Ask Angie 4

Angie loves keeping in touch with her fans. So, if you have a question about the Septimus Heap series, here is the perfect place for an answer.

Post a comment with your question and soon it will be answered by Angie Sage.

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  1. niah

    Dear Angie!
    Congratiolations for the Ask Angie 4!
    I was re-reading Magyk (again) and then I noticed that there were 3 other babies in the room with Septimus and Merrin (when they switched while they were babies) and remembered boy 409 (in browse inside of Darke there was the list of names of 4 boys in Young army: Septimus(Merrin),Mandy(409) and two other boys that had the same last name like 409 (Marwick)).So does 409 have two brothers?

    P.S: I hope the question is writen enough clear(seriusly didn’t know how to write it).
    P.P.S: I know that I shouldn’t read the browse inside but I just couldn’t resist it!
    P.P.P.S.: I hope you will answer the question (and I’m shure you will 🙂 ).
    P.P.P.P.S: Congratiolations for Darke and thanks for the answer! 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Niah,

      the other babies are all explained in Darke, so I won’t say anything else… But it is a good question! And yes, it was written fine and you are first on Ask Angie 4!

    • Austin

      Dear Angie,
      I was wondering if you could elaborate on what the Great
      Catastrophe was that caused the creation of the ice tunnels?
      Also is the catrock light and the technology under the isles of syren hinting at a lost advanced civilization like an atlantis?

  2. Maddie

    Hi Angie,

    Wow, four Ask Angie’s! Hehe Sep must be really famous!
    Anyway, I caught something odd and I can’t make sense of it. Wolf Boy was supposedly in the room where Sep got taken to after the Mid-Wife snatched him. That means Wolf Boy must’ve been alive on the day Sep was born. But, I was looking at the trading cards that you can find using the dragon ring on the map. And, according to the cards Wolf Boy is younger than Sep. This doesn’t really make sense. Is Wolf Boy older than Sep?

    Another quick question, one of my friends and I keep having arguments over hair color. She thinks Marcia’s hair is red, and I keep saying that it’s black. What color is her hair? Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Maddie,
      You are right, there are some mistakes on the trading cards – they were done when I was totally snowed under with writing – I think it was Flyte – and I didn;t double check everything. He is a little older than Sep. Not much though.

      Marciia has dark hair, definitely not red. Very dark brown, almost black.

    • sereno dominguez

      marcia’s hair is dark brown and curly

  3. Priya

    Hi again!
    I have a few questions 🙂
    I have just finished re-reading Physik, and I wanted to know if we ever find out what the Great Alchemie Disaster is??????
    Also I was wondering if sometime in the books Alchemie and Physik would make a comeback in the modern day Castle??? (for example there will be an an Alchemist and an Alchemie Apprentice again??)
    Thank you 🙂
    Priya

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Priya,

      I’m thinking about that right now. I need to find out about it too…
      And yes, things are changing in the Castle where Alchemie and Physik are concerned.

  4. Wow. That was quick. I never thought there would be a new one so soon.

    Well I’ve got a question that I never got around to asking because I always forget it.

    Did Marcia come from the Eastern Snow Plains? And is the Eastern Snow Princess in the House of Foryx the same with the Princess that Marcia’s father served for?

    I think there’s something wrong with my grammar but I just can’t figure it out. I hope you don’t mind.

    Jenna Haruka xxx

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again!

      Yes, I think Marcia’s family came from there. And I’m pretty sure the Snow Princess is the one Marcia’s father worked for. All those things I want to really think about when I have finished book 7.
      Your grammar is pretty much perfect but the thing you felt was wrong was this: it should have been: ‘And is the Eastern Snow Princess in the House of Foryx the same AS the Princess that Marcia’s father …’ and then you can either have ‘worked for’ or just served, but not ‘served for’. A very subtle difference and a question of fine tuning!. And goodness, i don’t mind at all, I am amazed how good your English is.

  5. hi angie
    first things first I wanted to congrats you on the fourth ask angie and thanks for answering my questions hope your not tired just wanted to ask something:
    is bettle older than septimus?and will he tell jenna how he feels about being second best to septimus?
    thanks for your time.
    love your books
    Princess Jenna

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Princess jenna!

      Yes, AA4 is good going. No, I don’t get tired as long as I keep up with the questions! And it is so nice to be in touch with everyone.
      Yes Beetle is a couple of years older than Septimus. He doesn’t tell jenna about being second best because he stops feeling like that and so it is no longer important. Which is nice for Beetle.

  6. Adam

    Hi!
    Adam again! I had some more questions for you.

    1. (Edited by Shauki: please, no spoiler-questions!)

    2. Speaking of the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, I was wondering. Did Hotep-Ra bring the akhu amulet with him when he came? Or did he construct it as a symbol of power? And if Hotep-Ra could do magyk perfectly well without an amulet, why do ExtraOrdinary Wizards need it to be powerful?

    3. Again about Hotep-Ra, where did he learn Magyk? He came to the Castle when no one there knew about it.

    4. Also, who was DomDaniel apprenticed to? Who would want their apprentice to be so evil? And how did he succeed the previous ExtraOrdinary Wizard? Did he/she notice DomDaniel was evil, or did he/she not care?

    5. What were the Days Of Beyond? Was it a time when there were gods, or a more advanced civilization? Is that why there is evidence of technology which looks like magic to today’s inhabitants?(eg. elevator in peepee, red tube(a.k.a. sumberine), etc)
    If so, how did it all disapeer?

    Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Adam,

      2. Yes, Hotep-Ra brought the Akhu Amulet with him. It concentrates the EOW’s power and has an effect on the Wizard Tower too, by channeling all the pwoer of the other Wizards.
      3. Hotep-Ra was a natural Wizard, but he learnt his trade in one of the Far Countries and brought the Magyk with him to the Castle.
      4. DD was Apprenticed to a Wizard who was a bit like Jillie Djinn – he was no judge of people. But DD did not show his true colours until he became EOW.
      5. They were days long long ago, so far away that they have become almost mythical. There will be more about this in book 7, so I won’t say anymore at the moment!

  7. Chloe

    Hello Angie
    Well done on Darke! I live in the UK, but I’ve ordered it online from America, so it should be coming any day now 🙂 My questions are:
    1. Which books was the hardest to write?
    2. Is Septimus more interested in Alchemy or Magyk?
    3. My Mum is triying to get her book published and she’s finding it tricky, so I wondered how long it took you to get Magyk published and whether it was difficult.
    4. Also, do you know where in the UK signings are taking place because I would really love to go to one!
    Thankyou very much 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chloe,

      I’m glad you;ve manage to get hold of a copy of Darke. i suspect a lot of people will be doing that. Hope you like it!
      1. I think each book gets a little harder to write as there is more to remember. It’s also harder right at the end of the series as there is so much I want to sort out!
      2. Right now he has decided the magyk is his thing, but he is still fascinated by Physik.
      Not so much with Alchemie though.
      3. I was lucky with Magyk as I had been writing books for quite a long time so I already had an agent. The most difficult book to get published is your first one. The best thing to do is to really try hard to find an agent first. Publishers are much more likely to look at things sent in by agents they know send them good stuff. It is tough getting published and all I can say is to keep trying and get as much advice as you can. Maybe employ an editor to comment on the book. Good luck to your mum!
      4. I’m planning on doing lots of signings here in the UK when DARKE comes out here in October. I will post them all on this site when I know when they are and Tweet them too.
      See you sometime in October!

      • amada guardiola

        dear angie, i was wondering, will beetle and jenna ever fall in love? it would be so cool! will syrah ever wake up? i love all your books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can’t wait for #7!!

  8. Congratulations on Darke! I was so excited to get it 5 days earlier than Amazon’s preorder said it would come. I’ve finished and it was just as great as the first books. Since I don’t know how to ask my questions without giving away anything for those in the UK I’ll just ask when is the next book coming? I can’t wait to see where it goes!

    • Angie Sage

      Thank you!

      I’m still writing book 7 … it’s due at the publishers for next May tho I hope to get it to them earlier. But am only up to chapter 15 so far ….

  9. Lau

    Hello Angie,
    I’ve read Darke and it was fantastic! 🙂 I’ll read it again and again! Merrin was the best (I mean worst). 🙂 Sep was very helpful and kind. I will write more after October…

    My questions (I try not to write spoilers):
    1. Will Merrin be in the seventh book?
    2. Can SpitFyre change into something like the Dragon boat?
    3. Why do lots of spells or magical equipments disappear?

    • Angie Sage

      Lovely – and thanks for not writing spoilers, I know it is really difficult!

      1. He’s not in there so far, but I’d like to just catch a glimpse of him
      2. No, Spit Fyre is solid, all the way through dragon. He doesn’t do boats!
      3. Magyk is by its nature unstable. You can never be totally sure of it. Here one minute, gone the next.

  10. Sherry

    Hi, Angie!
    When is Darke out for Canada? (If you know, if not then that’s OK) I was wondering how Simon would react when he finds out that Merrin is the Possesor of the Two-Faced Ring… I think he would be mad and suprised. Also, when Lucy sends out the message to Simon,the ratlets are full-grown. How long has it been since Syren? Thanks and please answer soon!

  11. IAmPrincessJennaForever

    Hi Angie!

    I have a couple of questions.

    1. In Magyk, Sally Mullin says “God bless the little one.” Just wondering, I saw in the other Ask Angies that you said there is some mythology in the Castle. Is that related to the question that Sally asks?

    2. How is Jillie Djinn pronounced? On the Book-On-CDs it’s pronounced Di-jinn, but I’ve heard it’s pronounced just Jinn.

    Thank you so much!

    • Angie Sage

      1. Well, Sally prattles on a lot. Its just a turn of phrase she uses. She is referring to the baby princess. It’s not really related to anything else in the Castle.

      2. I too would say Jinn, the D should be silent. That way you get the same J sound as with Jillie.

  12. Addie

    Okay, I have loads of questions. Sorry in advance, Angie!

    I don’t want to spoil Darke for anyone so I won’t be really specific here but sometimes it seems like the other characters are too hard on Marcia. What I mean is, Marcia may be stern and impaitent at points but she really cares about the Castle and the people in it? It seems to me that people like Jenna and Sarah Heap forget that at times. Jenna seems to dislike Marcia and I wondered why-like she blames her for “wrecking” ********** (EDITED). It’s like Jenna forgets that Marcia has saved her countless times. Marcia obviously cares about Jenna so why doesn’t Jenna return that?

    Next question. Who is Merrin’s father? Is he important?

    Do you think you would ever consider writing more about Snorri and Nicko after the series concludes? What about Jenna and Beetle?

    I started wondering if perhaps Marcellus Pye and Marcia are relatives because of their similarities. Is that totally crazy? I just thought that maybe because Broda could have had a child…..I just don’t know. That would explain the physical and occaional behavioral similarities (though they aren’t /always/ alike behaviorally in my opinion. Marcellus seems a bit haughtier than Marcia in certain siutaions.)

    Will Jenna ever save the Draggen Boat? I miss it.

    Does Marcellus Pye fancy anyone? Sometimes I get that “gay” vibe from him. I wondered if perhaps he was one of your gay characters. I know, I know, he’s been married but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s /not/ gay. I don’t know, for some reason he sends my “gaydar” off so I wondered. I guess because he’s so picky and obsessed with his physical appearance. If he is gay, I support the idea of Terry Tarsal and Marcellus getting together. They’d bond over shoes. haha. I’m kidding, Angie, but I did wonder if perhaps he was one of the gay characters because I get that kind of vibe from him.

    I feel bad for Beetle because he does all of this stuff for Jenna and I get the feeling she wouldn’t do the same things for him if the need arose. Do you think Beetle will ever stop fancying her?

    Will Milo Banda make a larger appearance in the next book? What on earth does Marcia see in him? I guess different strokes for different folks, right? 🙂 Still, it seems odd and somewhat amusing.

    Would Marcia ever want children of her own? With the way she takes care of Septimus, I actually think she’d be a good mother.

    Last question. What if the Queen doesn’t give birth to a child? For example, if Jenna grew up and never had children, who would inherit the throne? There isn’t anyone else alive who is of the royal blood line, is there? I know Jenna will probably have children but I wondered about this just the same.

    Thank you so much for answering my questions! I love your books and I don’t know how but they keep getting better and better. I’m already ready to get my paws on number 7 though I know it will be a while. I’m going to miss these books so much when the series is over. Thanks for these literary masterpieces!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Addie,

      yes, Marcia does get a lot of stick from people, but I don’t think its too serious. Its just what happens when people are in positions of power or authority. They are bound to annoy people sometimes. Jenna remembers the time that Marcia turned up on her 10th birthday and it is not a good memory. Yes, she knows that Marcia was doing it for good reasons, but it still makes her feel bad.
      Beetle and jenna … I am writing that bit now!
      Milo is a typical Bad Boy. He’s kind of dashing in a creepy way. Marcia has her weaknesses…. More of Milo in Book 7.
      Yes, Marcia would be a good mother, but I can’t see her having children. I think she sees Septimus as her own in a way.
      If the Queen does not have children the throne would go to her nearest female relative. Probably a niece. This has happened a few times. There never has been a time with no female relatives. Jenna is the first without any clear line of succession. She would have to go back in her family history and do a bit of research. Records are kept in the Palace and in the Wizard Tower.
      Thank you for your lovely comments. I do feel I get better at writing each one, so I’m really pleased you think that. I’d like to carry on writing a little more about the Septimus world when the series is done. Maybe some stand-alone books about different characters. Certainly one about marcia’s childhood.

  13. Katie

    wow! ask angie 4! kewlio! 😀
    hi angie! I finished darke last saterday and it was fantastic! Soooo worth the wait! Now I’m starving for book 7! Anyway, my question; if beetle’s dad is dead, how come he isnt a ghost? Also, hows book 7? What chapter are you up to? I’m sorry if this is more of a comment then a question but I DO have 3 questions and I just wanted to get the comment off my chest! SORRY! 😦 please post my question/comment anyway!
    with MAGYK,
    Katie

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Katie,

      Beetle’s dad is a ghost, but he’s got lost somewhere. Not all ghosts work out where to go, unfortunately.
      Book 7 is slow at the moment. Sometimes life gets in the way of writing… Also I have had to reread all the other ones to jog my memory about some things. Which is weird, really. I found I could keep everything in my head up to Queste and then I needed to take notes. I shall be back writing next week. Chapter 15. I hope my pace picks up now!

  14. Katie

    oh I knew I was forgetting something!
    About Syrah’s age before she was possesed by the syren, is she 17 or 19? In the book Syren when she is saying how she was syrah and her age and stuff in her journal while she was turning into syren it said she was 19, and on the card it says shes 17…sorry I forgot and then remembered 2 minutes later!
    Thanks!
    katie
    P.S. congrats on darke!!! 😀

    • Angie Sage

      Thanks!

      We’ll go with what Syrah says about her age. The trading cards are not all totally accurate, I’m afraid. I ought to get around the having a proper look at them.

  15. Priya

    Me again 😀
    Last night I was thinking about Sep’s Young Army Name, sorry, number- and I wanted to know why exactly you chose Boy 412 as his number. Then I realised “Hey! 4+1+2= 7!!!!!!! Was that a coincidence or on purpose?????? 😀
    Thank you!!!!!!!
    Priya 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Priya,

      It was on purpose!!

      • Bowen

        Does that mean boy 409 (Wolfboy) is going to be the next alchemist, since socialized love the number 13 (4+0+9=13)??? Or is that a witch thing to? Or is it completely unrelated??

  16. Anna

    Hi Angie,
    I just wanted to congratulate you on Darke!
    Book 6 and the series is just as strong as the first.
    I was just wondering if you had even a vague idea of when we Aussies could expect the 7th book?

    Thanks a million,
    Anna

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Anna,

      Thank you! I’m still writing book 7. And am not that far on either. I hope to pick up speed now… My deadline for delivery in May next year but I’m aiming for earlier.

  17. I just wanna say, I totally love your book! Not that I’m giving anythingg away, but, Marcia is ExtraOrdinary Wizard number 776? Really? When I read that, I was just, idk, annoyed a little, but I just thought, would that make him even MORE POWERFUL????? And what if he married a seventh daughter? How powerful would that make their seventh child? Just curious…

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Diana,

      Just messing around with 7s again…
      Well, there are all kinds of possibilities with this.!

  18. Jaade

    Hi Angie!
    🙂 I’m writing a story and I think I should start over because the setting is Paris but I think I put to much French in it and the story is going to fast because I’m very impatient no matter what I do and I really need some advice!!!!! Please help!!!! Thank you!!! 🙂

    • Rachel Emily

      I know I’m not Angie, but I like to write myself and have some tips of my own. For now, just let it go as fast as you want- when you don’t feel like continuing the plot line, but still want to work on it, it’s great to go back and flesh out the details with descriptions, dialogue, and minor details that might end up a plot point. (on the last one, ex: (with Angie, who else?) in Queste, Jenna leaves Beetle’s pen with Foxy. In Darke, that ends up a plot point. (agh, no spoiler, I hope) and in Magyk, the book keeps dropping little clues, and they help you to guess who Sep really is. (Himself!;) )Also, incorporating other languages is often a great idea, as it really gives you a feel for the setting and the characters, but it’s probably easiest if you write it all in English (or what ever your native language is) first, then go back and change it. Also, o keep it unconfusing, unless it’s only popular phrases tht most people know, like Bon Jour, merci, mon ami,(i probably spelled those wrong) among others, provide a translatiion in the following sentence. Ex: “Merci,” Belle thanked the butcher. And put a dictionary in the back hen your finished.

      Anyways, thank for reading, and I hope that helped. (And I hope you’ve read Darke already, it’s a great book. And Shauki, if my hint about the pen is a spoiler, feel free to delete it and this Sentence.)

    • Angie Sage

      try reading it out loud to a good friend and see what they think. It’s always good to get a reader’s/listener’s opinion. Good luck.

  19. Madison

    Dear Angie,

    I haven’t been on lately, and for that matter I have a lot of questions. Why is it that Jenna cannot be a wizard? Why aren’t white witches bad, but the witches at the port witch coven are? What happened with Wolf Boy and the grim tentacle? Didn’t he feed it to the banana guy (I don’t remember his name)? Did Aunt Zelda make him do it all over again? Did Wolf Boy even know that the quest he was on was about to make him keeper? Did he even want to be? I know there are a lot of questions, and it goes on…….What made you so interested in wizards? Some of the wizardly things you say in the books; did you make those up or did you research wizards and stuff and find out some actual wizard facts? From the books, you seem to know a lot about wizards. How much older is Merrin than Sep and Jenna? Beetle seems to have become a bigger character in the books as the series goes on; does he have a big role in the 6th book? What is Lucy Gringe? Is she a wizard, a witch, or anything? Does Wolf Boy maybe like Lucy a little? In the 5th book, I kind of sensed a little of that. Are Nicko and Snorri dating, or just in love? Nicko seems to like Snorri a lot, but Snorri seems a little shy and unsure around him. Does Snorri like him like he likes her, or does she see him as just a nice friend? I know there are a lot of questions, but please don’t skip over them!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Madison,

      sooooooo many questions. Help!

      Jenna just doesn’t have the Magykal thing. Like some people can sing and others can’t.
      Witches: it’s up to the person how she uses her witchy power. Good or bad, the choice is hers.
      Wolf Boy did feed the tentacle to Jim Knee. But he had enough gunk left to pass his test.
      Yes, he worked out that he was on a test.
      I make up all the Wizard stuff. I don’t know where it comes from, I think I just remember a lot of things I have read about and put it all together in a new way.
      Merrin is 5 or 6 months older than jen and Sep.
      Yes, Beetle has grown in the series and he does have an important role in Darke. I like Beetle.
      Lucy is an artist and textile designer!
      Wolf Boy likes Lucy, but only as a friend. he admires her dress sense, I think.
      Nicko and Snorri were in love, but they have spent a long, long time together in the House of Foryx. It’s not been good for the relationship. There is a little more of them in Darke…

  20. Jeff

    Hi Angie!

    I know that Wizards’ eyes turn green as they are exposed to Magyk, but does the same happen to Witches, except blue?
    Jeff

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jeff,

      this can happen, but often they are blue already.

  21. noah

    angie you said that you might come to the u.s. after darke was published and i was wondering if you are comeing in or near montnana my cousin and i would really apreacite it

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Noah,

      i’m not doing a tour for Darke after all but I hope I might do one for the last book. It is up to my publishers to decide and I think they’ll let me know about that next year sometime. I will post it here when I know. I hope I do get to come over again!

  22. megan

    Angie , you are 100 percent amazing ! such a talented writer ! and sorry that this is more of a comment . .

  23. Cody

    Most sincere apologies but i had forgotten to refer to the frequently asked questions area but i do have a question. I am aspiring to become a book critic and would love to obtain an idea or two on were i could start please help.

    P.S. I love how you leave the edges for your pages uncut it gives the book a feeling of being an ancient text

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Cody,

      I don’t know much about how to become a book critic. I’m guessing you could start doing some reviews and sending them off to magazines, papers etc and see if they liked them. And there are a lot on online book blogs now. That would be a good way to get going too. Good luck!

      Yes, I love the untrimmed edges too.

  24. Rachel Emily

    Hi Angie! I just got Darke for my birthday (Tues) and read it straight into the middle of the night. I just couldn’t put it down, and I love what happened with Beetle. I knew it would happen eventually; it just fits. And Simon as well. Also, in the past couple books, I’ve sort of lost touch with Jenna- they didn’t give as much stuff fro her point of view, and it made me like her less- but in Darke, it’s like I just met an old friend. So anyway, thanks and congratulations.
    Just a couple of questions- Is Jenna ever going reconcile with Milo?
    Are the ice tunnels eventually going to be unsealed?
    Will all the loose ends concerning the whole Alchemie thing plus dragon boat, plus syrah, plus other questions going to be resolved in the seventh book?
    Was it hard to kill off the character in Darke, even though they were hardly major? Or did you feel they got their just desserts?
    Will the palace regain its former glory in the duration of the books? (PLEASE say yes to that one)
    How old is Beetle at the end of Darke?
    Is 7 going to be another “castle” books?
    Do you have the foggiest idea for the title yet?
    Is the villain form 7 going to be someone we know?
    Will thier even be a villain?

    Anyways, happy summer and god luck on book 7!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Rachel Emily,

      I’m really glad you felt all these things, they are what had had hoped Darke would do, but you never know if it has worked until people read it. So thank you.

      Pretty much all your comments I have in my head for book 7 but I won’t say more than that…

      You know who – just desserts. But it wasn’t planned, just felt right.

      Palace: YES!

      & being a Castle book – yes, i think so, although I do get itchy feet and they have to go somewhere is only briefly. So I am planning at least one excursion..

      The title. yes, I have known it for a while. There is a BIG clue in Darke, actually.

      There isn’t one big villain behind everything. just echoes of bad stuff. There will be some kind of bad guy, naturally.

      Thank you and you have a happy summer too.

  25. Jeff

    Dear Angie,

    Will Jim Knee awake in the last book? Or is he finished for the series?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jeff,

      Jim Knee will wake up in the summer. And I plan for some of book 7 to be in the summer…

  26. Myka

    Oooohhh, an Ask Angie 4! Wow, I think it’s really great that you take that much time to answer your fans’ questions!

    And now I have another one –

    If I remember correcty, Sep said in Queste that there have been 776 EOWs. So that would make him the 777th, right? And he just happens to be a seventh son of a seventh son 🙂 .

    Oh, yes, and I’m most definitely NOT going to spoil anything because I remember how upset I was when I read the sneek peek Prologue without meaning to and found out about Alther. It wasn’t a spoiler, but still… I had to wait for a whole month or two before I got the book, and I hate suspense.

    So, yeah, no spoilers here, but I absolutely LOVED Darke! I think one of your biggest strengths in writing is making really great villains (Etheldredda and the Aie-Aie were absolutely TERRIFYING. I loved them . 🙂 ), so I was super-excited when I learned the name of book 6 was going to be Darke! And I wasn’t disappointed – It was fantastic!

    Speaking of villains, I loved what the one bit of good left in DomDaniel was! Hilarious! What do you think Etheldredda’s would be?

    Thanks!

    -Myka

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      Yes, you are right about all the 7s. IF Sep does be EOW of course…

      Etheldredda’s bit of good … hard to know. It’s rumoured she had a pet spider and was quite nice to it. Fed it the best flies she could find.

  27. Madison

    Hello, Angie!

    There was a question I asked quite a while ago, but I fear it still ceases to be answered! Unfortantately, it’s probably lost somewhere in Ask Angie 3. However, it won’t be too much trouble to rewrite it here! Do dogs turn into GHOSTS when they die? Thank you for your time, (I think this message was longer than nescasary!) your number 4 fan, Madison. Yes, I hate to say it, but I’ve seen a few people crazier for you than I am! 😦

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Madison, number 4 fan!

      I’m not sure about dog ghosts. I suspect dogs do become ghosts if their owners miss them too much. I think they might be dependent on humans for ghosthood.

  28. sofi

    Dear Angie,
    I am reading Darke. It has to be your best book yet. I live in America and heard that you were doing book signing down at the UK. By any chance are you coming to sign books in America???

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sofi,

      I’m sorry to say that I’m not coming to the US this time for Darke, but I do hope to come over for the last book. I will keep you all posted on this website. Usually I do a lot more signings in the USA and not so many over here in the UK, it just happens to be the other way around this time.

  29. Sherry

    Hi,Angie!
    How come sometimes Marcellus is called an Alchemist while other times he’s called a Physician? What’s the difference? Thaks you and congrats on Darke!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sherry,

      Thanks!
      Marcellus is both. The 2 skills are closely related and he has a big interest in Physik. Some Alchemists are not so bothered about Physik and prefer the weirder Alchemie stuff.

  30. Sherry

    Hi,Angie!(again)
    I have a question about Simon. When he became Darke, his eyes turned dark green, right? Can they turn back to their original colour? Also, another question about eyes, do other people tell what people are by the colour of their eyes? I mean ,like if someone walking by you has blue eyes,thet means they’re a witch? Is it possible for somone to have green eyes but not be a wizard? Thanks and enjoy your summer!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sherry again!

      Yes, it is possible for Simon’s eyes to loses their dark tinge.
      And just because a person has blue or green eyes doesn’t mean they have to be a witch or a wizard – it just means it is a possibility.

      You have a great summer too!

  31. noah

    hi angie if i was in your world if you didnt have a permant eye color what would the meen? like if there like a brown and hazel and green what does that meen?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Noah,

      it would mean you had great possibilities! You could try different things out and see what you were good at.

  32. Myka

    Hi, Angie!

    If Bert had been there during the whole thing in Darke (don’t want to give anything away 🙂 ), would the same thing that happened to Binkie and all the other cats have happened to Bert too? Even though he’s a duck, he’s still a cat at heart, and I wondered if that would mean it still would happen to him.

    -Myka

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      Yes, I am sorry to say the same would have happened to Bert. I think Aunt Zelda would have been rather upset. But I reckon Bert would have been ok with it.

  33. Hello Angie!

    At First: Please, please excuse my mistakes because I´m german and just 13 years old but I´ll try to write my questions with my worse english. 😉
    I love your books very much and to be honest: The Septimus Heap series is the reason why I love reading books. First I didn´t read much but when I read the 1st book form you I just wanted more. So thank you for this.And you are an inspiration to me beacue I love writing (in german ;-)) as much as you do.(And drawing :-)) I got many questions und I hope it´s ok to you.
    1st: I love the charaker of Marcia and I loved to hear that you´ll write a separate book of hear childhood. At which part of her live will it start/finish? What do you think? Will it also show the time after “Septimus Heap”? Oh I phrased it worse….
    2.: When will DARKE come out in germany? And will “The magykal papers ” be transleted in german, too?
    3.:Will you come to germany on a tour or something like that?
    4.: What do you think about germany ?
    5.: Does Broda Pye exist as a ghost? If it´s so, does Marcellus somethimes meet her?
    6.: I think Alther is a bit like a father for Marcia and for Silas, is that the reason why they tease each other? (I hope I used the right verb, if I haven´t thanks to google) Do they have something like “sibling love” or am I just crazy and they dislike each other´?
    and last but not least: Will Marcia and Marcellus meet again? I liked the scene in book 4! I hope that you´ll answer my questions and understand what I mean.Thank you and have a nice weekend!

    Love Lisa

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Lisa,

      Your English is really good! I am so pleased that Septimus got you into reading.
      So I will try to answer your questions…
      1. I’d like to write about Marcia from very young, but in detail from about 10 onwards.
      2. I am not sure when Darke will be out in Germany, but not too long, I hope. It will need to be translated, which does take a few months. I am not sure about the Magykal Papers either. I will ask!
      3. I am coming to Hamburg to the Book Fair to read from Darke (and there will be a translator to read in german) September 15th, i think. I will post it here (and Tweet it) nearer the time.
      4. I like Germany. I haven’t been there much, just to Berlin and once I drove to Bonn, many years ago.
      5. Broda’s ghost got lost on the marshes. Marcellus has never met her ghost.
      6. I ithnk you are right about Marcia and Silas, it is what we call sibling rivalry, both competing for Alther’s approval. And Alther is very careful to tell them that he loves them both just the same. Also on Marcia’s part, she does think Silas is a little lazy, which she does not understand as she has always had to work very hard for what she gets. Marcia is a typical only child in this way and Silas very much a youngest child.
      And yes, marcia and marcellus both meet again in Darke.
      i hope you have a nice weekend too!

  34. noah

    hi angie altho its summer during school i made a art project based on the books it is a placue (i dont know how to spell that sorry) it says magyk in big letters it has the color andeach difrent little trinkets leaning or underneth them and there colored the color of the book cover and the wizards tower is there and the trinket on the sixth book and sorry if this is more of a comment oh ya and i made the akhu amulet and it has a leather shoe string

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Noah,
      I don;t mind comments at all! This sounds really great, I can just imagine how good it must look. I like the leather shoe lace too. Very Alther!

  35. hey angie!!!!

    my name is chandler and even though im only ten your my favorite athour ever!!!! i have read all the septimus heap books and ariminta spooky and i looove them! (i have a very high reading level) i just want to thank you for writing such great books. me and my mom are big fans and have bonded over them. ill be waiting for you when you do a signing close by me i hope!

    your big fan,
    chandler

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chandler,

      that is really lovely, I’m so pleased you love Sep and Jenna so much, and Araminta Spookie too! I love writing the books, but what is even better is hearing from readers like you and your mom. I’ll always post signings on here, although this year they are mainly in the UK. But I hope the USA possibly next year.

  36. Hi Angie i am reading Darke and think it is probobly the best book yet but do you think mabey you could post a map of the manuscriptorium?

  37. Hi Angie
    Some of my friends who also love your books think that Marcia has a crush on Marcellus. I really want to know.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello superscarabbeetle777 (great name!)

      I’ll have to work out a map os the manuscriptorium sometime. It would be good for me too, to get it clear in my head.

      I don’t really think Marcia does have a crush on Marcellus. It is more of a professional rivalry thing really, although they are united in their caring about Septimus.

  38. Hi Angie
    will what happened to the cats at the end of Darke ever go away or will they be like that forever?

  39. Jo

    Hi Angie,

    I was wondering something, I have just finnished reading Darke ( I’m in Australia) and I noticed that the names of Stanleys ratlets have changed from the original names in the Magykal Papers, why is that? I do like the name Josephine though, which is my actual name, I just get called Jo because its easier. I wont say any more incase I spoil something for the people that have read it yet,

    Jo

    • Angie Sage

      Help, have they? Oh rats, as Beetle would say. You will have to put that down to Stanley forgetting what he had first called them. (rather like the author…)

  40. Addie

    Who is Merrin’s father? Is he important?
    Do you think you would ever consider writing more about Snorri and Nicko after the series concludes? What about Jenna and Beetle?
    I started wondering if perhaps Marcellus Pye and Marcia are relatives because of their similarities. Is that totally crazy? I just thought that maybe because Broda could have had a child…..I just don’t know. That would explain the physical and occaional behavioral similarities (though they aren’t /always/ alike behaviorally in my opinion. Marcellus seems a bit haughtier than Marcia in certain siutaions.)
    Will Jenna ever save the Draggen Boat? I miss it.
    Does Marcellus Pye fancy anyone? Sometimes I get that “gay” vibe from him. I wondered if perhaps he was one of your gay characters. I know, I know, he’s been married but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s /not/ gay. I don’t know, for some reason he sends my “gaydar” off so I wondered. I guess because he’s so picky and obsessed with his physical appearance. If he is gay, I support the idea of Terry Tarsal and Marcellus getting together. They’d bond over shoes. haha. I’m kidding, Angie, but I did wonder if perhaps he was one of the gay characters because I get that kind of vibe from him
    Do you think Sarah is somewhat upset by the fact that she is Septimus’s mother abd yet she gets to spend less time with him than Marcia does? I would be upset about that if I were her. Does Sep feel closer to Marcia or to his mother?

