Ask Angie #5: Archive

Ask Angie #5 is now an archive of all the amazing Septimus Heap questions you have asked over the years and itโ€™s no longer taking questions. If you have a new Septimus Heap (or Araminta Spookie) question please post it on the New Ask Angie. Or you can get in touch with Angie Sage direct via the contact page on her website:


1,655 thoughts on “Ask Angie #5: Archive

  1. Hi Angie
    I have no question just want to congratulate on the new ask angie

    • Angie Sage

      Thank you -it is nice to be starting at the top again!

      • Jamie

        Is this definitely going to be your last book. I like them and it would be a shame. Perhaps you can write a time skip book. Like skipping to the age of 20

      • Joe Bailey

        Hey Angie, Im a huge fan, I loved all the books and i’ve always dreamed that when Im older I could direct your movies, but it doesnt matter ๐Ÿ™‚ Im really excited for the films! So thanks for all the hours and hours of enjoyment ๐Ÿ™‚

      • gruffallorow

        hello Angie. i am a massive fan of sep and all the books but i have only just found your blog and things! its really great and i am really excited about the new book and the chances of seeing a film are soooooo exciting! i was just wondering if there will be any more dragons in the next book? i absolutely love them and spitfire is my favourite character (so far!) thanks!

      • Septimus Heap Forever

        Hi Angie,
        Sorry if I am bothering you but I am a HUGE fan of Septimus Heap! I can’t wait for Book 7 to come out.
        Is there ever going to be a Septimus Heap movie?

        Because I read in a Wikipedia article about David Frankel that his only CANCELLED MOVIE was SEPTIMUS HEAP!! I was so shocked! Please tell me whether this is true.


  2. Syrah

    Hello Angie !
    Can’t wait for FYRE!!
    Two questions :)!!
    Will we see the boggart again some time?
    Will Jenna realise that it wasn’t very tackful to run away just after Beetle had just died?

    Thank you for your awesome books!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Syrah,

      well, I won’t spoil Fyre by saying yes or no… but I did think about both things when I was writing.

    • Alice

      Hey I have read all the books (and love them) but when did Beetle die?

  3. O.beetle.beetle/ian

    Wotcha Angie
    do you know why were not able to see the other ask angie and if you didnt get a chance to answer my other questons here another one
    1 if you had written alternete ending for your books would you make one that has somebody tell merrin that all heaps have straw coleredd hair
    2 whats the password to the wizard tower
    3 whos you favrite charecter(s)
    4 do you have any thoughts on makeing a 8th book for the series
    oh and congrats with AA5


    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ian,

      I think Shauki was doing some maintenance! He is going to put them back, if they are not back already. And I am going to print them off too, as I hadn’t before.
      !. Nice idea. But I am guessing that Merrin would not have believed whoever told him that. He would have thought he was weirdly special. Or that he was the only genuine Heap.
      2. The Password changes when it feels like it. Today it is Poodle Five (just in case you need to get in).
      3. I love so many of them, I don’t really have a favourite. I do really like writing about Marcia and Septimus. Also Beetle. And Jenna. And Simon and Lucy. And Marcellus. The list goes on…
      4. I am going to stop the main series at 7, because that feels like the right number! But I don’t want to leave the Septimus world yet. There will be more … but different.

      And thank you!

  4. Hi Angie.
    Just wanted to congratulate on the new ask angie

  5. James

    Is The Darke Index going to be a book by any chance. Because i want to know some more darke stuff. Darke stuff are interesting and creepy, which i like.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello James,

      I don’t think there is going to be a real Darke Index. I think I am just a little scared of the whole thing. It’s like not wanting to poke a wasp nest. You don’t want to let all that stuff out.
      But I am going to collect all the Darke stuff I have mentioned throughout the books into one place – my own Septimus Index. It is an ongoing project.

      • Hehe, Didn’t I give you that idea? Or was it already in that amazing mind of yours? C:

  6. paperclip123

    Congratulations! Ask Angie 5- I never knew Septimus Heap was so popular! No one I know cares about awesome things like this. :mrgreen:

    The great undoing begins with Magyk and ends with Fyre- like your series! Was this on purpose?

    Is Maizie Smalls descended from Bertie Smalls, the Royal Candle Trimmer?



    • Angie Sage

      Hello paperclip 123! great name by the way.

      I think Septimus is growing. It has started off like a secret club and has slowly spread – very soon I reckon we’ll get to the point when loads of people know about it.
      Yes, the Great UnDoing beginning and ending was a deliberate clue. I like doing stuff like that.
      Yes she is! candles, rushlights and tending torches runs in the family.

  7. Alice

    Hello Angie ๐Ÿ™‚

    how are you ? I hope you’re doing well , last time I asked you was : what will you name us – your fans ? – and I thought of many names like : ( sepies ) or ( Angie’s Wizards ) what do you think about these names ?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Alice,

      I’m doing very well, thanks. All the better for getting near the end of the revise for FYRE!
      I really have tried to think of some good names for Sep fans and nothing feels right … yet.
      I’m not sure about Angie’s Wizards as really its about Sep, Beetle and jenna. I had wondered about Magykians or Magykkers, but I dunno! I will keep pondering. And you keep pondering too…

  8. Rose

    Hi Angie!
    I have a few questions about Septimus Heap (Sorry about my english but I am Norwegian.)
    1. I have heard many people claiming that Sep ang Syrah are going to end up together. Is that a possibility? I mean, she is 6 years older than him!
    2. Is Syrah getting older while she is “sleeping”?
    3. Is jenna going to learn how to practice witch-magic?
    4. (I don`t know if you know this) Would you like to have a Skandinavian actress to play Snorri?
    5. Is Simon ever going to be happy with his position in life and his fate?
    6. Do the questions on AA ever inspire you to add things to your books?
    7. Do any of the characters in SH have undetected talents? (Like: Sarah is a great singer…)
    8. Are we going to see Rose again in Fyre? (I love her!!!)
    9. How old is Jen and Sep going to be in Fyre?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Rose,

      Your English is really good!
      1. Well, it did seem that Sep really liked Syrah on the Isle of Syren, but I ithnk it was more the bewitching effect of the Island than anything. A little bit of a holiday romance and you know, they don’t usually last…
      2. Yes, now that Syrah is DisPossessed, she is getting older just like everyone else.
      3. No! Jenna is only on the very basic level of being a witch – just enough to fools a window! She is not a proper witch and does not really trust them.
      4. I would love to have a Scandinavian actress to play Snorri. But, you know, I will be very surprised if we ever get that far. Sadly.
      5. I don’t really know. But it keeps getting better for Simon. But sometimes people do have regrets and they just have to learn to live with them.
      6. yes, they do! And the questions give me a really good idea about what people are interested in and what to concentrate on. Yes, I really do take notice.
      7. I reckon they do. Though I am not sure if Sarah is a great singer, I kind of imagine she has quite a high squeaky voice and likes singing weird folk songs – you know the ones that drone on and on.
      8. Yes, quite a bit of Rose in Fyre. I really like Rose tool
      9. Not much older at all. 14 and a half by the end of the book.

    • Dear Angie(best author in the world),
      at the end of book 7 will you by any chance have an epilogue explaining what happens to everyone in the series like if any one dies afterwards, how everyone dies, who everyone ends up with, etc.

  9. echax2000

    When will fyre be released? Ha ha! Really like the magyk and fyre thing. Im assuming that its do with spit fyre a bit? My mum and I are huge septimus fans. We blazed through the books, and found them very gripping- we just couldnt put them down! When we finished darke, we felt empty….

    • Angie Sage

      Hello echax2000!

      It’s great to hear that both you and your mum are fans. I do write just as much for mums.
      There is a bit of a wait for Fyre, I am sorry to say. It will be feb 2013. But to fill the gap I will be writing a 7 chapter ebook which you will be able to download from Amazon. Not 100% sure what about yet – if you look at Angie’s Blog you will see I have asked for suggestions…
      So I hope that fills the gap a little bit.

      • tartan123

        Hey Angie
        You probably don’t remember wwho I am but I met you at the Edinburgh Festival (I asked about Jenna meeting Cerys) just wanted to say Good Luck on the trilogy!!!

  10. Jack Oxford

    I just want to ask about if you were going to do any spinoffs, like with Marcellus (My fav character!) Hotep-Ra would be a good one, and so would one for Syrah Syara in the past…
    What do you think?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Jack,

      I think all of those ideas are great. we are thinking of all kinds of things at the moment, and you will hear it here first!

  11. O.beetle.beetle/ian

    wotcha Angie
    did you make and if so can you add more places to use the dragon ring


    • Angie Sage

      Wotcha beetle,

      No, I didn’t make it, HarperCollins did. But I can pass your request on to them.

  12. Jojokawaii

    Hi Angie!!

    I just have to say, I love the books about Septimus Heap, they’re amazing in so many ways!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I bought “Darke” earlier today after having reread “Syren”, and it was so good that I finished it all x) It took like five hours at least, but it was worth it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now, here comes the questions:

    1. Since Jenna is a witch novice now, will her eyes turn from their dark blue to the light blue of eye colour that is typical for the witches naturally? Or will that only happen if she uses witch powers?

    2. Will Syrah Syara wake up? PLEASE make her wake up! I know that this message probably won’t change anything, but I would really like it if she could wake up:) I really think that she and Sep fit well together:) I really hope they fall in love<3

    3. Will 409 be called Mandy from now on? ๐Ÿ˜› He's so cool, I can't imagine him being named "Mandy" xD. On the other hand, all the other watchers (is that the name in English? I've only read the book in Swedish, anyways: Zelda's job) have been female, so if he was to be called Mandy it probably would make him fit in more xD.

    4. I don't understand why Snorri and Nicko was happy to leave each other, I though they liked each other:(

    5. Will any of the characters actually confess their feelings towards another? Because Beetle has liked Jen for so long time now… And Sep and Syrah would probably be really great together:) it would be so cute<3

    6. I don't want this series to end!!! I love it!!! But I've noticed how just about completely absolutely everything revolves around "7" in this series. So it's not too odd to want to end it at book seven, I guess. But still D: okay so this wasn't really a question, but anyways~
    This story is so perfect<3 The only thing that COULD make it better, is if it was a little but of love in there. It doesn't have to be obvious, it can be discreet, but either way it would be nice:) I love Septimus, he's so cool~ If he existed in real life I would be a part of his fan club:P

    7. Have the filming for the movie already begun? (translation: is it too late to seek a role as an actor in it?) Even if it was to be a minor role, or even just someone appearing for 5 seconds in the movie on the street, not saying anything, it would be so fantastically great!

    Thanks for your time Angie!! You're the best:)
    Many MAGYKAL hugs from your fan Jojo in Sweden:)

    • Hello, Im not Angie however I know the answer’

      1. Jenna has purple eyes of a Princess in Waiting (PIW) and she isn’t a full fledged witch yet, only enough to fool a rather daft window, so according to what Angie said to another person her eyes will stay the same colour.
      2. In the next book (Fyre)
      3. We’ll all learn what happens in Fyre about what happens to Wolf-Boy and weather or not he will become the “Keeper” (* thats what you mean by watcher)
      4. Some people need some time apart once in awhile, I do think that 500 years together is more than enough time together!

      For the rest of your questions try looking in the FAQ and the previous answers, I hope I was some help! c:

      • Angie Sage

        Thanks Amelia, perfect answers!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jojo,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments!

      1. Jenna isn’t even a proper witch novice – she was only at the first stage, which was enough to fool a rather daft window. So her eye colour is safe.
      2. She will wake up but …
      3. I hadn’t thought about being called Mandy helping WB to be a Keeper! But you are right, he is too cool to be Mandy. There is more about what name he decides to use in FYRE.
      4. Nicko and Snorri did really like each other but it was being together forever (or what felt like it) in the House of Foryx that killed things for them. But I don’t feel things are over yet. There are so many new stories I want to write about the characters in SepHeap and this is one of them. I do plan for Nicko to take a voyage back to where Snorri lives in her little red wooden house beside the water. But that story may be a while yet.
      5. There will be a little more of this in FYRE. Especially Beetle and Jenna. And a bit about Sep too.
      6. I would really like to put more relationship, falling in love stuff into Septimus but I have had to remember that it has to appeal to younger readers – also the characters themselves are fairly young too. I sometimes think I could just carry on writing SepHeap romances. I would rather like to do that, actually. I can think of four, for a start…
      7. No, filming has not begun. I would love to be able to say yes and be all encouraging, but right now I do not feel at all encouraged. So please don’t get your hopes up too much about this movie – or about being in it. It has gone very quiet. The last news I had was in November and that was only to be told that there was no news…

      • Arianna (A.K.A the biggest septimus heap fan no matter what)

        Angie i think Jenna and Septimus are great for each other. Like Syara Sara is not to be with Sep.Please tell me Beetle is NOT going to be with Jenna! Jen and Sep seem to hide the feeling of love for each other. Think about it. Septimus Heap: Prince and Extra Ordinary Apprentice. Also how does Sep become Extra Ordinary Wizard. Please consider this i felt empty when i finished them. These guys made me feel like i was living with them in the Ramblings!

