Bloomsbury, h/b, 528pp, Â£12.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns
The finale in the Septimus Heap Wizard Apprentice series sees Septimus apprenticed to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, trying to destroy a magical ring containing two evil wizards before they escape.
This ring, the â€œTwo Faced Ringâ€ (so called as it has the faces of the two trapped Darke Wizards on it) can only be destroyed by being held in an Alchemical Fyre.Â The only issue is that this Fyre hasnâ€™t been lit for hundreds of years, and all things Alchemical are treated with an innate suspicion by all Wizards.
After the Darke Wizards escape the confines of the ring, Septimus must, with the help of his friends and family, recommit them to the ring and ensure its destruction to save all that they know.
Sageâ€™s writing is easy to absorb â€“ even to a reader new to the Septimus Heap series.Â Her easy-going humour rolls off the page, and the irreverence with which she treats her world helps to further engage readers.Â While primarily targeted at older children/young adults, this is just as at home in the hands of those young at heart fantasy fans.