    Thank you for answering my questions last time. You’re the best

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Addie,

      Merrin’s father is not known – at least Merrin’s mother refuses to speak about him.
      Yes, I’d like to do a book about Nicko and Snorri as one of the follow-ons from the series. Not sure about Jenna and Beetle, i will see what happens to them.
      I agree, Marcellus and Marcia are very similar. There are lots of things to think about here!
      Jenna and the Dragon Boat will be in Book 7! I had meant for the Dragon boat to be in Queste, but the story had its own ideas…
      Marcellus does seem a little ‘gay’, this is true. But I am not sure that he is. He, he, I like the idea of him and Terry Tarsal, but actually I think they would bicker a lot. They do not have the same taste in shoes.
      Yes, Sarah is upset that Marcia has in a way taken her place. But Sarah knows that without Marcia she would never have got Septimus back, so she tries to make the best of it.
      Thank you, Addie!

  41. Rachel

    Do witches practice a different sort of magyk than wizards? Which is more powerful, a wizard or a witch? What does Marcia have against witches?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Rachel,

      I think the magyk is a little different. Witches are more subtle in their powers, less immediate. They are prepared to wait for results. In the long term they can have more effect. Short term the Wizards are more powerful.
      Marcia like all Wizards, is suspicious of Witch magyk. She sees it as not very straightforward and based on un-scientific principles. She is also aware that she does not really understand it, which bothers her.

      • Jerri

        My guess is this is a major part of why she doesn’t like Alchemie and Physik either. Or at least isn’t comfortable with them. She doesn’t understand them, and it bothers her.

        I suppose this will be one reason that Septimus, seventh son of a seventh son, will be so powerful. He is obviously good at Magyk, and we have seen in Physik that he is good at that also, and while not as attracted to Alchemie, he obviously has learned a lot about that, having been (and perhaps still being?) an Alchemie Apprentice. And loving his Aunt Zelda and being so close to Wolf Boy, he is much more comfortable with Witch Magyk than most Wizards. And Darke shows what he can do with “Darke”. So, he is very balanced and comfortable with all sorts of Magyk.

        Jerri

  42. Taylor

    Hi Angie,
    First, I know everyone says this but I LOVE septimus! (He’s my wallpaper on my computer and my ipod) Second, I was wondering if Septimus might have a crush on Syrah. I know she’s 19, i guess, but still.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Taylor,

      I’m glad you love Sep!
      I think he did have a bit of a crush on Syrah on the isle of Syren. But it was kind of mixed up with feeling sorry for her too. Even though she was 19, she looked a lot younger.

  43. Chloe

    Hello Angie! Well done on Darke, it was amazing and I think it was your best yet 🙂
    I only have one question – I don’t think it’s a spoiler though:
    I just wondered why the ratlets’ names changed – did Stanley just change his mind?
    That’s it!
    p.s I know you said that there is a clue to the next title in Darke, and I think i’ve found it, but I’m not going to say anything because i don’t want to give anything away. And it would be embarrasing if i got it wrong 😉
    Thankyou very much

    • Angie Sage

      Thank you, Chloe!

      So glad you liked Darke, I think it worked out well too. Everything felt right this time.
      The ratlets names changed due to pure forgetfulness on the part of Stanley … and the author.
      I expect you have found the clue! Thanks for not saying anything yet.

  44. hey angie
    if your eye color was like normal brown crying green in the rain blue what’s the meaning?

  45. Jerri

    Dear Angie,

    I loved Darke. My hard copy was late in the mail, so I downloaded the audiobook version and listened to that first, then read the book. Both are great. (I have’t yet seen the audiobook for sale on CD, but one can download it from places like Audible.)

    I have a guess for the title of book 7. I had made this guess before I read Darke, but must admit that nothing in Darke made me change my mind. If it doesn’t count as a spoiler, my guess is that book 7 will be titled “Alchemie”.

    I was so delighted to read earlier in Ask Angie 4 that you have been re-reading the earlier books to keep things straight for book 7. We fans who have read the books multiple times (and in some cases like me, read and listened multiple times!) appreciate your efforts to keep discrepencies to a minimium. Authors are only human and there will always be a few, but your efforts to research your own work makes me feel good about my expectations for the 7th book.

    Jerri

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jerri,

      Well, that’s an interesting guess, but I am saying nothing yet….

      I do have to admit to forgetting a few things over the books. Partly because I never have quite enough time to really check everything out. But this time I have longer to to write number seven, which is great. And of course things evolve and sometimes I make a deliberate decision to change something for the sake of the story.
      I would very much like to do another corrected edition of the whole series when I have finished book 7 and produce the final edition with the benefit of author hindsight!

  46. Em

    Dear Angie,
    how does Jenna feel about Beetle? When Jenna got back from the House of Foryx did she get the key to the Queens Room back? By the way I REALLY loved Darke and I can’t wait for the seventh book!
    -Em

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Em,

      Jenna liked the attention from Beetle but I don’t think she felt very romantically inclined towards him.
      Jenna left the key to the Queen’s Room in the house of Foryx, but there is another. Either Milo of Marcia had it, I will have to check…

  47. julie

    hey Angie,

    i want to tell you that I’m addicted to your books! my questions are… is the movie going to be on only the first book and will Jenna become queen in the last book. (please say yes or something?) and where do you get your inspiration?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Julie,

      The movie will be just about Magyk, book 1.
      I;m not going to give away what happens to jenna in the last book as that would spoil things…
      I don’t know where the ideas come from really… But they seem to take on a life of their own when I write. I think there is something about the world of Septimus and Jenna that works and allows it to grow naturally.

      • julie

        hey Angie, its me again
        i have a couple questions…
        1. what kind of shoes did Marcia wear when she was young?
        2. If u were in Septimus’s world who would you want to be?
        3. would you rather live here or in your books?
        4. what is the relationship between Simon and Marcia now?
        5. does Ethel grow back its feathers? why or why not?

  48. Dear Angie,

    As dumb as it may sound i have a huge crush on beetle. there has been a question that has been bugging me for quite a wile now and i wanted to ask you will beetle ever tell jenna how he feels about her? i have already read darke and i was confused on wether beetle dosent like her anymore or if he dose.

    your faithfull fan,
    chandler

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chandler,

      Beetle has accepted that jenna doesn’t really feel for him in the way that he did for her. And he has other stuff to do now. He realised the truth when she didn’t wait around for long when – well, you know the bit I am talking about! Sometimes that is how things go.

  49. Drew

    When you know who kicked the bucket in book 6, did you feel bad at all? Cause as much as I didn’t like the character, it was pretty sad I think what happened with them…

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Drew,

      I did feel a bit sad in a way – but not much, I have to admit. And it wasn’t something I had actually planned to happen either…

  50. debbie cooper

    Thank you for replying to my query about the rough edges on the US. I had to buy the audio download too as my daughter stole the book off me!! You mention doing some book signings – will you be coming to the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October?
    Also I am the first to post a review on the UK amazon website – hopefully more will follow

    • Angie Sage

      Hello debbie,

      Thanks for posting the review!

      I’m not going to the Cheltenham Literary Festival as far as I know – and I think they would have asked by now. But I will be at the lovely Bath Children’s Festival on September 25th.

  51. Jaylan

    As soonas Darke came out i bought it in the stores right away since I had been waiting so long to get the next book in this fantastic seires when i came across the character Bertie Bott. The name sounded very familiar and i recognized it from the Harry Potter seires from “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans”. I was just wondering how you come up with / find your inspiration for this charater’s name?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jaylan,

      Well, yes I discovered this when a review commented on it. I just thought the name sounded good – and of course the Botts have been in Septimus as purveyors of pre-loved cloaks since MAGYK. Bertie just went well with the surname. Not knowingly referenced!

  52. Rachel

    Does Marcia fancy Marcellus or Milo? I’ve heard both and I’m confused.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello rachel,

      she definitely does not fancy Marcellus. Milo is a different matter, though.

  53. Hannah Sandham

    Hi, Thanks for you letter about Darke, it was frustrating having people ask questions about it when I didn’t know what they were about because it’s not our here in the UK.
    Thank you for replying for my tweets (I’m hannah_ania by the way)
    Also I wanted to know how do you get a book published? I’ve always wanted to be an author, but I’ve always been scared that publishers would turn it down or say that the whole story is rubbish… which is why I’m also scared of sharing passages that I’ve written.
    I’d really appreciate your help 🙂
    Hannah x.
    P.s I only have one GCSE exam left 🙂 German :/

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hannah!

      Well, thank you for mentioning this, as I hadn’t thought of it and it’s not good to have all the surprises taken away before you read a book.

      Getting a book published is a bit tough, but you mustn’t be scared by being turned down. All authors have been turned down by publishers at some time. The most important thing is to make sure your book is as good as you can make it before you send it off. And ideally you would want to find a literary agent first as publishers do prefer to read manuscripts from an agent. They know that it has been seen by someone who knows what works. I’d advise you to join a writing group where there are other people working on novels and discussing them. That way you find out what real readers think about what you have written.

      Its a big hurdle sharing what you have written with others, but you have to jump it! After all, that’s what being published is all about – getting LOTS of people reading what you have written. A supportive writing group is a good place to start with that…

      Good luck with your German GCSE!

  54. Hi Angie, It’s me again! 🙂

    Well this question has been bugging me for a very long time now since I first finished reading Magyk. Dunno why I never got around to asking it. I don’t know If anyone has asked this before but, what if the Princess gets exposed with Magyk too much? Will her eyes turn green? Or somehow the lining of her pupil will be green or something?

    Also, I’m sure you’re well aware that many fans are in favor with the Jenna-Beetle pair-up. Don’t you think they’ll(me included) be disappointed if they *don’t* end up together? (Jen-Sep fans rejoicing by now -.-)

    Love,
    JennaHaruka xxx

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again,

      It’s only those susceptible to Magyk whose eyes can go green – that is what frustrated jenna so much when she was little and living with all the green-eyed Heaps.

      Yes, well about Jenna and Beetle … Romance has its ups and downs and slow starts, like I always (boringly!) say, wait and see. But I did feel that the power balance between Jenna and Beetle was uneven – it was always Beetle who was keen. That has to change.

  55. Hello Angie!
    i wrote a comment before about Mrs beetle and i had another question for you. hope you don’t mind!:)
    I was wondering about how you write your books-do you start at the very beginning or do you write some chapters before you write others? I wanted to know because i find it hard to write the beginnings of stories and have lots of ideas for chapters further on in the book.
    GOOD LUCK on writing book 7!! i haven’t read Darke yet as i am in the UK but by the looks of the prologue it’s going to be brilliant!!!:)
    your fan
    Chelsea:)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chelsea,

      I do start at the beginning and keep going in sequence as I need to do that to get the ideas making sense. But you are lucky to have ideas for the later chapters as so many books start well and then peter out. Hove you considered forgetting about beginnings and just begin in the middle where your ideas are?

      Thanks for your good luck wishes for book 7!

  56. megan

    Angie , when did you start writing ? Does writing just come naturally to you or did you have to work for it ?? what are some other interests you have ? Thank you , Big fan !

    ~ Megan B.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Megan,

      I really, really have to work at writing! I think all writers do. What came first was reading – I just love reading, especially fiction (tho it has to be good). It took ages for me to even imagine that I might be able to write. I got into it very slowly as I was a book illustrator first and began to think I could do better that some of the stuff I was drawing pictures for.

      Other interests … history – medieval and tudor english. And actually further back than that too – Roman, saxon etc. Also I love old houses and the stories they tell. I love the sea, boats. Good modern art. Rock music. Oh … so much interesting stuff around!

  57. Dana

    Dear Angie,
    Very very important questions!
    One, if Syrah is from the same time as Marcellus, Esmeralda and Etheldredda, how come she doesn’t talk like they do (Olde Speak)?
    Two, when will Jenna use the Transubstantiate Triple and awaken the DragonBoat? It must’ve been 2 years now since she got that vial from Broda Pye (now that I’ve read Darke, which was great by the way!)
    Three, in Darke, why did Jenna ———————————————————————
    Four, this isn’t such an important question per se, but I was just curious: who’s your favorite character? Mine’s Beetle! ( Followed by SpitFyre)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Dana,

      Syrah is from the same Time as Marcellus, and she is a little stilted in how she speaks. But she had talked to a few shipwrecked souls who came and went and her speech got so that it moulded itself to who she was with. If you heard her you would realise there was something odd about the way she spoke, but you wouldn’t be quite sure what it was.

      Jenna and the Triple … I know, I know! There has been a bit of Aunt Zelda trouble going on, but I never got the chance to put it in Queste or Syren. When I get the chance to do the second edition (I SO hope I do!) then that will go in. But all is explained in book 7.

      And why did she? I guess we are waiting until October for that answer!!

      I don’t have favourites, I really don’t, but some are more fun to write. I like writing Marcia bickering with Marcellus/Aunt Zelda/Terry Tarsal (so many to choose from for Marcia to bicker with). I also like writing Beetle and Sep.

  58. Dana

    Dear Angie, I know I know I just posted, but I just remembered:
    How do you pronounce Ullr?
    Also, there is a Bertie Bott in Darke and, as a Harry Potter fan too I know there is a type of candy in there called Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans? Did you you choose this name coincidentally?
    There was one more thing… Oh yeah, what happened to Catchpole? I think he’s been absent for the last two books now.
    Thanks!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again!

      Ullr: Take the W away from wool and add ‘er’.

      Bertie Bott was totally unintentional – it just sounded good and I wanted to continue the story of the Bott family (purveyors of pre-loved cloaks). It sounded good, but I guess I had heard it somewhere before. That’s why I don’t read other fantasy, stuff creeps in sometimes.

      Catchpole is working in the WT kitchens. However, he reappears in book 7.

  59. Drew

    does the clue have to do with the code?
    I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil anything, even those who have read it
    Oh, Darke was AMAZING!!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Drew,

      So glad you liked Darke! And yes, is the answer. So you’ve got it!

  60. shego

    dear angie
    i have lots of questions but i don’t remember them now so i only ask some of them:
    1.what is beetle’s family name?
    2.i looked for a clue of the name of book seven in darke but i couldnt find any please give us a hint.
    3.jenna never can have magic because i read another story(artemis fowl)the normal boy found magic is it also possible for jenna?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello shego,

      it is Beetle! There is an explanation in the afterwords in one of the books (but I can’t remember which one right now…). Mrs Beetle got upset when she was naming Beetle – she had always called her husband by his last name (it suited him so well). Beetle’s full name is: O. Beetle Beetle.

      The clue to the clue: Chapter 47 …

      Jenna, like most in the Castle, can only do the basic stuff which anyone can learn. Magykal ability is a bit like being able to sing – most people can sing a little (some more than others!) but some have amazing voices. And there is nothing you can do about that. I know, ‘cos I can’t sing and would love to sing blues. But there you go…

  61. Myka

    Hi, Angie!

    Why haven’t any of Silas’s siblings appeared in the series? What heppened to all of them – did they just all go live in different places or was there a quarrel between them or what?

    Oh, and over the summer I brought home my Biology class’s chinchilla to take care of, and no one could really remember what his name was (he’s AGES old, so his naming was several years ago,) so my friends and I named him Septimus! He’s really sweet and he actually reminds me a bit of Sep! Sep (the chinchilla Sep) has that same sort of personality.

    -Myka

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Myka,

      Well, the truth is there are so many characters in the books already to write about that I didn’t want to add to them. But I will mention them in other stories. and maybe in book 7 too. Silas does still speak to them, (but it is a bit strained between him and Ernold). Four have moved away and none are Wizards in the WT – at present.

      The chinchilla sounds cute, I hope his eyes don’t start going green now …

  62. Olivia

    Hi Angie,
    I forgot to add these questions onto my other post,
    1.What is your favorite color?
    2.Do you have any dogs?
    3.What is something you’ve always wanted to do but never have done?
    4.What is your favorite movie?
    5.If you had to choose, what is your favorite household item?
    6.What is your favorite dog breed?
    7.What is your favorite food?
    Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Olivia,

      These are nice short questions!

      !. No favourite really – love lots of colours.
      2. No dogs, just 2 tortoises.
      3. Go back in time!
      4. Withnail and I.
      5. It’s probably the Rayburn as it keeps us warm and cooks and irons clothes. It hasn’t learnt to wash up yet but it’s working in it.
      6. I don’t really know a lot about dogs, but I do like border terriers. And Irish Wolfhounds.
      7. Lots of stuff! Really fresh fish is great. And cherries. And good chocolate. Hmm … must go and have breakfast!

  63. I feel soooooo… stupid. 😛 First off, I cannot focus on writing a book for the life of me. I mean, I’m working on two books right now, but whenever I try to get to pretty much the only thought out part in the story, I get a totally unrelated idea and I write down that instead. I think it’s good, but it doesn’t really help me if I’m trying to get my stories published. Okay, second, I read somewhere on this page that you put a HUGE hint as to the tittle for the seventh book, but I didn’t find it when I read it the first time through. And now I feel all silly and I still can’t find it. Pretty please tell me where to look!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Diana,

      We all have days when we feel like this, I know them well…

      First, don’t worry about writing. Just live your life for a while and do the stuff you want to do. I know this is a boring thing to say, but writing comes easier and is better when you are older and have done more. But always keep reading! All you say about the difficulties of writing is true. But if you are desperate to carry on right now, I’d say do one book at a time, I don’t think it is possible to write 2 good things at once.

      The hint is in chapter 47!

      Good luck!

  64. Emma

    Hiya Angie. I know you’ve got loads of questions to answer so I’ll keep it brief! I don’t know how you answer all these questions – you’ve got one big fan base!

    Reading AA4 through, I’ve realised that there’s loads more about Marcia than what I’ve read. I’ve read all 6 books – and love Darke the most! – but all these things about Marcia being from the Eastern Snow Plains and her father being mentioned, and something to do with that beautiful princess languishing in the House of Foryx… Where can I read more about Marcia?

    Oh, and I really hope that you’re not going to discard Beetle during the 7th book. I know characters come and go in this series, and especially now a lot of his story has been wrapped up I doubt if he’s going to make much of a reappearance, but I really hope he does! All the characters are amazing and the whole series totally outdoes Harry Potter in my opinion. Thanks in advance!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Emma,

      Yes, I do get amazed by all the questions! They are actually really helpful as I get a feeling about which parts of the story are important to people.

      I think the Eastern Snow Plain comment (about Marcia’s father if I remember rightly, but I may be wrong there….) is from the Magykal Papers – there are some details in there that do not appear in the series. I am having to keep a track of things myself now – there was a time when I could keep it all in my head, but no longer! I do hope to do the whole Marcia story after the end of the series, though.

      No, I can never discard Beetle. He is so lovely and there is still stuff for him to do. And thank you for all your lovely comments!

  65. Jessica AKA Shay

    Hello Angie,
    I’ve got a few questions on my mind right now…

    1. I’m in the middle of Queste at the moment and I was just wondering, how did Hildegarde’s SafeCharm, that she gave to Sep, become the Questing Stone or did Hildegarde purposely give him the Questing Stone?

    2. I live in South Africa and was wondering if you’ve ever been here before and if you plan to come for Book 7’s tour?

    3. I’m a writer myself but what I’ve noticed is that there aren’t well know writers that are South African. Most well know writers are from England and America. Do you happen to know of any South African writers that are well known?

    4. I’ve got two stories I’m currently working on and am planning to TRY to get published, but as a 13 year old girl I feel like I’m not going to be taken seriously, do you know an easier way for a girl my age to get published? Also, my mother and I aren’t in a good situation money-wise so that’s also something that worries me, I can’t risk wasting money when it could of put food on the table.

    5. I know this question might sound a bit dumb but when you send a copy of your story to a publisher is it supposed to just be from the prologue/chapter 1 or must you include the cover, pictures, contents etc. ? I wouldn’t really mind either way since I’m an illustrative author.

    6. Why is the seventh son of a seventh son so special? What makes him more special compared to a fifth daughter of a fifth daughter, and so on?

    7. If Silas is a seventh son then where are all his siblings?

    8. Will Jo-Jo, Edd, Erick and Sam ever leave the forest?

    9. Do you know of any online writing jobs for teens, journalism, advertisement, anything? You know, to bring in some extra cash.

    10. After Sep, Jen and Ullr go through the glass in Marcellus’ time to go back to their own time in Physik, the glass liquidises. Are there any Glasses of Time left?

    Thank you for taking time to answer my questions! Congrats on publishing Darke, keep up the brilliant writing.

    God bless,
    ~Shay

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Shay,

      1. you’ll find out towards the end that Hildegarde had been Inhabited by the Thing. It, not Hildegarde, gave him the Questing Stone. Sep took it as he thought it was Hildegarde.
      2. I haven’t been to South Africa yet! There aren’t any plans fro me to come on tour there, but I would like to. I think the series needs to get a bit bigger first before I can do a world tour – so keep spreading the word!
      3. You have lots of writers! JM Coetzee who won the Nobel Prize for Literature and of course, Nadine Gordimer.
      4. its tough getting published, but it is not about what age you are, or what gender, it is just about what you write. But 13 is young to be published because you still have such a lot of developing to do as a writer. I would honestly forget about being published for now and just read a lot and write about things that interest you. It doesn’t cost money to be published – the idea is that publishers pay you because your books will make money for them! You could keep a diary about you life and work on that. Who knows, you may want to use it as a base for a novel in a few years time.
      5. If you are sending stuff to a publisher as a writer, all they will want is the type-written text. They will fix all the design, illustrations etc at a later date.
      6. It’s just a traditional thing that I used as a starting point for the series. I guess it is a bit sexist really, the son thing. But 7 has always been seen as a magical number.
      7. Funny you should ask that, there was the same question earlier. They are around – some are in the Port, one is in the Far Countries. We might see more of them in book 7. Possibly…
      8. Not permanently, although Sam might visit the Marram Marshes.
      9. I am afraid I don’t. Writing is generally really badly paid, if paid at all. Are there any part time things you can do after school and then write about those?
      10. There are some left. And maybe Marcellus is planning on making more…

      Thanks, Shay, and good luck with trying to earn some money, too.

  66. hello Angie!
    i absolutely love your books! right now i am reading Syren. so far the book is great! i love how there is always a some sort of Queste going on. there was one in the fourth book! i wanted to know wat your address is so i can write to you. i know you probably have a lot of people ask this but i really want to talk to you and i cant ask anything but questions on this and i cant ask wat your email is. but i understand. im only one little girl, out of the thousands that talk to you, that seems just like a regular person to you and nothing more. i wouldnt get affended but i would be really happy if u did.
    ~your little writer~
    P.S. this is my dads email acount but he doesnt mind

    • Angie Sage

      Hello,

      of course you can write to me, but I don’t give out my address on the internet, so the best thing for you to do is to write to my publishers and they will forward the letter.

      if you live in the USA it is:
      Author Mail
      HarperCollins
      10 E53rd Street
      New York
      NY 10019

      for the UK:
      Bloomsbury Children’s Books
      38 Soho Square
      London W1D 3HB

      I will reply but remember, it is snail mail and it may take some time!

      • Shalese

        hi Angie!
        thanks for ur address. i will write as soon as i can! anyways will there be a 7th book? will there be new characters? will people ever get to know what happens when Septimus finishes his apprentenceship? What about Marcellus Pye? and Jenna, Beetle, and Marcia? sorry so many questions.
        ~your little writer~

  67. Tiana

    Hi Angie,

    In Syren when Lucy and Wolf Boy were in the bunk room in CattRokk light Wolf Boy did a Unseen Shield and Lucy was invisable too, so in Magyk in the Muriel why didn’t Marcia do that so the Hunter wouldn’t see them?
    Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Tiana,

      Well, the Hunter knew they were there and Marcia knew that. She wanted to send him as far away as possible so she concentrated her energies on the Projection.

  68. Phira

    Hi Angie
    First, i want to say that i think that your books are really great, i love them.
    well, my questions are:
    1- Does Spit-fyre belongs to a certain breed of dragons? you know like occidental or other breed.
    2- Spit-fyre and Septimus can comunicate, like mentally or something by the style?
    3- Do you have already a title for your next book??

    P.S- Sorry for my bad english, i am italian.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Phira,

      thank you!

      1. Spit Fyre is a regular kind of dragon. There are other, rarer ones but in Spit Fyre’s time there are none around. But there are still a few eggs waiting to be hatched, though.

      2. Yes, it is a kind of instinctive understanding mixed with a bit of telepathy.

      3. Yes! And I am not telling … yet. There is a big clue in Darke.

      Your English is good! I am trying to learn Italian and my Italian is NOT good.

      Ciao!

  69. Maddie

    Hi Angie! I was the second person to ask questions on Ask Angie 4, and I already have some more questions.

    1. If Marcia and Milo do fall in love, how annoyed do you think Jenna would be? And I don’t think Sarah Heap would be very happy to share two of her children with Marcia, either.

    2. At first it sounded like Jenna and Beetle were going to fall inlove and possibly Sep and Syrah. Possibly. But now it sounds like Jen and Sep are going to end up together and… either beetle and syrah will find similariities, or they’ll be alone. What are you planning on having happen?

    3. A few people are saying that the ratlets have other names in the Magykal Papers, but I can’t find the names in it. Do you happen to remember where you would’ve put that in?

    Thank you!
    Maddie.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again, Maddie,

      1. Very annoyed, I should think. I see no end of trouble…
      2. I am not planning anything, honestly. I do leave that to the characters and how they turn out in each book.
      3. Oh the ratlets! Rats is all I can say. Well, when I was naming the ratlets in Darke I had a distinct feeling that I had already named them but I couldn’t remember what the names were. So I looked everywhere and found nothing. Often i write things that get edited out of the books so I thought that was what had happened to the names. So I began again. And now it seems they ARE somewhere, but to tell you the truth, I don’t think i want to look now… Bother. I shall have to put it down to Stanley changing his mind.

  70. heap fan

    About half an hour ago, I finished Darke, and it was everything I hoped it would be. I loved how you dealt with Beetle, Jillie, and Simon, although I was wondering… the other HEap brothers? Jo Jo, Sam, Whatshisface and the other fella, who are still in the forest? Are they going to finally have their little family reunion with Sarah in book seven? Also, I can’t find any BIG clue in Darke, although the previous guess of ‘Alchemie’ seemed likely enough, I would also like to guess something about retrieving the old Magykal arts and charms and whatnot! I doubt either of my guesses are right.
    I know this has been a long message, but I do have one more thing to ask about…
    There was more Lucy Gringe than ever in this book, are we going to be gratified with a Heap wedding any time in book 7?
    THanks for your time, Angie 🙂 I love the Sep books, and, as much as I would love to read book 7 now, I’ll be sad when they’re over.
    ~KATY

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Katy,

      I’m so glad Darke had the things you wanted, I hope I can do the same in book 7 too. The Heap boys will be in there. I had planned for them to go in Darke, but events rather changed – as they so often do in Septimus.

      The clue to the title is in chapter 47… but that is all I shall say.

      And there will be more about Simon and Lucy in book 7 too. I shall say no more.

      I’ll be sad when the books are over too. But I hope to do a few more stories about the Sep world still.

  71. Dear Angie, Well I just finshed Darke and I just wanted to know if Syrah will wake up in book 7. Also me and my brother loved what happened to beetle at the end, and we laughed really hard at what foxy did. So I hope that book 7 is gonna be a blast. Thanks! 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Grant,

      really pleased you liked it!

      Yes, Syrah will do something in book 7. But yet again, I don’t want to give too much away!

  72. LeAnn

    HI. Any chance your gong to be doing any book sighnings in the Washington DC area? For any book honestly.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello LeAnn,

      not this year, I’m afraid. But i really hope for the last book I will be over in the USA.

  73. HD Mouzon

    Hi Angie,
    let me start by saying how wonderful the Septimus Heap Books are. They inspire me everyday as a young aspiring author.
    My question is whether you plan your stories out in advance or just write the overview and dive in and write the story as you go!
    Thanks so much,
    HD

    • Angie Sage

      Hello HD,

      Thank you!

      I write an overview (not much at all) then dive in and let the characters lead the way. However, all this has to change for book 7 as I have things I want to do to end the series. So I am having to plan, which is scary….

  74. Hi Angie I have a some what complex question

    If someone in the house of foryx was to open the door and it opened into a time before the house of foryx was built (if that’s even possible) would the house of foryx be visible to someone if they were standing in front of it when the door opened?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello superscarabbeetle,

      Time questions … eeep.

      The way i see the HofF is like being in the centre of a wheel, it stands still while time whirls around it. So if you Go Out into a Time before it was built, that’s it you are there and it is not. So anyone standing there would get a big shock as you landed in their foot, but they wouldn’t see the House of Foryx, even so.

      Hope that makes sense.

  75. Teri

    Hi, Angie! I’d just like to start out by saying that I’ve read Darke a good three times already and love it! Really, really great book! I just have a couple questions-
    1. How much does music influence your writing?
    2. Marcia, as EOW, is required to wear the purple uniform. I’m sure she loves the shoes, but I couldn’t imagine wearing the same outfit all the time! Does she ever get sick of it? Come to think of it, I could ask that about Sep, the CHS, the Ordinary Wizards…

    Thank you! 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Teri,

      that is just brilliant – I do think Darke works well. I had lots of time to write it and think it through, which was great.
      1. I do love music, but it doesn’t influence my writing, as far as I know. I don’t listen to music while I write, it feels like another part of my life, really.
      2. Marcia does customise her EOW stuff. She has an indigo fur lining in the winter and messes about with trimming and suchlike. She does has quite a lot of leeway really. Luckily, purple suits her dark colouring. Sep is not a great fan of green, but he puts up with it. I think in the Castle generally, people are not so into changing fashions, they add details to their clothes to make them individual, but don’t change the big stuff.

  76. Magykally Curious

    Hi angie read all 6 books 7 times each as of today! For good luck! Anyway i reckon i shouldn’t ask but does syrah you know from the you know what? Also i’m sad to hear that beetle has lost interest and surprised when jen did what she did in darke and a little mad. Kinda sad but i kinda guessed Beetle would have to give up… bother… but i hope he doesn’t completely… milo irks me right now and was queen cerys affected by the you know what In darke? Do you think marcia beleives things happen for a reason? Also what was it about snorri that made nicko act so diff. In prev. books? Also how’s new boggart and the forest heaps? Finally when is sep gonna listen when jen tells him something? Thanks and congrats!!! O rats i almost forgot my best friend rachel was wondering if sending packages to harper collins fanmail address would then forward them to you? Thanks
    -magykally curious

    • Angie Sage

      Hello MC,

      wow … 7 times 6 is a LOT of reading!

      I do think Syrah will, quite possibly.
      Beetle and jenna is still an ongoing story. And I am not sure how it will turn out…
      Cerys was fine. The Queens Room was unaffected as there is no way for most people.
      It wasn’t so much Snorri having an effect on Nicko as the fact that they had spent so long together in the House of Foryx – and things had been so tough there. It had cast a pall over their relationship that they both needed to escape. I do want to write another story about them later.
      Yes, marcia does believe that things happen for a reason, whether she is right or not, I don’t know.
      A bit more about Boggart and Forest heaps in book 7!
      Sep will listen to jenna now – he has learnt his lesson.
      Yes, HarperCollins do forward everything – they are lovely!

      Hope that answers everything…

  77. Magykally Curious

    Sorry i forgot to ask in my last post but what do you think of merrin and why he’s sooo cruel? Thanks
    -magykally curious

    • Angie Sage

      Merrin is just damaged by what happened to him – and he didn’t start off that great either.
      I do have some sympathy for him, but every time I try to give him a chance he just gets worse. Sigh. Some people you just can’t help.

  78. Sarah

    Angie,
    Darke was fantastic! The series and characters were so wonderful already, and Darke made me love them even more (Marcia, Sep, Beetle, and Spit Fyre in particular). I wasn’t able to put Darke down until I had read it twice.
    One question that came to me a while ago: During the ten years that the custodians were in charge of the castle, why didn’t they try to do something to Marcia? (Thank goodness they didn’t.) They must have known that she was helping to keep the princess safe from them. Was it because they knew how much the castle needed an ExtraOrdinary wizard, and DomDaniel couldn’t have come back to take her place until Jenna was gone? Or did they just think they couldn’t have gotten away with it?