      • Jen11Sep

        Dear Angie,
        Will Jenna and Beetle ever get together? It would be the most amazing-est perfect thing EVER! Oh, and, erm… Will the movie auditions be open to the public? Because I’m eleven now and my window of oppurtunity is closing as I’d love to be Jenna! I thought how amazing it would be to see the book brought to life, and I instantly knew I wanted to be a-part of it all! I hope, hope, HOPE that the movie is given the green-light!

        Good luck!

  13. James, and Matthew

    Hi Angie, it’s us again!
    We are so excited about Fyre, and we cannot wait ’till 2013, but it will be a shame that Septimus is coming to an end. And so, without further ado, onto our questions:

    (Matthew) 1) As you say you are doing some more Sep books after the main series, I think it would be really good to do a book about Beetle, and what he does as the CHS, but, as always, I’m not the author, so it’s up to you. 2) In Fyre, will the Syren escape and seek revenge? 3) And finally: In our last question, we asked you if you would think of visiting schools once Fyre is published, and you said that would would be a nice idea. Well, we asked our librarian at our school and she said it would be really great if you could come, but, when we said that you are based in south England, she said that it was unlikely that you would be able to come up. Would this be a problem?. Thanks!

    (James) 1) In Fyre, will Wolf Boy become the new Keeper? 2) Does any main character die in Fyre? Thank-you

    Hope editing Fyre is going well, and good luck with the movie,
    Matthew and James

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again!

      Yes, I have wanted to do a book about Beetle too, and I think I will at some point, but this has to be a new series in its own right, but going back to the Septimus world. What I would like to do is carry on writing the backstory for fans as well as the new stuff. But I still have lots of things to sort out first…

      Syren is kept very securely!

      In the first few weeks of July, when the new paperback covers are being launched into the shops I will be doing a lot of events – and they are not all down south, I promise! I don’t have anymore details at the moment but you will see it here first. So although, at the moment, I won’t be going to schools (as far as I know) I will be doing stuff. And I will also Tweet what I am doing on day. Twitter is good for immediate updates like that. I’ll be at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 24th August too.

      And James, your Fyre questions, Yes and no!

      Lovely to hear from you and thanks!

  14. Drimali

    Hello Angie,

    I’ve just finished Darke -which is at last out in France !- and I was wondering… Simon talked about the link between two apprendices who have the same master, and Septimus only thinks to Alther as a DomDaniel apprendice in order to defeat Merrin. But wasn’t Simon an other DomDaniel apprendice ? I don’t know if you understand what I say, it’s difficult for me to write in English…

    Anyway, I would like to congrulate you for your work on Darke, which is, on my opinion, the best book of the serie (for the moment). I can’t tell you all my gratitude and admiration as I want, but be sure they are huge. And I don’t know how I can wait a year and half to read Fyre…

    Thanks for everything, and good continuation.


    • Angie Sage

      Hello Drimali,

      Yes, I have just got my French copies of Darke too! I love seeing Septimus in French.

      Simon was cheated by DomDaniel and although he considered himself to be DD’s Apprentice, DD never made him Apprentice. I think that is in Flyte … it should be! Simon was just a dogsbody really, although he learnt a lot of Darke stuff along the way.

      Thank you so much for your comments, I too think Darke works the best so far, I think I have learned a lot about writing over the years of doing Septimus!

      I’m sorry you have such a long wait for Fyre in french. As it has been finished much sooner than previous books I will ask my editor if Albin Michel can have the manuscript earlier. Then maybe the translation will be done more quickly.

  15. Jennaheapsoontobe ;)

    Hi Angie! Congrats on AA5. I was just wondering if you’ll ever come to Arizona in the US.

    ~Laura Cooper

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jennaheapsoontobe,

      I would love to come to Arizona, but I will have to see. I think it depends on whether my publisher would like me to do an author tour for FYRE…

  16. LeAnn

    Hi Angie, congrats on AA5.

    I was wondering, any time a movie comes out the book covers change to real people, yours now has a real person so will he be Septimus?

    Also, if you do another Sep series, who will you follow? Would you still follow Sep? His apprentice? Jenna? Her daughter? Who?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello LeAnn,

      No, the boy on the new covers is not anything to do with the movie.
      For the new series i would like to have 2 new characters (I kind of know who they are) and take the story seven years on. So we would see things from a different perspective…

  17. ally

    Hi Angie!
    How are you? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m really excited for fyre but I don’t want the books to end!!!


    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ally,

      I know the feeling. But I don’t think Septimus is coming to an end yet. There are still lots of things i would like to write about the SepHeap world still.

  18. Imogen

    Hi Angie!
    I’ve been a Septimus Heap fan for a few years now and i’ve just recently begun to wonder about Ephaniah Grebe. Before he was turned into a rat, did he have any aspirations other than working at the manuscriptorium? Did he want to have a family? Or even become a wizard? And what was his personality like before he became a rat?
    Also, what’s the password to the Wizard Tower (Is it still Poodle Five?), and what’s written on the floor right at this moment?
    If you owned a shop on Wizard Way, what would it be called?
    Sorry for all the questions and thank you in advance for answering them! I’m so excited for Fyre!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Imogen,

      Ephaniah was a quiet, studious boy but I think secretly he was quite ambitious. I suspect he wanted to be Chief Hermetic Scribe, really. And, although he didn’t really think about having a family – who does at 14? – he did assume that one day he would. But he never did want to be a Wizard. He liked books and paper too much.

      PW at the Wizard Tower this week is PigFootPie and right now on the floor it says, Good Morning, Castle Alchemist and Apprentice.

      Not sure what my shop would be called… possibly the Importunate Turnip. So people would have to come in to find out what it actually sold – books, of course!

      • Donna

        I also have a question or two regarding things rat-related in the SH world.
        1. First off, how do Message Rats speak to humans ? Is it some sort of Magykal thing,, or some other technique ? I assume that it can be taught to any rat, , since Stanley recruited rats from the Cerys for the Rat Office.
        2. .Ephaniah can speak Rat,, but needs his cards to communicate with people. Couldn’t he be helped to speak by the Rat Office ? Or is it too confidential to be shared with an outsider. ?

  19. Poppy

    Hello Angie!

    Why is Marcia so guarded about her emotions and such? Did something happen to her (like getting her heartbroken or getting betrayed in some manner) or is just her personality? Does she ever totally open up to anyone?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Poppy,

      Marcia has had troubles in the past & she was horribly affected by Alther’s death who was like a father to her. But having Septimus as her Apprentice and of course living with him too has gradually allowed her to leave some of that behind. Let’s say that she is on a journey.

  20. Riley

    Hey Angie,
    Will you have your characters leave the country and go across the sea to a different land?
    And what is the continent that they live on called?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Riley,
      I’m not sure if I will do that – there are so many possibilities. We are talking about the mew trilogy now and I am thinking about that as I have to give my editor an outline of the plot. I definitely do want to explore more geography!
      They live on an island called The Small Wet Country Across the Sea.

  21. Sofster

    Just curious, does septimus have a crush on anyone???

  22. amaranth412

    Hi Angie!

    Congrats on Ask Angie 5!! What with all the fans Sep has and the attention he’s getting, maybe I can finally convince my school’s bookclub to let us read Magyk instead of yet another cliche teen romance novel. I like my books to have some real fantasy in them! (What I wouldn’t give to have us read The Fellowship of the Ring, too… Well, I guess I’ll just keep howling at the moon.)

    Anyway, I have two questions for you. Numรฉro un, can you tell us anything more about the other lands that are around the Small, Wet Country Across the Sea? The Lands of the Long Nights and other places (I know they’re mentioned in Syren, something about a place of sands or deserts… I’m having trouble with names right now.) just sound so interesting. Knowing about them helps me solidify Sep’s world.

    And number two, do you know when a synopsis for book 7 will be released? I can’t remember when the one for Darke came out; I was too excited to make note of the date… But I’m just immensely curious about the plot; this is just the type of book a reader wants to ponder in advance, especially with it being the conclusion (of sorts).

    • I wondered lately about similar things. I went back on the blog in time and found the first showing of the front cover of Darke around 9 month before the release. If I remeber right, the full cover (with synopsis on the back) arrived about 2 month later.


    • Angie Sage


      Well, that would be great, to spread the word about Septimus. But you are right, it isn’t formula stuff and I don’t think it fits neatly into any particular slot, as die hard fantasy fans find too much about people in it.

      Now I have almost done FYRE – only the copy edit to come back now – I am turning my thoughts to the wider Septimus world. I do find some of the other places really fascinating and I will see how I can write more about them. Not enough space here though!

      I am guessing the blurb for FYRE won’t be around yet. It is a little too early. I will ask my editor about putting the cover (I haven’t seen the final version yet) on here first and then see if it is ok to outline the ideas and plot in the book nearer the time.

      Fyre is a conclusion to Jenna, Sep and Beetle’s story with them as the main protagonists. But they will appear in the new series, but older.

  23. Lisa Terra

    Will there be both types of covers for ‘Fyre’?
    That is, a new version that has Septimus on the cover of it,
    and an ‘original’ version that looks like an antiquarian book?

    The thing is,
    since all the books I’ve bought so far have the original versions of the covers,
    my OCD commands that the 7th book must also have the same style of cover XD haha

    I also wanted to know whether you were going to put a ’10-years-later-type’ section into Fyre? And jump to an older version of Septimus and show a snapshot of his life after all the drama?

    You’re books have all been amazing, the longest time taken for me to read one is 5 days!
    (all the rest, i managed to read each of them in one day – I couldn’t put them down!)
    I’m sure Fyre will be fantastic as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    – Lisa

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Lisa,

      As long as you are collecting the hardbacks you will be ok! I did insist on this as you are not alone in your OCD! There was no way we could have the last cover different. The new covers are for the paperback only, and at present in the UK only too. Bloomsbury want to get Septimus out to a new, wider audience and I think they have really hit the spot with the covers for over here.

      If I weren’t doing the trilogy next I would have put a ten-years-on section, but we will get the Septimus (and others) snapshot in that, so I haven’t. But I have answered a lot of questions in the last chapter.

      And thank you for you lovely comments, it makes all the writing slog worthwhile.

  24. Lisa Terra

    Hi Angie,

    I have another question,
    are any of the character’s based on yourself?
    (perhaps based on your own appearance, personality, etc.)

    Thanks (:
    – Lisa

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Lisa,

      I don’t think so! I don’t base my characters on anyone as far as I know, but I suspect what does happen is that writers do put a little bit of themselves into their characters without noticing. I do sometimes recognise things in Marcia, Septimus and Beetle which I suspect are like me. Less so with jenna, strangely.

  25. tobias12

    hello i can’t wait until fire comes out I’m so excited. just one question why are all the names of your books spelled weird like magyk=magic

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Tobias,

      I like using what is called archaic spelling – how people used to spell before spelling got standardised with the first dictionary. I ithn kit makes the words feel more interesting – and Magykal.

  26. GracetheKuriosity

    Dear Angie,
    Okay, just saying, I wish all authors had an ‘Ask’ page – it would definitely make my life easier when I think I’ve missed something…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Where did Merrin get his sweet tooth from? Was it from lack of sweets working with the Darke stuff? Or does he get it from his mom?

    What kind of music do wizards listen to?

    What kind of manuscripts are in the Manuscriptorium?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Grace,

      yes, the Ask page is really taking off now. and it’s fun.

      Merrin was not allowed sweets when he was with DD, so as soon as he could get his hands on then he went a little crazy. And they were a substitute for love, really. His mum also likes liquorice too, so that taste is inherited.

      Wizards listen to anything. The more snooty ones listen to rather ethereal music, which they feel represents the finer workings of Magyk, the more down to Earth ones like thumpy folk music with lots of drumming. This drives Marcia nuts in the summer when they play outside in the WT courtyard. I have to admit, Marcia does tend to favour the ethereal stuff.

      All kinds of Manuscripts. Transcriptions of pretty much anything. They are a cross between a reference library and a storage faciilty.

  27. tobias12

    and i have one more request can you make another series that is in like 15 to 30 yours so you can have the next extraordinary wizard apprentice after Septimus.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Tobias,

      I am thinking about this right now! Maybe 7 years on.

  28. Laura Cooper (Soon To Be Jenna Heap!)

    Congrats! One question. Will you ever come to Arizona? In the US. Thanks for reading.
    Love and care
    ~ Laura

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Laura,

      Well, I would love to come to Arizona. I did once for a tour for Queste. But I shall have to see if my publisher want me to do an author tour for FYRE or not. Here’s hoping …

  29. Hi,

    I wrote a story for National Novel Writing Month, and am currently editing it in view of printing the 5 free copies that I receive from completing the 50,000 words. I believe the book will still be available in print afterwards, but I am not sure. A I was doing this, I noticed that I had quite a few loose ends to tie up.

