Physik (Septimus Heap Series #3)

Physik (Septimus Heap Series #3)


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The third book in the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, featuring the funny and fantastic adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard.

New York Times Bestselling Series

“Few fans of the best-selling Septimus Heap series will be disappointed.” —ALA Booklist

“Readers will be indubitably hooked—worrying, laughing, and gasping over the nonstop adventures of this engaging troupe.”VOYA (Starred Review)

When Silas Heap unSeals a forgotten room in the Palace, he releases the ghost of a Queen who lived five hundred years earlier. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she was in life, and she's still up to no good. Her diabolical plan to give herself everlasting life requires Jenna's compliance, Septimus's disappearance, and the talents of her son, Marcellus Pye, a famous Alchemist and Physician. And if Queen Etheldredda's plot involves Jenna and Septimus, then it will surely involve Nicko, Alther Mella, Marcia Overstrand, Beetle, Stanley, Sarah, Silas, Spit Fyre, Aunt Zelda, and all of the other wacky, wonderful characters that made Magyk and Flyte so memorable.

With heart-stopping action and a dash of humor, Angie Sage continues the fantastical journey of Septimus Heap.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060577391
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/11/2008
Series: Septimus Heap Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 54,961
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 7.12(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

ANGIE SAGE was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She loves the sea, spooky old houses, and time traveling (the easy way, by reading history books). Angie has created many books for children, including the New York Times bestselling series Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie. She lives in England. Visit her online at and on Twitter @AngieSageAuthor.

Mark Zug has illustrated many collectible card games, including Magic: The Gathering and Dune, as well as books and magazines. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Septimus Heap, Book Three: Physik

Chapter One

Snorri Snorrelssen


Snorri Snorrelssen guided her trading barge up the quiet waters of the river toward the Castle.

It was a misty autumn afternoon and Snorri was relieved to have left the turbulent tidal waters of the Port behind her. The wind had dropped but enough breeze caught the huge sail of the barge—named Alfrún, after her mother who owned it—to enable her to steer the boat safely around Raven's Rock and head for the quay just beyond Sally Mullin's Tea and Ale House.

Two young fishermen, not much older than Snorri herself, had just returned from a day's successful herring catch and were more than happy to catch the heavy hemp ropes that Snorri threw to shore. Eager to show their skills, they tied the ropes around two large posts on the quay and made the Alfrún secure. The fishermen were also more than happy to dispense all kinds of advice on how to take the sail down and the best way to stow the ropes, which Snorri ignored, partly because she hardly understood what they were saying but mainly because no one told Snorri Snorrelssen what to do—no one, not even her mother. Especially not her mother.

Snorri, tall for her age, was slim, wiry and surprisingly strong. With the practiced ease of someone who had spent the last two weeks at sea sailing alone, Snorri lowered the great canvas sail and rolled up the vast folds of heavy cloth; then she heaved the ropes into neat coils and secured the tiller. Aware that she was being watched by the fishermen, Snorri locked the hatch to the hold below, which was fullof heavy bales of thick woolen cloth, sacks of pickling spice, great barrels of salted fish and some particularly fine reindeer-skin boots. At last—ignoring more offers of help—Snorri pushed the gangplank out and came ashore, leaving Ullr, her small orange cat with a black-tipped tail, to prowl the deck and keep the rats at bay.

Snorri had been at sea for more than two weeks and she had been looking forward to stepping onto firm land again, but as she walked along the quay it felt to her as if she were still on board the Alfrún, for the quay seemed to move beneath her feet just as the old barge had done. The fishermen, who should already have gone home to their respective mothers, were sitting on a pile of empty lobster pots. "Evening, miss," one of them called out.

Snorri ignored him. She made her way to the end of the quay and took the well-trodden path that led to a large new pontoon, on which a thriving café was built. It was a very stylish two-story wooden building with long, low windows that looked out across the river. The café looked inviting in the chill early-evening air, with a warm yellow light coming from the oil lamps that hung from the ceiling. As Snorri walked across the wooden walkway that led onto the pontoon she could hardly believe that, at long last, she was here—at the fabled Sally Mullin's Tea and Ale House. Excited, but feeling very nervous, Snorri pushed open the double doors to the café and nearly fell over a long line of fire buckets full of sand and water.

There was always a general buzz of friendly conversation in Sally Mullin's café, but as soon as Snorri stepped over the threshold the buzz suddenly stopped, as though someone had thrown a switch. Almost in unison, every customer put down their drink and stared at the young stranger who wore the distinctive robes of the Hanseatic League, to which all Northern Traders belonged. Feeling herself blushing and wishing furiously that she wasn't, Snorri advanced toward the bar, determined to order one of Sally's barley cakes and a half-pint mug of the Springo Special Ale that she had heard so much about.

Sally Mullin, a short round woman with an equal dusting of freckles and barley flour on her cheeks, bustled out of the kitchen. Seeing the dark red robes of a Northern Trader and the typical leather headband, her face took on a scowl. "I don't serve Northern Traders in here," she snapped.

