining what will happen in that chapter, just to whet your appetite. It has plenty of humour that had me giggling and is an adventure that keeps you turning the pages. I enjoyed reading it and think it will really appeal to children in the target audience age of 8 to 12 years old – just wait till they read the jobs of folks in the village! This is just the sort of book to get less engaged boys reading but will also appeal to girls, too – and it actually feels like a great book to read with quality bindings and paper, one that should last for ages, even in a school library! I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys a magical adventure packed with humour and mistakes where everything works out well in the end.
I requested and received a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it. Now I can’t wait to read ‘Space Dragons’ by the same author which is due to be released later this year and the first chapter of which is included in this book to whet your appetite – it certainly did mine!
A scary adventure for 8 -12 year olds, full of jokes, magical familiars and a Dickensian cast. When Septimus inherits a magical, treasure-finding Hairy Hand from his uncle, life suddenly becomes a lot more exciting – and dangerous!
Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary “Fantastic Britain”, about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour. The review is my honest opinion after choosing to read the book.