    I was wondering if it would be alright to use the method from your books: having a “what happened to….” section following the supporting/other characters after they “disappeared” from the main plotline. This would complee my story, and I cannot think of other ways.

    If it is ok with you for me to do that, would you mind writing a small note or something that I could put at the end of the section, saying that I have your permission? I am afraid that the method is copyrighted.

    If it isn’t ok, would you mind giving me a few ideas?

    Thank you for reading this. I love your books (although I haven’t yet gotten the chance to read Queste and Darke)!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Flameshaft,

      I don’t think kin of thing can be copyrighted, and even if it was, yes, you are welcome to use this. You do indeed have my permission. And thank you for taking the trouble to ask!
      Loose ends can be a bot of a nightmare as you don’t always want to interrupt the narrative to tie everything neatly in place. Good luck and congratulations on finisihing your novel!

  30. Sophie

    Hello Angie!
    I ADORE the Septimus Heap books, but here are a few questions I have.
    Do you pronounce Nicko as ‘Nick-o’ or like the name ‘Nicco’? I’ve always thought it was the first one because his full name is Nikolas, but some people have have told me it was pronounced the second way.
    In Darke I got the feeling that Septimus had a crush on Syrah, but she’s 507 years older than him. I was a little confused there.
    Thanks, and I would appreciate it if you could answer these question!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sophie,

      So pleased you love Sep!

      Nicko is Nick-o. Well, that is how I say it, but I expect it does depend on what your first language is. And really, any pronunciation is fine.

      Well, this is true. Syrah is an awful lot older than Septimus. Although she hasn’t aged at all since she was Possessed.

  31. O.beetle.beetle/ian

    wotcha Angie
    ive never bin great with posts and all so im just always thinking am i being rude or something but il get to the q’s
    when syrah was possased did she age at all and will Marcia ever be a go back to her life before she was extraordinary? This was probily explaned somewhere but how did tertius fume put the wizard tower into seige becsuse i thought ghosts cant do advanced magic and do you like any other series like harry potter or the last dragon chronicles

    ~O.Beetle Beetle

    • Angie Sage

      Wotcha Beetle,

      You’re not rude – not at all! This is such a lovely site, I don’t think anyone has ever been rude. (am probably tempting fate now …)

      Syrah hasn’t aged since she was Possessed. Tertius Fume came from an ancient Wizard Family, he could do both, unfortunately. He has history way back with Hotep-Ra.

      I am sure I would have liked Harry Potter and the Dragon Chronicles a while back when I was younger, but now I don’t read fantasy. I need to keep my head clear for Septimus – don’t want ideas from anywhere else creeping in…

  32. Cara

    Wotcha Angie!!
    I was wondering if the filming for the movie has already begun because the info on the movie page has not changed. I was basically asking if it would be to late to having a chance to be in the movie. im so sorry if the movie questions are getting annoying but this question has been burning a hole in me!! I LOOOOOOOOOOVE your books, cant wait for fyre!!!!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Wotcha Cara,

      I am sorry to say that the movie still seems a long way off right now. They are nowhere near filming as far as I can tell. I have had no news since November and even then it was just to say nothing was happening…

      Movie questions are not annoying, just difficult and rather sad to answer as I have no good news and no idea whats going on. I guess the good thing is, you haven’t missed anything.

  33. GoldLipstick


    In one of your comments you mentioned a “SEPTIMUS HEAP INDEX”. What other possible books will you write once the series is done?

    BTW I’m in love with your world!!! I’ve never come across another series that expanded my imagination the way your has!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello GoldLipstick,

      I’m so glad you feel that way about Sep Heap’s world!

      I do have lots of ideas for Septimus books and they seem to divide into two camps – those my publisher are interested in and those not, which I will look into publishing myself – look out for Septimus Press sometime! But that is still a while away. I need to sort all this out.

      The index is something I need to do now to keep tabs on things for myself. Again, it would be something I would release.

      I have lots of ideas for non-Septimus books too. It is getting the time to write them that is the trouble.

  34. my freind ally tried out the first book but after chapter 14 she said it was to lengthy and that it didnt have much action which I could disagree with, but everyone else loves the series, well cant wait to hear more from septimus,jenna ect. so bye

    Love your 1 bigest fan Jessica


    if you go to ohio I will be there you should do book sighning there if you have time

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jessica,

      Well, thanks for trying with your friend. I know the length of Septimus does put some people off, and we can’t all like the same things!

      Hope I do get back to ohio one day!

  35. Nika Nerys

    Wotcha Angie!
    I’m trying to write a story (actually, I’m currently in the planning stage- I haven’t gotten around to writing yet) but I keep finding that I have massive plot holes: places where I’m having difficulties making major planned events meet up. Any tips?

    Also, I was wondering how to pronounce Nicko’s name. We’ve always pronounced it NICK-o, but someone told me it was pronounced like the name ‘Niko’.

    Oh, and is Merrin gonna be in Fyre? I love him, despite his self-pitying Merrin-ness.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Nika, for some reason the answer to your question has decided to go off somewhere else. Scroll down and you will find it!

  36. Riley

    Hey Angie
    How many years are between Darke and Fyre?

  37. Ashley

    Hi Angie, i was wondering for Jennas eye color since its originally a violet color, but she became a witch in book 6, and witches have blue eyes would jennas’ be a mix in between??

    • Angie Sage

      But jenna is not a proper witch, she didn’t even do all the novice stuff – just enough to fool a daft old window with a wonky spell. So she keeps her eye colour.

  38. James

    its so sad. i try to pursued my friends into reading the books but no one listens. i bribe them by saying i’ll read the hunger games which most of my friends read but they still say no. im like the lone wolf in THE ENTIRE SCHOOL.

    well is septimus going to have kids? if he does, he could have seven sons, does the seventh of the seventh of the seventh the most powerful wizard? more powerful than sep? or will he be the worst wizard ever?

    how come no one anymore are shape shifters? because benji and theo are shape shifters. its like their the last.

    oh yeah, is their any more hidden magyk like socecery or shamans in like a different country like in an undiscovered rain forest that maybe Jenna’s kids find one day in a spin off book.


    • Angie Sage

      Hello james,

      Well, It’s a shame but the Septimus fanbase is growing steadily. I do have a feeling tat one day it will take off bigtime. And then we can all be smug and say, ‘I told you so!’
      But a big, big thank you for spreading the word. It all helps.
      We’ll see whether Sep has kids but I am guessing he will, one day. But maybe not 7.
      ShapeShifters are indeed dying out. It is an old trait and one that not everyone chooses to use, even if they have it.
      There are lots of other hidden Magykal places in the SepHeap world. Lots! And lots of ideas for spin-offs too…

  39. magykgirl

    hi Angie
    ive started to read your books when i was 8 (Sepitmus heap ) and i loved it so i continued im very fond of Marcia im doing my best to learn everything about her so i have a few questions about her

    1) whens her birthday (please at least the day)
    2) why dose she not like jillie dyjnn

    • Angie Sage

      I am very fond of Marcia too!
      Marcia keeps her birthdays very quiet, but I do know It is mid June sometime. I will have to work out the exact day
      She doesn’t like Jillie Djinn for many reasons. Basically they do not get on. But also Marcia feels that Jillie Djinn is not a good or safe custodian of the Manuscriptorium. And she may well be right.

  40. MissMagykGirl

    At first,I got an idรฉa for fanclub-names: ExtraOrdinary Fans.
    And I got a question: What does happend if an ExtraOrdinary Wizard marrys someone?

    • Angie Sage

      ExtraOrdinaries is nice.
      It is fine if an EOW marries, although often they leave after a while as the job is all-consuming and very like being married in itself.

  41. Jack Oxford

    Just a “few” questions…
    1.Will Sep ever become Extraordinary Wizard?
    2. It seems that a new minor character appears in every book, complete with picture: Hugo in Physik, Ephaniah in Queste and Foxy in Darke. (Alright, So Foxy doesn’t appear first in Darke!)
    3. How come Marcellus never mentions Broda Pye, his wife?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jack,

      Well, I am not going to spoil things by saying what Sep decides to do in the end – or what happens to him!
      Yes, I guess a new minor character does appear in each book. I do love adding characters and the Manuscriptorium is full of them, as you have noticed. You have Rose appearing in Darke for the first time.
      Marcellus does mention Broda occasionally I think (unless that has been edited out…). Of course for Marcellus this is a long time in the past for him and memories fade. So he wouldn’t talk about her much.

  42. Laya

    Hey Angie

    I was re-reading Physik and I noticed that Sarah told Septimus when he went to the infirmary to see Beetle that Beetle’s mother will be back soon with his father but in Magykal Papers they say that Beetle’s father is dead so how is it possible

    PS Congrats on AA5

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Laya,

      It’s not possible. It is, in fact, a mistake. and it has gone from later editions. Well spotted!

  43. Hannah

    Dear Angie,
    One day while my baby brother was taking a nap, and my other brother and I were sitting on the couch (waiting for my mom to pick a book to read to us) My mom said, “Oh this looks good. Let’s try Magyk.” And so we began. I never knew that my mom picking up that book would change my life! I instantly began begging my mom to “Read a little more?” As soon as we finished, I found the other books at the library. Now I have a few questions about Fyre:
    1: Did Wolf Boy finish his keeper’s quest?
    2: Is the dragon boat better?
    I love your books and can’t wait for February 2013!

    • Angie Sage

      That is wonderful!

      1 Yes, Wolf Boy completed the keepers Queste – he got the tentacle and that was all he had to do. It didn’t matter it got eaten by poor old Jim Knee.
      2. wait and see…

  44. Hannah

    Oh, and Angie. I love to read, but authors do something I do not like. However, you don’t do cheese things. It makes reading so much easier !
    1: The characters don’t fight. Whenever people fight in books, I feel sick to my stomach.
    2: When you want the characters to swear, you just say: ‘Marcia swore.’ My family does not swear and it is so nice not to have to change what you write! I love your characters, and so do my brother and Mom. And guess what? My baby brother says he loves Flyte, even though he’s to little to know what it is!
    Happy writing,

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hannah,
      Thanks – that is really great to know.
      It is true, I don’t think real fighting is good to write about. There are other ways of resolving conflict that are much more interesting – not to mention less destructive.
      And yes, I am really careful that no one is going to be embarrassed reading Septimus out aloud. No one needs that…
      I hope one day your baby brother really does love Flyte!

  45. Septimus Fan

    I need to know this–What iis the name of the land? like, WHERE is the castle, Port, etc?
    Also, I’m reading Darke, and already can’t wait ’til Fyre!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Abroad it is known as The Small Wet Country Across the Sea.
      People who live in the Castle do not feel the need to give it a name. It is their Castle and that is enough for them.
      And where is it? Aha…

  46. Aribeth

    Hello Angie,
    I want to ask you a few questions:
    * Why queens have purple eyes, is it like the wizards and witches eyes , meaning that if somehow the next queen was, for example, adopted, would her eyes change?
    * Marcellus was part of the royal family, but his eyes weren’t purple. Does it means that only females have violet eyes or they could possibly change if they study magyk or physik?
    * Again about eyes, if someone practice both witchcraft and wizard magyk, what will happen with their eyes? Same question about darke magyk.
    * How do the Ordinary Apprentice live, if the ExtraOrdinary lives with the wizard he’s apprenticed to, then do the ordinary also?
    * Can’t the ExtraOrdinary wizards marry or they are just too busy?
    * So in Magyk world anyone can become a wizard, but if he had wizards in his family tree, he would be more lucky to?
    Thanks for reading!

    • Aribeth

      I have one more question:
      * If Wolf Boy had brothers, how come he didn’t meet them at young army, they are triples, meaning they are indentical ( as I think) . Didn’t the nurses tell them they’re brothers.
      Sorry for bothering you with my questions.

      • Angie Sage

        Hi Aribeth.
        The YA had a policy of splitting families. Wolf Boy was kept in the Castle contingent, Matt was sent to what they called the Outlands and Marcus was in the Badlands.
        And its not a bother – it’s lovely to get everyone thinking about stuff and so interested.

    • Angie Sage

      *The Queen’s eye colour is just a dominant hereditary trait. No more than that and not all Queens have violet eyes. But if a Queen doesn’t, then her children usually do.
      *Marcellus didn’t get the eye colour gene.
      *Darke Magyk affects Magykal green eyes and gives them little flecks of black until eventually the green is lost. Greyish eyes have a possibility of turning green is exposed to Magyk, although not all do. It depends on if you have that Magykal thing.
      Witches’ eyes can vary, although the very powerful witches alwaysdo have blue eyes.
      *Apprentices can choose whether to live with their Wizard or not. Usually the older the Apprentice, the less likely they are to ‘live in’. Marcia did not live in with Alther. Nowadays at the Wizard Tower, on the new Apprentice rotation scheme, there is an Apprentice dorm on the first floor where the old sick bay was.
      * EOWs can marry, but they don’t usually marry and stay EOW for long. It is an all-encompassing life.
      *You got it!

