A Little Bit About the Septimus Heap and Araminta Spook Worlds

Thanks so much to Divya for this

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– Art by Mark Zug
– Divya Iyer, II B.S.W

There are lots of things I can say if we’re talking about fandom – possibly enough to fill a book or start a podcast. What I find most enthralling is how completely fictional worlds have the power to affect and influence us, so that’s what I’m going to focus on in the context of the world of Septimus Heap. Septimus Heap is the protagonist of a seven-part series of the same name written by Angie Sage, who has also written Araminta Spook and the TodHunter Moon trilogy, which occurs in the same universe as Septimus Heap, but in the future when the kids have all grown up.

Unlike most fellow Sep Heap enthusiasts I have met, my introduction to Angie Sage’s work was her Araminta Spook series. The summer between third and fourth grade was probably my first time reading…

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Angie’s Blog

Hello everyone,

You may have noticed that this site has been a little bit uncared for recently but I am back now and slowly updating all the sections. Life has been busy – moving house, writing more books and as ever, thinking about Septimus too.

So where am I with writing now? Well, I have two books finished and in the pipeline and I have a definite publication date for my next book with HarperCollins: Maximilian Fly. It is due out next summer, 2019. I do hope you will get to read Max – and like him too.

At the moment I am writing  a new world with a little bit of magic in it. I’ve not forgotten about Septimus – how could I ever? – but I confess that my Marcia novella is still only halfway through. I really must get back to her soon. It begins when, as a sixteen year old, Marcia arrives at the Castle for the first time. Alone. She had a tough start. I love finding out more about Marcia and will get back to her soon.

Meanwhile, have a great summer! Or winter if you are upside down in Oz and NZ.

And I am doing my best to remove these old SandRider pix but they just refuse to go. Maybe they have been there for so long they’ve got stuck?

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Angie’s Blog

Hello everyone,

You may have noticed that this site has been a little bit uncared for recently but I am back now and slowly updating all the sections. Life has been busy – moving house, writing more books and as ever, thinking about Septimus too.

So where am I with writing now? Well, I have two books finished and in the pipeline and I have a definite publication date for my next book with HarperCollins: Maximilian Fly. It is due out next summer, 2019. I do hope you will get to read Max – and like him too.

At the moment I am writing  a new world with a little bit of magic in it. I’ve not forgotten about Septimus – how could I ever? – but I confess that my Marcia novella is still only halfway through. I really must get back to her soon. It begins when, as a sixteen year old, Marcia arrives at the Castle for the first time. Alone. She had a tough start. I love finding out more about Marcia and will get back to her soon.

Meanwhile, have a great summer! Or winter if you are upside down in Oz and NZ.

And I am doing my best to remove these old SandRider pix but they just refuse to go. Maybe they have been there for so long they’ve got stuck?

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Todhunter Moon #3: StarChaser – cover reveal!

9780062272515_b7535Almost one year ago, Alice TodHunter Moon left her PathFinder village to become Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap. The Castle still fills Tod with wonder—it’s hard to believe all that Magyk comes from the great block of lapis lazuli beneath the Wizard Tower.

But in faraway lands, the brilliant blue stone is crumbling to dust. Soon the destruction will spread to the Castle and the Wizard Tower will lose its Magyk and come tumbling down. It seems that the Orm Egg that Tod rescued from the evil sorcerer Oraton-Marr was the Keystone holding the Enchantment of the lapis lazuli in place. But the Egg has hatched now, and the Keystone is no more.

Somehow, from somewhere, another Keystone must be found—but how?

Despite the intrigues of the witch Marissa and the Red Queen, both of whom have their own plans to take over the Castle, Tod sets off on a hazardous journey to find a new Keystone. She has yet to discover that Aunt Mitza has murderous plans in store.

This final installment of the TodHunter Moon trilogy celebrates how hard work, selflessness, and the courage to be who you are can create a harmony that spans the seas and stars.

On Sale Date: October 11, 2016

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Angie’s Blog

Hi everyone,

I’m going to be doing my first ever writers’ workshop for grown-ups soon. It’s in Cornwall way down past Penzance near the romantic and rugged Lamorna cove. The course lasts the week, from Monday 7th March through to Saturday 12th, but I’ll be there on the Wednesday night for talking writing stuff over supper and then we’ll be doing a workshop on the Thursday morning. It would be brilliant if anyone here can make it, it’s a fab place.

Here are the details: http://thewritingretreat.co.uk/2016/02/07/angie-sage-talks-writing/

 

 

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Angie’s Blog

First, very big apologies from me for not having been around for ages. I’ve been taking time out to think. After finishing StarChaser – the last book of the TodHunter Moon trilogy – I really needed some time to get my ideas back again. And at last I think they are venturing out once more.

I’ll get back to all the fab questions in Ask Angie very soon, but first … here is a brilliant competition to have your name in StarChaser. I’ve already written the scene, all it needs is YOUR name!

You can enter here: http://www.septimusheap.com/contest

Good luck!

 

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The Araminta Spook Series

Meet Araminta Spook!

aramintaspookbannerAraminta Spook isn’t like most girls her age. She lives in a huge haunted house with her Uncle Drac and Aunt Tabitha, and her greatest ambition is to meet a ghost. Join Araminta and her ghostly friends on their spooky adventures.