    Thank you,
    Sarah

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sarah,

      really, really pleased that Darke did what ti was meant to do!

      Magyk was not that well explained in places, I think. I have learnt such a lot about writing now and I’d love to go back and clarify some stuff.

      Basically, DomDaniel and his Custodians were biding their time. DD wanted the Princess dead and Marcia gone, but he doubted they could get rid of Marcia while the Princess still lived. There is a Magykal, protective quality that the Queens have for the Castle which I will return to in book 7.

      This was the reason why DD had Septimus kidnapped in order for him to be his Apprentice: he wanted Septimus’s extra Magykal power. DomDaniel was waiting until his Apprentice (who was of course, actually Merrin) was 14: old enough to add his Magykal powers to DD’s. DomDaniel then planned to move in on Marcia, whether he had found the Princess or not. However, finding Jenna moved things on a bit faster.

      Hope that makes things a little bit clearer…

  79. Jessica AKA Shay

    Hello Angie,

    I’ve been thinking about it and noticed that Marcia has been described in the books but I would like to know a bit more…

    1. You explained that Marcia is tall, but how tall is she? Round about.
    2. How old is Maria?
    3. I hope this doesn’t go against the rules, but, in your opinion, can a tall 13 year old pull off the role of Marcia? Just for interest sake….

    I appologise if the last question goes against the rules.
    Good luck with writing book 7, may it be as fantastic as all the others!

    With best wishes from South Africa,
    ~Shay

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Shay,

      1. I reckon Marcia is about 5 feet nine. To me that is pretty tall!
      2. She is in her mid to late thirties.
      4. Hmm… I hate to say this but probably not. She needs to be older otherwise there would be no contrast between her, say, and Beetle.

      Thank you! I am getting back to writing book 7 now after re-reading all the previous ones.

  80. Drew

    Sorry for asking so many questions!
    2 things
    First, at the beginning of Syren, Septimus becomes a Senior Apprentice, which is usually given in the last year of apprenticeship. I though that would mean he was only apprentice for one more year, until I realized that Darke took place over a year after. How does this work out?
    The other question is how did old Marcellus get his youth potion thing back to his young self if the Alchemie doors collapsed?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Drew,

      Sep got the SA ribbons early, but it doesn’t shorten his Apprenticeship. It was Marcia’s recognition of how amazingly well he had done in the Queste.

      I realise that this is not explained at the end of Physik where it really should be. I do mention it later in Queste, I think but this is one of the things I’d like to clarify in the second edition! (which I hope to do…) Sep made the potion as he had agreed and dropped it into the Moat – as agreed. The old Marcellus did a Moat walk and picked it up. He put the Flyte Charm back in the box and Sep fished it out. That’s how he got the Flyte Charm back.
      Hope that makes sense….

  81. ecoli

    hi angie
    I am new on this blog and I absolutely LOVE all six books so far, but I have some questions about the first and sixth:
    1. [SPOILER]
    2. I really like Magyk, but have you once imagined it with Jen being Septimus’s twin, not just adoptive sister, and a (average, however) Wizard, but still a Princess – maybe a distant relative – and everything else the same? I am asking it because it is really interesting
    thank you for any answer

    • Angie Sage

      Hello, welcome to the blog!!

      It’s an interesting idea, but I never did think of it that way. I think it probably has enough connections and co-incidences as it is…
      But it is true, there are lots of different ways Magyk could be written. Maybe there are lots of alternative universes out there with slightly different versions of Magyk!

  82. Chloe

    Hello Angie 🙂
    you said that the clue for the next book title was in chapter 47, and I’m pretty sure I found it so I wondered if I’m allowed to ask you on here if my guess is right?
    thankyou for being my favourite author!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chloe,

      Thank you!

      Well, I’m guessing you have found it. But you can’t say what it is and neither can I …

  83. Rachel Emily

    Angie, I know that the popular pair ups for Sep are either Jenna (ick) or Syrah, but I can’t help but wonder if it would be possible for him to end up with Rose, the girl from the infirmary. It would be kind of ironic if Sep fell in love with her during his daily visits to Syrah.

    Ohmygosh- what if Rose became, like, Marcellus’s Physik apprentice? THAT would throw us all for a loop. This is probably just brainless pattering- the series will almost definitely end with her as a minor character- but I’m a hopeless ropmantic so please, please tell me what you think?

    Also, do you ever feel a little… rueful… about giving us so many hints? Because 1) speculating about what will happen next is one of the best parts about reading an ongoing series, and 2) I know from experience with my little sister and discussions about good books that it is soooooo hard to avoid giving away secrets, because if you deny it it usually means they struck gold?

    Anways, Beetle forever! (favorite character. sorrry sep.)

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Rachel,

      Well, Sep has a few admirers and I suspect Rose is one of them. I haven;t worked out Sep’s romantic life yet.

      I do try not to give hints that … mainly because the way I write means that I genuinely don’t know a lot about what will happen, especially with relationships between characters which I like to develop naturally, as they would in real life. So all I am really saying is the way I am thinking at the time – which can easily change, depending on how the book works out. And sometimes little things I say get kind of blown up into something they are not – but then isn’t that just like real life too?!

  84. biggest fan

    dear angie
    i had a few questions that i hope u would answer
    1.if by any chance septimus and jenna fall in love what will be sara’s reaction?
    2.u said u will write a book about marcia will u also write about other characters?
    3.i saw a typing problem in book queste when in the hut jenna wants to read beetle and septimus niko and snorries letter and she says i will not read like snorries aunt(or something like that)it is written that niko and septimus beside of beetle and septimus.
    4.in syren syrah says when she was 13 they took her to queste and she was there for 500 years so she is 513 but in the player card it is written 519 which one is correct?
    5.the last question will there really going to be any kind of romance between jenna and beetle or septimus?
    thanks for your time

    • Angie Sage

      Hello!

      1. I reckon Sarah would have a fit.
      2. Yes, I’d like to write about others too. Nicko and Snorri, Beetle …
      3. Oh gosh, really? That is not good. We really do go over and over to get rid of mistakes, but in every book there are always one or two. It gets hard to see them after a while.
      4. I’m going to have to look into Syrah’s age. She was 19 when she wrote her journal and was Possessed – I think this means she is 519. But i must check it out.
      5. I don’t know – we will have to see!

  85. princess j

    dear angie,
    i have a couple questions…
    1. what kind of shoes did Marcia wear when she was young?
    2. If u were in Septimus’s world who would you want to be?
    3. would you rather live here or in your books?
    4. what is the relationship between Simon and Marcia now?
    5. does Ethel grow back its feathers? why or why not?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Princess J,

      1. Marcia had a succession of sensible boots, which she hated. Her parents believed in shoes being feet-shaped.
      2. I suspect I would l want to be Marcia!
      3. Oh … I’d love to spend a bit of time at the Castle, just to actually be there. But I think I;d probably get homesick after a while.
      4. Well, there’s more about them in Darke and in book 7.
      5. No, Ethel’s feathers have gone – they were plucked out. (ouch) This is based on a true story about a duck in the Lake District.

  86. Hi Angie!!!

    Are you doing any book signings in houston TX soon? Because i would really like if it i got to see you in person. You’re my favorite Author in the world and it would mean alot to me if you were.

    Chandler

    • Angie Sage

      Chandler, that’s lovely! I have been to Houston and done a signing a few years ago but no plans at the moment. Maybe for the last book…

  87. Adam

    Hi Angie,

    After reading Darke, I have a couple questions about one of the main items of the story, the two-faced ring, as well as a few other things. I hope these will not give away the story.

    1. Could the ring be destroyed in BoneFyre, like Etherelda’s portrait?

    2.Is the two-faced ring more powerful than the ExtraOrdinary Wizard? How?

    3.Will the Eastern snow Princess that keeps popping up(Jim Knee, Marcia’s Dad, Snorri in the House of Foryx), have any role in book 7?

    4.Would Jim Knee have been affected by the you-know-what in Darke if it had filled up Marcia’s Room?

    5. Where are the Eastern Snow Planes?

    6. It says somewhere that Hotep-Ra came to the castle after he fled his country on a terrible night. What exactly happened?

    7. Whatever hapened to Una Bracket? You see her giving Captain Fry a package in Syren, and there’s that bit about her in Darke. What has she been up to?

    Thanks a lot,
    Adam

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Adam

      1. No, it’s got serious Darke stuff in it. Much worse than Etheldredda’s portrait.
      2. It has the power of TWO darke Wizards in it. 2 against i ….
      3. I’m not sure yet. Maybe she is just one of those elusive characters. Or maybe not…
      4. Yes, very much so.
      5. High up in the snowy wastes of the east. Kind of where Mongolia is.
      6. He was very nearly killed when a whole lot of Magyk went wrong…
      7. Una Brakket was one of those people who never made it big. She was hoping for a return to the Bad Old Days and was part of a small Castle underground movement who met under the cover of country dancing classes.

  88. syddy

    dear ms. sage
    hi. i.m sydney and i was wondering what is your favorite septimius heap book? i like quest lots! bye ^_^

    • Angie Sage

      Hello sydney,

      I love them all – no favourites. They are all different and I’m fond of them for different reasons. But I do think Darke is the best one yet.

  89. Amelia

    Hullo again!

    I’ve some more questions for you:

    My fan site for Septimus Heap (you know, Septimus-Heap-Lovers.Deviantart.com!) is having a contest (What is your favorite Magykal moment? Every one has to create any form of art (a poem, drawing, painting etc)

    So we wanted to know what yours is. Mine is in Flyte when Septimus is fighting the shadow and its “Apprentice to Apprentice yellow to green.”

    Also are there any other magykal beings in the Septimus Heap World? Like Faeries, Satyrs, Centaurs, Dryads, etc?

    All I know are: Wizards, Witches, Warlocks, Talking rats, Spirit Seers, Ullr (Shapeshifter?), Shape shifters, The mairr cat-thingy, Syrens, Ghosts(of all kinds), The Marram Marsh animals, Dragons, and a few more. Are there more I haven’t mentioned.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Amelia,

      I tend to like the funny moments – so I like Merrin letting Jim Knee out of the bottle. And I do love the moment Spit Fyre hatches, which is not strictly speaking Magykal but it is almost….

      There aren’t any traditional magical beings in Sep’s world apart from Dragons (which are real, of course). But lots of others. Some pretty nasty Forest creatures like tree leeches, Forest wraiths, Giant tree fiends
      Gargle Toads (explosive and highly poisonous). And a lot more witchy stuff too. Banes, Bothers etc.

  90. Maja

    Hi Angie!
    First, didn’t you say that Darke would be released in europe in oktober? Cos I found a copy off Darke in a bookstore in Vienna. I don’t rememer it’s name. I bought it (Ofcourse). Still reading but love it!
    Second, does jen or sep have any middle name?
    Love maja!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Maja,

      I think you probably have the export edition (softback?). Bloomsbury have released this already as the US edition is out there. it is all very complicated…

  91. Okay, I feel like asking the randomest questions, so here goes.
    1. If a girl from, idk, someplace even farther than the far countries showed up in a low-cut, knee-length, strap-less dress, how would the Castle dwellers react? Because I would love to be that girl!!!!
    2.Even though Sep is the seventh son of a seventh son, if he had seven daughters, would the Magyk continue to multiply?
    3.If I squirted Marcia with cheese, would she try to wring my neck?
    4.Does Septimus like waffles?
    5. Do YOU like waffles?
    6.If the Manuscriptorium caught on fire, who would be to blame?
    7.If a pack of wolverines attacked a toddler on Wizard Way, would that make Sep have a relaspe of fear from his YA days, or would he beat the rabid animals up?
    Don’t ask me to explain my motives for these questions, because I seriously have no idea. Just please answer them!
    Sometimes I think I’m left at home too often…

    • Angie Sage

      Hello!

      1. I’m sure they would all be very polite and someone (probably Sally Mullin who would have watched you get off the port Barge) would offer you a cloak because clearly you had had an unfortunate accident and lost your clothes somewhere…
      2. Yes, it would. definitely.
      3. Marcia does not believe in violence. But she would not be pleased.
      4. he’s never had waffles.
      5. yes.
      6. I’d say the strange girl who had lost her clothes in an accident and attacked Marcia with some runny cheese would be prime suspect.
      7. Sep would of course go to the toddler’s rescue. And questions would be asked about why Gringe let them cross the drawbridge. (we all know why – he ran away).
      It is quite possible that they do leave you at home for too long…

  92. Kate Soward

    Hi Angie,
    I am 10 years old and I love the Septimus series! I just bought Syren today, and the whole series is amazing. I live half of my life in the world of Septimus Heap now! You are a fantastic writer. I love all the characters you have created. You’re my favorite author, and you have inspired me to write my own novel and create my own world. Some day I hope I can be an author like you. Thank you so, so much, Kate:)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kate,

      That is wonderful – please spread the word as we need lots more people like you!
      And thank you so much for telling me, too – it makes it all worth while.

  93. Jo

    Is the title of the next book the object that marcellus might create to destroy the source of all the trouble? tried to word it so it wasn’t a spoiler, hope you can understand it!

    • Angie Sage

      No! I mean no it’s not, not no I can’t understand it. If you see what I mean. Keep looking….

  94. I remember somewhere in your books you wrote that Marcia had “chosen an element” or something. Do all wizards do that? If so, what is Silas’s? And, do witches do that, too? But most of all, would the hint you spoke of earlier have anything to do with Sep’s element? Because all my stories involve one thing, pyromancers. They are the center of my stories. Well, not the EXACT center, but they all involve fire in some way, whether it’s directly pyromancer or dragony, or even related to dragon-ish abilities, fire is always there. And I would LOVE Sep even more if his element was fire!!!!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Diana,

      It was something Marcia had done a while back when she was still an Apprentice. It’s not a big thing for them but more of an exploration of various aspects of Magyk.
      Yes, fire would suit Sep, it is true.
      Your stories sound really interesting!

  95. Queen Jenna

    Hi Angie
    I just finished Darke I have to say it was perfect although Jenna is my favourite I don’t understand why she didn’t wait for Beetle and somehow I could feel that Beetle would be new… at the end (can’t tell spoiler)but still I have questions:
    1:Will Jenna know how sad Beetle went when she left?
    2:Will Wolf boy go to his family?(Delete if spoiler)
    3:I think I found the name of the 7th book I’m dieing to say it when you will open the page for those who read the book?
    4:What will be Marcia’s reaction when she finds out you-know-who have to be in her room for 1year and 1day?
    5:I don’t know why but I always though that Jenna will end up with Septimus or Beetle will that happen?
    Thanks hope your not to tired and I changed the name from Princess to Queen you know why
    bye

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Queen Jenna!

      1. Yes, she will.
      2. wait until book 7…
      3. Shauki and I reckon maybe just before Christmas to give everyone time. Sorry about the wait!
      4. Not good. She knew that straight away!!
      5. I still don’t know! honestly…

      Yes, I have noticed your upgrade. I hope you have read your little red book…

      • Queen Jenna

        Hey Angie
        Thanks for answering my questions but I have only 2 more questions:
        1.Will you come to United Arab Emirates for book signing(I just live there it’s not my country.)
        2.When the seventh book of Septimus Heap will come out?

  96. Gabriel

    I have multiple questions about the series but, in order to avoid asking something that probably won’t get answered due to it being considered too much of a spoiler, I will ask four of them..

    1. Does everyone in the castle refer to all of the other countries (the countries that the castle is not located in) as “the far countries” or only some of the countries?
    2. How do the people in the castle refer to their own country?
    3. Do any of the other countries have a wizard ranking system (ExtraOrdinary, Ordinary, Sub, etc.)?
    4. How much time will have passed between the events in Darke and the events in the 7th book?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Gabriel,

      1. Castle people don’t name things much, as you have noticed. They prefer to describe their attributes. All countries are lumped together as the Far Countries. Within that some are given descriptions as in: the Hot Dry Deserts of the South. The Lands of the Long Nights etc.
      2. People in the Castle tend to think of themselves as just belonging to the Castle. But those who live in the Port and ventures out to sea call it the Small Wet Country Across the Sea.
      3. The place that Hotep-Ra came from did, but there are no longer Wizards there, so the Castle is the only place.
      4. About 6 months, I think. At the moment it runs straight on, but there will be a break soon…

  97. Taylor

    Hey Angie, I was reading over comments other people have posted, and one of them mentioned that the two choices for Sep is either Jen or Syrah. I’m really sorry if this is what you had planned but I absolutely can’t stand the idea of Sep and Jen together as a couple. I know you wont tell me whether they’ll got together or not but please don’t.
    P.S. if this doesn’t count as a question I’m sorry but I couldn’t hold it in any longer.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Taylor,

      I do always really like to hear comments, so don’t feel you have to ask a question. And comment very much noted – thanks!

  98. Rachel Emily

    Hey Angie- I have a few questions, and I hope you can answer them all.

    What gave you the idea to have Jenna escape Simon using the chocolate charm in flyte? (my sister’s question)

    How old is Beetle at the end of Darke? 17?

    Technically, isn’t Sep older than Jenna, since he spent 6 months of his life in Etheldredda’s time?

    The books you intend to write after the seventh book- like Marcia’s story, could you write about Hugo, and how he became Marcellus’s Physik apprentice? I absolutely love him.

    How many syllables does the title to the seventh book have? 2?

    Have you noticed that all the title alternate two sylables, 1? (magyk-s, flyte-1, physik-2, queste-1 syren-2 darke-1?

    Was it on purpose or by accident?

    Will Jenna see her mum when she becomes Queen? Or some other Time Is Right?

    What happened to all the courtiers? Do they have nobles, or just the equivelent with out the whole heirs thing?

    Is there going to be another Alchemie Disaster?

    Was Hotep-Ra really Darke, like Simon said (Flyte) , or was that a lie?

    Will we know the evil dude in 7 from past books, or is he (or she) new?

    Are we gonna hear more about Maurene and Kevin?

    Will Lucy and Simon live at the castle now?

    Will Sarah get to chat with Pike’s ghost?

    How far are you on book 7?

    Okay, so maybe that was a LOT of questions, but please answer all the same.

    Good Luck!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Rachel Emily,

      I don’t know what gave me the idea for the Chocolate door – it just came to me when I was writing – the best ideas happen that way, when I don’t think too hard (or too consciously, I guess).

      Yes, Beetle must be about 17.

      I’d love to write about Hugo, that is a really good idea.

      syllables – no I hadn’t noticed. ‘Twas an accident. Weird… but it’s not going to carry on that way, I’m afraid. And I am saying no more…

      Jenna and her mother – more in book 7.

      All the positions on the Palace are filled on merit – no aristocracy. Although some families try to hang onto them. Of course.

      Apart from Maureen and Kevin, who are doing very nicely in the Port and are thinking of expanding into the Castle, I’m going to leave the rest of your rather good questions.

      I am only on chapter 16 of book 7 and must pick up speed! Thanks for for good luck wishes.

      • Septimus man

        hi Angie I am SOOOOO!!! curios about book seven so 1.what is the first letter of the title 2. what is the name of the chapter you are on 3. when do you think it is going to be published 4. Final Question who is your publisher because I might just someday publish a book
        p.s. I am in the United States

  99. ecoli

    Dear Angie,
    I have already posted a question about this lovely series, and I have some more that I forgot – hopefully spoiler-free, unlike the last-to post:
    1. Why did I get an English copy of Darke in Switzerland via Orell-Füssli shortly after it came out but the UK has to wait until October?
    2. Is there any particular reason why Marcia chose the Heaps as Jenna’s foster family-or indeed, why she gave Jenna in foster care at all? Because a Wizard family is a much too risky choice for any princess but a Wizard-princess – green vs violet eyes and the possibility of the princess getting unhappy about this-, and you’d think Marcia should simply install a regent, rather than running away with Jen.
    3. Can someone with no Magykal powers be deliberately given them by someone/something else – permanently? Does this actually happen?
    4. What is Queen Cerys’s and Milo’s general opinion of Jenna’s foster care?
    5. Are there going to be, or have there ever been, handicapped people in the Castle, -say, an blind ExtraOrdinary Apprentice?
    6. In Syren, we see some rather modern stuff, like a submarine. Was the world of the Days of Beyond rather like ours?
    7. Have there ever been Wizard-Queens , or something similar?
    8. What does distinguish a Wizard from a non-Wizard, apart from eye colour?
    i hope you will – and will be able to – answer soon

    • Angie Sage

      hello …

      1. Please write to Bloomsbury publishing and ask them! the whole thing is a total muddle… I am guessing you got the export edition which they published in June.
      2. She wanted a family who already had a baby – jenna was a newborn who needed food and a mother. Hence the heaps who had just had a baby. Regents don’t cut it in the Castle. Its the Queen or nothing…
      3. I think they either have them or not. Like being able to sing. Either you can or you can’t.
      4. I think they are grateful she’s had a loving family. They know what the alternative was.
      5. There have been some blind EOWs but as yet nothing in the books. I hadn’t really thought of that and now we are on the last book I guess I;ve run out of time. Maybe later.
      6. It sounds like it was.
      7. Not in the Castle. They really don’t go together. But in other places, who knows?
      8. Nothing else obvious – until they try some magyk.

  100. Gabriel

    I have two more questions I want to ask.

    1. In the first book, Septimus and Jenna were able to hear the dragon boat so, why can’t Septimus hear it in Flyte as well as Magyk?
    2. Will Septimus ever be able to communicate with Spyt Fyre in the same way that he/Jenna can communicate with the Dragon Boat?

    • Angie Sage

      1. I shall have to look at that. It may be that he was busy just keeping her flying in difficult circumstances.
      2. He does manage it. It’s called Synchronicity.

  101. Sherry

    Hi,Angie!
    I’ve just finished Darke and I have a few questions. Does Simon ever see Thunder again? When do Simon and Lucy get married? Is he ever going to be a Wizard? Thanks and I hope that book 7 is going well!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi sherry,

      the answers to your questions are all ongoing as part of book 7 so we will have to wait and see! Book 7 is going well thanks – but still a lot more to do.

  102. Rachel

    Hi Angie!

    I loved Darke! I have already read it three times in the month it has been out and I ususally only read a book once. So you did a wonderful job of writing it. 🙂 Anyway, I have a couple of questions about a few of my favorite characters. I hope I don’t ask too many.

    1. Does Jenna have a crush on anyone? If so, is it someone we know?
    2. Do chief hermetic scribes often get married? Was anyone ever in love with Jillie Djinn? (I can’t imagine!)
    3. Will Rose become important in the next book? I rather hope so. I like her.
    4. If Septimus Heap is set in a kind of fictional England (and given the characters mannerisms it seems to be), where does queste take place? Is it in eastern Europe like a fantasy version of Hungary or Slovakia?
    5. Will Septimus’s brothers ever leave the Forest and come home? Does Jojo still like Marissa?
    6. Will we ever find out which charactersV are gay? I really want to know. I think it’s cool.
    7. Does Milo fancy Marcia or is he really a “ladies man” type that might use her for his own enjoyment and end up hurting her? I know she likes him and I would hate to see her hurt. Will we see much Milo/Marcia interaction in book 7?
    8. Does Marcia have any habits she wishes she didn’t have? If so what are they?
    9. How tall are Marcia’s python skin heels? What got her interested in pythons? Did Marcia ever feel awkward as an adolescent because she is tall? I know a lot of tall girls my age who are.
    10. Do you think Nicko and Snorri are getting over each other or do you think they will take a break for a while and get back together eventually?

    Thanks for replying to all of my questions!

    • Angie Sage

      HI Rachel,

      so glad you enjoyed Darke!
      1. Not yet…
      2. Yes, they do get married. And sadly, no.
      3. I like Rose too. I shall have to see.
      4. Yes, I did imagine the House of Foryx to be on a snowy eastern europe.
      5. I suspect they really belong to the forest now, but they may come back occasionally.
      6. It depends if it fits in with whats happening in the story. I;m not sure if they will get the chance or not.
      7.Milo is a ‘ladies man’ but it doesn’t mean he can’t be serious too. he was about Cerys after all.
      8. Marcia wouldn’t tell us even if she did. But she used to chew the ends of her hair when she was young.
      9. Not too tall – two and a half inch heels. Fine for walking in. Marcia has a feud with pythons. its personal. Yes she did feel awkward, but who doesn’t?
      10. I reckon they need some space. They spent too long together in the House of foryx. it all got too difficult. I think one day Nicko will take a trip to the lands of the Long Nights!

  103. joseph casey

    hi, i’m joe I am reading physik right now and I like the septimus heap books so much that I started loooking around on the computer at all the stuff that they have about Septimus Heap then I saw a roumer that you were making a seventh book so here is my questions: are you really making a seventh book? If you are what is the title going to be?

    • Rachel Emily

      I’m not Angie, but if you look around the site you’ll find the answer is Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes. And Angie’s not telling what the title is, though she left a really big hint in Chapter 47 of Darke, the sixth book.

    • Angie Sage

      Thanks Rachel Emily. You are right, of course! And glad you like the books, Joe.

  104. Abby

    Why is Marcia so full of herself? I hate the way she is always bossing everyone else around like she knows what’s best for them better than they do. I totally understand why so many people in the series dislike her. she’s so officious and rude. And she seems to never admit she’s wrong about anything. It’s so annoying. I’m sure I’ve hurt Marcia’s feelings with this rant (perhaps you’d better not tell her about it. Haha) but leaders ought to be understanding and wise, not impatient and cruel. I’d kind of like to see Marcia put in her place. Does she get her comeuppance at all in book 7? I guess you might not know this because you’re not through writing yet but I thought I would ask anyway. On another subject, will we see Simon and Lucy get married in book 7? Thank you in advance for responding to these questions.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Abby,

      I’m sorry Marcia bugs you! it’s just her manner; she has a lot of responsibility and whole load of nasty stuff does keep happening, you must admit! I don’t think she is cruel at all ( I can’t think when, anyway…), and I do think she is overall pretty wise. She is a little impatient at times, but she has a lot to deal with. I think basically she is a good person, just a little brusque at times.
      Anyway … no more about book 7 as I don’t want to give too much away!

  105. Septimus man

    dear angie, Look! I changed my screen name from joseph casey to septimus man, but heres my question what country (in the septimus heap world) is the castle?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello septimus man,

      it’s not in any country that we have today but when I write about the Castle I do imagine it being in England. But a different kind of England.

  106. Septimus man

    dear Angie,Right now I am reading physik and I like the Septimus Heap books so much that I started looking around on the computer at all the stuff about it then I saw a roumer that you were making a seventh book so here are my questions: are you really making a seventh book? If you are then what is it going to be called?

    • Angie Sage

      Yes, I am writing book 7 now. And you can find a clue to its title in book 6!

  107. Septimus man

    dear Angie do you think of Harry Potter as Septimus’s rival?

    • Angie Sage

      They are so different – I don’t think they are rivals at all.

  108. IOANA

    Hi Angie,
    I have some questions for you:
    1. Does Septimus know that Beetle has a crush on Jenna?
    2. How old is Bettle in Darke?
    3. What happend with Silas’ brothers?
    Greetings from Romania!
    Good luck on book 7!
    Thanks for answering,
    IOANA

    • Angie Sage

      Hello ioana,

      Thank you – greeting from England!
      1. yes, Sep does know.
      2. He is, I think, 17.
      3. They went off and lived their own lives. There are some in the Port and two went abroad. I must give them some thought …

  109. Sky

    Hi Angie,

    First, I am mad at myself!!! I read too fast for my own good… (I read Darke in less than a day 🙂 ) I have a few questions, too!
    1. Does Septimus have a crush on Syrah? He seems to!
    2. How old will Jenna and Sep be in the 7th book? You don’t have to answer that one if you don’t want to.
    3. Will Merrin ever realise that Nursie is his mother?
    4. What other books do you recommend? I’m 12, though.
    I love your series and I’m itching to read the 7th!
    Magykally,
    Sky

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sky,

      Less than a day is faaaaast.
      1. He did kind of, on the island. And he feels responsible for her too. She is alone in the world.
      2. Not a lot older. I’m thinking maybe 6 months at the end of it. But I haven’t got there yet!
      3. Yes, one day.
      4. Other books – that’s tough as I don’t read other authors for this age group. So I can only talk about the kind of things I read at 12, which is a very long time ago now … Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. Moonfleet by JM Faulkner. Rosemary Sutcliffe’s The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy. Any Sci Fi by John Wyndham is great too. And Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast series. Let me know what you think if you read any!

  110. Callie

    Hey Angie my name is Callie and I’m a big fan of your books. I was wondering who your favourite charecter is. It could be the one you enjoy writing about most or the one you like most. My favourite is Marcia I don’t know why. I’m really happy that there is going to be a book seven I didn’t know if there was going to be but I kinda thought there would because seven is a magikal number and there are six books. I find it so amazing that authors can write books because sometimes I start to write one but it takes so long that I give up on the second page.

    • Angie Sage

      HI callie,

      I don’t really have a favourite character, but I do like writing all the main ones. Marcia is always fun to write. She seems to hold everything together.
      Yes, there has to be 7 books really, doesn’t there?

      I used to think that about writing books too – it just seemed impossible. It took me years to work out how to do it – so you see, there is no rush!

  111. Dear Angie,
    I think you are a fantastic writer. You have always kept me on the edge of my seat while reading. If you dont mind me asking..
    – What inspired you to start writing these books?
    – Where did you think of the names for the characters?
    and lastly..
    – Why is 7 the magykal number?
    thankyou for your time.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Nikki,

      Thank you! I had the idea for Septimus for years but not the time – or the confidence probably – to write it. But once I started writing the world seemed so real that even I was surprised. The names of the characters are just there, I really don;t have to think about them. They just appear. If they feel right, then i already know what the character is like. I still remember the morning I woke up with the name, Marcia Overstrand in my head. Where did THAT come from? I have no idea…
      7 has always been considered a magykal number. For many hundreds of years people thought there were 7 planets. There are 7 days in the week … the 7 ages of man … it’s very common, so I just borrowed it and added a bit, like writers do.

  112. Josiah Lance

    Dear Angie,
    DARKE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I just bought it when it arrived here in our country…and then it was so good I had to keep reading it again and again!!!!!
    I have a question though…
    Why isn’t the puffy edition (the one that has a feel to it when you touch the front cover) and the hardbound edition (except for “The Magykal Papers”) available here in the Philippines?
    Thank you for being such a great writer!!!
    Best Wishes, and God Bless!
    -Lance

    • Angie Sage

      I think the ‘puffy’ edition is the US hardback? I reckon that you are getting the export edition which is softcover and therefore not so heavy and bulky to transport.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

  113. Bianca

    Why does Jenna not have a secret older sister?
    How old is Marcia ?
    What year is this taking place?
    Why do the other Heap boys stay in the woods?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Bianca,

      That’s just how it is, Jenna was Cery’s and Milo’s first baby.
      Marcia is in her mid to late thirties. She doesn’t tell anyone her age.
      Not sure about the year…
      The Heap boys like the forest, it suits them. And some of them like the Wendron Witches too.

  114. ecoli

    hello ANgie,
    I had forgotten yet another question: are there flying carpets in the world of Sep Heap?
    Hope this third question will not disturb (rather than in two different sets)

  115. I’m just throwing out a wild guess that came to me while rereading MAGYK for the ten millionth time… is Wolf Boy gay?
    That idea struck me while reading the line “people standing around him meant more to him than anyone ever had except boy 409 of course”

    • Angie Sage

      Hello heap fan,

      but that was Sep thinking that…
      But you might be right.

  116. JayJo H.

    Hey its JayJo I was wondering
    Why does Jenna not have a Secret older sister she never knew about?
    How old is Marcia ?
    Are Nicko and Snorri dating?
    Is Beetle going to tell Jenna how he feels about her?
    Is the whole heap family going to reunite again?
    Will there be a preview of Jen & Sep in there 20s or 30s?
    😄 xxxxxI ❤ NYCxxxxx

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jay-Jo,

      No, she doesn’t…
      In her mid to late thirties I reckon – but she doesn’t let anyone know her age.
      I would like to write something about what happens maybe 10 years later, but that won’t be for a while.
      And for the answers to the other questions you will have to read Darke and book 7!