  47. Hannah Sandham

    Hi Angie, I was just wondering, if you will write any more about the Wendron Witches, like a short story or something? I’d really like to know more about them as their way of life interests me as it’s different from those living in the castle ๐Ÿ™‚
    I got Darke for Christmas, but I haven’t read it yet, as I read the series from the beginning, I’m usually a fast reader, but I got caught up with my exams and I only started reading the series again at the end of January, then I had revision to do :/ I’m on Queste at the minute, but as soon as I finish my last exam on the 29th May, I will finish the series ๐Ÿ˜€ Looking forward to Fyre though ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hannah,
      There are lots of short stories I’d like to do for Septimus. I am not sure when this is going to happen and I am talking about this with my publisher at the moment. But as long as people want to read about Sep and his world, I shall be writing it.
      Good luck with your exams, nearly there now…

  48. king moo

    Hi Angie,
    I wanted to ask you if FYRE will be published in the original cover style?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello king moo,

      Yes, the hardbacks will stay in the original style, it is only the paperbacks that are changing.

  49. Kit.!

    Hello Angie!i’d just like to say I CAN’T WAIT til Fyre!But i am a little bit confused with something and would like to ask you about it:Is Beetle’s father dead or alive?I always thought he was dead because he was bitten by a spider.But I don’t remember.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Kit,

      there was a mix-up in Physik, which should have been put right in the new editions. Beetle’s father is indeed dead. He was bitten by a spider, although Mrs Beetle got 2 different letters of condolence from the port authorities, one said spider bite and one said snake bite. But as Mrs Beetle said, “Spider or snake, it’s all the same. My poor dear Beetle is dead.”

  50. Angie Sage

    Wotcha Nika!

    Oh PLOTS … Gah. Well, all I can say is that goes with the territory. Plots are not easy. My tip is remember that events in life happen because of people. Same goes for a story. Plots happens because of what people in your story do. Try looking at your characters, rather than the plot. See if they can work it out. Good luck!

    You pronounce Nicko right – or at least the same way I say it. Nick-o
    In FYRE I have tried to revisit everyone who has played a part in Septimus. Merrin will be there.

  51. Hi Angie
    Just wanted to ask who is Jenna’s character based on for when I read the books I just feel that Jenna is me and the way you described her other than violet eyes, her appearance and personality is exactly like me and the surprising fact is I’m also 14. I really like reading her parts. We’re doing a play in our school and it’s based on Septimus Heap, is it okay or do you consider it as copywrite?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello LM
      Jenna’s characters isn’t really based on anyone – not that I know of, anyway. For me the characters in Septimus just appear and they are who they are. I suppose in each character there is a little bit of the writer and all kinds of things that one doesn’t realise. But to me Jenna is just herself. I love the fact that she resonates so much with you – that shows she is kind of real.
      I am honoured that you are doing a play at school based on Septimus! I don’t if an adaptation has copyright problems or not, but you have my permission. Hope it goes brilliantly!

  52. Chawna

    I am not sure if this has been answered, there were a lot of questions to go through. Anyways, I was wondering why you are only writing seven books for the Septimus Heap series. I know that Septimus is now a Senior Apprentice, so does that mean that he was allowed to skip some years in his apprenticeship or are you ending the series in the middle of his seven year apprenticeship? Also, I wanted to let you know, I very much enjoy your books, I am 23, so its kind of funny for me to be traveling to the “youth” section in the bookstore, but I don’t care. I will follow the series until the end. Keep up the great writing.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chawna,
      sorry, I seem to have missed your question somehow – I shouldn’t jump around with the answers!
      Sep has not skipped any years, he just got more freedom to decide how he spent his time and more respect from everyone in the WT too. I am actually ending the series in the middle of his Apprenticeship as the series is about Sep’s personal journey rather that just a seven year education. Also, I wanted to keep the ages of the characters to a fairly narrow band so that the younger readers don’t find the last few books too old for them.
      I am really, really glad you enjoy the books at 23 – I do write them for adults too, and I get a real buzz from knowing that it does work for grown-ups. So thanks, that is lovely to know.

  53. drew

    Okay, I know you’ve heard tons of “I’m working on a book and…” questions, but I do have a problem and I’m hoping that I can overcome it!
    whenever I work on a book, I keep running into one spot where it just dies on me, and I have to push myself to keep writing it, and at one point that finally fails and I quit. I’m afraid that I’m coming to the end of the one I’m on now which is about 49,000 words, the longest I’ve ever written. Any advice for picking up a story that seems to be going nowhere?

    • Gwen

      Hi, I’m not Angie, but I do write. Sometimes it’s good just to let it sit for a little while, move onto a different story, and then return to the old one. Another good thing to do when you’re stuck is to read through the whole thing and do a little editing. Editing (i think) really helps clear things up. It’s also good to do an activity that gets your creativity flowing- I like to take walks, some people like to play piano, take a shower, or read over their old writing- which is a very good thing to do when you’re stuck. Good luck!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Drew – well from one writer who finds it hard to plot in advance, you have my sympathy.
      Try talking to someone who is on the same wavelength as you are. Just tell them the story as far as it has gone in your own words – a summary. Often that way you will see where it took a wrong turning or what is missing.
      There is very probably a point that you have to go back to to get it going again. Somewhere where you got bored and it just went flat. Sometimes your characters will give you clues. If you find one of them saying something like, “this is boring,” or “what are we doing this for?” then you can bet that’s really you speaking. So go back to those points and see why they are saying that. And change it there.
      There are a few tricks that sometimes work. Throw in a sudden weather change, like a storm. Kill someone (in the story, obv.) reveal a secret (but then you need to go back and lay a few clues). The trick is to get you, as the writer, interested again.
      I know exactly how you feel, and how you manage to fix it!

  54. Princess of Paradox

    Hello Angie!! I know it’s a bit late, but congrats on AA5!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I just noticed that a couple of the questions in AA4 were not answered, and I was wondering if you will answer them or not. I know a lot of them probably have answers in Fyre, I just wasn’t sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, even if you don’t answer them for whatever reason, do you still read them? Thanks!
    ~Princess of Paradox

    P.S. You have no idea how much the Septimus Heap books have helped me!!
    I used to hate books until I started reading Magyk. I’ve read so many books noe, but yours are my favorite! I’m very good at reading and spelling now, and I plan on writing my own book!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello PofP,
      Well, AA 4 disappeared for a bit and I did think I’d answered all the questions. So if anyone would like to re-post, that would be lovely. Save me trawling through again!
      I do read every question and if i don’t answer it it is not a deliberate thing, just that for some reason I’ve missed it out.
      I am so really please that the Sep heap books have got you into reading. They got me into writing! There is something about the Sep Heap world that draws us all in, I think. So keep on reading, there are so many amazing books out there!

  55. Gingerchick

    This iz a vair random question, but itz been driving me crazy 4 Eva!
    U mentioned in 1 ov ur books that Jenna would have a daughter, does Jenna end up with Beetle or has she not met her match yet, if so, does anything eva happen between her and beetle, if not I’ll b so sad,
    There was one ova thing that I was wonderin,
    Does Merrin Eva become good once he met his mum
    Thanx sooo much,
    Ur my favourite writer ever,

    • Angie Sage


      Well, I am not going to give away who Jenna ends up with, although you might have a better idea once you have read Fyre…
      likewise Merrin and his mum.

      And thank you!

  56. ally

    Hi Angie

    Is the Ramblings indoors or outdoors? Is it just one big building with lots of floors or is it kind of like tons of houses stuck together?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello ally,

      the Ramblings is mostly indoors, with a few open courtyards and lots of roof gardens. Tons of houses stuck together is about right!

  57. Maia

    Angieeeeeeeeeeeeeee . .

    Why is the movie taking so long? I’m so excited to watch it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    You know whenever I watch some awesome movies I always remember Septimus Heap.
    Like I always wonder when the movie will come out . . ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    And when is Fyre coming out as well?

    Btw, if you know Jenna Haruka, that’s me. Changed my name. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Maia xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Maia,

      I don’t know why the movie is taking so long. It has all gone very quiet and despite asking, I have not heard anything apart from the fact that nothing is happening. It is very frustrating, to say the least.
      But mostly I feel really sad because I know that Septimus could be a fabulous movie if someone really loved it enough to make it so that fans of the books really recognised it as Septimus. It could be amazing. But I am not optimistic right now.

      Fyre will be out early next year, 2013 and before then there will be a short ebook that is about a little incident that happened between Magyk and Flyte.

  58. WOTCHA ANGIE! ๐Ÿ˜€

    First of all, I want to tell you that I’m a HUGE fan of yours, especially for the Sep series! I really love Septimus, I wish I was in his Magykal world right now! XD I first read Magyk when my mom bought it for me last 2010, and since then, I couldn’t stop reading and re-reading it! It’s just so good!

    Well anyway, I just wanted to ask you a few questions…

    1] Will anyone die in Fyre? (I do hope Marcia doesn’t die, ’cause she is my favorite, but then again, how could Septimus get to be ExtraOrdinary Wizard if she doesn’t die?) Same with Aunt Zelda and Wolf Boy.

    2] Will Snorri come back in Fyre?

    3] Is Simon ever going to be forgiven and will live in the castle once more?

    4] Will Syrah be able to live once more? or will she die due to her “old” age? She and Sep really look good together XD

    5] Is Jenna going to be crowned Queen already in Fyre? I do hope so!

    6] You said that you’re going to write spin-offs for Septimus after finishing the series…I was wondering if maybe you’d write an “I, Marcellus” or maybe a “Draxx Dragon Manual” along with the “Septimus Index”…It’d be really awesome! Also, if you could add more Young Army Quotes, they’re really funny! (My favorite one is “Beauty lures the Stranger more easily into danger”)

    7] I’m really looking forward for what you said you’ll write a book about Marcia! I really love her! ๐Ÿ˜€ When is her birthday? And, can ExtraOrdinary Wizards marry? Does that mean their child will automatically be their Apprentice? (like some sort if hierarchy)

    That’s all! I hope you wouldn’t mind! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m really inspired by the way you write, and my summer project is writing a novel ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope others also feel inspired by you! Thanks! xoxo

    • Angie Sage

      Wotcha Shanise!

      Well, I don;t think I should spoil Fyre but there are other ways of becoming EOW and Keeper without the incumbent dying. But I have no intention of killing of Marcia, I love her too much!

      It would be fun to write the actual books. I reckon I could have a go at the Draxx, but I,Marcellus is another matter. It’s a life’s work, as Marcellus would tell you.

      I am getting together a Septimus Index and all the YA sayings will be in there. They are rather odd, as they just seem to come to mind and they do make a lot of sense.

      I think my Marcia book may have to be something I do for just the fans as my publishers aren’t too keen. But it won’t stop me writing it. Marcia’s birthday is in mid-june and I have to ask her (again) about the exact date. Yes, EOWs can marry, but most do leave some time afterwards as it is very difficult to have a personal life and be an full time effective EOW.
      Their child actually cannot be their Apprentice. No relatives within the first degree are allowed.

      It’s just lovely to hear that you are insipired to write by Septimus! Have a wonderful, imaginative summer traveling to wherever you find your own book.

      • Wotcha Angie!

        I was so thrilled when you answered my question.. =) I have a few more to ask you, if you don’t mind =)

        I was wondering if you’ve been here in the Philippines? Yes, I’m a Filipino! Well, I hope you do someday, it’s really nice here especially in summer…And well maybe I’ll get to meet you in person like in a book signing or something… ๐Ÿ˜€ My mother likes Sep too!

        What’s the color of the cover of Fyre? Is it red? (So I’ll easily see it in the bookstore here) And Is the cover going to be like your previous books (like it’s supposed to represent another book or journal mentioned in the book) or will it have a new cover like there’s a boy and new animations in the background?

        One more question, I like Beetle so much! Will you write more about him and maybe some things in the future like when they grow up?

        Thanks so much! I really appreciate it! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Angie Sage

        Hello Shanise again,

        there wasn’t a reply button below you next question so I hope you see the answer here.
        I haven’t been to the Philippines – yet! I would love to visit one day. It sounds really lovely.
        FYRE is indeed red. And it will be a traditional cover, it is in fact jenna’s The Queen Rules books. The other covers are for UK paperbacks only at the moment. So the US and Phillppines paperback covers will stay the same.