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Araminta Spook #1: My Haunted House

araminta1Araminta Spook is just like any girl. She likes bats, ghosts, werewolves and vampires. One of Araminta’s greatest ambitions is to see a ghost, and living in Spook House with her aunt and uncle there is a fair chance she will. Then her Aunt Tabitha drops a bombshell: they are moving. The boiler is a MENACE, plus there are a few other issues relating to dust and spiders. Tabitha is not going to take this lying down and devises an array of Cunning Plans. She is determined to stay, and perhaps there is still a chance her greatest ambition will come true too . . .

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Araminta Spook #2: The Sword in the Grotto

Araminta Spook lives in a haunted house, but the ghosts are her friends. araminta2And her favourite ghost is Sir Horace and she wants to buy him something special for his birthday. But what do you buy someone with no hobbies, or body, for their 500th birthday? Araminta comes up with an idea for the Best Present Ever . . . but it lands her in very deep water. Will she have time to organise a party, or even see Horace or her family ever again?!

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Araminta Spook #3: Frognapped

araminta3When something’s amiss in the Spook household, there’s usually only one suspect – Araminta. But she know she had nothing to do with the disappearance of Barry Wizzard’s frogs, and is determined to find them (and the true culprit). The Case of the Missing Frogs is opened. But it’s not going to be easy as crazy Old Morris, a dangerous shark and a demanding – if somewhat unexpected – audience are all in the way of the truth!

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Araminta Spook #4: Vampire Brat

Araminta thinks there might be a werewolf hiding in the deep, secret araminta4passages of Spook House. To make matters worse, Uncle Drac’s creepy nephew, Max, has arrived and is now Wanda’s New Best Friend. Araminta finds him (and the situation) very annoying. BUT! She comes up with a Cunning Plan to reveal what she believes to be true – that there is more to Max than meets the eye – and also figure out what to do about that werewolf. But even the best laid plans don’t always work out quite as you’d hoped . . .

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Araminta Spook #5: Ghostsitters

araminta5It’s Araminta’s birthday and her Aunt Tabby has won a Transylvanian holiday, which means all the adults are leaving and Araminta is going to spend her birthday alone! Until Mathilda, Araminta’s ‘grown-up’ cousin, arrives to babysit, along with two rowdy teenage ghosts. At first, Araminta and Wanda are in heaven – staying up late, playing loud music and ordering takeaways! But they soon find themselves cleaning up after everyone else. Being home alone isn’t turning out as they’d hoped. Araminta and Wanda need to come up with A Plan. Maybe then Araminta can start to have a proper birthday . . .

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Araminta Spook #6: Gargoyle Hall

When Araminta throws cold water over her best friend, Wanda, to disperse araminta6a crowd of panicked bats, it’s decided Araminta has been ‘helpful’ one too many times, and she is packed off to boarding school. On arrival, Araminta is surprised to discover that Gargoyle Hall makes her home, Spook House, seems positively cosy. Strange moans and clanks echo down the corridors and the two head girls are equally creepy. Most of the other pupils have been scared away, but Araminta senses that something – or someone – is behind the menace. With the help of best friend Wanda and Uncle Drac’s prize bat, she is going to do something about it!

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Araminta Spook #7: Skeleton Island

araminta7When Araminta and her best friend Wanda go on a school trip to Skeleton Island, they don’t expect to get stranded there overnight. And they certainly don’t expect the island to be haunted by ghostly skeletons of pirates! It certainly makes for a spooky sleepover. Luckily these ghoulish pirates just want someone to help them find their lost treasure, then they’ll happily set sail on their ghost ship once more. But someone else wants the treasure for themselves – can Araminta find what is lurking in the depths before it’s too late?

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The first four books are also available as audiobooks, read by Katherine Kellgren:

My Haunted House & The Sword in the Grotto

Frognapped & Vampire Brat.

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TodHunter Moon Book 2: SandRider

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It’s been two months since Alice TodHunter Moon—who insists on being called Tod—left her home in the seaside PathFinder village to pursue a life of Magyk in the Castle. Being Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap is tricky, though—there’s loads of new Magyk to learn, and she dearly misses her friends Oskar and Ferdie. But at least she’s mastered the UnSeen Charm.

She’s lucky she has, too—that UnSeen will come in handy when she sets out with Oskar and Ferdie on a perilous journey to retrieve the Egg of the Orm from the Desert of the Singing Sands. If they don’t reach the Egg before it hatches, the new baby Orm could imprint on the evil sorcerer Oraton-Marr, giving him unlimited Magyk to do with what he wishes. . . .

Bursting with humorous and poignant moments, SandRider celebrates the satisfaction of taking charge of one’s path in life—unexpected adventures and all.

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PATHFINDER & SANDRIDER – new UK covers

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Return to the world of TodHunter Moon for her next adventure! The second book in the new blockbuster series from number one bestselling author Angie Sage.

Alice TodHunter Moon – known as Tod – couldn’t be happier in her new life as Apprentice at the fabled Wizard Tower. Although she misses her best friends, Ferdie and Oskar, she has never been surrounded by so much Magyk.

And yet the threat from the evil sorcerer, Oraton-Marr, remains. In a race against time, Tod must find the last ever Orm Egg before it hatches, for whomsoever the baby Orm Imprints on at birth will gain unlimited power. But with witches thwarting her every move, she will need all her wits and skills about her. Will she reach the Orm Egg in time?

A thrilling ride of an adventure, Angie Sage’s new book combines wondrous storytelling, breathtaking action and a heroine like no other.

Pre-order TodHunter Moon #2: SandRider here (on sale: 22-10-2015)

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