  117. Septimus man

    Dear Angie, I was looking at the comments and I saw that you said there was a really big hint to what book seven was going to be called which book and chapter is the hint in? and I am a- what I like to call- junior auther and whenever I write I just might gie up or lose intrest etc. do you have any stratageys when you writ that you can tell me about?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again!

      In chapter 47…

      The boring thing is that it really does help to be older and to have done more things in order to write a book. But often just putting the writing to one side for a while will help. When you go back to it you see it with a fresh eye. But sometimes losing interest is telling you that it is not working. If a writer is bored with what they write, then a reader will be too.

      The best advice is to love your characters and get to know them really well.
      Hope that helps …

  118. josh

    Hey Angie!
    i’m really looking forward to your next book! I have one question thats growing like a DARKE DOMAINE through my brain filling it with curiosity instead or DARKENESSE. In the seventh book if Septimus becomes ExtraOrdinary Wizard will he pick Simon or someone else to be his apprentice?
    -Josh -A- big fan! 🙂
    P.S. Expect a letter in the mail from me!!!!!!! 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Josh,

      Well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it????

  119. Callie

    I just thought of another question today. How do you pronounce Marcia’s name?

  120. Gabriel

    Hello Angie,
    I have yet another question. (I’ve had a large amount of these questions for a while, however I only recently started posting them). I was wondering, is a Possessive Spirit and a Possession Wraith the same thing?

    • Angie Sage

      The P. Wraith is the visual manifestation of the P. Spirit. It’s what you actually see.

  121. Roxann

    Hey its Roxann I was wondering
    What country is snorri from?
    What happen to Silas brothers?
    Are Jen & Sep switched at birth or they replaced each other?
    (my sisters JayJos question)who is Jennas childhood best friend before finding out she was princess?
    😄 🙂 thanks

    • heap fan

      Sigh. Septimus was in the Young Army. He was meant to be DomDaniel’s Apprentice but due to the Nurse being late, Merrin Meredith was taken instead. Therefore, Septimus grew up in the Young Army as Boy 412. Jenna, on the other hand, was the baby Princess. Her mother was killed by the Assassin as Marcia and Alther were preparing a ceremony to celebrate the birth ( or something of the sort). After Cerys, Jenna’s mother, died, Marcia grabbed Jenna, and ran to the Wizard Tower, where she and the Wizards decided they would hide the baby among an innocent family, such as, say, the Heaps. Now, the Heaps thought that Septimus was dead, because that is how the Matron Midwife proclaimed him. So they took Jenna in as their own daughter. She was NOT a Septimus replacement, they were NOT switched at birth, and they are now happily reunited. 🙂
      Silas’ brothers went on and lived their lives. They aren’t important. 🙂
      Snorri is from the Far Countries, like all NOrthern Traders.
      Jenna’s childhood best friend was Bo, the girl next door with whom she used to pretend that they were lost princesses, separated at birth. 🙂
      Most of those answers are in the books if you just look carefully enough.

      • gabriel

        Snorri is specifically from the Land of the Long Nights.

      • Angie Sage

        Hello heap fan,

        brilliant, thank you! Better than I could have put it…

    • Unknown-4-Always

      Hey Roxann!
      I can answer your last question! Jenna’s friend before she became princess was Bo. I’m pretty sure she still is her friend according to one of the books saying at the end that Jenna showed Bo the palace, so I’m assuming they still would have contact. 😛 Hope this helps!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Roxanne,

      heap fan said it all!

  122. Angie,
    First, I would like to say thank you because your first book was really what got me into reading years ago. I did not read before your book I just didn’t find it interesting but now I know that I love fantasy. It would be nice to have a book signed by you. Are you doing or planning any book signings?

    Your Fan (and now avid reader),
    Andrew

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Andrew,

      that is really lovely, its the best thing to know that Magyk has made someone begin to love reading…
      If you live in the UK I will be doing quite a few signings in early October when Darke is published here.
      Sorry to say I won’t be coming to the USA this year, although I will be in Hamburg for a day in September.

      I will tweet all dates and post them here. Hope to see you!

  123. Hi Angie!
    I just wanted 2 know if u could tell me the name of ur editor
    cuz im writing a book.really 4 books(its a saga).
    also does bettle ever tell Jenna how he feels about her?and if so does she feel the same way?and do they start to go out?

    Thx for awnsering ur my all time FAVORITE author.

    (H) Ser7enity

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Se7enitty,

      Good luck with you saga! I can’t give out my editor’s name as its kind of private info, I hope you understand… You really need to find an agent first and let them do the sending-off-to-editors thing. Have you had a look at The Writers and Artists yearbook? It’s a good place to start for agents. (Its where I found my first one, so it does work…)
      And Beetle and jenna ? it’s an ongoing saga.

  124. heap fan

    I hate to keep coming back but will Book 7 end when Sep is 17, the end of the Apprenticeship? Or will it end before that? Also, in the books you say only Wizards have green eyes, but above you say that other people have them too… which is correct?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Heap fan,

      I haven’t finished book 7, so i don’t know the answer! At the moment I am thinking not, but that may change.

      Ah, eyes … the other people who have them have Wizard abilities but maybe are not able to use them. Or don’t want to.

  125. Onlyme

    Ah, Hello Angie
    Well, days ago i knew it was your birthday, the same day i wanted to say you, Congratulations! but i didnt want to my comment to be removed…so first i want to say you Congratulations for your Birthday days ago!!!
    And know a question:
    How you make your books traduce to spanish?? Do You know the traductors???
    Well, its all i want to say.

    P.S. I am spanish, so my english is not really good

    • Angie Sage

      Well, thank you! I had a really nice day.

      The Spanish publisher finds a translator – which is good as I wouldn’t know how to!

  126. Drew

    Seeing the responses always makes me want to ask more questions, so sorry if I ask too many!
    well, here it goes-
    1. Will we see Septimus to the end of his apprenticeship? because I saw that you said that book 7 will take place about 6 months after, and he’s still just in his fourth year…
    2. It seems like alot has to happen in Book 7; does that mean that it will be over 49 chapters or no? (btw I LOVE long books!)
    3. I was just wondering this, will we see Theo Heap again? I know he came back briefly in Magyk, but I don’t think Aunt Zelda saw him, did she?
    4. I have bought all of the books and I like them alot, but if you’re doing a second edition, I’d want to read those too. What do you recommend to your fans who have all of the copies but want to read the 2nd editions too?
    5. When you write more spin off books, will those come out right after the series is done or after a little break?
    6. Who’s your favorite minor character?
    7. Will anyone important die in book 7?
    8. When Syara wakes up, will she be depressed to find that she’s 500 years after her time?
    9. How old was Syara in book 3?
    10. Does Septimus learn how to use Magyk and Physik together like Syara does? I don’t know how Marcia would feel about working with Marcellus…
    Good luck on book 7!

    • Please, in the future two or three questions only! Angie is really busy writing the last book right now.

  127. ecoli

    Hello,
    here I am again. There was another question I forgot to post: It is said in Syren that Syren was once a single island that sank into the sea and was split into seven, and – i think – on Ask Angie 3 that the reason why nothing’s left over from the Days of Beyond is that because it was wiped out by a Flood. I have some questions about this:
    1. Was this Flood – assuming that I read this right – caused by Syren sinking into the sea?
    2. Was the former Syren larger than the archipelago? It’s a bit on the small side to be inhabitated and need roads…
    3. Why did Syren sink into the sea? Was it a volcanic event – or some stuff going wrong?
    4. I heard that Syren might be a giant turtle. If so, how do the Ice Tunnels join up there? And why don’t the Isles wander around, then?
    Sorry for posting so many questions in different posts. I hope that you will be able to answer before the summer holidays in Switzerland begin – otherwise I will have to wait for months!

  128. Amelia

    Hullo Angie! I think I found a mistake in Magyk:

    It says in the beginning of Magyk that Sarah is from witch and warlock family but in Darke it says she is from a Witch and Wizard family which is right?

    Will Rose have a large part in the last book? She seems to have been pushed into almost a main character in Darke. A bit like Romilly Badger.
    Which wizard is Rose apprenticed to?

    What are all the names of the wizards in the Wizard Tower

    Will you do a full family tree of Jenna and Septimus, Like the one in “The Magkal Papers” but more detailed?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Amelia,

      I think there are a few mistakes in Magyk – or rather a few things that have altered as I have written more books. It is like going to a strange country and at first misunderstanding things. Only later do you realise what everything means.
      Sarah is from both kinds of family. Warlock is a male witch so she is from Witch and Wizard.
      Rose just kind of arrived, like people do. She’ll be around in Book 7.
      I think that is a really good idea. I am making all kinds of notes and want to do some kind of definitive index (NOT a darke one!) when I have finished.

  129. allie

    Hi Angie! i love the septimus heap series!!!! they’re amazing!!!! Congrats on darke! And i’m really looking forward to book 7…. So anyway i was re-reading Syren and it just occurred me. How old is Romiily Badger? Is tht how u spell it?

    • Angie Sage

      Thanks!

      I am squinting at the screen to see the spelling – Romilly has 2 Ls anyway…
      She is in her mid teens. 15 or 16.

  130. ecoli

    Here I am again, with some more questions – this series always makes me wonder, want to ask:
    1. In this Castle, everything seems to work by tradition. Is this true? (sometimes, breaking them would look safer than following them through, but..)
    2. Who did build the Ice tunnels?
    3. Why are the Ice tunnels iced up? Was it something like what a nuclear meltdown is in our world – the words “great alchemie disaster” suggest this – requiring a seal-up?
    4. Are there mosquitoes in the Marram Marshes?
    5. Why seems the Princess to lack any bodyguards? No wonder that she always gets into trouble.
    6. How do the Queens pay for all the bureaucracy that we saw in Physik? How long did they exist? (it seems at least 5000 years given 776*7)
    7. If Jenna got killed before having any children, who would succeed, and why did this one not succed when Cerys was killed? Could she adopt an heir on her own – just in case? Are there requirements – because not allowing it is just too risky to be the first choice – for such an adopted heir?
    Also, I noticed I posted my reply to one of your answers twice- i wrote it wrong and dispatched it in mistake – the second one is the right one.
    I hope that I am not asking/writing too much and that you will be able to answer soon.

  131. Garret

    Hello,
    I was wondering, if magyk is affected by the presence of the darke, why weren’t any of the sealed things in the palace attic unsealed when the Darke Domaine encompassed them.

    • Angie Sage

      The Darke Domaine affects living things in its early stages. If it had hung around for longer and got even more powerful it would have UnSealed everything. But it needs time to do that, which luckily it did not get.

  132. Maddie

    Sorry, I just posted some questions, but this popped into my head. Silas is a 7th son, and Septimus is his 7th. So Septimus is a 14th son in a certain way. Nicko would be the thirteenth son. Does that make Nicko unlucky? And another Nicko question (I hope I’m spelling his name right). How do you pronounce it? Most people tell me its nE-cko, with an e sound. But I think that nI-cko with an I sounds a whole lot better. And I almost imagine him with black hair, result of reading about another Nikco but with black hair. Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Maddie,

      I don;t thin kit works that way as it is sons and grandsons if you add them together, which is different.

      Nicko is pronounced like Nick .. Oh. Not an e sound, but an i sound, as you say. I suppose it depends which language is your mother tongue, but in English that is how you would say it.

      He’d look cute with black hair, but he is a Heap …

  133. Random Peep

    I was just curious and, when are the Heap boy’s birthdays? I know that Septimus’s birthday is December 21, but what about Nicko, Simon, Jo-jo, ect. It would also be nice to know Sarah’s and Silas’s. Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      It’s something I have been meaning to do – working out their birthdays. Will post when I have done it!

  134. Diana

    I meant to write these posts months ago; I wrote them down in a notebook, but never actually got around to typing them; however, the last post was written today.
    1.After writing for a few hours, I sometimes go off to do something else, but later I’ll remember the story, and if I’m tired I’ll think it was some television show or a book I’m reading, but then I think, “Oh yeah, I wrote that!” Has that ever happened to you?
    2.When I first saw the movie How to Train Your Dragon by Dreamworks, I thought the final battle was the best dragon fight ever . Then I read Darke, and now, the movie ranks second. Now, when I watch the movie, all I can think is, “Hiccup and Toothless would soooo lose against Sep and SpitFyre, but it would be a battle everone wants to see.” Please write more dragon things in book 7!
    3. I recently bought some summer scarves, one blue, one pink. I also just thought of how impractical they are. Are there any fasionable yet impractical accesories in the Castle, other than Marcia’s shoes?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Diana,
      1. Yes, it does. And in reverse too. that’s why i try not to read anything too similiar to Septimus because you never know where ideas creep in from.
      2. Great!
      3. Marcia does sometimes go for a silver headband which slips down over her eyes if she runs. The Castle like any small community does have sudden fads. A few years back everyone tool to wearing tiny feathers pinned to their sleeves. It didn’t last, though.

  135. Diana

    Hey Angie! Look, I’vegot yet another comment!!!!! Anywayzles, (my own special word BTW) I jus had the strangest thought… Occasionally, I get weird, like, hints, about the future, not exactly visions, more like feeings and thoughts. I just thought about how I always knew that the las Sep book would be called (insert spoiler here), so at that moment, I felt insane excitement and I sort of saw, in the back ut my mind, the words OMG!OMG!OMG! over and over again, in te font of your blog, and the king of paper that the US version is made with, and on that page, I simply saw the chapter number, 26. I have no idea if this means something with happen hat’s really exciting in chapter 26 of book seven, but I will pay very close attention there anyway. Woah, it’s 8:38 PM here, I shuld probably log off…

  136. Andy

    Hey Angie. I LOVE THE BOOKS. Marcia’s my fave but I have to ask a completely unrelated question;
    In the Magykal Papers you include Sarahs Recipe for Sauteed Frogs

    How do you prepare the frogs because I don’t think it says it in the books and they look very nice

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Andy,

      personally I would buy them pre-prepared. It’s a gruesome business otherwise and involves keeping them in a bucket of clean water for a few days and then … well, I won’t go on. I’m about to cook supper. No, it’s not frogs.

  137. Diana

    Angie, I just want to say that you are the person I want to be like in life! Whenever I run into a problem with writing, I always imagine how hard it must be for you to write your novels, and suddenly, my modest little writing ventures seem so simple! Unfortuneatly, I have run into a little problem; a story I’ve been working on for ten months, but only got to chapter 9 (I know, sad, right?) has gone missing. Worst case scenario, the cleaning lady tossed it out. I seriously hope that didn’t happen, but if it is gone for good, at least I was getting bored with it anyway. I read it over shortly before it went missing, and it was so poorly written that I could hardly stand to read it! I suppose that must be fate telling me it’stime for a re-write!

    • Rachel Emily

      HI Diana, I’m a Sep fan like all the rest of us, and I like to write, so I have some advice.

      Type it up. Notebooks are great, being that they are portable, but it is faster easier, and neater to use a computer. And safer. I don’t think the cleaning lady is going to toss a computer. 😉 ANd to guard against computer crashes, it’s probably a good idea to make a back-up copy on a cd or something. Or attach the file to an email and send it to your self, and it will be stored on line as well. Plus, you are going to have to type it up eventually, if you ever want to publish it, so why not as you are writing it. It also makes it much easier to rewrite. And so, whenever I get bored of writing, I’ll usually go back and edit some of what I already wrote, adding details, taking away, and in general improving the the fluency as well as the plot as it is mapped in my head.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Diana,

      thank you so much …
      It does get tough writing, the worst loss has been a whole day’s writing when my computer decided to pack up. To lose a whole chapter would be awful. I do hope the cleaning lady has not thrown it out… On the positive side, sometimes, if you can bear to rewrite it it does turn out better the next time. And if you were getting bored with it, then maybe it felt upset and wandered off to sulk in a dark corner. Or threw itself into the waste bin. Yes, time for a re-write!!

  138. Diana

    In a field guide for another fantasy series, I read that epic fantasy is like medieval romance. Do you think that’s true? Plus, am I the only one who would rather take a vacation to the Castle instead of the Bahamas?

    • Angie Sage

      I’d go to the Castle any day.

      There are lots of similarities between traditional medieval romance and fantasy – the idea of the quest, the hero, a sense of hidden destiny. And that odd feeling of timelessness too. But having re-read the Morte d’Arthure recently I’d say modern fantasy is generally much more interesting with a lot less blood.

  139. JayJo

    Hey it’s JayJo again
    My sister roxann asks to many question but hey then again were twins she the loud I’m the quiet one.
    1How old is rose?
    2 Is there any other books you recommend for me and Rox to read ? were 12 though
    Thanks:) -JayJo Good luck on book7
    Greetings from New York

    • Angie Sage

      Hi, Jayjo,

      Rose is about 14 I think. Other books … I only know old stuff now, but old stuff is still good. You could try to get hold of Rosemary Sutcliffe’s The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy. Moonfleet by JM Faulkener is good too. And The Sword in the Stone by TH White is great.

  140. Unknown-4-Always

    Hello!
    I just want to say I’ve read all the books and I really liked them. Darke was really awesome! I don’t want to reveal anything to the people in the UK but believe me it’s REALLY good.
    Sorry but I was browsing the site septimusheap.com and I noticed a spelling mistake. 🙂 When you see the map and press “The Badlands”, under the subtitle “Why you’d come here” instead of “for” it’s “ofr”.
    I’d really appreciate if you could get someone to fix it! 😉
    Thank you for reading this.
    First time poster/All time reader

    • Angie Sage

      Hi there,

      thanks, really pleased you like Darke!

      I have to admit I’ve not looked at the Sepheap website for a while. So much else to do! But there are a few bits on there I need to look at. But I think a small typo will have to wait a while…

  141. Luna

    Hola it’s Luna
    Why does every single queen have a girl , why not a boy for king ?
    Does every wizard have to have green eyes?
    Why does every princess have violet eyes ?
    What is the kingdoms name? 
    In physik why did the chest say PRODUCIA DE PERU if America & South America  wasn’t yet discover or it all ready was?
    What if Sep wasn’t at post at the wizard tower that would they have still found him as seventh son of the seventh son?
    Is the whole setimus heap series are going to be made into a movie series like Harry potter?
    -Luna 🙂 thanks

    • Unknown-4-Always

      I’d like the series to become movies too! (Heard tis going to get ready for filming and such eventually) 😀 The only problem is if you are a fan of the books you might not enjoy the movies as much. 😦
      You see there is soooo much detail put into the books (THX Angie!) that the possibility to actually include EVERYTHING isn’t really likely. Writing the screenplay is a lot of work and the ppl who write them have the job to cut the book down to a formidible size for the movie. Sometimes it turns out ok but other times not.

      My example —> If you have read the Harry Potter books then watched the movies, you would find some quite appalling. Like for example Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I quite hated it. 🙂 I know they tried…. but really? A major fight scene was cut short.

      I’m going off topic ( 😉 ) but my point is the movie can be good and bad depending on your point of view. Oh and to keep this on here and not be actually chat… let’s see—–> In Physik Marcellus listens to his mother and abducts Septimus when it’s pretty clear that he dun like her, so why would he do it? Etheldredda didn’t have the power she used to and she couldn’t really do much as a ghost… Was he afraid of the aie-aie biting him? Seems interesting. I would appreciate it this could be elaborated. Thx! 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Luna – this is a reply to you but it won;t go below your post. Dunno why…

      The Queen thing is just the way it is in the Castle. Like in England it used to be that only boys could rule, so I am redressing the balance a little. So it is not a Kingdom, but a Queendom! And the Castle is just the Castle, they are not bothered about names too much.
      Who knows what might have happened if Marcia hadn’t found Septimus. Sometimes Sep gets weirded out just thinking about that. It scares him.

  142. ecoli

    Hi Angie,
    I have noted that I recently posted quite a lot of questions ( including erroneously posting a reply twice) and that I should restrain a bit, but I still have three last ones before I will pause for the holidays:
    1. Are Sep and Jenna really unrelated to each other – even if it goes back a REALLY long time?
    2. If they formed a couple, wouldn’t it be … politically charged? If Wizards and Queens do not get together…
    3. Does anyone exercise the power of the Queen if she cannot do it herself/if there isn’t one?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi,

      1. Most people in the Castle are related way back, you just have to go back a very long way.
      2. Yes, it would be. ‘Queens and Wizards do not agree’ and all that.
      3. They just have to find a relation, like a niece, or a cousin. So far there has always been someone.

  143. Myka

    For a dragon to Imprint someone, do they ALWAYS have to bite them? If so, did the Darke dragon (hope that’s not a spoiler, but the drawing of it is posted on the front of the blog, I guess) Imprint Merrin?

    I certainly hope not. I wouldn’t like to be bitten by any dragon, but that’s the worst.

    • Angie Sage

      A dragon doesn’t have to bit someone, but it helps. Just being with someone will do it.

      I won’t answer your second just in case it does spoil it ….

      I totally agree about being bitten by a dragon tho.

  144. Addie

    In the first book, why does Sally call Marcia a floozie? She doesn’t strike me as a floozie at all. And I know people are always asking about Marcia’s crush but does anyone have a crush on her? Thanks for respOnding Angie! The fact that you actually answer questions is awesome. So many authors don’t.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Addie,

      No indeed Marcia is not a floozie. But gossips like something to gossip about. And I love that word! -I had to get it into a book somehow!

      I think quite a few people have a crush on Marcia, she is quite charismatic. But not many of them dare say anything.

      It’s a pleasure answering the questions – and getting them!

  145. JuliAnne

    Dear Ms.Sage
    I am a HUGE fan! I absolutely adore the Septimus Heap series and I have turned my two best friends into Septimus fans also (trying to recruit my brother and some more friends but my brother is tough to crack…) Anyways, I was wondering why in Syren Merrin Meredith keeps calling himself Septimus and why he stays in the castle instead of going to his mom.
    Sincerely,
    JuliAnne

    • unknown4always

      Hiya JuliAnne I can actually answer both ur questions!

      You see Merrin calls himself Septimus because for the first 10 years of his life that’s who he thought he was, of course we know he’s wrong but he’s in denial… He feels that Septimus stole his identity when he turned from Boy 412 to Septimus Heap and he then turned out to be be Merrin Meredith (btw he doesn’t like the name).

      He stays in the castle because he doesn’t know who is mom really is. He found shelter for himself and he’s like independant. It’s also obvious when you read Darke (sixth book) that he doesn’t know who is mom is.

      Hope this helped!! :p

    • Angie Sage

      Hi,

      Thanks for spreading the Septimus word!

      Merrin was brought up with DomDaniel and called Septimus Heap for the first 10 years of his life, so he has every reason to still think of himself with that name. And he doesn’t know who his mother is. He’s had a tough time…

  146. Rose

    Hello Angie ;D
    Just one tiny question, How old is Beatle compared with septimus.
    Good luck with the new book, =D

    Rose

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Rose,

      It’s in Flyte and I must check it out, but its either 2 or 3 years older. Ish.

      Thanks!

  147. Taylor

    Hi again Angie, I was on the swings one day, random, i know, and i thought of this question.
    Lets say cars (automobiles) had been invented in Sep’s world, if I was driving down the street and never got out of the car on that street my whole life, and 10 years later, i died, would i be able to walk down that street, or would I have to be in the car? Hope that makes sense. Thanks. 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Taylor,

      After 10 years in a car I’m not surprised you died! I’m only surprised you lasted that long… But I do know what you mean. It’s the same as Alther in his boat. You’d have to be in the car. But by then the car would be a wreck so you;d have to be in the ghost of your car. Which is a whole new story.

  148. Gabriel

    The series often mentions charms and other things that have disappeared over time but, aren’t new charms also made as time goes on? On average, how many new charms are made per year and how many of those charms do something that no previous charm is capable of doing?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Gabriel,

      Yes, new Charms are made but it is human nature to always think things were better in the old days. And of course some things that are lost cannot always be replaced.

      But there are some very new, powerful Charms being made at the manuscriptorium and at the Wizard Tower.

  149. Maris

    Hi Angie,
    I was wondering where you get your names,
    just if you had like someone you named after the characters, if you just liked the name.
    Thanks,
    Maris

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Maris,

      the names just appear in my head. its about the one thing I don’t have to think hard about. Which is really nice. Bu they are not named after people I know at all. Apart from Petroc Trelawney( who I don’t actually know but who does exist.) But I just couldn’t resist that. Such a great name!

  150. spitfyrerocks

    will syrah be in the next and final book? PLEASE!!!!!!! I am your biggest fan. PLEASE WRITE MORE SEPTIMUS HEAP SERIES BOOKS! SEVEN ISNT ENOUGH.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Spitfyrerocks!

      I know, but I think 7 is probably enough … but I do want to do others about the Castel and all kinds to do with the series. I haven’t finished yet! Yes, more of Syrah.

      • Maddie

        I don’t know if I want her to wake up or not… Well at least now I know. Her and Sep don’t kiss, do they? Cause if they do I’m going to have to lugg a plastic baggie around to the spot where I’ll read the next book.

  151. Andy

    I know I already asked a question but i think my last one was bit silly. SORRY!

    anyway I was wondering;

    1. What is DomDaniels name. Is t still DomDaniel. Did he make it up or was his name Dominic Daniels.
    2. Beetles Crush is a bit creepy. I mean in Flyte Sep and Jen are 11 and hes 3 years older like 14. And a 14 year old having a crush on an 11 year old. I mean it is fine the other way round its just a bit you know and I was wondering if you had noticed that when you were writing it.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Andy,

      I didn’t notice it being silly….
      1. DD took the name for himself. It means hell.
      2. yes, well these things happen sometimes. That’s why Beetle never said anything. And why Jenna didn’t notice. I hadn’t thought of it a creepy though, probably because I often think of jenna as a little older than she is and Beetle as a little younger. But I do see what you mean.

  152. Sherry

    Hi,Angie!
    I have 2 questions: If Simon wants to be the EOW so bad, why doesn’t he (and Lucy) move to another place in need of an EOW (or Apprentice) or is there only 1 Castle? Also, what happened to the other horse (the 1 that he stole at the end of Flyte)? Thanks and good luck on finishing Book 7!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Sherry,

      there is only one Castle for SImon. And only one Wizard Tower anywhere!

      Not sure about the horse. Must ask.

  153. Sherry

    Hi, Angie!
    I was wondering what colour are Wizards’ eyes before they’re exposed to magyk? Are they gray like Sep’s at first? Thanks!

  154. Septimus394

    Do Septimus and Jenna have a middle name?
    If they do, what is it?
    When is Septimus/Jenna’s birthday?

    • Luna

      Sep’s & Jen’s birthday is December 21
      Hope this helps. 🙂 – Luna

    • Angie Sage

      No, neither of them do. Silas and Sarah hadn’t had time to think of one before Sep was snatched away. And Jenna was hard for them to name and they had a feeling she already had a name. So they stuck with one.

      21st December!

  155. bizzie

    Hello!
    I have one question and it is about the illustrations. Which character that Mark Zug drew is the most like what you pictured in your mind? to me, nicko looks exactly as i pictured him. Thank you!

    p.s. I love your books!

    • Angie Sage

      I agree – Nicko for me too. and also the picture of Jenna in Flyte. And Sam in the MagykalPapers. He is weirdly similar…

  156. Garret

    What is the difference between a Possessive Spirit and a Possession Wraith?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Garret,

      The P.Wraith is the manifestation of the P.Spirit. it is how how the P. Spirit wants to be seen.

  157. Gabriel

    What do people in the castle do with corpses?

    • Angie Sage

      They float them down the river on a Leaving Boat. Some people ask to be buried in the woods opposite the Castle.

  158. Sugar Rae

    hello angie!

    i really love your books……but the closest place to get them are seven hours away 😦 so next time i go there i’m buying every book i don’t have. i have one question right now = how olds do you think your youngest fan is?

    thanks

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sugar Rae,

      7 hours is a long way away!! I don;t know for sure how old my youngest fan is, but I know my nephew began reading them age 8 and is a big fan. I guess much younger than 7 would be difficult though.

  159. ecoli

    hi,
    sorry for breaking my promise,
    but there are two last questions – but take time:
    1: Is there a difference between a Witch-Princess and a Wizard-Queen? Marcellus mentions the existence of the former, but here it is said there aren’t any of the latter – it strikes me as odd.
    2: I know I asked something like this before, but most coincidences (and problems) with Magyk come from Jenna’s backstory. Would it have made more sense without the whole adoption business, which seems to be the source of some problems?

    • Angie Sage

      Well, witches and Wizards are very different. Witch stuff mixes better with being a Queen than Wizard stuff.

      I think Jenna’s backstory is fine – the only stuff that is not as clear as it could be, I think, is the DomDaniel backstory. Jenna’s adoption and early life is pivotal to the book, I am not sure how else she could have survived. And without her link to the Heap family, the whole series wouldn’t work half so well…

  160. Kimberley

    Hey Angie. I live in the UK and I would like to know whether you will be doing any book signings down in Cornwall. I would also like to know how long it takes you to write a book. The one I’ve written took me six months but it’s taken little under two years to finish editing it.

    Awsome books! I haven’t read Darke yet as I’m in the UK but I’ve read the first three books twice and I’m reading Queste again at the moment.

    Your humongous fan,
    Kimberley x x x

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kimberly,

      thank you!

      I do hope I will be doing s signing in Falmouth Booksellers when Darke comes out, I must get in touch with them. But before then I’ll be in Taunton on September 21st at 4.00 pm at St George’s School and then at bath Children’s Lit fest on Sunday 25th! I’ll post more details nearer the time.

      I’d like at least a year to write each book and I did have a year for DARKE, which was great. And editing does take a while, but I do have a really great editor, which helps. 6 months is pretty fast to write a book it seems to me, but I know lots of writers are faster than I am! I don’t think people realise how much headspace it takes up…. Good luck with your book!

  161. Hi!
    I’ve read Darke now and it was AMAZING but I have some questions about it and the other books…
    1. Does Jenna or Septimus (or enyone else important) have a middle name?
    2. How did Septimus know that SpitFyre was a male when he was born?
    3. All this talk about Marcias crush…. What page and which book does it say??? I’ve been looking for it long now….
    4. Ok last question, I noticed that someone had discovered that 4+1+2=7 (wich I thought were brilliant!), but then I thought 4+0+9=13!!!!! The Darke number!!! Please don’t tell me he’s gona turn Darke!!!???
    Greetings from sweden!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi there,

      Thanks!
      1. See above for jen and Sep. Some do have middle names. You can find them in the Magykal Papers.
      2. Lucky guess!
      3. It is not in any book, except maybe a small clue in Flyte. But it has grown out of all proportion here!
      4. No … but he might have hidden talents, you never know.

  162. cate

    hi Angie!
    Darke is amazing, thanks for writing the septimus heap series! in syren, Jakey names his boat Lucy, and i was wondering if lucy ever sees Jakey around. i thought it’s really sweet of Jakey to be so nice to Lucy, and disobey skip. i forgot, or i just have bad memory, but does syrah have curly-ish red hair? i think she does because when i read the part about syrah, i thought of myself, always a little pre-occupied.
    with magyk,
    Cate

    • Angie Sage

      Hello cate,

      Jakey has gone travelling far away, but who knows what might happen one day? I ithnk Syrah has curly-ish brown hair, as far as I remember. It might have a reddish light to it in the sun…

  163. Laura Cooper

    Hi,Do You Know When The 7th Book Would Come Out? I Dont Want Septimus Heap To End Because I Love It SO Much.

    • Angie Sage

      hi Laura,

      I don’t know when the 7th book is scheduled for. I haven’t finished writing it yet! I do know that my deadline for delivery is next May but we are all hoping I am finished before then.

      It won’t be the end of everything – just the main series. There are other Septimus books I would like to write too. Maybe about other characters, other times even.

  164. Sherry

    Hi,Angie!
    I have 2 questions: How many horses does Simon have? Because judging by the way he treats Thunder, which I think is his favourite, it seems very likely that he has more horses. (And also,at the end of Flyte,it said Simon stole a horse) My other question is if Septimus has 7 sons,what happens? Thanks and good luck finishing Book 7!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Sherry,

      Simon still has Thunder. He did steal a horse and I am not sure what happened to it. It may be that a farmer found it wandering in the Sheeplands. I think he does his best for Thunder and Thunder does like Simon.

      As to Sep having seven sons – powerful Magyk, I guess. But I don’t know that he will.

  165. Hey Angie!!!
    thanks for awnsering!
    I wanted 2 know if i could make a facebook
    page for Septimus?and thx
    for the info!