        I like Beetle too! I am planning all kinds of things at the moment, but first I have to finish the copy edit for FYRE and the download short story…

  59. (superlolp)

    i’ve read all the existing septimus books, (magyk-Darke) and i want to know if you think i would like the araminta spookie books, or are they too different

    • Angie Sage

      Well, Araminta Spookie is for a younger age group than Septimus and the books are much simpler. But still fun. I think it probably depends how old you are. If you are a teen you may find them too young – otherwise why not try and see?

    • Myka

      From a Sep fan’s perspective, I think they’re great! I am studying to be a teacher, and that may lend a bit to my liking a series written for younger kids, but the Araminta books do carry the same sort of funny quality that the Sep books possess, and the writing is still amazing.

      If you know anyone of a younger age (I don’t know if you have younger siblings or children), I definitely recommend this series. I introduced the books to my younger brother, who has ADHD and could never really focus on a book long enough to like it. He read through the whole series in a week, reading a whole book through without stopping, and has greatly improved in writing and literature classes. He is actually starting to page through larger and more complicated books like Septimus Heap, Percy Jackson, and Harry Potter.

      • Angie Sage

        Dear Myka,

        That is really great to know – thanks!

  60. Naomi

    I LOVE Septimus Heap SO MUCH. Nicko is actually my fake boyfriend. I like can not sleep with out knowing where my Septimus Heap books are. I am super jealous of my friend who has met you. Do i sound creepy? Do you know when fyre will come out because will be at the book store the second school is out.
    NINJA POWER!!!!!!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Naomi,

      not, not creepy at all! It’s great. Fyre won’t be out for a while – feb 2013. Before then you can download a short story that takes place after Magyk and before Flyte.
      If you live in the UK I will be around in July doing a few events, so maybe see you there…

  61. Lazerguy555

    Hello Angie,

    Before I ask my question, I have to say I may be the youngest Septimus Heap reader. I’m actually only in fifth grade.

    On to the actual questions. (sorry if there is any spoilers in here, but I don’t believe that that there is)

    1. What happened to the suspension charm after the great undoing?
    2. Will Syrah ever wake up?
    3. When you feel you are done with with the series do you plan on making an aftermath in the end? (Example: Septimus becoming extraordinary wizard, if Marcellus ever takes on an apprentice, etc)

    Please respond.

    • Angie Sage


      Fifth grade sounds pretty young to me … but your grades are different in the US so you will have to tell me how old you are for me to know! (Year 5 in England is age 9 or 10). I reckon Septimus is ok for any good reader over nine years old, although most readers are a lot older, I think. And lots of my readers are grown up. My oldest reader who I know about is a lovely lady called Brigid who is 82. She is a big fan!

      1. They found it in the yard and put it back in the drawer in the Hermetic Chamber.
      2. Yes…
      3. Some things you will discover in Fyre and other things you will discover in the trilogy – which I hope is going to happen although it is not 100% sure yet.

    • Hannah

      Hi Lazerguy555,
      I live in the US so I know our grades are the same. Sorry to break the news, but I’ve read Magyk to Darke, and I’m halfway through the Magykl papers. And I’m in fourth grade. Actually, my Mom read the books to me, so I’m not sure If you count it. Anyway, she also read the books to my brother Richard, whose in first grade. I hope I didn’t offend you.

  62. O.beetle.beetle/ian

    wotcha Angie

    in england is your friday next week going to be may 11 because im in the U.S and have always wondered what day its on the other side of the world anyway you can ansewer that if you like now on to septimus
    With do witchs why are there eyes blue and why does did the young army didnt want the boys around magyk or was it on domdaniels orders

    -O.Beetle Beetle

    • Angie Sage

      wotcha Beetle,

      Our days and dates are the same as yours! There is five hours difference in time between where I live and New York, so most of the time we are on the same day. The most difference is nine hours between here and LA. So right now it is Thursday May 10th for me and it will be for you too…

      Witches’ eyes just do go blue, I don’t really know why. Something to do with them wanting to be like the sky, I think. The YA knew that Magyk was powerful and was something they could not control. The commanders wanted to stay in control of the boys and didn’t dare let Magyk anywhere near them.

  63. Sophie

    Thanks for replying to my last comment. It was really nice to finally know how you pronounced Nicko’s name. But I thought of another question some time ago and I just recently remembered it.
    What color are Merrin’s eyes? I assume they would be green because he uses magyk, but then again most of the magyk he uses is darke. So, does darke magyk have the same effect on eyes are regular magyk? If it didn’t, then wouldn’t DomDaniel have discovered long before he did that Merrin wasn’t Septimus because he had been exposed to so much magyk?
    Also, in Magyk Merrin was terrible at doing even the simplest of charms. But in Darke, he produces a tremendous amount of darke magyk for his domaine. What has he done to increase his magykal abilities?
    When you said Syrah hadn’t aged since her Possesion, did you mean physically, mentally, or both?
    Thank you and I am so excited for Fyre I can hardly wait!

    • Angie Sage

      Merrin has grey eyes. DD was so paranoid he assumed that Merrin was doing and eye colour Disguise just to wind him up. In Darke it is not Merrin who provides the power for the Darke Magyk, it is the Things, although Merrin has learnt a few tricks along the way.

      Syrah hasn’t aged mentally or physically, but she has become kind of worn out and listless.

  64. Sophie

    Sorry I forgot this in my last comment but I really want to know this.
    In order for Sep to become EOW, does Marcia have to die or just retire? And if and EOW has more than one apprentice, how do they decide which one with be the next extra-ordinary? Is it possible to have more than one?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Sophie,

      Marcia only needs to retire. It used to be that EOWs could not retire, but there was a run of very long-lived (and a little bit gaga) EOWs and that rule was changed.

      They can have as many Apprentices as they like. Not all Apprentices want to go on to be EOW and either the outgoing EOW chooses or sometimes, in rare cases (as happened to Alther) the Wizard Tower itself chooses.

  65. MsOdale0714

    Hi,Angie! Iยดve got a few questions…

    ยคHow should Marcia react if you in the middle of the night started to play “Highway to hell” (or some sirt of rock)?
    ยคAnd how should Terry Tarsal react if you asked him to do a pair of trainers?
    ยคAre Milo and Marcia from the same country?
    ยคAre the password to the Wizard Tower still Poodle 5?

    I hope you didnยดt mind my a little…un serious questions.And excuse my english,Iยดm swedish.Have a GREAT day.

    • Angie Sage


      Marcia would adore rock. I reckon she’d be a big Bon Jovi fan – and Meat Loaf too.

      Mr Tarsal has asked me to announce on this site that he never has and never will create a pair of trainers. I quote: ‘Trainers are anathema to me’. After I asked him, he had to sit down and have a small glass of something that smelt very odd.

      Milo and Marcia are indeed from the same country.

      Password to the WT changes randomly. Today, until 5.34 am it is EggGnome.

      Thanks, Odale, and your English is very good!

  66. Jeremy

    Hi Angie you must make Septimus end up with Syrah please write back and sorry but I have say this. I believe that Sarah is kinda a brat. She is also naive I mean a whole kingdom with not one soldier to defend it. Maybe you could put a battle in the last book between another kingdom and it’s wizards and armies. Against Septimuses. Thanks please write back.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jeremy,

      But Septimus is not about battles and fighting. This is a different kind of world. And it’s not a kingdom, it does not have a king, it has a queen. So if it’s anything it is a Queendom!

      You see, I want to write about a world that doesn’t need soldiers and where there doesn’t have to be war all the time. People get killed in wars and that is not what Septimus is about. I want to show different kinds of dilemmas and strife, where how you act in a small, personal way can affect things. I also want to show people thinking for themselves, not being part of a big fighting machine and not being allowed to think at all.

      I can’t stand those kind of fighting books where might is right and being weak is wrong. I feel they verge on the immoral. So there will never be big battles in Septimus. And Sarah will continue to bumble around the palace and there will not be guards on the door.
      Sorry for the bit of a rant, Jeremy ….

  67. clancy

    Hi Angie,

    just wondering how to pronounce ‘Ullr’

    • Angie Sage

      Ull – like the sound in wool. And then er.

      Well, that’s how I do…

  68. Taryn

    Hi Angie,
    I found a copy of Magyk at a used book store a while back and now I’m addicted. Problem is, I’m a little OCD about my book series’ matching and my copy of Magyk has a small CD-ROM in the cover. I now have Flyte and Queste with the CD-ROM, and I broke down and bought Physik without it because it had the full cover map inside the dust jacket. My question is, are there copies of Physik, Syren, and Darke that have the CD-ROM? Or did it stop with the one in Queste?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Taryn,

      I am guessing you live in the USA, as in the UK we did not have the CDs. Please tell your OCD that it has nothing to worry about. There was no CD in PHYSIK, the map was the added extra there. But people missed the CD so they put it back for QUESTE and then there were no more as they began to seem a little out of date.

      So you have the set correct!

  69. Nancy

    Hi Angie!

    Do you plan to include the characters’ romances in your seven years on book? That would be really neat!

    • Angie Sage

      HI Nancy,

      Yes, most definitely. I am looking forward to that.

  70. nathan

    how many chapters are there in fyre?

    • Angie Sage

      The usual number – 49! I combined a few and did a bit of weeding. So it all worked out.

  71. Yasmin

    Hello Angie,
    I am 12 years old and I have just finished Darke which is a very good book!
    I have a question though, will Snorri snorelsman be in the next book? very look forward to your next book
    good luck!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Yasmin,

      I’m really glad you enjoyed Darke. I am sorry to say that Snorri will not be in Fyre, but she will be in the first book of the new trilogy. Not signed up for yet, though so not 100% definite. But if it goes ahead you will find an older Snorri.

  72. Im writing a story for the young authors awards and im writing it about wizard spies to you think the judges will like it

    • Angie Sage

      Well, it sounds interesting and Wizard spies is a nice combination of genres. I think judges are always on the look out for an original take on things, so keep to your very own style and you are in with a good chance.

  73. Myka

    Hi, Angie!

    Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve left a comment here, and almost as long since I’ve been able to read any Sep books ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I’m currently in a battle of mindset with my literature teacher, who is enamoured with the “literary canon,” which she has abridged even further to account for her tastes and what she has read, (she actually has commented on ‘age inappropriate literature’ when someone had a Harry Potter book on their desk, and did the same thing when she saw me carrying Darke, sadly, athough she has read not a page of either!) and that along with upcoming exams has completely exhausted me. The school year is coming to a close, however, and a few of my friends and I are planning to read the whole series in the first five days we are on holiday, to celebrate the coming publication of Fyre ๐Ÿ™‚

    Well, congrats on the Ask Angie Five page! ๐Ÿ˜€ And again, thanks so much for keeping such close contact with your fans – I’m sure I’m speaking for everyone on this site when I say it means a lot.

    Now to my question – have you read Bartleby the Scrivenger, by Herman Melville? I loved it, and it reminded me of the Manuscriptorium. The short story takes place in an office about a century ago, and the scrivengers are a lot like scribes, copying documents, etc. as a job. Though I’m glad to say I have found no resemblance between the title character, a very depressed and mentally downtrodden man, and any of the Manuscriptorium scribes.

    I hope that wasn’t too long, and sorry about my little rant about my literature class ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      its lovely to hear from you and no need to apologise for the rant. I think it is always the things you care about that get to you most at school. It is good to read all kinds of books, they are part of our history and how writing has developed, but there is no need for teachers to be sniffy about things they haven’t read. Hmm, a bit narrow minded, that.

      I remember it being really exhausting just jumping through all the hoops for exams, even though it does make you do and try things you would never otherwise.

      I love the idea of you all re-reading Sep to get ready for Fyre – fantastic!

      I haven’t read Bartelby the Scrivener (Only, like most people, Moby Dick) and I’ll get hold of it right away. Sounds interesting.
      I hope the exams go well and you have a really great holiday – sounds like you’ve earned it.

  74. alia

    hi again angie ! congrats on AA5 !
    i wonder if u can help me ? i really would like to write and i have a story in my head but i can’t seem to put it down on paper ! i am only 12 but even for my age i am not a great writer i mean i can write plainly but just not good enough … i know its quite ridiculous …. a writer that can’t write but i wonder if u have some tips for me to improve my writing !! it’ll be a dream if u can help me . i love to read and really wanna write !!!

    ps . i LOVE Septimus heap books !!!

    thank you sooooo much ( don’t mean for you to waste your time on a little dreamer )

    • Angie Sage

      Hello alia,

      this is not ridiculous at all, because … oh, this is going to sound very boring … but writing is something you need to be older to do. I don’t know why this is, but that is how it works. It is a skill of maturity. So don’t worry! I had loads of stories I wanted to write when i was your age and I couldn’t do a thing that worked.
      So don’t beat yourself up about it, just read loads and collect ideas together. You could keep different boxes for different story ideas and keep adding snippets to them. But at 12 as a writer-to-be your best training is to read. And read. And then read a bit more.
      It is great to be a dreamer, that’s how we end up doing crazy things like writing, but just keep dreaming for now. Writing plainly is step one and a good start. Just do that well to begin with. It is, I am afraid, baby steps for now.