Snorri looked puzzled. She was not sure that she understood what Sally had said, although she could tell that Sally was not exactly welcoming.

"You saw the notice on the door," Sally said when Snorri showed no sign of leaving. "No Northern Traders. You are not welcome here, not in my café."

"She's only a lass, Sal," someone called out. "Give the girl a chance."

There was a general murmur of assent from the other customers. Sally Mullin gave Snorri a closer look and her expression softened. It was true; she was only a girl—maybe sixteen at the most, thought Sally. She had the typical white-blond hair and pale, almost translucent blue eyes that most of the Traders had, but she did not have that hard-bitten look that Sally had come to remember with a shudder.

"Well . . ." said Sally, backtracking, "I suppose it's getting on to nightfall and I'm not one to be turning out a young girl into the dark all on her own. What will you have, miss?"

"I . . . I will have," Snorri faltered as she tried hard to remember her grammar. Was it, I will have or I shall have? "I shall have a slice of your very fine barley cake and a half-pint of the Springo Special Ale, if you please."

"Springo Special, eh?" someone called out. "There's a lass after me own heart."

"Be quiet, Tom," Sally chided. "You'd best try the ordinary Springo first," she told Snorri. Sally poured out the ale into a large china mug and pushed it across the counter toward the girl. Snorri took a tentative sip and her face wrinkled in disgust. Sally was not surprised. Springo was an acquired taste and . . .

Septimus Heap, Book Three: Physik. Copyright © by Angie Sage. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is very good!!!! septimus heap is a series that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy reading. Those who have read the Inheritance series will notice some slight similarities between Septimus Heap and Spit Fyre, and the characters Eragon and Saphira.
Lilly_Dunn More than 1 year ago
i love the Magyk series and dont let the people whinning below me take away your fun. i do have to admit there are slow parts in the book but it picks right up again. if you like magic, time travel, or the rest of the series, this is your book.
Dawnna Payne More than 1 year ago
I was totally lost when I completed all of Harry Potters book. But, move aside my dear old friend there's a new kid in town and he's hanging out on my nookcolor. I havent been able to put this book down, I do have a life, you know. Very good reading...... enjoy!
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
This series is often compared to Harry Potter, but I think in many ways it's much different. The only parallels that I see are that it involves a boy, who at one point is an orphan, and magic. Definitely written for a younger audience, the Septimus books have a tendency to be a little silly sometimes and the endings easily resolved. However, in contrast, Sage deftly creates an interesting world with often odd and humorous characters who have the ability to surprise the reader. The plot structures of each story vary, and, to any fantasy reader's great joy, she doesn't use the same antagonist throughout every single book. Some of the characters switch sides, and other, new bad guys emerge as the series progresses. Also, unlike many series writers, Sage will start a chain of events that last throughout several books, continuing to hook readers from book to book. She does not wrap everything up neatly, but is still able to finish a book in a way that makes the story seem complete. Then, the reader has the anticipation of discovering how some of the issues that arise in earlier books will unravel in later additions. Within this book specifically is a prime example of a complicated plot structure and set of characters that break the far too often tread mold of fantasy novels. The main bad guy is a Queen named Etheldredda, who is now a ghost attempting to live forever. However, another 'bad guy' of this book is her son, Marcellus Pye who kidnaps Septimus from 500 years in the past. However, in order to create three-dimensional characters, Marcellus is shown throughout the book to be kind and fiercely intelligent, winning Septimus's admiration and trust even though he doesn't want to be back in time. Far too often, the antagonists are simply evil and have nothing more to them. It certainly makes the reading more interesting when there are levels of good and evil, and not everyone has to be simply one or the other. Even Simon, who was the bad guy in the previous book, seems to be coming around because of Lucy's influence. I recommend this to all readers 9+, skewing more toward boys. -Lindsey Miller,
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I have to state that it's taken me a very long time to write my review of PHYSIK, mostly because it took me such a very long time to finish the book. Although I absolutely loved MAGYK, and was nearly as impressed with FLYTE, it was much harder for me to get into the story of PHYSIK. I wasn't immediately struck by the newly introduced characters, and even some of my old favorites were, at first, acting quite different than they had originally. That being said, though, I'm glad I finally finished this third installment in the Septimus Heap saga, and can recommend it to others without feeling guilty.

The story opens with Silas Heap, father of the Heap clan, unknowingly unleashing the ghost of Queen Etheldredda, a Castle Queen who ruled long ago. Along with her spirit is also released that of her pet Aie-Aie, a rat-dog-snake hybrid that is hideous to look upon. Although Silas and his companion, Gringe, aren't first aware of what has happened, they'll soon learn that the room they unlocked would have been better left alone.

Nearly at the same time, Snorri Snorrelssen, a young North Trader, arrives at Sally Mullen's Tea and Ale House -- and can immediately sense that she's not welcome there, even if she can't understand the language that's being spoken. After weeks at sea, however, Snorri is not about to turn her back on her mission, that of following in the footsteps of her father.