    YOU ARE AWESOME!!!
    Ser7enity

  166. heap fan

    i think i found the clue. I’m guessing it was the line “——–” I blanked that out as to not spoil anything for others…. can you let me know if i have found it?
    thanks so much for your time 🙂

  167. Gabriel

    I have multiple questions. However, I can only remember 2 of them that I would like to post right now.
    1. Can a non-human animal be possessed and or inhabited?
    2. What happens if a spirit tries to possess someone who is already possessed?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Gabriel,

      1. Yes an animal can be. Usually it will be a cat.
      2. Trouble! But they wouldn’t. It would be like moving into someone else’s house.

  168. niah

    Dear Angie
    In Physik there’s mentioned that the room where Jenna found Septimus again,was the second biggest room Jenna has ever seen….So what was the biggest room she ever saw?
    Good luck with book 7! 🙂

  169. Laura Cooper

    Does Anyone Get Together??If So Betttle And Jenna Would Be A Couple.They Would Look So Cute

    -Lauraxoxoxo

    • You’ll have to read the last book in the series. What’s the point in knowing the answer before reading the book? There is a certain pleasure when you find out these things by reading the actual book…

      • Laura Cooper

        Yea Thanks Shauki Big Fan<3
        -Laura

      • Angie Sage

        Shauki is right! wait and read the book. It’s like opening your Christmas presents before Christmas – it may be fun for a few minutes, but it spoils everything if you know what’s in them.

  170. MuzykMagyk

    Hi Angie!
    MuzykMagyk here, new to this blog thingy. I am an avid fantasty reader and I simply love the series (it’s in my top favorites along with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Fablehaven). I do have a couple of random questions, like everyone else here:
    1. How did Beetle manage to use the you-know-what that kept him alive in you-know-where, because I thought Merrin threw it out?
    2. Are EOWs (and Keepers and CHSs so forth) allowed to retire, or do they have to, persay, become ghosts first?
    3. Septimus and Jenna regard each other like brother and sister, right?
    4. It seems like everyone Sep is friends with has… been very lucky with carrer choices (by the end of Darke). Do you think it’s part of the 7th son of a 7th son magic rubbing off onto them?
    5. Who is more of a best friend to Septimus now, Wolf Boy or Beetle?
    6. If Syrah wakes up, do you think Sep will take her to Hotep so she could complete her Queste she embarked upon 500 years ago? That would be nice for Hotep too so that he would knoww another apprentice survived…
    7. Last Question. Could there be two EOWs at the same time? Like say if a comatose apprentice from past times woke up and married the 7th son of a 7th son who was also going to become EOW #777… sorry. Me just really hoping for everything to work out, like I know it will one way or another.
    Thanks for the time you put into answering everybody’s questions, and I look forwards to book 7!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi there,

      Thanks! and welcome to the blog…
      1. He didn’t. he had to rely on his own resources.
      2. They can retire. Sarah Heap thought Alther had retired, not been killed. But most don’t. Both jobs are too good to give up easily.
      3. Yes. Mainly.
      4. Tis true. But they are also interesting people. And in the right place at the right time too.
      5. I’d say it is Beetle. They do have more in common. But Sep is still very fond of Wolf Boy.
      6. It would be nice. If she wakes up.
      7. Can you imagine 2 marcias? but you mean a joint husband and wife team. I think they would have to take turns. It could lead to trouble though.

  171. Hey Angie, congratulations on such a spectacular series, even I who has just turned thirteen, has been inspired to make my very own Septimus Heap costume, and I wear it all the time. If you ever come to Australia please please please ( I bet you will when you go on your book tour) please come to Taree the Manning Valley, I would love to meet you and get your awesomoust signature.
    I enjoyed every word said in your books, and Move over Harry Potter here because comes Septimus Heap. Drum roll!! Do you like Harry Potter?
    Well if you read this, which you proberly will considering you look like you are always on your blog I would love to hear from you.
    Congratulations with such an exceptional series. You have done us fans great!! From an enthusiastic big, astronomical and any other word that describes big FAN!!

    • Angie Sage

      Thank you Emma!

      I did go to Oz – to Perth – about 18 months ago and I would LOVE to go to oz again. My brother lives there and is a real ozzie now. So pleased you love Septimus so much. I woudl love him to be as popular as Harry one day. I read the first 2 HPs and then stopped. I was already writing Septimus then and was afraid I;d pick up ideas by mistake. Yes, i did like them, very much.
      Maybe I can come back to oz for book 7…. I hope so.

  172. Hey Angie

    Congratulations on the books, I absolutely loved them, my hands felt like they were super glued or something, I am ten and I absolutley love all the characters, your writting is so vivid you dont even need to make a movie!!!! so totally awesome, hey if you ever visit Australia…..

    Thank you, and sorry I broke the rules

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sep911,

      I don’t know what rules you broke? If its not asking a question that is totally fine. I never mind just comments rather than questions. It’s nice. Yes, Australia …. see my answer to the previous question … I would love to come back to oz one day.

  173. Wolfboyaroo

    why is everything released later in england than in america? also could you come and do a talk in my school if they pay u obviusly love the books and cant wait till more stuff wolf boy for the win

    • Rachel Emily

      Actually, it’s the opposite that is normally true. British authors normally have their books reale4ased in the UK first. The reason it’s different for Angie is because (I believe, correct me if I’m wrong) her initial contract publisher is American. And the reason Darke is published so much later is because bloomsbury, the UK publisher, wanted to take advantage of the Christmas market.

    • Angie Sage

      Oh, I know… it was a decision my publisher here, Bloomsbury, made. They say that the book will sell more in October than in June.
      I will be doing lots of signings here in October, and will post them here and tweet them too. So even though you have had to wait for Darke, you might get a signed copy!

  174. cate

    hi Angie! i have a few questions about septimus heap, please awnser them!
    1. will jakey see lucy again?
    2.are spit fyre’s bites poisonus?
    3. when an extraordinary wizard’s apprentice finishes their apprenticeship, so they immedeatly become the extra ordinary wizard?
    4. has the queen ever had a male child? if so, does the boy become king?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello cate,

      1. I don’t know. Maybe. One day….
      2. No, not at all. But they are not nice even so. And dragon dribble can be very corrosive for those who are using Darke stuff.
      3. No they don’t. They may never become one as there are manywho do the Apprenticeship. But they do become eligible.
      4. yes, lots of Queens have sons. But they cannot become King. There are only Queens in the Castle. (It may be tough, but I am just evening up the score. For hundreds of years women could not rule here in England. And no one even bothered about that.)

  175. Gabriel

    1. What happens if a Possessive Spirit tries to possess someone who is already possessed by another Possessive Spirit?
    2. What determines where a Possessive Spirit can go? For instance, Syren could not leave its tower and the malevolent Possessive Spirit in the Possessed Cottage in Bleak Creek can not leave its Possessed Cottage?
    3. What happens if someone is possessed by two different spirits at the same time?
    4. When does the Septimus Heap series take place? What years does the series take place in?
    Sorry for asking so many questions. I have a habit of forgetting them the second I am able to post them.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello gabriel,

      1. There’s an answer to this earlier. Trouble. And they wouldn’t.
      2. That is true, they stay put usually. There are wandering ones and these are terrifying. And rare, thankfully.
      3. That can’t happen. And if it was attempted, I think the person would die. Not nice.

  176. ecoli

    hello,
    kinda of weird question(s), but have you ever dreamed of Septimus Heap? Because I did, and it was not quite like the books…
    Also, could you tell the books out of memory? This is what I am trying currently now

    • Angie Sage

      Hello ecoli,

      No, I have never dreamt of Septimus, which I am quite pleased about really.

      I reckon I could tell them out of memory, although I suspect I might get some of the events in the wrong order. If I had about ten minutes to flick through first I’d be ok, I think. But that is only because I re-read them all very recently. And when I did there were things I was quite surprised to read- which is weird, considering I’d written them in the first place.

      All I can say is – you must have a brilliant memory!

  177. cate

    hi angie!
    If an extraordinary wizard takes on more than one apprentice, and choses the oldest one, what happens to the rest of the apprentices?
    your 2nd biggest fan,
    Cate

    • Angie Sage

      HI Cate,

      they wouldn’t necessarily choose the oldest one, just the one they thought was best. But an Apprenticeship with the EOW is a passport to many interesting things. And many do become Ordinary Wizards. Some go abroad to study and one or two have gone across to the Manuscriptorium.

  178. Myka

    Hi, Angie!

    What sorts of non-domestic animals can you find in the Castle? I don’t think many other than rats and the fish in the river have been mentioned, but even very large cities have animals in them, like pigeons, foxes, and squirrels.

    Speaking of rats, exactly how big was the rat that Beetle found in the drain in Darke? For Beetle to have at first mistaken it as Jenna, it must have been huge, but how would a rat have gotten to be that big?

    In one of the latest National Geographic magazines, there was an article about rescue chickens in Kent. There was a photo of a chicken who had been plucked and was wearing a knit sweater, and I immediately thought of Ethel 🙂

    I’ve been wondering about this for quite a while – why did Jenna name the duckling Ethel? It sounds so much like Etheldredda, and I don’t think Jenna would want to be reminded of that every time she saw her pet duck. Not to mention that Ethel has some very bad memories about Etheldredda, too.

    Thanks for answering my enormous amount of questions! 🙂
    -Myka

    • Angie Sage

      HI Myka,

      there are lots of feral animals in the castle but I guess I don;t mention them much. Pigeons are a nuisance for the Ramblings roof gardens and foxes live in the Palace garden and can be found on the streets too.

      The rat wasn’t huge, but it was in the middle of a bundle of old clothes, so when it moved the clothes did too and it looked bigger.

      Oh, poor chickens – its nice someone is knitting them sweaters…

      Jenna wanted to get the bad memories of Etheldredda out of her mind – she thought that might work, and it did. Now when someone says Ethel, she thinks of the duck – not the name of the queen.

  179. Myka

    Hi!

    I was just rereading Darke for about the billionth time 🙂 and noticed something new (Isn’t it interesting how that happens? Once someone asked me why I reread books, because she considered it redundant and a waste of time, and I just said that no matter how closely you look at something, you’ll always uncover something new if you look again.)

    In the bit at the back of the book where it kind of does some more explaining, the Afterward, I saw that Marissa’s last name is Lane. Is she related in any way to Linda Lane?

    Thanks again!
    -Myka

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      I like re-reading books too – mainly because I soon forget them, however good they are. Its true, you do see so much more the second – and third – time around.

      Well spotted. Linda Lane was her aunt…

  180. Kyra Jones

    Hi, Angie. I was just wondering if the seventh Sep book will be the last, or if you might write more books? Of course, I would love it if you wrote more, but do you think the seventh book will be the end of the series? Thanks, Kyra

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kyra,

      Yes, the seventh is the last of the series, but after that i would like to do a few what they call spin-offs. Maybe Marcia’s childhood, 10 years on in the Caste .. that kind of thing.

  181. Andy

    a few more questions and then I won’t bother you 😉

    1. Where does the Aie-aie come from and how did Etheldredda find it
    2. When Beetles ill Sarah says his mother and father are coming to see him but in Queste you reveal his father is dead
    3. Alther mentions dealing with aunt Zelda in the past such as looking through the store houses for things but in Magyk they had met for the first time.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Andy,

      1. She was given it by a merchant. It was from the hot humid deserts of the south.
      2. & 3. You’ spotted two things that characters have got wrong and I didn;t notice until too late. Sarah got confused about Beetle because he was delirious and talking about his father. Aunt Zelda forgot that she had ever seen Alther. She is getting very forgetful now and that was the beginning of it I am sorry to say. Also there was a certain amount of author forgetfulness too ….

  182. Kyra Jones

    Also, how is the movie coming? And, if an ExtraOrdinary Wizard has multiple Aprentices who are eligible to be the next ExraOrdinary, how is the next ExtraOrdinary Wizard chosen? Sort of like the Chief Hermetic Scribe, or is it a completely different process? Sorry I didn’t mention it earlier, Kyra

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kyra,

      the movie is coming along slowly. Warners have exercised their option to buy the books, which means it is looking much more likely we will get a movie. They are also doing some presentation material in order to get the go ahead ie, the finance. This include some backgrounds and, I think, some image capture stuff with Industrial Light and Magic, which are part of Lucas Films. So we have some big stuff going on, but nothing is certain yet…

  183. Sherry

    Hi,Angie!
    I have only one question today. If Simon wants to be the EOW so bad why can’t he movr to another Castle in need of an EOW or EOW Apprentice? Thanks!

  184. Kimberley

    Hi Angie,
    I can’t find the question i saw the other day about Syrah so I wanted to ask: Will she ever wake up? I think she’s just exhausted from being Possessed by the Syren but I thought three days (maybe more) was quite long for someone to sleep.
    I also have some more questions, I don’t mind if you can’t answer them all.

    1. What date will Darke be out in the UK?
    2. What happens if a wizard has 14 sons?
    3. Can there be a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter who is really Magykal like Sep?
    4. Will there be a book about when Jen becomes Queen?
    5. What happens if a Queen doesn’t have any daughters?

    6. If my book gets published, will you read it?
    7. Do you daydream?
    8. Do all writers plan their books before writing them?
    9. Is it true that characters sometimes start ‘wandering’ around by themselves?
    10. What do you think about a series of books completely about sailing? (I would rather like this to be the next series i write)

    Kimberley x x x

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kimberly,

      The answer to your question about Syrah will be in book 7!
      1. Not long now – in October. Ir if you can get to Taunton you can get it on 21st September. I will post details this week. Also on 25th September in Bath.
      2. I should think he or she are totally exhausted.
      3. Yes, but there don’t seem to be any at the moment.
      4. I woudl like to do one about the Castle 10 years on – so yes, with any luck!
      5.Her sister takes over. It goes down the family until they find a female relative.
      6. I don’t know!
      7. Yes, lots.
      8. No, they don’t. I don’t plan much at all..
      9. Yes – weird but totally true.
      10. That’s a really nice idea – like SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS.

      Good luck with your writing!

  185. tori

    Angie I love the septimus heap series I have read magyk 187 times and it still isn’t getting old. I even made a septimus heap wall with a lot of stuff from the books. No one at mt school has ever seen me without at least 2 of your books out on my desk. I get so into the books half the time I don’t hear anyone call me and I feel like I’m right there with the characters. I have read all the books so many times if someone asked me a question from the book I could tell them the answer, what book it can be found in, and even tell them what chapter and page it can be found on. I would even pull the book out of my backpack to show them. I even made a book of all the spells I could find and keep it in a licked cabnit in my room with all the books, and only I have the key.I have only one question do you think you would be able to read Magyk 187 times in 3 years?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello tori –

      I am AMAZED!!!

      wow, you must know Magyk almost off by heart. And no, I know I couldn’t read Magyk 187 times, I would go bonkers. Also I would begin to see things that i would want to change too.

      Thank you so much for being an Official Septimus Ambassador !

  186. Hey Angie,
    First off, I would like to say that your Septimus Heap books were amazing. I just have a couple of questions for you:
    1. When will the 7th book be coming out? I really can not wait.
    2. When will the movie start to be created?
    3. What is another good series that is simaller to Septimus Heap besides Harry Potter? I really am missing the books, and I like the whole Magic idea and the different universes thing.
    4. What day is the Longest Night?
    Thanks so much!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sydney,

      Thank you!

      1. I am still writing book 7, officially I do not have to deliver it to my publisher until May but we are all hoping I finish it earlier. I am not sure what date they want to publish at the moment. ASAP I think…
      2. When they get the financial go-ahead. Which has not yet happened but looks like it might soon.
      3. I am out of touch with new stuff to read as I don’t read other series in case ideas creep into Septimus. So all I can tell you are the three series I read ages ago when i was young. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring.
      The Ghormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peak and the Once and Future King by TH White.
      4. 21st december – the winter solstice.

  187. Judy Levit

    I just finished reading books 2-6 (my summer vacation since there’s no sun, only rain) and can’t wait to read more of the series. I hope there are other books to come? I just love them (and I’m an adult over 50) so keep up the great work! I hope the Princess will deal with her current “witch” status?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Judy,

      there is no sun here either… just rain. I expect you are over here in England too.
      I am so pleased you like the series, I do write them for us grown-ups too and it’s very good when that works.
      There is one more to go but I haven’t finished writing it yet – Out as soon as possible but probably not until the end of next year. Then I would like to do a few more out of the main series but still about the same world. Maybe the Castle in 10 years time and Marcia as a child.
      At the moment the Princess has gone right off witches – but it’s not that easy to get out of a coven…

  188. Hi Angie,
    I know I have already posted and astounding amount of posts but I seem to have one more (and I hope I won’t feel the need to post something else for a while because I have been posting so many questions lately). You mentioned that after the 7th Septimus Heap book you were considering writing stories about the other characters. Will you write one about Syren? I would really enjoy reading more about that particular character. I’m also curious about whether or not I am the only one who wants to read about Septimus being possessed.
    Good luck on the 7th book. So far your ideas have made the series perfect and I bet that your ideas will also make the 7th book (which I think I figured out the name of) perfect.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Gabriel,

      Thanks for your suggestion, but you know, Syren gives me the creeps too much to write about her/it – and I don;t think I could do that to Sep. I know he’d be ok in the end, but even so…

      I’m so glad you like the series so far, it’s been a real voyage of discovery for me and I am never really sure where I am going to end up. So far, so good, then!

  189. Rose

    Hi Angie!

    I know you mentioned above that many people have secret crushes on Marcia but could we maybe know who one of them is? What does Marcia like about Milo Banda? Do you think any relationship they might have could work in the long run or do you not know yet? Will we see more Milo/Marcia interaction in book 7?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Rose,

      I’m not giving any more away! i do think that any relationship with Marcia would have it’s tricky moments, but I also think that it would be worth it – if anyone was brave enough to try…

  190. Lily

    Why does Marcia think she can control everyone? I don’t like girls/women like that. Sometimes it seems like Jenna doesn’t like Marcia. Is that right?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Lily,

      Marcia probably appears more controlling than she actually is. A lot of it is job-related and at least it is all up-front with her – she doesn’t play mind games.

      There is a potential power struggle between Jenna and Marcia, as Jenna grows older and gets into her role in the Castle. And there is a tradition of rivalry between the EOW and the Queen. But Jenna doesn’t dislike Marcia – she is perhaps a little wary, though.

  191. Awkward Lawn Lizard

    Hi Angie,
    I absolutely love the Septimus Heap series! I’m reading Syren at the moment. But there some things I was a bit curious about…
    1) How old is Nicko in Magyk?
    2) Does Marcellus Pye ever go back to his time, or does he now like living permenantly in Sep’s time?
    3) Have you had any ideas of cast members for the movie?
    4)I heard there are two characters who you’d always intended to be gay, will we ever find out who they are?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Awkward Lawn Lizard!

      1. Nicko is 11 and a half in Magyk.
      2. Marcellus is permanently in Sep’s time, because the Glass of Time has broken.
      3. No ideas … I shall leave that to Warner brothers. My agent has a favourite for Marcia though. But we don’t get a say in the casting as it is quite an art, I think.
      4. I’m not sure. at the moment it doesn’t look like we will as everyone is a little young, but if I do a 10 years on sequel then they’ll be there.

  192. Hi Mrs. Sage! Sorry I know I am asking questions at a bad time, but I was going through your site and couldn’t find any new updates on the movie for Magyk and was wondering how it was going? Also, are you going to right another series after you finish the Septimus Heap series that is also set in the Castle?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello magykmaster,

      there isn’t really any more news but i shall do an update this week and try and explain where Warners have got to at the moment. I don’t get to hear much about the movie myself either… i imagine it will all suddenly happen at once.

      I don’t think I shall do another series immediately after Septimus, but I would like to write a few shorter prequels and sequels to the series.

  193. SepHeapFan

    This is so silly but I’m going to ask it anyway. I have the biggest crush on Marcia. I just love all of the attributes of her character. I love how passionste she is about what she does snd how sge tries to come off tough but she’s rather soft and kind at heart. I even think her temper is charming. I can’t seem to find any women or girls like her in real life. What I want to know is, do you know women who are a lot like Marcia? Are there some in your country? Are they out there? She almost seems too good to be true. I hope I meet someone like her someday. One kore question, do you plan out all of your boops before you start writing or do you write as you go along? Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Well, I too think Marcia is great. You clearly have good taste!
      Marcia is not based on any one person but I suppose she is a combination of all the characteristics that I like in people. But I am sure there must be women like her around – so maybe one day you will find one. I don’t know if she is particularly English though – I am sure there are Marcias all over the world. And you never know when you might bump into one…

      I only very sketchily plan each book. Its more of a feeling about how it will be and a few events that i want to happen. after that I let the characters make the decisions and plans. So mainly I write as I go along. But I always used to think you had to plan a book and I think the idea of having to do that stopped me from writing for quite a few years.

  194. Marcus

    What would Marcia do if Septimus began swearing on a regular basis?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Marcus,

      She would tell him to STOP THAT RIGHT NOW, SEPTIMUS. And he would.

  195. Jonny

    Hello Angie!!! My bad!!! , Im just commenting to say that i’m a massive fan on the septimus heap novels, and have reread all many times. There deffiently my favorite books. A small question aswell, are you planning on realising more Septimus Heap books? , cheers.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi,

      Well, I am in the middle of writing the last book in the main series, but there are still other ones I would like to write. So who knows?

  196. Ava P.

    Hi, Angie! Sorry about the Darke Dozen thing. I have no idea what happened to the eleventh question. But I have a few more questions.
    1. How does witch power work as opposed to Wizard MAGYK?
    2. Will Jenna’s eye color change at all, now she’s a witch?
    3. Is it possible that Syrah was 13 when she went on the Queste and then tried to keep time after she was possessed, and mistakenly thought she was nineteen when she wrote those journal entries (thereby explaining away the information discrepancies)?
    4. Will we get to hear more of Syrah’s backstory? I know you said we’d see more of Syrah, but I’m not sure if you meant we’d hear about her past too.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ava,

      1. Witch power is more in tune with nature – less based on academic stuff. You can dip in and out of it in a way you can’t so easily with Wizard stuff.
      2. No, Jenna isn’t a proper witch. Lots of people do the initial coven stuff and then get scared and leave. It takes years of living with a coven to be a real, serious, scary fully paid-up witch.
      3. That’s a nice solution, but it was a mistake – one day i will fix it. Sarah would be too young at 13 to have finished her Apprenticeship.
      4. Probably not a lot more about her past, i shall have to see what happens!

  197. dear angie,

    i know your busy writing the last book and all but i was just wondering when your doing book signings and if so where i can find a schedule.

    chandler 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chandler,

      I am guessing from your name that you live in the USA? If so, I’m really sorry but i won’t be coming over to you for signings for Darke. But if you live in the UK I will be doing some. But I don;t know where yet. I am still waiting to hear what Bloomsbury (my publisher) have fixed up. As soon as I know I will post here. I have 2 dates in England at the moment… 2ist September in taunton, somerset and 25th september at the bath children’s festival. Here’s hoping you live in the UK and can get to one!
      If you use twitter you can follow me at AngieSageAuthor and I always tweet stuff like that. See you somewhere, with any luck!

  198. Andy

    okay one more

    I noticed that in Magyk when you describe how Silas rescued Morwenna that for the Wolverines it would be, “the easiest diner meal since the last Young Army do or die exercise. But this was when Silas was apprentice long before the Custodians came into power. Well I always assumed that the young army was started by the Custodian Guards and DomDaniel when the Queen was killed because SHE would never have allowed such a thing I am sure.
    So was this a mistake or was the Young Army instituted before the Queen died.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Andy,

      well, its not really a mistake but you are right, the YA did not come into being until later. I guess I phrased it a bit awkwardly. It should really read ‘until’ rather than since.

  199. unknown4always

    In Physik Marcellus listens to his mother and abducts Septimus when it’s pretty clear that he dun like her, so why would he do it? Etheldredda didn’t have the power she used to and she couldn’t really do much as a ghost… Was he afraid of the aie-aie biting him? Seems interesting. I would appreciate it this could be elaborated. Thx!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi there,

      mothers exert a strange power over their sons sometimes. just because marcellus did not like his mother, doesn’t mean he didn’t still want her approval. Or that he could stand up to her demands. It was an emotional hold she had over him – which is far more effective than anything else.

  200. Isabella

    ~Angie,
    Do you have any plans on making another series or even a novel?
    I think it would be cool if you made a teen book.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Isabella,

      I’ve got lots of plans! I do have a couple of novels I would like to write, but they are probably a little older than for teens. But I’d like to try a teen novel too. But first I have to finish Septimus….

  201. Myka

    Did Miriam Bing ever pass her Speedwriting Examination and become a scribe?

    🙂 When I was reading that part of the Magykal Papers, and I noticed the letters getting smaller, at first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me… but I guess not!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      You are right, the writing did get smaller. Miriam began to run out of paper. She did pass her Speedwriting Exam but decided not to become a Scribe after all. She went to the Port and did an Apprenticeship at the Harbour Master’s Office.

  202. Um, I don’t know if this is even important, but if I were to set up a website, and put nothing but fanfictions on it, would I need the permission from ALL the authors and publishers? I’m thinking of making a website like that, where a whole bunch of stories are interconnected by a small group of storytellers, but I’m not really sure if that’s legally allowed. I wouldn’t really be asking you this question normally, but JK is impossible to contact and James Patterson won’t return my e-mails… 😛

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Diana,

      The answer is, I don’t know. It’s a legal question and I guess you might be best asking a copyright lawyer. But there is fan fiction out there and I have never heard of any prosecutions. I’m guessing it’s a grey area and I think if you are concerned, you need to ask an expert.

  203. Marcus

    And one more question. How did Marcia survive in the first book when she had to eat at Aunt Zelda’s? I picture her being very picky about Aunt Zelda’s cooking. 🙂 And when is Marcia’s birthday? Thank you.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Marcus,

      Marcia managed a few secret snacks – Wizards are pretty good with reconstituting food Magykally.

      Marcia’s Birthday is something she does not mention, but I happen to know, from clues she has dropped, that it is some time in June.

  204. lucy

    Oh no! Angie I have a problem. None of the boys in my class are any fun to be around and I have a big crush on Beetle. I wish there were real boys like him. Do you think it’s unhealthy to have a crush on a fictional character if you’re kind of just waiting to meet somone like that character? Someone told me it was and I really hope it’s not. It’s sort of fun, liking Beetle. Did you ever have any crushes on fictional characters? Does anyone?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Lucy,

      I don’t think it is unhealthy at all. It’s a nice way to understand the things that you like in boys, so that you can recognise them when you find one for real. And there are boys around like Beetle, although sometimes they hide it from people their own age by being ‘cool’. (It’s when you are old enough to be their mum that you can see it!) Yes, lots of people have crushes on fictional characters, it’s totally normal. I used to really like Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice – and that was way before they did the film or the TV adaptation. So keep on liking Beetle…

  205. Luke

    Hey Angie,
    My name’s Luke and I’m from Australia. I was just wondering when is the Septimus Heap movie & Book 7 coming out in Aussie? If you could answer that would be great as I’m nearly finished reading Darke and I don’t want to be without a book for ages.

    Thanks again,
    Luke.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Luke,

      I think both will be a while. mainly because I haven’t finished writing book 7 yet! And the movie is not yet in production. I am really sorry it’s not all happening sooner… it takes a while to get stuff together.

  206. Hi Angie or Shukie (sp?)
    I just wanted 2 know if you are going to be
    doing any sighnings here in Canada?
    btw……………………………………………..
    YOU ARE EPICLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO ANGIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!good luck on book 7!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ser7enity,

      Thank you!!!
      No signings yet …. but I do hope that when book seven is published I will come over to the USA and to Canada. But that won’t be until next year.

  207. Queen Jenna

    Hey Angie
    I asked these questions but you didn’t answer so I’m asking it again:
    1.Will you come to United Arab Emirates for book signing(I just live there it’s not my country.)
    2.When the seventh book of Septimus Heap will come out?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Queen Jenna,

      That’s weird as I am sure I remember answering this …. but it must have got lost.

      sadly the answer is that i don’t have any plans for book signing in the UAE. That is something the publisher over there would have to fix up. I just go where i get invited!

      I am not sure when book 7 will come out. It may depend on when the movie comes out – it will certainly depend on how fast I can finish it! I am halfway through now and trying to speed up as I am a but behind schedule…

  208. ecoli

    hi,
    sorry for breaking my promise another time, but when rereading your answers, I noticed that some of my earlier questiions got lost…should they be reposted?
    And is there going to be some really big bad one in the 7th book? Because the enemy seems to become bigger with each book?
    How did that Princess in Darke become Witch Princess-she hadn’t Magyk before. Was it just a matter of clothing or that of this kiss from the witches?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello ecoli,

      Yes, do repost if they’ve got lost.

      I’m not going to give any clues for book 7! I guess the enemy does get a little bigger, but I try to keep things varied.

      Anyone can get taken into a coven, you don’t have to be Magyk. You can learn to be a witch, if you want. And it was only the first step on a long road. To be a full witch forever, you have to live in the coven and do all kinds of nasty stuff.

  209. Cara

    Darke was absolutely fantastic! I am very addicted to your series!

    I loved how a lot of questions were answered in Darke. I also thought the family dynamic was so masterful.

    I would love to see the dragon boat more (it would be interesting to see how Jenna’s witch status affects that relationship.) and to learn more about Her original master . . The first darke wizard

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Cara,

      Thank you! I’m so glad you felt that. I did want to do a lot more with the Heap family – and the Gringes – in Darke. Glad it worked!

      And the rest … well, there is still book 7….

  210. Lucy

    Hello Angie,
    I’m fourteen and I really love your books ( it’s really amazing how similar I am Lucy Gringe :)) and I’ve got two questions
    My first: Do you write the Septimus Heap story in past or in future?
    ( because of the elevator in syren, if it’s explained in darke I’m sorry
    I haven’t read it so far ’cause I live in Germany and here Darke comes out in October I think.)
    My second: Are you really sure there’ll be seven books and no more? I’m so sad about that but I can understand that seven books are really much…
    Hoping for your answers! Love, Lucy 😀

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Lucy,

      I’m so pleased you love the books!

      Lots of things like your first question will be answered in book 7. It will be seven books in the main series as I think that is probably enough, but I would like to do a few, shorter books afterwards, still about the Septimus world. Maybe one about Marcia’s childhood. One ten years on … that kind of thing.

  211. Once again, sorry for posting so many questions. However, I was wondering what Beetle’s timepiece looks like. The books never mention how it looks; they only mention that it exists, how he obtained it, and that it doesn’t make ticking sounds.
    I promise that this will be the last post for a few months. 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello!

      Beetle’s Timepiece is big and round – like at oversized fob watch. It is fairly battered and scratched. It still keeps good time.

      Don’t worry about posting – its nice to hear from you!

  212. Chase

    Hello Angie,
    This is more of a personality question to understand Septimus. Why does he always freak out about people doing small things. Like when Jenna said Spit Fyre was HER dragon just to save him. And when anybody tries to claim just a little credit. Or when he figured he would be a hero again for flying Spit Fyre, but then he found out he wouldn’t. I figure its just because he is a bit spoiled now. So why does he react like this, have this trait?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Chase,

      well, we all have things about us that are not so good. Sep has these too. He did spent 10 years in the most awful conditions in the Young Army so it is not surprising that he likes to hang onto what is his, and be recognised for what he does. I don’t think he is spoiled, its just a throwback to earlier, more difficult times.

  213. GreenWeasel11

    Will Septimus use Magyk to find Jenna’s teddy bear in the seventh book? Near the end of the Magykal Papers in the Message Rat excerpts, Aunt Zelda says that she is sorry Jenna lost Teddy and that Septimus could run a Find spell on him.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello GreenWeasel.

      Jenna had a very small bear that she kept in her pocket. She used to call it pocket bear. It was this that she lost. Unfortunately it seems that something ate it. Sep never did Find it….

  214. Hey Angie, it’s me again. I know you’re busy so I only have one question:

    ** Why is it said in Magyk that a Crown fell down from Queen Cerys’s head when she died if she was described in Flyte as a “young woman wearing a heavy red silk tunic .. Her long dark hair was banded by a gold circlet ..” ?

    Good Luck on Book 7 ! Can’t wait ! 🙂

    Love,
    Jenna haruka xxx

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jenna haruka,

      Queen Cerys wore her gold circlet under her crown. The crown was padded to allow for this. So when she entered ghosthood, that is what she was wearing…

  215. Ethel<3

    Dear Angie,

    I have a couple of Questions for you, and I think the books are fantastic!