  75. O.beetle.beetle/ian

    wotcha Angie
    i was just wondering but do you think a Septimus action movie or something would be cool
    like a full scale war between the darke and light wizards and witches
    why does the saying “A wizard and queen may never get along” mean and correct me if if i said it wrong but one thing i noticed is that friday for me is the 11 iv never been good with time zones so thanks

    • Angie Sage

      Wotcha Beetle,

      Well, I don’t think it would be cool – not for me, anyway – as I don’t feel that that is what Septimus is about. But I suspect that if there is a movie, from what I saw of the script, that is what it would be like.
      The saying has an element of truth – they just don’t really understand each others point of view.

  76. Anna

    hi Angie!!
    i just have one question:
    Since Jenna is a witch now does that mean that she is Magykal now? Will Septimus teach her?

    • Angie Sage

      Jenna is not a proper witch … she just did enough to fool a daft old witchy window. And Sep doesn’t know about witch magyk – it is quite different really.

  77. i love syrah !

    hey Angie i have some questions :
    1. how do u pronounce syrah’s last nama syara ?? is it as ciara ??
    2. what exactly is the name of the country or state or city etc they live in ? they always call it either the Castle or a small island ??
    3. will septimus and syrah ever be together if she wakes up ?
    4. will jenna and beetle ever be together ??
    5.will jim knee wake up ??

    sorry if there are too many questions !!
    i love syrah !

    • Angie Sage

      1. Yes!
      2.They don’t call the country anything, it is just where they live. But they do refer to the Castle as ‘the Castle’.
      3. you will have to wait and see…
      4. ditto!

  78. bkindi

    hi angie does beetle get jenna in fyre please tell me he does and septimus doesnt people want sep to but bbrother sister love is kind of gross even if shes adopted btw i love beetle hes so cute!!!

    • Angie Sage


      Yes, Beetle is cute, but you will have to wait and see…

  79. Padra

    Hi angie!!
    im a HUGE fan!
    i was just wondering, will Snorri come back? She was my favourite character. ๐Ÿ™‚ and i mean FAVOURITE character.

    • Angie Sage

      Snorri does not come back in the main series but if the trilogy follow- up goes ahead you will find her in book one of that.

  80. xxxxmelusinexxxx

    Hello Angie! ๐Ÿ™‚
    OK first off I have to say that I love the world of septimus heap. I have literally read the front cover off of my copy of Magyk.
    My question is about Marcia’s family. What happened after Marcia moved out? Do they still live on snake slipway? Do they and Marcia ever run into each other or acknowledge the others existence? what are her parents names?

    • Angie Sage

      Marcia’s parents are, sadly, no longer alive. I do want to write about them, but right now there is never any time!! I believe her father’s name was Melchior and her mother’s, Trassimma

  81. xxxxmelusinexxxx

    Oh and happy Mothers Day!

  82. Katrina

    hi angie i think you are amazing at writing childrens books and at writing fiction books

    i really think i will enjoy raeding book 7
    which if i’m right will be called fyre

    my dad was surfing the web and saw somthing to do with the books and went on to it and saw that you posted the name of book 7 he thinks it was called fyre

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Katrina,

      yes, you are right, Book 7 is called Fyre! Not out quite yet …

  83. PaigePossum

    Has the movie been Green-Lighted yet?

  84. pilio

    Hi Angie!
    Just a few questions:

    1. What is Fyre about? (like, a blurb, please?)
    2. I read in a fan fiction that Syrah went with Marcellus to a foreign land because it was too painful for her to be so close to home yet so far away, and she and Sep didn’t get together. Is this more likely than Sep and Syrah getting together? ( sadly i think it would be more realistic…*sniff*)
    3. Any news on the movie?

    Can’t wait for Fyre,

    • Angie Sage

      1. Fyre will be about the fallout from the Great Alchemie Disaster all those hundreds of years ago. And about getting rid of the Two-Faced ring forever.
      2. Yes, I am sad to say that it is more realistic …
      3. And, sorry to say, no news at all on the movie.

  85. Sophia

    Hi Angie- First off, I LOVE Septimus Heap. I can’t remember where I first spotted it, either in a library or my dad gave it to me as a ‘look. It’s another Harry Potter rip off’ kind of thing. But that’s beside the point. I’m really excited for Flyte (Only about 10 months!). And I had a few questions about the whole thing. I’m not too keen on the characters growing up (I really want to read a major series where I stay at least the same age as the characters), so how far from Darke does Flyte take place?
    Also, what happened to the Sep movie? I’ve seen that for a while, but they get nowhere on it.

    I also wanted to place my concerns about arguments over Snorri Snorrelssen. Everyone is saying that it’s her fault that Nicko was a different person in another time. It bothers me, because Nicko would have changed anyway, even if Snorri wasn’t there, and although Snorri effected him a little, it was just character having interactions in a different environment. Interactions happen the way they do, and it’s no one’s fault about any of it. But the point of this whole rant thing is a single question; Will Snorri be in Flyte??? Please??

    Sorry for all the time you’ve probably wasted reading this.
    A loyal fan,

    Sophia, aged 11

    • Ronen

      By Flyte you mean Fyre right? just a bit confused…

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sophia,

      thanks for your lovely comments…
      Yes, my feelings exactly about the characters staying same age as the readers. Fyre carries on from Darke and they will be fourteen and a half when it finishes. That is why the series will end there. And that is why I hope to do a trilogy with new characters of about 12/13 but with the events taking place 7 years further on.
      I’m afraid Snorri isn’t in Fyre but she will be in book one of the trilogy – if it all goes ahead.
      I agree, it was neither Snorri or Nicko’s fault that their relationship died away, these things happen and they had spend a very, very long time together. It just got too much and too dismal. But maybe it is not over yet ….

  86. Hannah

    Are you going to start an Ask Angie 6? If so that would be awesome! I really love your books and can’t wait for Fyre!

  87. Hannah

    Hi. Um Angie… I have something to say. I LOVE to talk, so if I write 1,000 comments, no offense. Yeah, well, will Jenna ever get to see her Mom’s Ghost? I think it would make her very happy.

  88. Hannah

    Remember, I am going to say a lot of things, and you don’t have to answer. Do you think Julia Robert’s would be a good Marcia?
    H J H

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hannah,

      I’ll answer all three together…. I reckon we still have space on AA5 to carry on for a while yet. And you will have to wait for FYRE to see about the ghost of jenna’s mum. Julia Roberts for Marcia? Not sure. You know, I was thinking about Emily Blunt who was in The Devil Wears Prada. She’d be perfect. But this it totally wishful thinking right now, sadly.

  89. James

    hi Angie

    is any of this right for the plot of Fyre?

    1) Marcelus makes a fyre to destroy the two faced ring
    2) Jenna creates a castle witch coven and each queen is the leader of it
    3)The two faced ring blows up in the fyre and the castle goes up in flames
    4) Septimus is creating a complicated charm
    5) Beatle finds some CHS and EOW secrets that nobody new.
    6) Marcia and Septimus use magyk, Jenna and her witches use witchcraft, Marcelus’ physik and alchame scribes ( alchame is brought up again and i think they have alchame scibes) and the Manusciptorium scibes fight the fyre
    7)septimus’ new charm is going to save the port from an infestation of darke fyre bugs

  90. Katrina

    one question
    how many septimus heap books
    will you write

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Katrina,

      Well, that depends… There are 7 book sin the main series. I am at the moment putting together a proposal for a trilogy that will take us 7 years on in the lives of the characters, but with different characters kind of starring, if you see what I mean. And then I also want to do some shorter, backstory books about relationships between people. There is lots I want to write. I don’t think my publisher will want all of it, so that ones they don’t want I am considering publishing myself. You will see it all here first!

      • Jerri Chase

        I love the idea of your self-publishing those things you want to write that the publishers don’t want to publish. I would love to read all the things you have suggested on the blog that you would want to write.

  91. Lord Zed

    hello angie.i like ur books very much.What happens to The REVIVE jenna got from broda Pye in PHYSIK?Will you be mentioning it in FYRE as there have been few references to the dragon boat.What happens to the DARKE dragon?
    Can’t wait for FYRE

    • Angie Sage

      Yes, it will be mentioned in Fyre – you’ll find out why Jenna hasn’t used it before…

      • Angie Sage

        And the darke dragon, well it was not able to survive outside the darke domaine…

  92. Katie Jane

    Hello Angie I’ve got a few questions for you:

    1. Do you play the Sims? If you do how long have you played it? If not do you play any games?
    2. Will you ever come to St helens in your book tour of the U.K ? If you do where will the signing be?
    3. How did the dragon boat have Spit Fyre is she’s a boat?
    Thank you for everything.


    • Angie Sage

      Hi Katie Jane,

      I think I played Sims once about 15 years ago… if that indeed was Sims then. It seemed really interesting actually, but I guess I never really have time for games. I don’t play any now.
      I will be coming to Preston! Which is quite near St Helens. I will be there on 12th July but at the moment I don’t know where or when. I will post it here as soon as I do. So maybe see you there?
      The dragon boat was once a dragon. That’s when she had eggs. Which she carried around with her.

  93. Nawaf Heap

    Greetings Angie

    Before my question, I would like to congratulate you on this astonishing and beautifully written Series. I am so captivated by so many things, the sprites, the settings, the places and the names.

    My question is : What is your writing fuel and inspiration ?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Nawaf,

      Well, thank you!
      My writing fuel is deadlines and needing to get the series done! And chocolate. And coffee.
      Septimus just feels like it is part of my life and I get the feeling that I have always known about the world. It took a while for me to discover it but now it’s there, when I sit down at the laptop, I still get the ideas coming and the characters still speak to me. I hope they do so for a while yet…

  94. Trixie

    I think Marcia is fascinating so I have a few questions about her.

    Why was Marcia so upset with Sep initially in magyk when he did the disappear for the first time? It seems kind of odd. And doesn’t Marcia ever get sleepy? It seems like everytime everyone falls asleep in keeper’s cottage, she’s the only one still awake.

    Has Marcia ever been in love before? You once said that Marcia goes for the wrong type of guy. Did you mean that she was interested in guys who wouldn’t treat her nicely or would not be loyal to her? That’s so awful. If she was in love, who was she in love with? I could see Marcia being kind of socially awkward in the sense that she wouldn’t know which guys were good and which guys were bad because she seems like a somewhat lonely woman who focuses on her studies a lot. She might not be able to “read” guys that well and therefore, she might not be able to figure out that not all of them have good intentions

    You say Marcia is tall. About how tall is she? Is she 5’9 or 5’10? That is awfully tall if that’s the case. That’s how I’ve imagined her. Did her height ever make her feel awkward when she was young? I’m tall and I feel awkward a lot.

    Why are their so many similarities between her and Marcellus Pye? Is that for a reason?

    When is Marcia’s birthday?

    Thank you! Answer these whenever you want, no rush! You’re so nice to answer our questions.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Trixie,

      Yes, Marcia is a conundrum at times.
      Marcia was quite spooked by Sep doing the DisAppear so well. I ithnk she thought he was messing about and was a little wrongfooted by it. She also thought that Septimus was not taking Magyk seriously. Marcia was pretty wound up at Aunt Zelda’s.
      You are right, Marcia does not read men well. But she is slowly learning.
      Marcia is about 5 feet 8, and yes, it did make her feel awkward when she was younger, especially as she grew tall when she was only about 12.
      Marcia and Marcellus are kind of opposites. I don’t know why there are so many similarities really, that is just how they have turned out. Maybe I use Marcellus to explore how Marcia could be? I don’t know…
      Marcia’s birthday is in June sometime. She won’t tell me when but I need to go and work it out.

  95. Princess of Paradox

    Hello again Angie! I was reading Syren, and always pictured the Septimus Heap world to be based in the Medieval times, but when Wolf boy started talking about โ€œThe old storiesโ€ of the people who went to the moon in big metal ships, it made me thinkโ€ฆ When is the story based? Is it based in the future? Also, I want to dress-up as Jenna for Halloween and a party in the summer, and was wonderingโ€ฆ. What do you picture Jennaโ€™s red and gold dress to look like? Since somebody else drew the pictures, I wasnโ€™t sure if thatโ€™s exactly how you pictured it in your mind. I need something rather specific, like if she has 3 quarter sleeves and longer sleeves under it, with velvet or cotton fabric, and things like that. Also, in the pictures, Jennaโ€™s hair is rather wavy. Is it really? Thank you!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello PofP,

      You will have to wait until Fyre for the first question to be answered!
      The drawing of Jenna’s long tunic in Flyte is really accurate. And is how I picture her exactly! Her hair has a slight wave to it, I think. I reckon you can embellish her tunic as you want to, but it does have gold bands on the hem and on the cuffs of the sleeves.
      Have a great time!

