|Katherine Tegen Books|
Septimus, Jenna, and their mom and dad want desperately to find Nicko and bring him home. Jenna takes care of Ulr, who misses Snorri, who is also trapped in time with Nicko. Silas Heap believes his son is somehow lost in the forest and embarks to the Wendron Witches to seek help. Jenna and Septimus know that it is a matter of finding a way back to Nicko and Snorri. When they learn about the mysterious House of Foryx, Septimus, Jenna, and their friend Beetle plan to set out to find this magical place where time stands still and where Nicko and Snorri have left clues that they will be waiting. Meanwhile the fake Septimus Heap, Merrin has decided he cannot stand living with Simon and Lucy any longer and seeks his revenge on Septimus. He achieves this when he joins forces with a Darke ghost who saddles Septimus with the Queste, a task no apprentice has survived. Can Septimus help his brother or will he fall the same way as 20 other apprentices?
I enjoy this series and the characters are very amusing at times. There is always an element of humor even during the dark moments. This one focused more on Septimus and Jenna, so many of the other characters only had cameo moments. This one shows how even having magical power like Septimus or being a powerful ruler like Jenna has its limitations and is not always as grand as it seems. I like how Sage has created this world and how she shows the complex side of each of the characters.
Favorite Character: Beetle, he is loyal to Septimus and Jenna, even losing his job, because he wants to help them. He is a bit spontaneous, but also very diligent. Hopefully he will find his place in the next book.
Favorite Quote: "It's horrible to feel you have to be something."
Overall, I think this is a good middle grades read and can't wait to start the next one. 4 cups of cocoa!