    1. Will you be able to tie up all the loose ends in the last book? There’s quite a few…

    2. Will Snorri ‘Return?’ (feel free to erase this question, it’s a bit of a spoiler.

    3. Where is the Castle set? Did you compare it to our world and create the Small, Wet Country Across The Sea and The Land of Long Nights etc. In comparison? Also, what accent do the castle inhabitants have.

    4. Will any main characters die in the Seventh book?

    Thanks for reading!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ethel>3,

      Thank you!

      1. I don’t know if I can do all the loose ends … some will probably have to wait for my ten years on idea. But I do see Septimus Heap as a little like life – you can never sort everything out and life goes on, a little muddled as ever. I have a list of things I intend to sort out, and in this respect this last book is a little different to write.

      2. Snorri I am saving for a book all to herself later.

      3. I do imagine a kind of template of UK and Northern Europe for the geography of the books. I imagine the Castle dwellers with a slight West Country English accent.

      4. I don’t know!

  216. Amelia

    Hallo!

    I read earlier that you were planning to work on the Septimus Heap website, is that true? Because I was looking through it and it seems that it hasn’t been updated since before Syren was out.

    Also what is beyond the border mountains? And past the forest?

    Do castle people have an accent? Would it be similar to an English one or a Scottish accent? What do they call the language they speak? Castleish? That would be funny (;

    What are the style in the castle, is there a certain one for clothing or hair styles?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Amelia,

      I don’t do the Sep Heap website – it is purely a HarperCollins thing. I really must take another look at it ASAP because you are not the first person to have said this. But I just concentrate on writing. I restrict my web stuff to this website and Tweeting. Not enough hours in the day to keep an eye on all the Sep stuff! But I will email Harpers and see if they will update it.

      Beyond the border mountains are some small towns and lots more forests. there is a lake community and various boggy areas. But the Castle is the most populated city.

      how strange – two questions about accents at once. Like waiting for a bus! see last reply… Not sure what they would call their language. They do tend not to name things like that.

      Clothes: its a mix. There aer the more old fashioned tunics that are worn for working in the official areas, like the Manuscriptorium, Wizard Tower etc. But everyday clothes vary. There are occasional outbreaks of clashing colours when a new stock of dye comes into the Port. Generally people wear a everyday kind of leggings with a long tunic and a belt. A wooly hat in the winter and a sheepskin jacket from the Sheeplands. It’s fairly basic.

  217. Laura Cooper(Princess Jenna Soon To Be I Hope)

    Hi, In Septimus Heap Are There Any Mermaids??Just Wondering I Know Its Wired But It Just Went In My Mind:)
    Thanks

    ~Laura(wants to be Princess Jenna)<3

    Find Me On FaceBook

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Laura,

      No mermaids, at least no one has seen one yet. But there are mermaid legends. In fact, there are lots of sea monster legends…

  218. Bethanymk

    Hello Angie!
    I was just re-reading Syren and I realized just how much I wish I could be more like Lucy Gringe. She’s kind of annoying occasionally and she screams quite often, but she’s so kind to others when they’re hurt and afraid, like with Jakey Frye. Even the most confused characters (Merrin) find their hearts melting when Lucy smiles at them.
    All your female characters have an independent confidence and an inner beauty that most authors don’t evoke well, but you do create them perfectly. All the characters are lovable and have charm. Even Merrin Meredith has a bit of a “awww” charm in Darke.
    My real question is if you find it hard to write characters that are strong and confident or do your characters just develop as ink and paper goes on?

    • Angie Sage

      I’m really glad you like Lucy. She kind of grew on me, I wasn’t expecting her to turn out to be such a constant and interesting character. She’s in the last book too.

      I’m also really pleased you think this about the female characters. I do feel like I actually know all my main characters and the girls, to me, are no different from the boys. I think the thing is that the events in the books are driven by the people, I don’t use the characters to make a plot happen, which can sometimes make them seem a little like puppets. So the answer is, i don’t find it at all hard to write strong & confident characters, that is the easy bit! The tough part for me is making the plot work out.

  219. Eliza Ann

    Hi Angie! I think it’s sooo cool that you actually look at and reply to these posts. Most authors don’t do that. Anyway, the Septimus Heap books are easily my favorite series, which is saying something because I’m a voracious reader and have read many, many books/series. Here are two questions that have been bugging me.
    1. At the end of Queste, it says that Beetle’s dad was bitten by a snake and died, but in the Magykal Papers, it says that he was bitten by a spider. Which was it?
    2. Since the Queens have power, and if the queen gets married, her husband isn’t the king, what would his title be? Just the queen’s husband?

    Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Eliza Ann,

      well, I love hearing from everyone. I’m a little slow answering at the moment as I m writing a lot now, everyday.

      1. This is a slip-up. It appears that Mrs Beetle was sent two different letters and she and Beetle have no idea which one was right. Whatever it was it was hanging out in a box of bananas. Not nice.
      2. The husband of the Queen has no title, no position at all. Tough, but it means that there is no confusion in the castle about who is in charge. He is just the Queen’s husband and traditionally they have interests elsewhere. They are often farmers or, like Milo, merchants who travel.

  220. Mack

    Is it unhealthy to have a crush on a fictional character? I have one on one of yours and I hope to meet someone like her someday. Is that possible? There are real people with personalities like the characters in your books, right?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Mack,

      someone asked me this about Beetle earlier. I don’t think it is unhealthy at all. It’s the same as having a crush on anyone you are never going to meet – it’s a way of discovering the kinds of things you like in someone. And yes, there are real people just like the people in Septimus. I think it just takes time to really get to know people, which becomes easier as you get older.

  221. Andy

    Hey Ange

    1. Are Jenna Crackle Silas’s mother and Betty Crackle related.
    2. Why is Mad Jack Mad and why does he like rats
    3. Whats DomDaniels real name
    4. Why does Silas never see or mention his brothers
    5. Are shield bug charms destroyed when use them or can they be reused
    6. How would anyone make so many of the charms
    7. If you imprint a charm but its destroyed can you still use the spell
    8. Is the Chief Potato Peeler who ran away with the youngest maid the same one who used to be the night servant or did he became the chief potato peeler because he ran away

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Andy,

      1. they are related. I can’t remember quite how without finding my family tree which is in a box somewhere but it may be that they were sisters. Or cousins. Quite close, anyway.
      2. He’s a bit of a loner and that is what the Port people call him. He likes rats because he feels he gets along better with rats than people.
      3. DomDaniel!
      4. He does, but I’ve just not reported it as they haven’t been part of the story. You will see two of them in book 7.
      5. Yes, they are destroyed. It’s a one-off use.
      6. have you ever spent a Big Freeze on Marram Marsh? There’s not a lot to do on those long winter nights…
      7. Yes, you can use the spell if you have it totally right. The trouble is that most people make a small error at some point and then it changes a bit and that’s it – its gone. And there is no Charm to get it right. Sep spent a lot of his first year memorising and repeating spells so that he made absolutely no mistakes.
      8. Yes, he is Kevin who married Maureen (who worked for Nursie in Flyte). They now run the Harbour and Dock pie shop. I think Kevin was demoted to chief potato peeler, but he didn’t care. Anything was better than being night servant to the Supreme Custodian.

  222. LeAnn

    Are you a Doctor Who fan? If you are, did you ever have the desire to be one of the Doctor’s companions? I got my whole family hooked on DW and it’ll be coming back on (at least on BBC America) the 27th of this month and I cant wait.

    • Angie Sage

      Now this really dates me but I was a massive DW fan when it began! I have a signed photo of the first DW, William Hartnell from when he came to open a fete near where I lived. You can imagine I was thrilled to discover he lived in our nearest town. I and my friend used to wander along the road where people said he lived, hoping to see him (we never did…).

      Naturally i would have loved to have been one of his companions – even tho he was much less glam than the new Dr Whos. I also really, really wanted to try out being a dalek ….

  223. syrahsyaraheap

    hey angie,
    you responded to my friend a little while ago, and YAY I AM SO HAPPY YOU ARE WRITING MORE BOOKS ABOUT THE CASTLE! I never want this series to end…

    • Angie Sage

      Great!

      The books will be a little different from the main series, but I don’t think I am leaving it yet.

  224. JillwuvsSimon412

    Dear Angie, aka: the best author EVER.

    I am a HUGE Simon Heap fan. I love him with all my heart, and then some. Not sure exactly why, I guess I like the bad boy gone good aspect. But, I finished reading Darke a few days ago and it seemed like Septimus forgave his eldest brother. Jenna, on the other hand, still wants nothing to do with him. Why? I mean, people CAN change and Simon’s head was all screwy from the Darke when he kindnapped her. Is Jenna stubborn? Or is Simon really irredeemable? (Sob, cry, noises of displeasure) I also wondered about the ExtraOrdinary apprenticeship. Is it possible for SIMON to still become Marcia’s apprentice? When Nicko dissapeard into the House of Foryx, Jannit took on a new apprentice and then moved Nicko into the Senior Apprentice’s position when he came back.
    Septimus is Marcia’s Senior Apprentice, so could Simon become the Junior Apprentice? I know a lot of people don’t like and trust Simon, but is. it. POSSIBLE?

    Sincerly,
    Jill.

    • Angie Sage

      Hey … thank you!

      Simon has turned out to be an unexpected heart throb. Jenna will mellow. I think she feels more betrayed by Simon that Sep does. He was he adored big brother and then suddenly he was terrifying. It’s a lot to get over. The problem lies with Jenna now rather than Simon and he is just going to have to use more of the patience he has so painfully acquired over the years.

      At the moment the EO Apprenticeship is, I think, pretty Impossible. But there are other options. And who knows how things will turn out eventually? Not me, that’s for sure!!

      Thank you for your really interesting comment…

  225. IAmPrincessJennaForever

    Hi Angie, I’ve got some questions here. Lucky seven!! 😛

    1. In Physik, how did Olaf Snorrelson grab Etheldredda? Did Snorri’s calling of her father create some kind of power that enabled Snorri’s father to grab Etheldredda?

    2. In various books, there are labels such as Product of Peru, or a Persian rug, or a Chinese rug. Since I’ve read that you imagined Septimus’ world being in England, is this why various objects have these names?

    3. I probably misread something here, but why did the Glass of Time (when Septimus was leaving the Chamber of Physik) break?

    4. In Magyk, Alther brings his fishing rod, in the Grateful Turbot Tavern, a tinkerwoman has pennies, and in the Hole in the Wall Tavern, ghosts have their tankards of beer. Do some ghosts remain with their items and/or clothes if they were holding them? Do ghosts, such as Alther, have certain items that appear when they arrive at certain places?

    5. It says in the Magykal Papers, Beetle’s father, Brian Beetle, was bitten by a spider and then died. In other books, it says he was bitten by a snake. This seems like a good thing to edit in a second edition, but which did you initially intend it to be?

    6. I’ve always wondered about the time period in which Septimus Heap takes place. It seems that they use wooden boats, as well as horses for transportation. They talk like we do nowadays, so I’ve always imagined it being like late-1800s. Was there a specific time period that you’ve imagined Septimus Heap to be in?

    7. What is the difference between warlock, witch, and wizard? It looks to me that there are Darke witches and white witches. They are mainly female, but I read in a past Ask Angie that there can be male witches, and all witches are usually born with blue eyes. People with “magykal blood” seem to have their eyes turn green when they are exposed to magyk long enough. Can non-magical people’s eyes turn green as well if they practice long enough (such as Beetle)? Would Jenna’s eyes turn green or blue if she did witch or wizard magyk long enough? Will they change if exposed to a certain type long enough?

    Sorry for so many questions, but I’ve really been looking around for the answers to these and couldn’t find them; my first list of questions had about 15, but I looked around and found the answers.

    Thanks!!

    • Angie Sage

      eek…
      1. In extremes of emotion, ghosts can Cause things to happen, very briefly. Olaf was responding to his daughter’s emotion.
      2. Well, there are echoes of this world. Just as we have echoes of all kinds of civilisations in our own world. Nothing is totally isolated.
      3. The forces holding the Glass of Time together were huge. It was a constantly active thing. No Glass of Time lasts for very long and this one, like all of them, finally fell apart.
      4. Exactly. Certain places produce particular objects. These disappear when the ghost goes somewhere else.
      5. Now, I can’t even remember. I believe the confusion arose because Mrs Beetle had two conflicting letters of condolence from the Port authorities. If i do get a second edition, I think that is what will go in. I am rather fond of the confusion now. Its the kind of thing that happens in real life anyway.
      6. Yes, there is. But I have used an amalgamation of all my favourite times in history.
      7. Born witches do have blue eyes from birth but that doesn’t stop others joining a coven and learning how to be a witch. But it will never work quite as well for them. A warlock is traditionally a male witch. For some reason there aren’t many of those around. They tend to operate alone. Non-Magykal people’s eyes can’t turn green even if they are exposed to lots of Magyk.

      Thanks for looking for the answers to the other questions…

  226. Hi I’m, mad about Septimus Heap and there is something bugging me..
    Where does Snorri go at the call out?

  227. dominic

    Hi angie
    In magyk marcia says that invisibility is s personal spell:you can only do it for yourself. But in syren wolfboy does an invisibility spell and it covers him and Lucy gringe, sorry to be picky but why is this 🙂 ?
    Thanks
    Your biggest fan
    Dominic

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Dominic,

      Wolf Boy used an UnSeen shield, not an Invisibility Spell. An UnSeen Shield is an illusion. It fooled Skipper Fry with an illusion of an empty locker.

  228. Jake

    dear Angie,

    please tell me can SLUETHS be used for MAGYK and or DARKE,CAN SLUETHS be different colours,can SLUETHS be just pets, and how do get-create SLUETHS

    • Angie Sage

      A Sleuth is a Darke Magyk creation, because it is used to follow clandestinely. Any old ball can become a Sleuth, the older and scruffier the better, in fact. They are not suitable as pets as they get bored and destructive. Handle with care, is my advice.

  229. Callie

    Hi Angie! I really love your books and for every other book I read I re read one of the Sep ones! I have even read the first one upside down! I was just wondering abour the far countries becuse I thought the only way to get there was a boat, but in the Magykal papers it says Marcia came from the far countries when she was five and in book one it says Marcia had never been in a boat! Is there another way to get to the far countries, or does that just not count because she was only five?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello callie,

      I am amazed that you have read Magyk upside down. Were you upside down or was the book upside down, I wonder?

      Marcia did come from the Far Countries but she came in a strangely magykal way. I hope to write about that more in a later book.

      • Callie

        Awesome that’s really interesting. I can’t wait to hear about it! And the book was upside down.

  230. Lolliepop

    Hi I just read Darke!! SO good by the way and I really want to know if there will be another book!!!! Thats all…oh and sorry about not putting in my real name my mom doesnt like that!!

    • Amelia

      Yes there will be another book, Angie says she plans to write seven books in the main series, plus a few add on adventures, like Marcia as a Child and , Nicko’s and Snorri’s voyage. Angie says that there is a clue in the last chapter of Darke of the title of the next book!

    • Angie Sage

      That’s ok, Lolliepop, lots of people don;t use their real names. And Amelia has answered you question perfectly. Thank you, Amelia!

  231. Teri

    Hi, Angie!
    I was flipping through my copy of Magyk yesterday and something’s bothering me. In the last chapter, when Aunt Zelda asks Sister Moon to show everyone Septimus Heap, there’s this passage here-

    “There was a gasp, even from Marcia, who had guessed who Boy 412 was a few minutes earlier. Only she had noticed that her image had disappeared from the reflection of Boy 412’s family.”

    What had Marcia meant by that?

    • When Aunt Zelda asked Sister Moon to show them his family, Marcia disappeared (because she’s not part of the family). So that is why she was the first to realize that Boy 412 was actually Septimus.

  232. Roxann

    Hey its rox again I have one more question to ask
    Why does every princess have violet purple eyes why not brown or blue or green
    Thanks 🙂

    • Dominic

      i know im not angie but i think i can help! like her mother and her mother before her and so on and so forth right back untill the first ever queen arrived in the castle, all the princesses and queens have had violet eyes. just like all wizards have green eyes and witches blue 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Roxann and Dominic,

      Its true, most Queens have had violet eyes, it is a very strong genetic trait. But you do not have to have violet eyes to be a Queen. Some have had different colours – most often they will be a dark colour, like brown.

  233. Ivy

    hey angie! i am a HUGE fan and when i was reading and re-reading syren i wondered if syrah syara will ever wake …. p.s one more thing is there a thing going on between jenna and beetle?

  234. Maura :-D

    Hey Angie!
    There was something I was going to ask… But I have forgotten…
    Oh yes.
    Is the 98th word on the 14th page of Darke deliberatley “LET”? If it is, that’s awesome. If it wasn’t deliberate, it’s amazing.
    There was another question too, but that has vanished.
    Also while I’m here… After reading Darke, I read Syren again, and I noticed. On the very last page of Syren, in the What Happened To bit, it tells you about Stanley and the ratlets. They have different names than they do in Darke! I don’t know if it’s the copy I have, or what, but it’s just so that if you ever do an edit, you can fix that.
    Okay that sounded mean. It’s not a big flaw, or anything massive, it’s just something I noticed.
    Thanks a lot! And Darke is great, by the way. Much better than I was expecting. I got the USA copy sent to Scotland, and it was worth it. Definiatley. Can’t wait for the 7th book!!!
    Maura 😀

    • Diana

      I feel stupid but, why is the 98th word on the 14th page special? It’s probably something obvious, but I’m clueless.

      • Diana

        I still don’t get why “LET” is important, but maybe I’m just being blonde again…

    • Rachel Emily

      Angie’s mentioned that mistake before. (or had it mentioned to her?) She’s said she’s planning on doing later editions where she’ll fix all the little odds and ends that don’t match up. And how did you notice the LET thing? I’d say noticing is what’s amazing.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Maura,

      Ok, I got my calculator out because I didn’t know what was so special about 98… my maths is not great, I have to admit. Aha, divide by 7, it is 14. Well, that is a little spooky but it is not deliberate.

      Yes, the ratlets have all been renamed. I have become quite fond of the odd mistake now and am feeling rather attached to them.

      • Maura

        Hey Angie,
        The 98th word on the 14th page is “Let”, and it is “Let” in the Great Undoing! The 98th word, and the 14th page. It’s even awesomer if it wasn’t deliberate.
        Maura 😀

  235. Miriam Yellin

    Do You know when the fifth and sixth books will be translated into Hebrew?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Miriam,

      It is difficult for me to find out about translations as my US publisher generally can’t tell me as it is up to the publisher who buys the foreign rights when they decide to do it. I think the best thing for you to do is to write to the publisher who does the Hebrew edition and ask them. That way they will know that people are wanting the books, too!

  236. I promise you, I really am trying to stop asking questions for a while. However, I have another one. If a charm is only needed to do a spell for the first time, can’t someone learn to use flyte without the flyte charm or are there exceptions to this rule?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Scanth,

      The Flyte Charm is not like other Charms, it is part of a small group of Ancient Art Charms and must be held for it to work. It does have some echoes though, it has helped Sep a couple of times even when he didn’t have it.

  237. James

    sorry but another question of mine is the extract of dark we are alowed to read is amazing still but reading it it felt slightly different asif you had changed how you wrote it slightly? also when is darke to be on sale in england?

    • Diana

      October, it comes out in October, and, just in case you needed more reason to read it, IT’S GOT SPITFYRE IN IT!!!!!
      What more is there to say?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello james,

      Well, that’s interesting about the writing style. I wasn’t aware that anything has changed, but I suppose that I may have developed in the way I write over the time. It wouldn’t be surprising as nothing stays the same and practice makes perfect! But I don’t think it is very different, really?

      Thanks Diana! Yep, October and Spit Fyre is there big time.

  238. James

    also do you think it would be a good idea for septimus to date shyra if she recovers? and i am sorry but while the frequently asked questions said about him gettting a girlfreind and you said you dont know it is only an idea im putting forward as im aspiring to become a writer (also a actor and musician but thats not important) thanks again for the amazing books and dedication to you fans

    • Angie Sage

      Hello james,

      I think Syrah is maybe a little old for Sep. We will have to see what happens.
      I think on Syren Septimus was affected by the magic of the island as much as by Syrah. Like a holiday romance …

      Good luck with writing and thanks for your lovely comments too.

  239. Ivy

    oh yeah and shauki
    if you closed the magyk movie blog how will people know when the auditions are?

    • There’s going to be another movie page. But not now.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ivy,

      Hope you have seen the new movie blog. Not much has happened but I wanted to try to explain where we are right now. And it is by no means certain that Warner do auditions for their movies. I don’t know how they cast but I don’t think they necessarily do do open auditions.

  240. Kimberley

    Hi Angie,

    I just wanted to ask if there will be a book about Jen becoming Queen or Sep the EOW. Also, if Sep does becoming the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, will his Apprentice have to do the Queste?

    Thanks

    Kimberley x x x

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kimberley,

      We will see what happens in book 7. But i would like to write about both events, whether it is in the main series or not.

      There are no Questing stones left, Sep had the last one. So no more Questes.

  241. Diana

    Hi! I was reading Magykal Papers and I noticed something I normally would overlook. On Sep’s map of the castle tunnels, just past Sarah and Silas’s biographies, I noticed, in small print, an arrow leading to something called The Great Pitte of Fyre. I don’t remember that in Physik, so what is it? And does it have any importance?

  242. Lola

    Is there a particular time period for these books?

    • Diana

      I know I’m not Angie, but this quesion gets asked so often I memorized her answer. The book is set in a fantasy time, kinda like the middle ages, only a lot less violence and Black Death…

      • Angie Sage

        Thanks, Diana.

        I took most of the elements from the pre-industrial revolution time, about the late 1600s in fact and then added modern attitudes. I am trying to get an interesting mix of various times that work together.

  243. Liverpoolbookworm

    Hi Angie
    I am a really great fan of Fantasy books, but i really like more yours, they are really great.
    Got a question:
    Do you take some ideas sometimes from the people here?? like if they say something that the want (not as request, of course) you take that idea?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Liverpoolbookworm,

      So far I haven’t, but very often they are thinking along the same lines as I am and some ask very leading questions! What I really like is getting a feeling for the areas that people are interested in, so it may be that I do pay more attention to some things that I might not have done otherwise.

  244. Dear Angie,

    I just finished reading Darke, which I really loved (no spoilers here), but I have a question… I hope this isn’t a spoiler, but at the end of chapter 46, Nicko is mentionted to stay with Sarah, and then, in chapter 47, he is suddenly in the wizard tower… A small error perhaps, or am I overlooking something?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Diederik,

      Yes, it’s an editing mistake. I made a note to myself to delete it during the edit and clearly I forgot to do it. It is annoying but these things happen. There is such a huge amount to check at that stage – I end up with pages and pages of lists! We will get rid of it in the paperback. Nicko is, of course, in the Wizard Tower.

  245. Sam

    Hey Angie, I heard on one of the other pages that there were two characters who you’d always intended to be gay; will we ever get to find out who they are, and will they ever get together?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sam,

      As you are called Sam, I guess I have to tell you that one is your namesake. At the moment it doesn’t look like they will be in the main series. But in my ten-years-on book we will have something.

      • Sam

        Cool. Spin-offs are always interesting. i’m sorry – wrote a comment earlier under the name of awkward lawn lizard, but my comment just disappeared off the blog! so i thought i’d accidentally broken one of the rules and a moderator had removed the question. but then i just looked and realised you’d replied! i’ll just be sam from now on…

  246. Hi Angie!
    I really love fantasy books, and your’s are the only series I still utterly love from when I was in elementary school. My obsessions usually last for only a year so six complete years of Sep really leaves its mark; I don’t think I can ever forget him! They are practically what got me hooked on reading (and ultimately what sparked my desire to become an author). And what with both my mother and my aunt loving them too, there’s no reason for me to stop, either, even if my friends love to tease me for always rereading a kids’ series when I’m fifteen…

    Septimus and Marcia are tied for my favorite character, so I hope there are a lot of moments with them together in the seventh book; I absolutely adore their interactions!!! And I figured out the hint in chp 47; I’m so proud!!! (my mom would be so embarrassed if she heard that…)

    But anyway, my question is, what exactly do Wizards do everyday? I hear about them going on fishing trips, shopping and whatnot, so I’m assuming its either not that important or they’re simply slacking and Marcia’s finally given up on scolding them about it…

    Thank you in advance!! And I can’t wait to get my hands on book 7, though I’ll probably cry and laugh simultaneously when I do… Good luck! 😀

    • Angie Sage

      Thank you, Amaranthe412, that is just so great to know.
      Septimus has really got into my head too. I never expected to be writing a series of 7 books. I thought I would have trouble finding enough ideas for three. But there is something about the Septimus world that feels so oddly real to me.
      Septimus has readers of all ages, so fifteen is definitely not too old. Lots of adults read them. And I do think the later books are what you would call crossover – ie, they can be read by any age.
      Wizards in the WT are self-employed. The deal is that they are available for some duties (some prefer to do more than others) and that is agreed when they are taken on. Some, like Silas, just turn up for the ceremonial dinners. Others, like Dandra Draa, run whole departments. Marcia is cool with that as long as they stick to what they have agreed. If they don’t, she does get a bit edgy.
      If you go to my website to the FAQs there is an Infrequently Asked Questions section there too. And one of the Qs is what is an OW’s day like. And yes, I must update my website, I know…

  247. Maddie

    Hi Angie!
    You made a comment on someone’s question that Sarah and Silas felt that Jenna already had a name. What was the name Cerys and Milo gave her?

    • Angie Sage

      The Queens have a traditional, secret name that they are told at their coronation. So Jenna would not have that yet anyway. But it is true, Cerys and Milo would nto have called her Jenna. Cerys was thinking of using her greatgrandmother’s name, but she had no made a definite decision. Of course, no one got the chance to Name her.

  248. Dana

    Dear Angie,
    Will Jenna ever find Petroc Trelawney?

  249. Dominic

    hi angie, i have a few questions for you: I
    1.i dont want to give anything away but in dark merrin was never trouly apprenticed to domdaniel so how could alther undo the ….. ……. anyway?
    2.is simon allowed back now after darke?
    3.i think over the series hildergarde (i think thats how you spell it anyway 🙂 ) has been really good and helped everone, especialy after her courage in darke i definatley think she should be promoted to an ordianry wizard!! what do you think?
    and finally after septimus heap has finished, 😦 , do you think you will write more about him, like maby when he’s older, i know its too early to say yet but its just a thought and i think i speak for ALL of us when i say we will all miss the books !

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Dominic,

      1. That’s what Aunt Zelda reckoned, but no one quite believed that. The fact is, no one can be sure if baby Merrin was given anything to eat or not. Anyway, as it turned out, it wouldn’t have worked anyway as Alther was a ghost.

      2. You will have to wait and see.

      3. Yes, she does deserve it, I agree.

      I want to do a ten-years-on book, which will be separate from the series as it will be written for an older age group – for people who have grown up with Septimus. And thank you for your lovely thoughts, I will miss the books too, but i still hope to dip in and out of Sep’s world in different ways.

  250. ecoli

    Hello,
    I just came back from the holidays and have 7 questions still to ask-hope it will be a lucky number and not overtax the time:
    1. Who did construct the Ice Tunnels, and why had they to be Sealed? Was it to prevent a Contamination?(After all, Alchemie stuff is all about changing elements – a process that usually creates a Contamination in the form of radioactivity). And where does the outgoing tunnel below Syren end up-possibly in the tunnel in your house you mentioned somewhere?
    2. Where do the Queens take the money from for all the nobles? Running a government like that isn’t cheap. And how many thousand years ago did they come?; 776*7 would be a minimum.
    3. I read that Syren was once an island that sunk into the sea, and that the Days of Beyond were ended by a big Flood. What caused the sinking, and did it cause the Flood-assuming that I read right? And was Syren larger than the current Isles-it is a bit small for roads and inhabitants?
    4. Are Queens/Princesses with Magykal abilities common i.e those with green or witch-blue eyes?(But not professional Wizards, more like Nicko…)
    5. Did you originally intend Jenna and 409 to be witch and warlock, respectively, or Wizards? I noticed that MAGYK and QUESTE seem to be written rather for this scenario than for what the books say(the adoption and the Intended Keeper stuff), and I don’t see a obvious way to explain this.
    6. Do you have a map of the Palace? And if the Ramblings keep growing, do you suppose that sooner or later the Pal will be incorporated into them(obviously not the WT)? It’s an interesting perspective.
    7. Who did build the Darke Halls, and what is the Great Pitte of Fyre(PHYSIK)? Are the DHs related to Syren and the Ice Tunnels?
    An apology for the lenght of the questions, but I hope that it will not be too much-and good luck for the book 7 too!

    • Angie Sage

      hope you had a lovely holiday.
      Lots of your questions will be answered in the last book so I won’t say anything about them here… but here are a few answers.

      There are no nobles in the Castle and the Queens don’t really run a government of any kind. People in the Castle sort themselves out. it is an odd mixture of anarchy with a Queen, which arose because the Queen arrived one day and they rather liked the look of her. That was way back of course. The Queens do not have a lot of money, but they get by. They have a lot of gold left over from the Alchemie days.

      I based SYREN on the Scilly Isles here in the UK where this did actually happen. But there is a reason for it.

      I didn’t plan anything for Jenna and 409. Certainly not for 409 to be a warlock. I do let my characters pretty much run their own lives and the witch thing just happened. And of course 409 isn’t a warlock, but he will be Keeper, which does verge on the witchy.

      There are no Palace maps at present, but possibly in the future. I don’t think the Ramblings will ever be incorporated into the Palace, I can’t see the Queens putting up with that.

      The Darke Halls are not related to the Ice Tunnels, they are much more ancient. The Ice Tunnels are part of the Castle whereas the Darke Halls are part of the old Bleak Creek settlement.

      Thanks for your good wishes for book 7!

  251. Juril

    Hello Angie and greetings from Finland! (It seems we have to wait Septimus-books to be in Finnish over a year! That is so unfair.)

    I was wondering how long did it take to write Magyk? Did the whole story just burst out as a sudden or did you planned the septimus-story really long and then writed that Magyk?

    I meen, first when you wrote the Magyk and when it’s out then you cant change some things in it anymore so you HAVE TO go with the story as it is. Did you ever “regret” any parts of the story afterwards?

    Thank you and hope to meet you in Finland sometime!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Juril,

      I’m sorry you have to wait – but you know, one years is quite fast really. The translating takes quite a while to do…

      Magyk took me about 18 months to write as I was finding my way quite slowly. I knew about the people and the world they lived in but not so much about the plot. That grew along with the book. I was really pleased to discover how much there was to write about in the whole Septimus world, I have not expected to find so many wonderful characters.

      Aha … that is a very good question. I don’t regret any of the overall story as that seems right somehow. But there are little details that niggle. And things that I would like to go back and add. Ideally I would write the whole series before it is published and get everything working together! But that would be weird…

      I came to Helsinki last year when SYREN came out and I loved Finland. I do hope I can come back again!