  96. Hi Angie,
    I just want to say that I started reading Septimus Heap when I was 9. Now onto my questions.
    1. Is the ExtraOrdinary Wizard pronounced as extra ordinary or as extraordinary.
    2. I always thought that since it started with Magyk that it would end with Darke (as it is the opposite) but the last of the main series is Fyre. Please explain.
    3. Did you know that Aunt Zelda’s name is the same as a popular video game character’s?
    4. I am re-reading Queste and know that Septimus got back the Flyte Charm but did the potion he gave Marcellus Pye work or is he still old.
    5. What is Wolf Boy’s real name.
    Hope you answer.

    Yours truly, Lachlan

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Lachlan,

      1.EOW is pronounced extra ordinary, like two words.
      2.I guess darke is kind of the opposite of magyk, but I always did plan for the last book to be called fyre, even when I was only going to write 3. It just felt right.
      3.Yes, I did know about the game, Zelda, but Aunt Zelda is actually named after the daughter of someone I knew a while back, way before the game. I always thought it was a really interesting name.
      4. Yes, he did get the potion to marcellus, that was why he was going fishing at the end of physik. The arrangement was for him to drop it in the moat.
      5. Mandy Marwick…

  97. sorry for the extra post. I just forgot to say that I saw a new for Magyk and I think it makes the dragon ring look evil.

    Yours Truly, Lachlan

  98. Ronen

    Hey Angie,
    Just wanted to say how much I admire you. You have inspired me to love reading everything, and writing anything! I think I want to be an author, all because of you!
    So thank you. Very, very much.
    Ronen, 12 years old, Toronto, Canada

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ronen,

      Thank you so much for telling me! It’s so lovely to know that Septimus has done that.

  99. Christina Marie

    Wow, there are a lot of questions on this page already! It’s kind of awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I’m a huge fan of Septimus Heap, of course. You’re a fantastic writer, and I spread it around as much as I can. I just found out about Fyre today and it makes me terribly excited even if it is several months away and I’ll probably be in college and too busy to read it the moment it’s released.
    Now I do have some questions, but first I wanted to say what a great thing you’re doing with this page and your blog and everything. I’m big into writing on Fiction press and fanfiction (although I don’t ever mess with Septimus Heap because it’s too perfect to touch), and I love the interaction between authors and readers there, but I’ve always felt so disconnected to authors of my favorite published stuff, so to be able to send a message to you is like Christmas or something ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a lot of work on your part, I’m sure, and I guess I wanted to thank you for putting in the time.
    Okay, now for the questions:
    1.) Do you suppose Sarah Heap is jealous of Marcia? I’ve always felt so bad for Sarah, although I love her very much and she’s such a strong woman. But she lost her youngest son when he was just a baby, and the moment she finally gets him back, he gets wisked away by Marcia and MARCIA is the one that gets to look after him. Now I love Marcia and I love reading about her and Sep (I do hope there’s more of that in the last book), but I can’t help but feel a bit bad for Sarah.
    2.) Do you have a load of ‘cut’ scenes that simply have never made it into the books, but you still imagine happening, or have you published pretty much everything you think is relevant to Septimus since Magyk? I feel like there are a lot of in-between times that must be filled with something….
    3.) Have you given much thought to Septimus’s life before Magyk and, I dunno, did he ever dream of his family as a little boy? I suppose he was far too young ot have any recollections, but it is a magykal world you’ve created so dreams – whether they were his real family or simply a daydream family – would be interesting.
    As you’ve no doubt noticed, Septimus is rather my favorite character. I simply love him and want to know everything about him – and what other people think about him, too (for example, what Nicko was thinking when he realized he’d been living with his long-lost baby brother for months at the end of Magyk), but I’m getting far too long-winded. Sorry about that. I don’t know if I’ll be able to bring myself to read a spin-off triology where the focus shifts from Sep and Jenna, although I’m sure the writing will be as superb as ever. It will just make me too sad to be in Sep’s world, but not in his head, you know? I’m usually wishing he was around when the books shift to a different perspecitve, although they’re all very interesting story tangents.
    Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. I hope I get to hear from you!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Christina,

      Thank you! I really do love this page with all the comments – if stuff isn’t going so well with the writing (and it doesn’t always) I can come here and see that there is a lot that HAS gone well.
      1. Sarah does have a bit of a problem with Marcia, hence the occasional fuss over Septimus coming over for family birthdays. But Sarah also knows that without Marcia having rescued Septimus in the first place she would never have found him again. She tries to be sensible, but it is at times a little difficult.
      2. There are indeed a lot of in-between times, they are in my head as I do think about what Beetle and Sep have been doing, stuff like that. But I have never written them as day-to-day things do not make for good plot and I do see Septimus as an adventure story as much as anything. So pretty much everything I have written has gone into the books. But I would like to be a bit more discursive at times and hope maybe to be less plot-driven in some of the relationship stories I would like to do. More romance, less rushing around.
      3. I see Sep’s time before Magyk as pretty much a nightmare where he was just trying to survive. I think in that situation all dreams would go, and you would just go into a very basic way of getting by.
      4. I know what you mean about the new series and seeing it all through new eyes. But we will have some time with Sep too and, just as we see things through Marcia at times, so we will through him. And Jenna. And Nicko. And even Snorri.
      Thanks for your lovely comment!

  100. what year are they gonna be in FYRE

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Jessica,

      I am saying nothing… you will have to wait and read the book!!

  101. Snorrhiannon

    Hey Angie!
    Firstly I just want to say that rereading the Spetimus Heap series for the 10th time this week and the friendly read has really helped me get through my ks3 exams without going too crazy!
    Anyway my first question is: Do Milo and Marcia end up together? I know that Cerys and Milo were very much in love but he seems to have a soft spot for Marcia also, and visa versa.
    Secondly: What is Jenna’s real surname?
    Thirdly: How do you imagine Snorri’s accent?
    Annnddd: What currency do they use in the maygkical world?
    Oh and finally: Will Snorri return she is my absolute favourite character and when she left I cried, and believe me I hardly ever cry (although I did cry when Rose left on Doctor who but I was much younger then)…

    Sorry for asking so many questions!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Snorrhiannon,

      So pleased that Sep helped with exam pain!
      Milo and Marcia … yes, Milo was very much in love with Cerys and it has taken him a very long time to get over his guilt about not being there when all the awful stuff happened. You may find that in Fyre he realises his memories of their relationship were a little rose-tinted. I shall say no more….
      Jenna’s surname is that of the ancient Queens. It is so ancient that no one is quite sure what it is. Even the Queens do not agree on it.
      Snorri has a kind of swedish accent, quite sing-song.
      The currency is very similar to old english money. The real old stuff: crowns, half crowns, groats, silver pennies.
      Oh, I’m sorry Snorri going made you cry. But she will be back in the first book of the trilogy (Fingers crossed my publisher takes it!)

  102. QueenJenna

    Hi Angie!
    Will Beetle be in you 7 chaptered story? And why the person on most of the covers is a girl? I thought you’ll put a boy for it’s Septimus.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi QueenJenna,
      Beetle won’t be in the short story as Sep hasn’t met him yet at that time – it takes place in the time between Magyk and Flyte.
      It is actually a boy on the new covers! And he is meant to be Septimus.

  103. Drimali

    Hi, Angie !

    I have a few question (this is the place for, so you certainly know…) :

    -In this page, I saw you said that Marcia didn’t live with Alther during her apprendiceship. First, is it true ? Cause I’m not English, so I’m sure I have really understood, even after the many time I read this sentence. So, if I had understood, why didn’t she live with him ?

    -I’ve noticed on this page that some persons talked about “Foxy”. I think he’s “Vulpin” in French, so do you know if this is true ?

    -Why is there a traduction from your english to Us ? I know the two language are not exactly the same, but british is understandable for americans, no ?

    -Finally, was Fyre the 7 book’s first title ? Cause the clues you gave on AA4, in my opinion, doesn’t correspond to this title.

    Well. I apologize for mistakes, I really don’t see if I made it.

    I hope you’re fine, and that the weather is as sunny at your place as mine (it smells holidays these days !).


    • Rachel Emily

      I can talk about the translation answers: If “Vulpin” is Beetle’s best friend from the Manuscriptorium, than yes, he is Foxy.

      On the other question, even though UK and US are different dialects of the same language, there are differences. For example, (from US to UK) cookie=biscuit, biscuit=scone, sweater=jumper, bathroom=loo, (and in Harry Potter, the Sorcerer’s Stone= Philosopher’s Stone) among others. There doesn’t really need to be a translation as it is essentially the same language, with only a few differneces in slang, words, and grammar, but to avoid the inevitable confusion, they translate it anyway. There are problems with translations though, becuase puns, cultural references. names, and other contextual meanings can be lost. For example, I was reading a British book the other day that had been translated into American English, and they were talking about “torches”, which, in America, are called flashlights. In the story, there was a confusion between an eletric torch and the kind that you would see in the walls of castles. However, this pun was lost because the book had changed “torch” to “flashlight” and they were talking about setting a flashlight on the walls of a castle- which probably confused a lot of kids who aren’t as familiar with the language differences as I am.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Drimali,

      hey, lucky you with the sunshine. We have had a month of rain, although this morning it is sunny!
      Marcia didn’t live with Alther as she was old enough to live out. Apprentices must be 18 to do that. Although she did find she was spending more and more time staying over at the Wizard Tower.
      I expect Vulpin is Foxy. Is he the son of the ex-Chief Hermetic Scribe in the Manuscriptorium? And a friend of Beetle who likes sausage sandwiches? If so, he is definitely Foxy!
      The translation from UK English to US English and then back again to UK. The reason is that I write in UK English, but my main publisher is American. So they translate my English to US English. But I like it back in the original for over here in the UK. The US English is perfectly understandable, you are right, but it is less comfortable for us to read and, I feel, sometimes less subtle for us. Also the odd spellings and grammar get in the way of things. And some concepts do not always translate. In Flyte for example, I had to change a description of something flying up like a cricket ball to a baseball for the USA. But we changed it back to cricket for over here. It is subtle but important. I wonder if the equivalent difference for you would be between Canadian French and European French?
      Yes, Fyre was always going to be the title of the last book. I wonder what clues you saw that seemed different?
      Your English is very good, by the way!

  104. smillagolightly

    Hello Angie,

    I don’t have any questions; I just wanted to thank you for your books and, especially, Marcia. I discovered the first two books of the series six years ago on my sister’s nightstand, and, since I couldn’t sleep anyway, decided to “have a look”. It took me five hours to read the two books, and I finally got some sleep after having done so ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the knowledge that there were more books to come sort of put me back on track after my mom’s cancer-surgery, it was really a “life goes on – read”. Today, I am 22 years old and study German and English literature hoping that one day, I might be in a position to publish such great books as yours. And, on another note, my friends accuse me of getting into Marcia – mode at times – I take that as a compliment! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Long story short: Thank you and keep on writing!

    Sincerely, Smilla

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Smilla,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so, so pleased that reading Septimus helped such a lot. It is true, reading really does work for all kinds of things. I too hope you get to be a publisher one day, it sounds like you are already on the right road.
      Thank you, I will definitely keep on writing. Marcia mode rocks! (As my daughter would say…)

  105. SEPTIMUSHEAP!!!!!!!

    I just read Darke and I loved it! Were Nicko and Snorri ever together? And was Nicko happy when she left at the end of Darke and if so why?
    PS> I loved the evil cat group that ran away into the forest thing. I almost died! Maybe we will see more?

    • Angie Sage

      Nicko and Snorri had been together for so long, all through their time in the House of Foryx, and their relationship had got very gloomy. I think Nicko felt released when Snorri left. And Snorri had missed her home and her mother too. This is something they needed to do at that time. It doesn’t mean that that is the end, though.
      Glad you loved the cats! Scary things, cats are at times….

  106. Hi Angie,
    do the rules you have listed in the other ask angies still reply as there are lots of spoilers on this page?

  107. SepRULES!

    I read the comment above about Marcia parents,and I’ve just got two questions:
    Do Marcia know that her parents are dead?
    How/why did they die?

    • Angie Sage

      Yes, Marcia does know her parents are dead. And as to how/why, I don’t know right now. It is something I need to look into when i write about Marcia a little more.

  108. Magyker

    First of all, I love the Septimus Heap books. I started reading them about a month ago, because my brother made me buy Darke for him in October. Now that I’ve read Darke, I have several questions.