Back at the Palace, Septimus Heap is putting off his studies with ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, instead indulging in his new obsession of learning all there is to know about Alchemy. He wishes to learn under the famous Alchemyst Marcellus Pye, who just so happens to be the son of the dreaded Queen Etheldredda.

All of the usual characters are back in this installment: Jenna, Nicko, Aunt Zelda, Spit Fyre, and Alther Mella, along with new ones like the above-mentioned Snorri and Marcellus Pye. Some of them act as they've always acted; some of them act in surprising ways. All of it leads up to a showdown of wits and talents and, of course, the next book in the series.

As I said, I'm glad I finally finished reading PHYSIK, as I definitely plan to read QUESTE, the fourth book. Although some readers may have trouble in the beginning, as I did, once you get into the story of Septimus and family, you'll be quite enthralled until the very end.
paldo More than 1 year ago
I found this book very entertaining. Even though I am an adult, I enjoyed the fanasty of the book and the way the author tied the happening into historiacal event and places. Lots of fun.
Hugo Le Helley More than 1 year ago
Read the whole series. Every ones comment is saying it sucks well your wrong. cant wait for movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, simply outstanding best book in the series. I almost need to read it again I think it was so good that everyone would like to read it again and again. Fans of Magyk and Flyte will be delighted to the sequel to the Septimus's story. Thrilling and highly detailed, some passages were sad some were funny and some were plain just creepy. The best part in the book is when Spit Fire, a Dragon hatched by Septimus, learns to spit fire (laughs) Because Jenna, the queen, tries to find Septimus, her older brother,any chants this spell to Spit Fire and says , ¿ Faithful dragon seek the one whom you be imprinted on let this seek show your mind FIND!!!!¿ and they set on a journey to find Septimus. Will they make it thats for you to find out. I would highly recommend this book to any one who read Flyte or Magyk. P.S when taming a dragon to breath fire don't do it near a house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story - wonderful characters - a good read for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great humor, suspense, action, and that what-is-gonna-happen-next feeling. This book is always changing in ways you don't notice and skip over until it jumps outta the book and gets ya from behind. So watch yo back as you read this superior novel, and enjoy it. If your friend lends this book to you, you scored. Don't worry about the loan time limit, you will finish by then. This page-turner will have your fingers sore after changing pages so repeatedly. Read this book, especially if you can get it from your local library. This book is worth the time and effort. This is a must read. I highly reccomend this book to people ranging from 11-111, as it contains some serious suspense in one or two parts. My favorite characters were Alther, Septimus and Nicko. You'll love this book, and find it is one of your top ten favorite series. Have fun reading it, and enjoy! My top five books(just to let you know) are: Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Triss by Brian Jacques Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage Also read all the rest of the Redwall books by Brian Jacques. Enjoy!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I' ve read the past two Septimus Heap stories and have been more than pleased, and this is just another installment in that fantastic series!! I absolutely love everything about these books; the characters, setting, plot, solution and everything else. I'm sure you will be pleased with "Physik", because i know i was!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading the third book in this magykal series. It has been the most mystirious and cliff hanging book i have read scince harry potter. In this book Septimus gets sucked back in time to 500 years earlyer. The Marccelles Pye needs a seventh son to complete the remedy for enternal life. When septimus helps him and the dreaded Queen Ethaldra takes it before it is ready she takes Jenna, who has come to septimus's rescue, and tries to drown jer then. But when her plan fails and Septimus, Jenna go back to there own time, leaving niko and there new friend Snori stuck 500 years back, the dreded queen Ethaldras ghost tries to finish her off with jennas own silver pistal. When she fires it and Althers beloved Alice Nettles jumps in front of her to save jenna, she gets shot in the heart and has to stay where she is for a year amd a day. Alther is staying with her. Then with queen ethaldra on the loose,marcia does some of her quick witted magyk and finishes etheldra off forever. But with niko and snori stuck back 500 years ago, what will hapen in the next thrilling adventure. Hope this was helpfull to some people!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, but some people think it's bad, and that's ok. Aren't there some books you think are awful, and would you like it if some one was really rude to you about it....probably not. It took me a while to really get into it, but that happened fome with the first two, also, so I kept reading, and about a third of the way through, the cliffhangers got me. ;)
RUTH48 More than 1 year ago
keep you on edge of your seat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words cannot describe.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!All the books are good i think that every one should read this book it is friken awsome I like DomDaniel and Septumas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. It is not as good as Harry Potter but that is not a fair comparison. I think Angie Sage did a fine job, sometimes the name are a little to quirky, but that may just be me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very goodi repeat very good you will be engrossed in the story of jenna nicko and boy 412 who seems to be more than he really is
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friiends and i decided this is the best series EVER and we NEED there to be a movie of it. I love it!
wishingstar01 More than 1 year ago
Everything happens to Sep and I feel so sad for him but it's action packed and fast paced and FUNNY. Need a laugh or a way to pass the time? READ THIS!!!!! you wont regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was vwr Very entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my faves