  252. ecoli

    Hello, here I am again! There are some questions/comments I forgot to post:
    1: Your descriptions of Jenna’s relationship with Magyk is a real quadrature of the circle; she isn’t Magykal, but she can become a Witch, yet she wasn’t one in the first book(If I were Silas or Sarah, I would see if I can make her a witch at least; if she gets unhappy at being the only one in a family of Wizards this may turn her into a bad Queen) and you said that it was a gene back in Ask Angie III. Does this mean that Wizards/Witches/Charms can turn someone who isn’t Magykal into someone who is? (If they can Shape-Shift into trees I think they should also be able to tamper with genes. But it may be dangerous). And can someone who has such an ability choose between being a witch and a Wizard(professional or not)?
    Also, does Magykal abilities in general work by genes, or is it a kind of infection? If it is the former, I have already guessed which one(s) it could be-AKT/mTOR…
    And if she did have Magyk in her would it have impacted the story? I don’t think so.
    Sorry for insisting on that point; I think it would be better if Jenna was Magykal-it could explain some of the events – especially the politics in MAGYK – better. But of course I am not the author.
    2: Queen Cerys kinda bothers me. The Young Army did exist a few hours after her death- doesit mean not only that she allowed the Supreme Custodian to get his post, but also did nothing to prevent him for setting the YA up or – in the name of all Queens, NOOO – it was HER idea? Even if he hid it from her, that strikes me as rather incompetent Queenshipdom.
    3: Are there rules about the use of Magyk by children and teens? I would be extremely worried; teenage years are not careful years. And do children with Magyk often use it- say for toys – or is it more of an “i-have-it -but I-don’t use it” thing?
    4: If Jenna ended up having all Wizard children-by whatever means-how would she deal with the Succession? Wizards and Queens do not get on well but tampering the Succession would be even more dangerous-politics are better not tampered with.
    5: Is the 7th book getting on well?
    6: What powers does the Queen of the Castle have-apart from these that we saw in the “wretched book”?
    7: What do the Castle people do with those people whose negligence allows a major disaster to happen? Jen&Sep will have to explain this. Oh, and what would happened if the thing-that-shall-not-be-named would have crossed the river and the Moat-say, by a bridge? Would it have spread out like a plague across the whole country?
    Again, it’s a lot of questions, but I hope this will not bother too much.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again,

      These are very complex questions… I think a book gets to the point where some questions are for readers to answer for themselves, rather than for the writer to answer. And I reckon we have got to that point here. Just see it as though I have opened a door onto Septimus’s world but like you, I do not know all the answers.

      but a few points …
      I think Jenna is fine being unMagykal, and she is certainly not going to be a bad queen because she grew up not being able to have that skill. Pure witch-ness is a bit like a gene, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to do it, although you will never have quite the extra edge that someone from a witch family has.
      Cerys had just had a baby – she wasn’t exactly looking out for stuff at the time. That’s why they all piled in then. The SC and his cronies were hiding out in the Badlands, waiting.
      Kids are pretty careful with Magyk because they don’t know the complicated stuff. It is carefully taught and respected.

      There’s a lot of what-ifs here and they are not for me to answer – just interesting stuff for us all to ponder… Like is life, there are no definite answers to what-ifs.

      And book 7 is going fine, thanks!

  253. fan

    i noticed in the second book it says the ghost who’s guarding the castle sleeps until Jenna’s own daughter crash into it with her scooter does this means you are going to write at the end of book seven like 10 or 20 or something like that later cause i really want to know who will they marry

    • Angie Sage

      Hello fan,

      I had never planned to do this as part of the series, as that takes us on too far. But I would love to write a book about 10 years on, but out of the series. mainly because it would be for older readers and I want the main series to be ok for younger ones all the way through, from MAGYK to …. (Nearly got me there!)

  254. Nico

    What do You think about Marcia and how old is she?
    What is Your favorite colour?
    How the Magyk (like magic) was created?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Nico,

      I really like marcia! She is in her late thirties.
      I love all colours. No favourites really.
      Magyk came about as a result of something we get to hear about in book 7…

  255. Kavita

    Hi Angie, I am in new Zealand and we really love you over here, please do visit us sometime, new Zealand is very beautiful. I love your books, never have read anything so beautifully written. I have just one question, will septimus In the last book ever end up having romantic feelings for anyone, will he stay single and keep his readers mesmerized by him or will he now be taken.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kavita,

      I really, really want to go to New Zealand – I even have relatives there, who I have never met. Thank you for your comments about the writing, it is so nice to hear that and I am really pleased you like Sep so much.

      I don’t think Sep will have made his mind up about anyone in book 7 as he is still quite young (although I know people do at that age). But we may get a few clues. However ten years on he will have done. I hope he will still keep the readers mesmerized.

  256. Trixie

    What color were Marcia’s eyes before they turned green? What did her parents say when they started turning green? I know they didn’t want her to be a wizard.

    • Angie Sage

      Marcia had dark green eyes from the day she was born, so her family guessed that she would be a Wizard and were resigned to it. Her father did not want her to be a Wizard because being a Wizard had caused him a lot of problems. Marcia’s eyes got much brighter green when she became Alther’s Apprentice.

  257. Fanny

    Hi Angie!
    I love your books and I was just wondering if you know if / when Darke will come out in Sweden? Or if I should order it?

    • Angie Sage

      HI Fanny,

      I am not sure when Darke will be out in Sweden. It depends of the Swedish publisher. The best thing would be for you to get in touch with the publisher, I am sure they would be very happy to give you the date.

  258. Myka

    Hi!

    I was on a trip to St. Louis, Missouri, last week, and I was at a little rock and bead shop (Being a jewelry maker, I did my research and made sure to know where every bead shop in the city was and make a stop there 😀 ), and I found a lapis lazuli rock (Which I of course am making into a Sep themed necklace 🙂 )

    I also was at a bookstore, and they have weekly specials on certain authors or series. I got both the Magykal Papers and Physik, in hardcover, for only 5 dollars each, which was a really great find 🙂

    So how these two things are related to my question is: While I was reading the Magykal Papers, I noticed in the advertisement for Sirius Weazal’s Tour that it said you could find out the weight of all the lapis in the Wizard Tower. Now, I spent soooo much money on those super expensive books (just kidding 😀 , five dollars is definitely the opposite of expensive when it comes to hardcover books) and I don’t think Gringe would let me through the gate without toll, so I am unfortunately unable to attend the tour. Would you happen to know the amount of lapis?

    I’m also wondering why Queen Datchet III moved the tower. Was it for a good reason, and to protect some secret a rumor was started about how the Queen was just mad? I like to do improv storytelling, so my mind just kind of forms a story around any little unanswered question in any book. 🙂 I’ve tried to write real books, with lots of chapters and all, and am having trouble.

    Thanks!

    -Myka

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      I too have been unable to attend Sirius Weazal’s tour, mainly because they are either cancelled or have already begun and he won’t take latecomers. It is very annoying. And so I regret to say i do not know the weight of all the lapis in the Wizard Tower. I have to say, I suspect that Mr Weazal probably doesn’t either. But you could make an awful lot of necklaces with it.

      Queen Datchet’s favourite Tower, the East Gate lookout Tower, had a subsidence problem because there was a certain tunnel beneath it. She was convinced that a tunnel there but because it was secret (Alchemie business) and because the Queens were going through one of their unpopular times at the Castle, people told her she was imagining it. It sent her crazy. She got the Tower moved because she couldn’t stand the cracks. Its a sad story.

      I think the ability to write longer books does grow. It took me a long time to get to the stage where I could confidently do it. Building on improvising short stories is a really good way to go. Follow you characters through after the end of your stories and see what happens then. You may find that you have your book… Good luck!

  259. cate

    hi angie! i really want ot meet you, and you’re going to the UK for alot of book signings and i wish i could go. i live in ontario, though. could you go to chapters and talk about Darke? thank you!

    • Angie Sage

      Dear Cate,

      I’m sorry you can’t magykally fly over here for one of my book signings. It would be lovely if we could have a blog event!

      The reason I am doing lots of signings in the UK is because this is where I live – so i don’t have to go very far! But I hope maybe when the last book is done I will be able to come to Canada, if I do a tour for that one.

  260. Myka

    Hi, Angie.

    My friend got a copy of Magyk from a used book store, and when she looked in it, it had what might have been your writing, written in pen. I have no idea if it really was you, and I figured this was the best place to find out. It says

    For Bethany
    with best wishes

    Angie Sage

    Was this maybe from a book signing?

    Thanks for your help

    -Myka

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      A quick reply to this one as it is easy – If its big, round writing it’s me. Black pen. I have signed lots of books for people and they usually ask to have their name in.

  261. Hannah Sandham

    Dear Angie Sage,
    I remember when I first got Magyk. My mum gave it to me for a birthday and I was slightly apprehensive about reading it because it was different to the other books I had read (I was obbsessed with Harry Potter at the time) and when I read the first chapter when at the end it said that Septimus was dead, I was like “But this book is supposed to be about Septimus… but he’s dead.” so that kept me reading, the clues about Boy 412 were there because when they are at Aunt Zelda’s cottage, when Jenna wakes up the first morning she wonders why it was only ‘Nicko and Jo-Jo’ with her, but it was really Nicko and Boy 412 (who is actually Septimus). After I read Magyk, I asked my mum to order me the next two, and I remember picking up the parcel. From then I really loved the books. I’m writing to tell you how such a big fan I am.
    Also, I was just wondering how you came up with the idea of Magyk, because I have always wanted to be an author, and yet, I never seem to come up with good ideas.
    Thanks
    Hannah.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hannah,

      it’s lovely to hear how you got into Magyk. I’m glad all those little things worked and made you like the book.

      Ideas are tough to come up with. Septimus really did just grow from an idea I had had for a very long time. Once I began to write, the whole world of Septimus felt real and a lot of the characters seemed to have a life of their own. I find I can’t think of many ideas at all, unless I am actually writing. Sometimes its best just to jump into a story and see what happens. Good Luck!

  262. Riley

    How many books are you planning to write in the series?

  263. Dear Angie
    what was your inspration for 7th son of a 7th son. because I have noticed a few books have used 7th son idea. did you reshurch it? I allways asumed it was becuase the commmenest lucky number is 7. is that why?
    From Sleenki
    P.S i hope yyour having a wonderfull summmer hoilday!

    • anonymous

      There is a myth that a 7th son of a 7th son or a 7th daughter of a 7th daughter has a 6th sense.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sleenki,

      The 7th of the 7th is a very old idea. I think I just grew up with it – its certainly in lots of legends and fairy stories. It seemed a nice idea to use in a book. It may well have something to do with 7 being considered a lucky number. It was also thought to be the number of the planets for a long time, also 7 days in the week, 7 ages of man etc etc. Lots of stuff around to do with 7!

  264. SeptimusHeapLover

    Heey 😀

    I got a qustion:

    when will the magykal papers be translated in german? I didn´t find a answer so I´m aksing you 🙂 Thanks!!

    • Angie Sage

      I don’t know if they will be… But I am meeting some of my German publishers next week when I come to the hamburg waterfront book fair and I will ask them!

  265. James and Matthew

    Dear Angie,
    We’ve just read one of your latest entries about the possibly upcoming Septimus movie. You said that it would use animation like in Avatar.
    We were wondering if that meant that there would be no live acting in the film.
    Thank-you very much and good luck with the movie and the 7th book in the series,
    From,
    James and Matthew.
    P.S: We were also wondering if you will be doing any book signings in Yorkshire (Bath is a little bit to far for us!)
    Thanks.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello James and Matthew,

      That technique does use actors, but then it digitally changes them… somehow. So it is still kind of live action. But as yet we don’t know for sure.

      I have asked Bloomsbury if we can got to Yorkshire! I will post here when I have something definite…

    • Angie Sage

      STOP PRESS!!
      I hope you get to see this … I will be in Leeds on Monday 24th October 2pm @ Garforth Library, Lidgett Lane, Garforth Leeds LS25 1EH. Tel: 0113 224 3291
      also NEWCASTLE Saturday 29th October 3pm @ Seven Stories Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ Tel: 0845 271 0777
      So I hope you can make it to one of those!

  266. Rachel Emily

    In Darke, it says the thing Beetle was looking for was in the rubbish can in the yard. If so, how did he manage to cast the suspension? Did he do it from memory?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Rachel Emily,

      he didn’t cast a Suspension at all. He was very lucky to have survived. He tried to conserve the air by not panicking.

  267. James

    couldnt you do 7 normal books and 7 ten years later books as a sort of 7th of 7th thing? as then we could see what happens with sep a xtra ordinary wizard (if he becomes one…) please thanks

    • Angie Sage

      Hello James,

      Well, seven more after the seventh is a lot to get my head around! I do definitely want to do one for ten years on. I think all I can say is that I will have to see – and see what my publisher wants too… But is is so lovely that you want more!

  268. drew

    Hey Angie! It’s great that you answer questions on here, as it gives us viewers a lot more insight on the books.
    I was wondering, have you ever considered writing some of the more important questions that are up on this site into a book? Because some stuff is answered here that people who never see the site will know…
    Anyways, my other question, which I asked earlier and was joined with many other questions that were too many to answer, will Aunt Zelda ever actually see Theo Heap? I know he saw her in Magyk, but I don’t know if Aunt Zelda noticed him.
    Good luck on book 7!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Drew,

      I like getting the questions too, it makes a real difference. I am keeping notes of my answers to some of the more complex questions and I would like to spend some time getting an Index together for the whole series when I have finished and got some time to sort it all out.
      You are right, she didn’t see Theo that time. This has been something in my wishlist for the last three books and it has never fitted in. I will see if it gets into book 7 or not. Of course, we first need a storm for Theo to be blown ashore.

  269. Megara

    Do we ever get to see Hugo Tenderfoot again?
    🙂 He was one of my favorite characters and I half-hoped that he’d come back to the current time with Sep and the gang…
    …I was so sad when he didn’t…

    • Angie Sage

      Hugo missed his dog and his family too much to leave – and he was only seven. Again, he has been on my wishlist of people I want to see again but has never quite made it in. We will have to see for future books.

  270. Megara

    What is the correct pronunciation of Nicko? ‘Nico’ or ‘Nick-oh’?

  271. Emma

    Hi, Angie.
    I´m just wondering when the book is out here in Sweden. I´ll buy it straight away when it is.

    I haven´t read a Septimus Heap book for a while now and I just want to ask you if Marcellus Pye will survive now as he´s 500 years after his time..? And if he is, how´s that?

    Thank you for answering the questions which are posted here, It must take some of your time. Do you have all the answers written down on paper or do you make some answers up while reading our questions ?

    PS. Sorry for my bad english..

    Emma Ejermo
    Your greatest fan in Sweden.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Emma,

      I don’t know when Darke will be out in Sweden, but I hope not too long. Of course it has to be translated first which probably means it won’t be out quite yet.
      Marcellus now has an everlasting youth potion that Sep made up for him and left for him in the Moat. So he will be around for quite a while.
      I just answer the questions as I type. Sometimes I do have to look things up but mostly I remember enough!
      I think your English is really good!

  272. Kara

    how do you pronunce Ephanian I just finished book five and I still don’t know!

  273. Trixie

    How long has Marcia liked Milo Banda? Was she ever jealous of Cerys?

    • Myka

      I really don’t see why so many people think Marica and Milo might ever fall in love with each other. I suppose where this theory started was when Marcia hugged Milo in Flyte, but that was more of a greeting after not seeing him for over a decade and assuming he was dead than anything having to do with her liking him.

      And since then in the series they’ve only seen each other once or twice, and they’ve only very briefly spoken to one another.

      From the way Milo reacted in Syren whenever he thought of Cerys, I think he still loves her, a lot, and is still somewhat in a state of grief over her death. And even if Marcia liked him, she’s far too busy with her job to be in any sort of relationship, and she wouldn’t even see him much because of his travels.

      Besides that, how do you think Jenna would feel if Milo and Marica got married? I don’t think she’d like it…

      • Angie Sage

        hello Myka and Trixie,

        well, I guess this is all my fault a little for saying that Marcia did rather like someone. All your points about both Marcia and Milo are absolutely right, but then situations change and who knows?

        Incidentally, I agree, Jenna would not be too thrilled to have Marcia as her stepmother.

  274. margaret

    hi angie, I luuvv the Magyk books I’m on physik right now and i luv it

    margaret

  275. I’m a really big fan of Marcia; the more I see of her, the happier I am! That being said, I noticed that she never once calls Septimus “Boy 412” in any of the books. I was just wondering if that was just coincidental or if you did it on purpose…

    • Angie Sage

      Well, Marcia thinks that giving people numbers for names is disgusting. She would never use a number in that way. So it was deliberate. I felt that it was important for her to make a stand…

  276. Sherry

    Hi,Angie!
    I was wondering what would happen if the Queen had only sons. Would the son become King and marry a queen who would take over or will the current Queen adopt a girl? Thanks and good luck with Magyk the movie!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sherry,

      There are no Kings in the Castle – the position does not exist! The sons would do whatever Castle children do: have an Apprenticeship, go to work in the Port, that kind of thing. The Queenship would pass along to the nearest female relative.

  277. Elaine (middle aged mom)

    Angie – I love the Septimus Heap books! My 10 year old son has read the first five, and I’m on book 3. Great fun, and I look forward to reading the rest. Thanks for your creativity and sense of fun!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Elaine,

      thank you! I am so pleased you are reading them too. I write for everyone – particularly middle aged mums (like me…)

  278. Katey

    Hey Angie!
    I just finished reading darke… And I LOVED it 🙂 the only thing that constantly bugs me is how sep and beetle seem to care a lot for Jenna but she doesn’t seem to care. I mean I guesse for sep she does but I wish she cared for beetle more!!
    The other thing is when do u think your seventh book will come out?
    Love ur books
    Katey

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Katey,

      it’s young love. Or not. It is how it goes sometimes. And sometimes you have to lose it to realise what you took for granted….

      Book 7 will be sometime next year. My deadline for delivery is May 2012 but I am working on getting it finished shortly after Christmas, with any luck. Then it is up to my publisher to see when they would like it to come out. But they are waiting until they have the finished manuscript for that.

  279. margaret

    hi angie, i was wondering what is the difference between a white witch and a wizerd besides the eye color? and how can you be a witch or a wizerd do you choose or r u just born with it

    margaret

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Margaret,

      You are born with the ability to be either Witch or Wizard, but you can also learn. However, it is a little like being able to sing. Some people can and some can’t. And some can learn, but only up to a point. That is just how it goes. Witchy stuff is much more in tune with the surroundings and is more about harnessing nature. Wizard stuff is more structured. You won’t find many books on Witch magyk, because it is a closely guarded, small community. But there are thousands on Wizard Magyk.

  280. Jeffrey

    Dear angie,
    What are the rest of the Ancient Art Charms?

    Jeffrey

    • Angie Sage

      HI Jeffrey,

      Some Charms are Hidden. Most are lost. The ones I know about are:

      The Ancient Art of Invisibility
      The Ancient Art of Seeing (Accurately foreseeing the future up to 7 minutes ahead)
      The Ancient Art of DoubleDoing (Being in two places at once)
      The Ancient Art of Returning (Being able to drop back 7 minutes in time and therefore right any mistakes or disasters) This is at present lost, but is highly valued.

  281. hannahbananacakes

    Hey Angie
    I’ve read ur books and I’m a big fan!
     I got Dark for my birthday and just couldn’t put it down. I loved the adventure! 
     I want to be a writer… I love to write, my head is always brimming with ideas I just have trouble expanding on them. But it could be because I’m only 14.
    My moms a writer… Well not yet she hasn’t been published but she’s been working on something for a few years now.
    Okay just A phew questions: 
    1) Do have any advice for my mom?
    2)  how old is Marcia Overstrand?
    3) When Hotep-Ra took the queen and her daughter to the dragon boat and then they frequently came to visit summers after that it says “the queen loved the boat and she liked Hotep-Ra too.” Did the queen more then just like Hotep-Ra, did she possibly have some kind of romantic relationship with him or was he too old for her?
    Well good luck with book 7! 😉 🙂

    Hannah

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hannah,

      I’m glad you loved Darke!

      Yes, it is because you are 14 that the writing thing is still spinning around in your head. Just let it spin and enjoy it. Read lots and do the things you want to do – the writing will work out later. But it is lovely having that feeling inside your head that there are all kinds of worlds happening in there…

      Advice for your mom … if she is well on with her book I suggest she begins to show it to other people. Maybe even send it off to an agency that does read new work (although they do charge for this) but it is well worth getting some feedback. And once she is sure about what she has written then she will, ideally, need to find an agent. And this is where it gets tough. But you just have to keep in going. And keep asking. And if people are turning down the book, ask them (nicely!) why. It is always good to hear what others think about your writing. Because as the writer it is very difficult to judge for yourself. And, in the end, you are writing for others to read. And enjoy. Good luck to you mom!

      Marcia is in her late thirties. She won’t say how late. I do not advise asking her.

      No romantic relationship between the Queen and Hotep-Ra, just a feeling of kinship. They both came from a similar place…

  282. Hi Angie! Up–well WAY up– there, you said that #7 would come out in may. Maybe in the middle of may…? Like the Seventeenth! In the US that is… Well I REALLY LOVE your writing and I hope you can get moving along with 7!
    ~Breanna May

    • Angie Sage

      Hi welovepupps!

      Oops, no, I have to deliver it to my publisher by next May! So on the 17th at least you will know it exists…
      But I am hoping to get it finished well before then and am writing as fast as I can! We don’t have a definite release date yet.

      SO glad you love the books, though.

  283. Diana

    Would you call yourself a natrual storyteller, because I feel that I have this passion for writing and reading and stories in general. It’s weird, because I always thought I didn’t discover this until I was 12, but I looked at a plaque from when I was 8, and one of my classmates wrote that I was a good storyteller. Odd, because, I don’t remember writing anything back then. Well, anything that wasn’t awful…

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Diana,

      I wouldn’t have called myself that until recently, but I think that might be true. Looking back I think I have always made up stories to myself and I assumed that everyone else did that too. But I guess not everybody does. But I never actually wrote anything when I was younger, just daydreamed stuff. I think it is incredibly hard to write things down in a way that makes sense when you are young. It’s a skill that takes a long time to learn. I also think that a passion for reading stories is all part of the storyteller package…

  284. I noticed how the books suggested multiple times that Marcellus had some secrets in his past so, I was wondering, since you are planning on writing some Septimus Heap books about the other characters, will you write one about Marcellus’s past?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Scanth,

      Marcellus is on my wishlist of characters to write about. But that is in the future for now…. or is it in the past…???

  285. Riley

    Hey Angie,

    I have a couple questions:

    1. Since Jenna is a Witch, does that mean that she has witch powers?
    2. I didn’t really understand the Stunflash Boards, mind explaining?
    3. How many years does a person have to be an apprentice before they become an Ordinary Wizardf?
    4. Has Simon truly changed?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Riley,
      1. Jenna is not a proper witch. Marissa just did enough to get her through the window. But the cloak is pretty useful.
      2. OK – take one board of some description, an old floorboard will do or if you are feeling mean, the top of your sister’s dressing table, and attach to the end of it a slow-release StunFlash. Ignite StunFlash and off you go. Like a jet-propelled surfboard. (Not recommended for indoor use).
      3. 7 years and 7 days.
      4. You will have to form your own opinion on that…

  286. obiejess

    If an ordinairy wizard practiced Darke magic in secret and were caught what would happen to them + also what would happen if they weren’t and influenced the ‘aura’ (or magyk) of the wizard tower?

    Your #1 fan,

    Jess

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jess,

      This has happened at times, and generally they are found out. As Alther did with DomDaniel. Two EOWs have been exiled for this, both way back in the past in the early days of the Wizard Tower when the Magyk was less strong.

  287. ecoli

    Hello..
    OK, so the bulk of my questions has been posted, but there are still some that I did not remember:
    1: Why do Wizards always behave as if they don’t know anything about hygiene and orderliness? Marcia addresses Septimus in such a way in SYREN as if he always spills his food over his tunic, the Heaps seem to live in a rubbish dump and Beetle is not surprised at seeing Marcia’s rooms devastated in FLYTE.
    2: We see the relation between Septimus and Simon in DARKE, but what about Jenna? Her last (and only) comment was at the time where Sep and Simon were still displeased at each other. Did she make peace with Simon too?
    3: This is a bit ugly, but what was the nature of the loo problem mentioned in DARKE?
    4: Why does THE QUEEN RULES just enact a Right of Information? Normally(in real governments), the WT would have a Duty of Information to the Queen about potentially dangerous matters-much safer in any case. (Marcia said that Septimus’s Darke Week could lead to an outbreak of Darke, yet Jenna was informed only when she invoked the THE QUEEN RULES. Mighty careless this is to me)
    5. How do foreigners call the Castle? And are there potent states and Empires abroad?
    6. How does the Darke work with a palindrome-a word that means the same spoken bachwards-like JONOJ?
    7: Could Jenna get into the same trouble as Simon did in the start of DARKE, what with her witch cloak? And why has everyone – Zelda and Septimus in particular, they seem pretty unreasonable – except Marcellus to complain about it?
    I realize that most of my preceding posts are hard to answer, but I hope they will be answered anyway-including this one. Have a nice week!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello ecoli,

      1. It’s just the way they are: messy. Different times, different standards… Surely, as ecoli, you would encourage this?
      2. Jenna is harder to win over than Septimus as she feels she was more deeply betrayed. She did grow up with SImon, while Sep did not.
      3. Blockages. And occasionally falling off the wall and tumbling down into the River. This was a known problem with the arrangements in the Ramblings. It never happened to the Heaps, luckily. Well, not when anyone was in there.
      4. As I said, different times. and this is not a highly organised society. It has grown organically.
      5. They call it many things, depending on their culture, but it is generally known as the Castle. There are states abroad, but the population is low generally and widely scattered. Also the Castle is not on the main trade routes so does not get visited a huge amount.
      6. The Darke likes palindromes very much. They are a Darke delight.
      7. Most people do not trust witches and feel a superstition about getting close to them. So they would not be happy with Jenna being on the fringes of witchery. Marcellus is wise enough to know that the Queens deal with witchcraft very well. He is, after all, the son of a Queen.

  288. Elizabeth

    Hiya Angie!!
    I just wanted to let u know I’m a HUGE fan of septimus. I’ve been reading them for a while now and only just found this lovely blog. I hope you’re having fun because that’s the most important thing!! And I especially hope ur having fun with book 7. I know I will be when it’s released!!!!

    Anyway, I just wanted to ask for more detail about Sep and Marcia. I know you already mentioned that she sees him as her own(kinda), but would you mind telling a little more? Like what exactly Marcia thinks of him and how he in turn thinks of her. I love hearing about characters in books, how they feel, how they think, and why they do the things they do.

    So I’m asking about Sep since he’s eternally my fav and also about Marcia since I really like her too (and she’s my cat’s favorite character. Whenever I’m reading aloud, my kitty just purrs louder when I say Marcia; I guess she likes how the name sounds. It’s so cute~ but maybe I’m just deluding myself and going crazy for noticing this…)

    But anyway could you tell me more about our favorite characters? I love character emotions and development so a little insight from a real author would be really great!!! Thank you!!! 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Elizabeth,

      Welcome to the blog – I do love this blog very much. And yes, generally I am having fun. Sometimes when I’m thinking about a thousand things at once perhaps a little less fun… but I am so enjoying being part of the Septimus world.

      Marcia was not at ease around children at all before she took Sep on as her Apprentice. She was an only child and a solitary one and never really ‘got’ kids, even when she was one herself. But she learnt a lot when she was stuck in the Marram Marshes in a little cottage with 3 kids and a witch. And she decided that kids were not half as scary as she had thought. She does indeed love Septimus as her own and Sep is, in truth, closer to Marcia than he is to Sarah Heap. Now he is getting older he and Marcia often spend quiet evenings by the fire discussing the more arcane points of Magyk. And Marcia is dreading the day when Sep’s Apprenticeship is over – though she would never tell him that.

      I hope your cat approves….

  289. Shadi

    Dear Angie,

    I have liked the series very very much.And im in page 523 in Syren.Did you ever have a tour in Lebanon or will you when 7 is released?????

    And i think that septimus Heap is the best series i have ever read.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Shadi,

      Thank you! I’m so glad you are enjoying Sep Heap so much. I’m afraid I don’t know if I will be coming to the Lebanon – it does depend on the publisher there. They are the ones who do all the fixing-up of visits and signings. But if they ask me I will go!

  290. Ethan

    Dear angie,

    When you told me that Petroc Trawlawney would be tripped over, who would be the one to trip over him?

    Ethan

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ethan,

      well, we will have to see. And so will I, because it hasn’t happened yet…

  291. Bethany

    Hi angie,
    I am a huge fan of the septimus heap series. i finished all your books in about 5 weeks including the magykal papers and darke, i just couldn’t put the books down. I was wondering if you are going to make another book after darke or magykal papers or are you just going to end it there? I hope you make another one. Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Bethany,

      I am writing the last book in the main series at the moment – so there will be 7 books in all. But I do still want to do more Septimus. Possibly some written maybe 10 years on. And maybe one about Marcia when she was a child. So it’s not over yet!

  292. Chloe

    Hello Angie,
    I know that there are wizards, sailors and people who own shops, but I wondered what other jobs are in the castle. Because the castle is quite different from our world, I wondered what sort of different jobs are available – I find little details like that very interesting.
    Thankyou again for writing the series – they are AMAZING! Among my favourite characters is Sir Hereward. I mention him because I think people forget about him sometimes. He’s so sweet and loyal!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chloe,

      This is a lovely question to answer…
      There are many small workshops especially on the lower floors of the Ramblings. These make most of the things necessary for the daily life in the Castle: carts, boots and shoes (Terry Tarsal considers he is very superior to these workshops), fishing nets, spinning & weaving cloth, making toys, horse tack, pots & pans etc etc. Many people will visit the Port and bring things back to trade. There is a troupe of actors in the Little Theatre and a surprising amount of market gardeners on the Rambings rooftops. Some people also own plots of land in the nearby Farmlands and will go out every day to tend those. It is a fairly self-sufficient economy and that is the way Castle people want to keep it.

      I’m so glad you like Sir Hereward. He is a poppet. I took his name from Hereward the Wake; a popular local hero in the 11th century. I later discovered that H-t-W was known as a protector of women. Which is strange, as that, of course, is what our own Sir H does. Sometimes writing Septimus is like that…

  293. Hi Angie
    I only have 1 question in the 8th chapter of Darke(it’s on browse inside so it’s not spoiler) paper back page 98 Beetle gives Jenna her birthday present just wanted to ask what was the gift?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Laya,

      It was a tiny, beautifully bound notebook and a little pencil with “Jenna” inscribed on it.

  294. Shadi

    Hey Angie

    I want to ask you about a thing in Syren you said that Syrah is only Possesed in the Peepe, but when she fell facedown next to Sep.The Syren left her so she wasnt Possesed anymore or what happened with her?

    Good luck in writing Book 7. And thank you for your answer!!

    Your #1 fan and Septimus’s

    Shadi

    • Angie Sage

      Syrah was able to be free of the Syren outside the Peepe, but she was still Possessed, ie under the control of the Syren. It’s just that the Syren could only inhabit Syrah’s body when she was in the Peepe. When someone has been Possessed for nearly 500years, being DisPossessed is a terrible shock. It can cause a lot of damage. So this is what happened to Syrah.

      Thank you for you good wishes – I am on chapter 31 now of book 7….

  295. Kyra Jones

    Hi, Angie! I was just wondering if you’ll be coming to Germany anytime soon. I’m (sadly) not German but live in Germany for a few years. I can’t wait till the seventh book comes out! I’ve got Marcia on the brain–I even dreamt about her the other night. . . . Maybe I should read slightly less… How is the seventh book and movie? Thanks, Kyra

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kyra,

      Oh…. I came to Hamburg last week! I hope you saw the post about it on the letters section? But I didn’t see you so maybe you couldn’t get here anyway.
      My German publisher is lovely and I do hope to come back to Germany.

      Oh dear, dreaming about Marcia sounds like a restless night to me.
      No new movie news at the moment, we await the next stage which is, I think, the movie being given the definite go-ahead. And book 7 … tootling along fine at the moment, thanks but still a lot of things to fit into it!

  296. Riley

    Hey Angie, Me again

    I just have one more question:

    What kind of pistol does Jenna have? Is it modern, or is it a revolver?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Riley,

      It’s a single shot musket, like the ones they had in Tudor times. Although (and I must check this) I don’t think she has it anymore.
      I think it is always surprising to find out how old guns are. Did you know that Henry viii went hunting with a gun? And that someone tried to assassinate his son, Edward vi, by shooting him? (they didn’t succeed. They shot his dog who slept outside his door and woke everyone up.)

      There you are – the kind of useless information that writers keep in their head…

  297. spitfyrerocks

    hey angie, or anyone on this blog, THERE ARE TRADING CARDS?! WHERE CAN I FIND THEM?!!!!!! thx

  298. bethany

    hi angie i just have one question, if septius has a son would a seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son be even more powerful?

    • Angie Sage

      Yes, I think he would. But the chances of that occurring are quite slim, I think.

  299. IAmPrincessJennaForever

    Hi Angie,

    We have a model building and construction class at my school, and I am attending it. I decided to make a small model of the Wizard Tower, modeled after Mark Zug’s awesome drawing in The Magykal Papers.

    I have a few questions about the design itself and/or how you imagined it to look. I want to get my model “exactly” right!

    1. Is the Wizard Tower white or silver? The drawing is portrayed as white, but you say that the “underlying” color is silver.

    2. The Great Arch is approximately how far from the Wizard Tower?

    3. How tall did you imagine the Wizard Tower to be? And how tall are the door to the Wizard Tower in comparison to a regular person?

    4. Does the wall connecting to the Great Arch lead all around the Tower, and is it in a circle, square or what shape?

    5. Where is the dragon launchpad (on what floor, which side of the Tower), and the dragon house is not there anymore (since it was moved), correct?

    Any other interesting details would be greatly appreciated. I hope that my model of the Wizard Tower turns out as great as the drawings and your visions!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello,

      I skipped a few questions as you need this for your project…
      1. The underlying colour is silver, but the magykal overlays are always visible and give it s blue/purple sheen.
      2. The Great Arch is about 200 yards from the Tower.
      3. Tall. 21 floors, each about 20 feet high, plus the pyramid on top
      4. The wall around the courtyard in which the WT sits is roughly circular, but the WT is towards the back of it and faces the Great Arch.
      5. The dragon window is at the back of the WT overlooking the Farmlands. As is Marcia’s study. Sep’s bedroom is at the front, looking down Wiz Way.
      Yes, the dragon house has gone, much to everyone’s relief.
      There is a well in the courtyard (see Flyte). A hidden window in the WT that changes position at times. The glass in the windows is also covered with a Magykal sheen which makes them reflect like a mirrored purple.

      What a lovely project!

  300. Mack

    What do you think Marcia would be like if she didn’t always get respect and she didn’t always win? Would she be different?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Mack,

      I think Marcia would always be Marcia, whatever her position in life. She would probably be a little more irritable if she wasn’t being treated right, but that’s no different from the rest of us. And Marcia doesn’t always win, especially not on the little things.

  301. surfdoggie

    Hi Angie,

    I have a few questions for you.

    1.Does Wolf Boy find out he has two brothers?

    2.Do Jenna and Beetle become a couple?

    Thanks!

    Hanna

  302. Nevada

    Hi Angie good job on Darke! I was just wondering where you got the names of the characters from.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Nevada,

      thank you!

      The names just jump into my head, I don’t need to think about them at all. It is weird and just about the easiest part of writing…

  303. Lina

    hi anige!!

    I just wundering if you can do a book sining in canada or even the U.S.A.?
    I LOVE Septimus oh and will there be move in canada?

    from: lina 🙂 😉

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Lina,

      I’m not doing an author tour in the US or Canada for Darke, but maybe for book 7, I don’t know yet as this is up to my publisher. But up until now I have always done a USA tour and I would very much like to do one for the last book. And when the movie does at last come out, yes it will be out in Canada too. But it’s not at that stage yet….

  304. Sarah

    Angie Sage,
    I have a question regarding the “In the end” sections in the end of the books. Ok, so it says that Septimus was wanted as a baby as apprentice to DomDaniel. However, Marcia was the one that came to tell Silas to take care of Jenna and it said that she was the ExtraOrdinary wizard (she was two generations after DomDaniel). Is that how it is supposed to be? Can you please clarify? Sorry, if I’m sort of annoying. I tend to over think some books and concepts.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sarah,

      not annoying at all!

      Marcia was there with Alther when the Queen was shot. She rescued jenna and made sure Silas Heap found her and took her home. Everyone in the Castle (and outside the Castle) knew that the heaps were about to have a seventh child. The Matron Midwife was instructed by DomDaniel to steal the child if it was a boy. Which is what she did. She took the child to the nursery but DomDaniel’s nurse took the wrong baby – the midwife’s own baby in fact. This was Merrin Meredith.
      Alther took over from DomDaniel as EOW after they had a fight on top of the Wizard Tower and DD ‘fell’ off.
      Marcia became EOW after Alther and the Queen were killed. This was the same day that Silas found jenna. It was a busy day for all…

      Hope that makes some sense…

  305. Sarah

    By the way, I absolutely ADORE the Septimus Heap series. I recommended it to ALL my friends (they all love it too!)

    • Angie Sage

      Lovely! thank you and keep on recommending – I want everyone to read Septimus!

  306. Sarah

    Oh…….One more thing (K, this is the last thing for a bit I hope). You know how In Darke Beetle was Sealed inside the Hermetic Chamber? If Merrin Merideth dumped all the emergency supplies and stuff into the dump and filled the drawers with licorice bootlaces, how did Beetle manage the Suspension if he didn’t have the charm? He couldn’t do a Suspension without one, right?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again,

      well, this bit of clarification got edited out – by me. By mistake. Marcia comments admiringly that Beetle has survived by sheer willpower. Beetle corrects her and says he used some ancient breath control techniques that he had read about. I will try and put this in book 7 somewhere.

  307. septimusisgreat!!!!

    Hi Angie! I had a thought the other day…. would you ever consider writing another book like The Magykal Papers? A Hundred Strange for Bored Boys(and girls?) has always interested me.

    • Angie Sage

      I’ve always liked the idea of that title. And yes, it must be for girls too. A hundred tales is a lot but I wouldn’t mind having a go…

  308. ElizabethF-H

    Hello Angie,
    When I went on holiday to California this summer I was in a book shop and was lucky enough to find Darke I was so excited I bought it immediately and read all of it in one day, it is by far the best one out of all six. You obviously won’t remember but in 2008 I met you at a book signing in Bath and I was so excited. I remember when I first read Magyk, when it came out, and I always thought that if the book got made into a film then I would be the perfect choice to play Jenna, I’m far too old to play her now! I know that Beetle likes Jenna because its obvious, but does she like him back?
    Elizabeth

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Elizabeth,

      Well, I do remember meeting someone who looked a lot like Jenna at Bath – and I’m guessing it must be you?

      I too think Darke is the best. Everything worked out for Darke and I guess I have got better at planning too…

      Jenna still has a little bit of thinking to do about Beetle. She will be doing that in book 7.

      If you happen to be in Bath tomorrow I am there at 6 o’clock!

  309. Quinn

    Ok, I just want to say, AWSOME SERIES! I just finished Flyte and I loved it! Magyk was awsome too, but I knid of expected Boy 412 to be Sep, it was really tricky when the Aprentice was introduced a the 7th son of a 7th son, but Boy 412 was a good heart and I knew he had to be Sep.
    Anyways, I didnt really bother to read ALL of these comments so I was wondering, when is the seventh book coming out? And, do you know of anywhere someone could download a word copy of your books that doesnt require anything to help them run on the computer?

    • Angie Sage

      hello Quinn,

      Thank you! Hope you like the others just as much as Magyk and Flyte.

      I don’t know for sure when the 7th book will be out as I am still writing it… but it will be sometime next year.

      The downloads for the books are, as far as I know, only available for the usual ebook stuff, like Kindle. Otherwise, if they were available in word it would be too easy to pirate them. Actually, even I don’t have a Word document of the final published version. So sorry about that, I know it does mean you have to buy yet another thing in order to read the e version.

  310. Quinn

    Ok when’s the seventh book coming out? And do you know where I can download word documents with your books in them, none of the books I found can be run without an attachment to my computer.

    Love the series by the way!

  311. surfdoggie

    Hi Angie, sorry about my other post, some other things I posted didn’t get up.

    Does Wolfboy find out he has two brothers?

    Do Jenna and Beetle become a couple?

    Thanks,
    Hanna. 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hanna,

      Well, you will have to wait and see… I shall say no more!

  312. Hi Angie!
    I was wondering what would the name of the 7th book be? When do you plan on publishing it? and are you making more Septimus Heap books after the 7th book?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ashish,

      There is a clue to the name of the 7th book in chapter 47 of Darke. And if you were at the Bath event you would know by now as I said it by mistake!

      Book 7 is the end of the main series, but there may be some other shorted books, possibly one set 10 years on…

  313. Astrid

    Hi Angie! First i would like to say (again) that you are the best author i know of! I can’t wait until the 7th book is out and the movie! Anyway, I finished Darke during the summer and am wondering does Wolf Boy, or Mandy, ever find out that he has 2 brothers? And it’s kinda sad how Jenna lives alone in the Palace now. In the seventh book is anyone else going to move into the Palace? And are the Forest Heaps going to be more in the 7th book? That would be pretty cool. Thanks for answering my past questions!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Astrid,

      Thank you!

      I’m not going to give anything away about the 7th book but lots of things you mentioned are probably there. Yes, it is a bit sad that Jenna is alone in the Palace, but I don’t think it will stay like that for long.

  314. Astrid

    And one more thing, will you ever come to Vancouver or Victoria B.C. in canada for a signing or reading? That would be so awsome! I hope you do, and i hope you answer!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Astrid,

      I’d like to come to Vancouver too – I’ve been there once a long time ago, before I started writing Septimus and I would love to go back. I hope to do lots of signings & readings when book 7 comes out, but I shall have to wait and see nearer the time. First I have to finish writing it!

  315. Vedika

    One question, do the rest of the Heap brothers ever get married?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Vedika,

      Well, some will, but it is hard to say more than that at the moment as I haven’t got there yet (and neither have they…). I think they will have to wait until the 10 years on book.

  316. Isabelle

    Hi, Angie Darke rocks! I was wondering can a ExtraOrdinary Wizard can get married and have children, while having a appertice. And if you know what the title of your 7th book is I’ve heard it will be Fyre

    Thanks,
    Isabelle

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Isabelle,

      Yay, thank you!

      Yes, the EOW can get married (or be married already) and have children too. But because it is such an all-involving job, many do not. And that would not stop them having an Apprentice although those with young children may well go for older Apprentices. Septimus is in fact an unusually young Apprentice.

      I won’t say the name of the book 7 yet as it’s fun for the UK readers to have a chance to work it out from Darke. But I did mention the title by mistake in Bath on Sunday last…

  317. ecoli

    Hi…
    OK, so most of my questions have been answered now, and the other will have to wait for Book 7, but there are still a few things that I have to ask:
    1: So Jen isn’t a Wiz because her parents didn’t want her to become one, what with Queens=/=Wizards-and they had already guessed she was one- and because she never tried too hard, rather than due to a lack of innate talent? I first thought that it was the latter(lack of innate talent), but your referrals about witches-especially those in DARKE-and your comparison with singing-as far as I know, singing has got to do with family environment and learning and not with anything innate, and it needs a lot of hard research to tell these two apart-suggest the former. In layman’s terms, could Jenna become a Wizard/Witch at any time?
    2: I understand that Marcia had a way to deal with Zelda’s foods in MAGYK, but how did the others? Especially Nicko, who discretely disposed of his own food during their first evening but likely would not be able to do it in Marcia’s way?
    3: Not to be seen as an insult, but why has Septimus’s judgement so deeteriorated during SYREN and DARKE? His medicine-and Syrah’s too-in SYREN struck me as fairly fishy, his argument with Jenna was equally fishy-never before he had done so, and it was probably moot here and not before-, not to mention his suggestion to go to Milo, still in SYREN-the last time she ran away in a fury-and his information policies in DARKE, they were just foolish and courting disaster.
    I realize I have finished all the nagging questions-with exception of the first one here- so I am reducing the amount a bit. Still, I wish you can answer and another good wish for Book 7!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello ecoli,
      1. The reason Jenna isn’t a witch is nothing to do with what her parents want, although I don’t suppose they would want that at all. It was just something that happened. She is not a proper witch, just got to the first step. As for singing … well I use that because some can and some can’t. I know that because I can’t and my brother can, so it’s nothing to do with family environment really.
      So Jenna could not become a Wizard because she really does not have the talent for it. She could become a Witch of sorts if she really put her mind to it, but it’s not the kind of thing she would bother with. She has, after all, other stuff to do. Like become Queen.
      2. Well, everyone else just had to put up with it. They ate a lot of toast, which Aunt Zelda did quite well.
      3. Sep can be annoying at times. Who can’t? It’s just the way he gets when he gets stressed. He’s making a lot of decisions and is still pretty young to do that. He;s not going to get it right every time. His argument with jenna was quite in character I think. They both step on each other’s toes sometime and he really just wanted some space to think about what he had to do.

  318. Diana

    I was reading Queste, because of what you posted on your update, but I couldn’t find the password. Was it even the correct password? Oh well, I gave up searching anyway. ….. I forgot why I messaged you now… These kind of things always happen to me… I had a question, looked at a poster of a kitten playing with yarn, then I forgot it. ………Oh yeah! Now I remember! Did Tetris Fume really write The Darke Index (creepy background music)? Why would he do that? Was he always such a jerk?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Diana,

      It is in the chapter called the Vaults. Chapter 8, I think. (tho it might be 7, don’t have a copy with me…)

      My brain is also a bit like a kitten and yarn. I know the feeling. Yes, Tertius Fume has always been a jerk. One day i will write about just how foul he was. And yes, he did write The Darke Index.

  319. Gabriel

    I have been wondering this for a while. If the Syren was released, would its dwelling change depending on where it is released, would it become a wandering possessive spirit, would it be returned to its original dwelling, or would something else happen?

    • Angie Sage

      It’s a horrible thought, it being released… it would take up residence wherever it was released.

  320. Myka

    I’ve been wondering for a while now what would have happened if Septimus’s kidnapping had gone all as planned on the first day of his life. What if he had actually become DomDaniel’s Apprentice?

    Would he still have turned out all right, or would he have been kind of evil, and maybe almost have done something really bad, but seen sense? Or would he be kind of like Merrin and have actually helped DomDaniel take power?

    That one second where Agnes Meredith picked Merrin up and left Septimus in his place affected so much, didn’t it?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      Who knows how Sep would have been, my feelings are he would have been ok eventually, tho pretty messed up for a long time.
      It’s true, the future can sometimes hinge on all kinds of random, split second happenings. It’s scary when you think about it…

  321. Hi angie I have question
    Will Jenna ever find out that Beetle likes her?If yes her reaction will be good?
    and one more
    At the end of Darke when Beetle was you know what… there were only Septimus’s thoughts and nothing from Jenna’s though is that something we’ll find out in book 7?
    P.S.I love your books

    • Angie Sage

      Hello QueenJenna,

      I’m writing more about this in book 7, so won’t say much here. But I haven’t forgotten Jenna and Beetle.

      I’m so glad you like the books!

  322. Samantha

    Hi Angie! Wow, 4 Ask Angie’s… Woah.
    I am a relatively new Septimus Heap fan, and I have to say that it didn’t take me long to fall in love with your series!
    I could (and would) go on and on complimenting the books, but I would take up most of this page… For now, let’s just say that everything is great to me! 🙂
    Quick question.
    I was just curious as to how old the characters will be in the seventh book. Unlike most series, the time span between books varies. Or am I not allowed to know that? Hmm…
    Good luck with your writing (we all know it’ll be great)!
    ~Fireman Sam

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sam,

      Thanks so much…

      I like to keep the characters fairly young so that nothing changes too much and the younger readers can read the series through from start to finish. Jen and Sep will be a little older, but not much. Well, that’s the way it seems to be going at the moment, anyway.

  323. Kaytlyn

    Hi, Ms. Sage,
    I just started reading your books last week and they are on my top 3 series (along with Redwall by Brian Jacques and the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce.) My question is this: How long did it take you (roughly) to write each book? And also, when you were a kid, did you want to be a writer? Thank you for doing this series!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kaytlyn,

      Thank you! the other two series sound really interesting.
      It takes me about a seven months to a year. I really do need a year, but sometimes I have to be a little faster. Darke was a year in the writing & editing and number 7 will be the same -possibly a bit more.

      If you had asked me if I wanted to be a writer when I was a kid I would have said yes – but I never believed it was possible. It took a very long time for me to work out that it was.

  324. Shadi

    Will any of the ancient lost arts will be found in book 7?

    Thank You
    Shadi

  325. When is Beetle’s birthday

    • Angie Sage

      Hello,

      hmm, Beetle is just so opaque about family stuff. I shall have to work this one out.

  326. eptimusisthebestbooksofar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just have a quicke questione- Does Wolfe Boy ever become Aunt Zelda’s heir?!? (Because he sucessfully completed the Task in Syren)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello eptimusisthebestbooksofar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I lost count of the exclamation marks…)

      Quick answer: yes!

  327. Diana

    Why did Simon go to dance class? I know, random question, but Lucy said she first met Simon at a Castle dance class, but why was Simon there? He doesn’t seem like a classical kind of guy.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Diana,

      Silas signed Simon up for what he thought were trance classes. Simon very nearly went straight back home when he saw all the other kids lined up practising dance steps. But then Lucy Gringe made a wide-mouth-frog face at him and he decided to stay.

  328. In the darke index, it says that Tertius Fume tested a spell that required the use of the 2 faced ring but, since the ring can only come off if the finger that the wearer wears the ring on comes off, why does Tertius Fume have all ten of his fingers? If he lost the ring after he died, wouldn’t the ring still be visible on his ghost?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello scanth,

      Tertius Fume did all the spells in the Darke Index when he wrote it. And yes he did wear the 2 faced ring. But, unlike Merrin, who was a bit of a prat, I am sorry to say, TF was a very Darke Wizard and clever with it. He ReMoved his thumb using Darke Magyk, put the ring on from the Other way and RePlaced his thumb. Not nice. That way he could easily get the ring off if he ever wanted to. He lost the ring before he died. Hotep Ra got it back.

  329. Bethany

    hi angie, another question,
    I remember that when Jenna goes back in time and meets princess Esmaralda and Broda, she takes the Transubstantiate Tripple (Tx3 REVIVE) but it didn’t say that she used it on the dragon boat. Did she actually use it or did you have to use it when you did the spell?
    Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Bethany,

      No she didn’t use it on the Dragon Boat because Aunt Zelda kept making excuses about the dragon boat needing to recover in her own way (you will find out why AZ said this in book 7).

      However, it is not wasted, as you will see.

  330. Cece

    Hi Angie,
    I love your books!! Sempitmus Heap is one of my favorite series 🙂 Anyway, I was just wondering how you pronounce Syrah Syara. Thanks so much!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Cece,

      Thank you!

      Syrah is pronounce like: Sire-ah
      Syara like: Si-are-ah

      Hope that makes sense!

  331. Madelynne

    HI Ms Sage,
    I’m relatively new here and I just want to say, first of all, that I love your books sooo much!
    I’ve got a few questions, as I have just started re-reading the series and am currently close to finishing Magyk. So here goes;
    At the end of chapter 4, when Marcia notices the names on the doorsin the Ramblings have changed to numbers, she says that she knows which one she prefers (the numbers or the names), but I can’t figure out which one she does prefer because that could go both ways.
    When Marcia was in Dungeon Number One, was it the Shades and Shadows that were keeping her from unlocking the door because she had a Universal Castle Key in her belt didn’t she?
    Why didn’t Stanley tell Marcia about the Supreme Custodian’s plan, or at least warn her without breaking the office confidentiality rule?
    How old are Sam, Erik, Edd and Jojo in Magyk?
    Why does Marcia care so much about her shoes? Does she enjoy ordering the shoes becuse Terry Tarsal hates snakes?
    Does Marcia give the mirror dificult percentages on purpose?
    Sorry if this is too long, and thank you in advance.
    Madelynne

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Madelynne,

      Nice to have you on the website!

      Marcia prefers the names, for sure.
      Yes, Marcia did have the universal Castle Key but she could not use it as she was right at the bottom of the Dungeon where there is no ladder. But even if there had been a ladder she would not have been able to get the strength to use it as the Shades and Shadows took all her energy from her.

      Stanley is a stickler for rules and under the Message Rat Rules he is not allowed to divulge such things. I think he would now, but then he also did not entirely trust Wizards. He was a product of the times then.

      I have lost my early list of the boys’ birthdays, and I will have to work it out again. Roughly, when Sep was born, Simon was 7, Sam 6, Edd & Erik 4, JoJo 3 and Nicko 18 months. But I must check about SImon. He might have been 8…

      Marcia just loves shoes. As she wears a uniform all the time it is her one way of expressing her personality in what she wears. She does like annoying terry tarsal, this is true. But she also likes python skin too. And yes, she did give the mirror difficult percentages on purpose. She did not want the mirror to get lazy. Marcia believes in not letting household objects get the upper hand.

  332. Nancy

    You said you might write about Marcia as a child and I think that would be very interesting because I see Marcia being a very serious, solitary, and serious child. I could be wrong but I don’t see Marcia having a big sense of humor and trying to have fun with other kids like a lot of teenagers do. In fact, I rather think, if someone tried to poke a little good natured fun at Marcia, she might become offended and take it too seriously XD. Was Marcia like this or am I totally off? are you going to write about her from the time she was ten all the way to the point where the books begin? that would be really neat. You mentioned something about Marcia having a boyfriend when she was young too. Will we learn about him? what sorts of people does Marcia crush on? it’s so hard to picture her having a crush at all…….sometimes I feel bad for Marcia. Did she spend a lot of time alone before Sep became her apprentice. I picture her waking up on midwinter feat day all along and it makes me sad. Sure, Marcia’s grumpy but most of us fans love her to death anyway. I cannot wait until you write more about her! It’s a great idea!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Nancy,

      You are pretty accurate about Marcia as a child. I can’t say for sure of course because until I actually write about her then I don’t know. I don’t discover things about the characters except by writing them.

      I want to write about her from the day she was born so that we know about her family too and where they came from.

      She is a solitary figure and I agree, one can feel a little sad for her. For some reason Marcia does not let people get close to her. I don’t know why but I am sure i will find out when I write her story…

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and comments, I am keeping them to look at when I do actually get started writing about Marcia.

  333. Lily

    hello angie,
    I love your books so much! I have read through a lot of this blog in hope that I don’t repeat to many questions. Thanks so much for taking time to read this.
    1. Since Jenna is a You-know-what, will her eyes change at all? Will she get powers?
    2. Why does Jenna run off after beetle was stuck there? Thats not a nice thing for anybody to do, aside from beetles feelings for Jenna.
    3. Will Nicko and Snorri ever get back together or is it a permanent break. If so that would be very sad after all they have been through.
    4. Why can Stanley talk but no Effiana (i forgot how to spell it) . I remember that Dawnie talks in Flight so it can’t be a message rat thing.
    5. I heard you wanted to do a book about their lives ten years on. Would you consider making it 7 years on?
    6. Was Marcia ever jelous of Cyres over Milo?
    7. Will Jenna find out that Beetle liked her in book 7?
    8. Also, over thousands of years can a ghost fade completely? What is the fear of dying if anyone can become a ghost
    I know this is not a question, but i have always thought of Jen and Sep as siblings. the idea of a romance is kind of gross.
    Thank you so much for reading this, and thanks so much for writing amazing books.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Lily,

      It’s lovely you like the books so much.
      1. No, Jenna will never be a real you-know-what. She doesn’t want to be and I don’t think she would be a very good one even if she did.
      2. Jenna was a bit weirded out by everything. And she really was worried about the Palace and her mum. Beetle was not top of her list right then – and of course he knew it.
      3. It is sad, but they were together for what could have been 500 years in the House of Foryx (although no one really knows how long it was). This is another book I would like to do – when Nicko goes off on a voyage to see Snorri in the Land of the Long Nights.
      4. Dawnie just talks to Stanley, i think? So it is rat squeak talk. Ephaniah is actually quite content not to talk. It enables him to think more clearly.
      5. yes – I would! It’s a very nice idea.
      6. No, she wasn’t. Cerys had got there first and that was that for Marcia. She is very good at not thinking about things like that.
      7. Jenna knows that Beetle likes her, she just doesn’t feel the same in Darke. But more about them in book 7.
      8. You are right, the prospect of ghosthood does take away the fear of dying, but not completely, because being a ghost is not quite the same and not everyone wants to be. Yes, ghosts do just fade away after a few thousand years. Most of them get bored and just stop bothering after a while. It can be quite tedious watching the Living making the same mistakes over and over again.

      Thank you!

  334. hannahbananacakes

    Hey Angie
    I read up above that u were planning on writing prequels and spinoffs about the characters. So I was just wondering if u were going to write one about wolfboy and his newly found brothers? I became really interested about their hole back ground story after reading Darke.
    Well keep up the good work!
    Hannah

    • Angie Sage

      hello hannahbananacakes (great name!)

      I do agree, Wolf Boy and his brothers are really interesting, but I haven’t made exact plans yet about who I will write about. I think it depends on what happens in the last book and also on what my publisher would like to see too. But there are loads of back stories I am longing to write !

  335. Madison

    Hi Angie!! I haven’t been on in a while and I really needed to ask you a question(or four) ! Currently, in the series, how old is everyone? (not literally everyone, just all the Heap boys, Jenna, Beatle, ya know what I mean.) Particularly Jenna. Oh, and, did Sep get his hair cut after he got back from Marcelus’s time? ( I am almost 100% sure I just spelled that name wrong) Would you say Marcia is girly or tomboy? Because, I kinda get that girly vibe from her because she cares so much about her appearence, but she’s also really tough and scary sometimes. And whatever happened to the Grim tentacle in Syren? Didn’t they feed to the big stupid banana guy (when he was in bird form)? Last question: Am I making any sense? I haven’t read one of the books in a while… all the info in these questions is from memory!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again, Madison, welcome back,

      Currently Jenna and Sep are 14 and four months. That’s where i am right now.

      Yes, Sep did get his hair cut. He got fed up with Marcia’s tetchy comments.
      Marcia was a tomboy when she was young, she still is at heart but you are right, she does care about her appearance – so she is a nice mix of both, i think.

      Yes, Jim Knee ate the tentacle. But there was enough of it stuck to the inside of its bag for Wolf Boy to bring it back and pass his test.

  336. Try As I May

    Hi Angie! You’re books are the first numbers on my list and i loved every bit of them!
    I was wondering what kind of witch Marissa was. Is she a Wendron witch or a a Port witch? The other thing I wanted to ask was, is there anything romantic between Sep and Syrah? Or am I not allowed to know? O.o
    OH! One more thing. When will the seventh book come out? Is it the final one? I hope not! This series could go on forever and be amazing! I created a page on my website dedicated to Sep Heap, and the scroll button on the side is four millimeters wide! Keep writing!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello T-A-I-M

      Brill, thanks…
      Marissa is playing a dangerous game, but the Port Witch Coven is more powerful than the Wendrons as they use a lot of Darke stuff.

      I think Sep did feel a little romantic about Syrah when he was on Syren, but it may not be the same once he is home. We will have to see….

      I am not sure exactly when book 7 will come out. My deadline for finishing is in May next year but I am hoping to finish much sooner. But it takes at least 6 months from finishing a manuscript to getting the book published (and 6 months is actually really fast!). I am sorry to day that Book 7 will be the last one in the main series but I am hoping to write some out of the series. Maybe one about 10 years on (or 7 years on as someone suggested), then possibly one about Marcia when she was younger. So it is not the end of Septimus yet!

  337. ally

    Hello Angie (:
    I just wanted to tell you that darke was FANTASTIC! I loved it! So the last book better be a cracker (but I’m sure it will be!)

  338. hannasurfdoggie

    Hi, Angie.

    I was just wondering if you have any kids?

    Please reply soon!

    Hanna

    P.S. I love your books!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hanna,

      I’m just replying quickly to the easy questions as it’s late tonight…

      yes, 2 daughters, but they are not really kids anymore. They are all grown-up now.

  339. Andy

    1. What were those Dragonny things
    2. Will more ever be made (I missed the event)
    3. In Magykal Papers what is emabarassing about Maricias tooth brush that Zelda talked about

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Andy,

      1. Aha…
      2. I am really sorry you missed the event. I have lots more in a big bag so there are loads of other chances to get them. Was it Bath that you missed? I will be in Bristol on the 22nd October in the Galleries Waterstones. 12 til 2. With dragonny things.
      3. It was very decrepit. Marcia really should have bought a new one a long time ago. AZ was getting a dig in at Marcia too.

  340. How do Things reproduce and what is the average life span of a Thing?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello scanth,

      They don’t reproduce because they are not living creatures. They are Engendered by Darke Magyk. They can live for ever if nothing Befalls them, but generally some Wizard manages to get rid of them somehow.

  341. Gabi

    I have onlt read up to chapter 48 (On Tentacles) Book 5 (Syren), and I was wondering, since the tentacles on the Grim have the brain in each one, do they grow back? And is the Darke Toad Wolf Boy touches alive and have some Darke chemical on it?
    Reply back As Soon As Possiable! THANK YOU!! 🙂
    Have a Magyk-cal day!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Gabi,

      no, the tentacles on the Grim do not grow back, which is why it gets stupider with every visit by a potential Keeper.
      The Darke Toad works by Darke Magyk. It is dormant until someone touches it – someone who it expects. The Darke Toad is not fully understood even by the Coven, but ever since they once ignored it and the kitchen caught fire they have not dared ignore the call of the Darke Toad since.
      And to answer your next question: brown eyes are just brown. No meaning, just a really nice colour…

  342. Gabi

    Hi Angie,
    Here’s one more question, In Syren it says Beetle has Brown eyes.
    If Brilliant Green eyes mean Magyk, Violet mean Princess/Queen, what does Brown eyes mean? Dying to know the answer!!! Thanks

  343. Amaranth412

    Hello Ms Sage!

    I just reread Physik (one of my favorites btw) and I have a couple questions about bits I was a little unclear about. First, what did Marcia find in Septimus’s Prediction Practical papers that made her look at the I Marcellus and is that eventually what led her to lock herself away in the Hermetic Chamber with all those calculation charts?

    Secondly, could you explain to me how Septimus ended up spending 6 months in Marcellus’s time while only three days passed? I know you explained it in the book, but the whole idea kind of boggles my mind and leaves me all confused… I know it has something to do with the two glasses made 169 days apart, but I still can’t fit it all together. (and wouldn’t that make Sep six months older than Jenna? Ooh, trippy…) 

    And finally (and this isn’t a serious question…), back when Sep was working on the Antidote he handles some blue powder which makes Marcia’s eyes burn. Is this just because she hasn’t had much exposure to anything Physik-y or is she actually tearing up from sadness since Sep had just mentioned how he had desperately tried every way he could to send messages back home for help? Silly question, I know, but I’m kinda curious. It’s rare to see really strong emotions displayed so openly from Marcia…

    And I hope book 7 is going well!! If you don’t mind me asking, what chapter are you up to? It seems to me that you write uncommonly fast, Ms. Sage. (hehehe Pride and Prejudice quote!!! I can never stand the pernicious, flirtatious Miss Bingley, but I put up with her just so I can see more of Mr. Darcy, of course.)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello!

      Yes, Physik has an atmosphere all of its own, I think. I did like writing about the Castle in the past.
      Marcia found a glitch in the figures that suggested to her that Septimus would no longer be in that world at that time. As I am rubbish at maths I would not understand, so I just trusted that Marcia knew what was what. Naturally Marcia was thrown into a total panic by this.
      Yes, it boggles my mind too, but you are right, it is the 169 (13×13) days apart that does it. And yes, Septimus is indeed 6 months older than Jenna.
      And yes again, Marcia is getting all teary-eyed. She fought very hard not to break down at that point. But it is just not done for an EOW to collapse sobbing in front of her Apprentice, as I am sure you understand.
      I am up to chapter 32. I feel as though I write uncommonly slow at the moment… (Perhaps if I had Mr Darcy to write to I might write faster…)

  344. Nik

    Hi Angie,
    Just wondering why, when you’re a british writer, your books are released first in the US?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Nik,

      It is because my main contract is actually with HarperCollins in the USA. It is an unusual way of doing things but that is how it worked out with Septimus. And it is great because otherwise I would not have had my wonderful editor over there, Katherine Tegen. Usually Bloomsbury in the UK do release the books at the same time, but with Darke being published in June they thought that, as the market in the UK is different, they would sell better in October than June…

  345. Robin

    Hello
    will you be coming to Cambridge
    P.S. please please please 🙂

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Robin,
      I would have loved to have come to Cambridge and my publisher did try really hard to fix it up but the bookshop eventually said no. So… the nearest I will be to Cambridge is in London on Thursday 13th October 4pm to 6pm @ Goldsboro Books, 23 – 25 Cecil Court,
London WC2N 4EZ

Tel 020 7497 9230.
      I know that is a long journey though…

  346. niah

    Dear Angie!
    Hey I was just iterested in Septimus’s world (It seems that they are in some other world not in ours in the past) and then I thought about a name of that world. Were you ever thinking to name that world? Cuz It’s kinda long to say Septimus’s world. Or if I’m talking to my friends and say: “In Septimus’s world…” They ask: “Who is Septimus?” And its kinda annoying to repeat explaining who is Septimus and other stuff…Hpe you enderstand.
    Thank you!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Niah,

      yes, I do understand and I hope that by the end of the last book you will have something to say to your friends that is less long-winded!