    1. Is there a reason there are to Lindas, and one has the same last name as Marissa?

    2. Is there a reason all the scribes are named after animals?

    3. Do you ever take character requests?

    4. My fourth question is more of a plea. Jenna is likely my favorite character, but she wasn’t always. In the beginning I didn’t like her, I have no idea why. But as the books progress, her part in the plots seems to decrease. In Syren she didn’t seem very important at all, it seemed her father kind of stole her role. I lies when I said I read Darke, I’m only halfway through, but I got really excited when Jenna became a witch. Finally, she can take part in the Magyk, which I thought is what her character needed. Not much, but some Basyk witchcraft is what I’ve always wanted in the books, especially for miss princess. Now, your the author and expert, but please please please please plleeaasssse could Jenna learn SOME witch magyk? Your fissionable are b5est but it be cool with her rebellious new attitude, and as for her eyes, you could say a queens eyes remain the same through out all change. Please. I AM BEGGING YOU!m

    5. In terms of romance, I always thought Marcia and Marcellus wold end up together, and thought it be funny if Merrin fell for Jenna, and Snorri and Nickolas just seemed so natural… as for Septimus, (DO NOT TELL ME!) I think he’d be good with Rose.

    • Rachel Emily

      Someone else who thinks Marcia/Marcellus, and Sep/Rose? I could almost cry… but what about Beetle?

      • Angie Sage

        No, not Marcia/Marcellus. One of them would not survive.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Magyker,

      You know, I was thinking that Magyker is a good name for a Septimus fan… What does everyone else think?
      There is a question below about the two Lindas and the scribes too, funny how questions get asked together. So I shall cheat and paste in my answer …
      The scribes do seem to be named after animals. There is no reason, I noticed it a few books in and then it became a bit of fun to carry it on. Marrissa is Linda Laneโ€™s niece. Yes, there are two Lindas and neither of them are at all nice. It was deliberate, and possibly not fair. But I had someone in mind at the time.
      Requests … I feel as though my characters are already there, I don’t feel like I have much say in who turns up in Septimus. So it would be impossible to take requests as I wouldn’t know who they were! But I am intrigued, what/who did you have in mind?
      Thanks for your comments about Jenna, I do see what you mean about Syren, but I wanted to get to know Milo a bit more, and have Jenna spend some time with him. I guess he did take over a bit, but that is how Milo is. Jenna and witchcraft… Jenna finds witchcraft a little unpleasant, I think. But I shall think about what you have said. It is a good point.
      And romance, well, I won’t say anything to give things away. But there is more in Fyre…

  109. Biggest Septimus Heap Fan Ever

    Hi, Angie!

    I am 10 years old and I finished the series in about 4 months. I love the books and almost cried when they ended. But I have a question– how old was Alther when he was shot? Was he shot in his ExtraOrdinaryWizard time? In Darke it says the Time Is Right but will we get to see Jenna crowned Queen? I am really excited for the movie and I am glad it is not animated. I looked on a website and it said it was animated but I said “Angie Sage’s blog begs to differ!”

    -Your Biggest Fan!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello BSHFE!
      Alther was shot in his EOW time. He was in his 60s and thinking of handing over to Marcia, but being shot was not the way he had planned to do it.
      You will see lots of Jenna stuff in FYRE, so I won’t spoil it by saying what…
      The movie is a little quiet at the moment and there has been no progress that I have heard about for about a year now. To be honest, I am not sure whether anything is going to be happening. I signed up for a live action film, but again, I am not sure what, if anything, they now have planned. Wish I could be more upbeat about it, but I think we have to be realistic…

  110. Magykal

    Hello Angie!
    What color are the robes and eyes of all the magykal jobs? Just to compile a list…




    Necromancers/ Other Darke users



    Physician (Is that the Sept word?)


    Also, is there a reason the scribes all are named after animals, and there are two Lindas, and Marissa (Lane) has the same last name as the non-magical one?

    Sorry if I wasted your time, but I am sssooo curious!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Magykal,

      eye colour is only a thing for Wizards (green) and witches (blue). It is a mutable thing, ie, learning the craft of both, and having the talent, has a weird effect on the eyes colour.

      It doesn’t work for the other things though. But … a shapeshifter is a Wizard so they will have green eyes. Any old idiot can be a Necromancer (divining the future with dead things) so eye colour is not an issue. Warlocks are male witches (a rare breed) so their eyes will be blue.

      Alchemists and Physicians and the rest are just like us.

      The scribes do seem to be named after animals. There is no reason, I noticed it a few books in and then it became a bit of fun to carry it on. Marrissa is Linda Lane’s niece. Yes, there are two Lindas and neither of them are at all nice. It was deliberate, and possibly not fair. But I had someone in mind at the time.

  111. Rachel Emily

    Have you managed to fit in anything about pairing up characters? Or will we have to wait till the 7 yr on book?
    And Congratulations on the AA5- i think the series has really come a long way in the last few years….I remember when i finished reading Physik and Queste hadn’t come out yet, i was so upset…but at least i knew, thanks to that lovely cliff hanger that there would be more! I also remember when there was only one Ask Angie page….and now there are five. Funny how time just seems to disappear, isn’t it?

    And a note: while I love Harry Potter I have never cared enough to buy hard copies of the books- i just take them out from the library. I bought Queste, Syren, and Darke; and will, of course, buy FYRE!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Rachel Emily,

      You are SO right about time just disappearing. But it has been lovely to travel through it with Septimus and people like you who have followed it all along the way. So thank you!
      Yes, I have taken note and done a bit of pairing and signposting of where things are going with other people. And if the new trilogy gets going (I am still writing some sample chapters for it) which will take us 7 years on, then I shall be writing separate stories for each couple who gets together, so that we know how it all happened. So I am hoping this will run for a while yet…
      I am so glad you care enough about Sep to want to have the books with you. That’s lovely!

  112. Camille

    Dear Angie,
    I just wanted to say that you are my favorite author, and without you I wouldn’t have found the beauty of reading. I love Marcia she is amazing!
    Could you possible make a book about Jenna’s mom the queen when she is still a princess. That would be an amazing story! I think that the queen sounds like she has had quite a few adventures to end up married to a salior.
    Do you know when Fyre will be coming out in the U.S.?
    Thank you for all that you do, Your loving fan,

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Camille,

      Thank you – I am so pleased that Septimus has got you into reading – that is wonderful. Reading is Magyk! I love the idea of doing different characters’ own stories and am hoping to do that in the future. Not sure about Queen Cerys. See what you think of her after Fyre!
      I don’t have a definite date for Fyre yet, all I know is early 2013. I hope it will be really really early!

  113. Anna-Lynn

    Hi Angie!
    I’m sort of a newcomer in the Septimus Heap series, even though I meant to start reading them last year since everyone in my class did but never got around to it. I started reading Magyk a couple weeks ago, and now I’ve read all 6. I actually only checked them out at my library because I needed a book to read at school (sorry) but I’m glad I did. It gave me a brief break from being annoyed out of mind about a book that doesn’t come out for another 4 months in the Heroes Of Olympus series. And your books were really good and I couldn’t help but to read them so fast. But now I here the 7th book isn’t coming out until January of next year!
    Now my questions:

    1. (If this doesn’t violate the rule about the release date) Do you know if the 7th book will come out any earlier in the US?

    2. Will Septimus finish his Apprenticeship in an epilogue of the book or will that happen in the series branching off from this one?

    And I guess my rest have already been answered…or you’re not willing to tell. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I literally CAN’T wait for Fyre! (I’m serious, the first couple of days waiting for the next book makes me want to pull my hair out)

    -Anna-Lynn: From the United States!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Anna,

      Welcome to Septimus world! Yes, I’m sorry about the wait. But Sep takes a long time to write and then it has to fit in with schedules and all kinds of things. Fyre will be coming out in the US at the same time as in the UK, but you will always get it first over there as HarperCollins US are the main publishers for Septimus.
      We won’t see Sep finishing his Apprenticeship in this series as I don’t want the characters to get too old. But I do have plans for other Septimus things which will move the story on into the future.
      So, sorry about the wait and I hope you still have some hair left by the time Fyre comes out!

  114. Anna-Lynn

    Ok… sorry for the lengthy comment…

  115. Chloe

    I am a young writer in the US, and I have been writing this one book (at least I hope it’ll be a book) and I finally have a plan for it. A friend made a remark about my speed of writing, and I became curious. How much do you write in a day, and how many hours a day do you write? I read you series and am in love with it, and I hope to be as good a writer as you someday. Thanks.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chloe,

      I don’t know if I write fast or not… when I am in the middle of writing Septimus with a deadline looming I do make myself write 1000 words a day. I go by word count rather than hours put in but after 4 hours concentrating I do tend to run out of steam.
      I think the thing is not how fast or how much you write, but the quality of what you write.
      I do an awful lot of revision as I go along which makes for slow writing, but not so many drafts. Some writers I know rush through a first draft that practically has to be rewritten – but that’s the way they like to do it – get the stuff down while its there and then go back and sort out all the glitches. I am more of a tortoise than a hare. Whatever works for you is good.
      Good luck with your writing!

  116. Robin

    Why are all the book covers being changed? And will Fyre be coming out in the origional edition?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Robin,
      Yes, Fyre will be coming out in the normal, lovely, Mark Zug hardback. But in the UK from now on the paperbacks will be in the new covers.
      The thing is, that we need to attract new readers to Septimus and people kind of zone out familiar old covers. I do love them but they have been around for 7 years now and you know how things all need to change after 7 years…

  117. LeAnn

    Has there been any update on the movie? Good luck on the short story. And what do “Wotcher” and “Wotcha” mean? I’ve seen you use it alot, and it’s in some of the Harry Potter books, I guess it’s like saying “Hey” but I thought I’d ask anyway.


    • Angie Sage

      Hello LeAnn,

      sorry to say I have heard nothing at all about the movie…
      Wotcha is like saying hey! I think it is a cockney (London) saying probably. I like it, its a fun friendly sound to it.

    • Jamie

      It is Cockney like Angie says except its short for what are you doing or what have you been up to

  118. stephanie

    are jenna and beetle dating caues i think ,will i think , they both really like one another dont they??

    • Angie Sage

      They do like each other, but they are not dating at this point in the series.

  119. leya

    Hi Angie,
    I dunno if this was already asked.
    In Flyte (I guess it was in this book) there was a future-looking part, where Jennas daughter passes a ghost with his scooter. Will we read more about Jennas daughter or her future life?
    Thank you!

    (Sorry for my bad english, I am german)

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Leya,

      your English is good! If I get to do the follow-on trilogy, then yes, we will get to see more about jenna’s daughter. And Sep and Beetle…

  120. Gwen

    Hi Angie. Quick question. Is the woman who lets Aunt Els sit on the dragon seat in the House of Foryx the Eastern Snow Plain Princess? (I always thought she was, and I wondered if you were going to do a side story on her, because she keeps popping up through the books. I think that would be a cool story; I’m really curious about her for some reason. I like a lot of side-characters, like Romilly and Rose.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Gwen,

      Yes, she is indeed the Eastern Snow Princess!
      Yes, I want to write more about her and I am hoping to put her in the trilogy, if that happens… And I too love the minor characters. SO much to write about!

  121. Alisha Jenkins

    Hey Angie!

    For starters, I love the series to pieces.
    Septimus is my life right now, haha.

    I suppose this isn’t really a question but more of a beg.
    I read that you were thinking about doing a spin off book set 10 years after Fyre? Well, I just want to say; please please please do that!

    As long as it doesn’t take ten years to be released like Fyre! haha, just kidding. Fyre does feel like it’s taking forever to come out though although I do understand that writing a book is a long process.

    – Alisha.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Alisha,

      Yep, I am sorry Fyre is taking so long to come out. I was expecting it out a little earlier, but there are all kinds of things a publisher has to consider…

      When I have done the copy edit for Fyre (the final run-through) I am doing a proposal for a trilogy that takes place 7 years on. But we will meet new characters there too. I have lots of ideas for Septimus!

  122. Ash

    Hi Angie! Big fan. ๐Ÿ˜€ Sorry if some of these questions have been said. I didn’t read all of the way through the questions.

    1. If they do open auditions and you want to be a certain character but don’t look like them, do you think that they would make you look like them? I kinda want to be Jenna but I have short red hair and brown eyes. That = not like Jenna.

    2. I try writing stuff, but I have a problem with character development and connecting the major plot points in a way where it ends up too short, uninformative, and rushed. I want to be a writer but, sadly, sixth grade doesn’t teach you how to do that. Any advice for an aspiring writer? ๐Ÿ˜›

    3. Do you put fan’s characters in the books, like as a very minor character who only speaks once or even a major character? If so, what characters? And also, I would very much enjoy being a shopkeeper who owns a shady shop at the port that sells books, mostly ones about creepy stuff *hint hint* If not, ignore what I just typed. Hehe…

    4. Does Merrin actually like Aunt Zelda like his own aunt, even though he tries not to show it? And does Aunt Zelda think of him as like a nephew or a son?

    5. How did you get your inspiration for the Septimus Heap series?

    6. Did you put a lot of Harry Potter references in Septimus Heap? Like how Jenna’s pet rock was named “*Something* Trelawney”? Or how Rupert Gringe sounds like Rupert Grint?

    7(the most magical number). Utah is in desperate need of visits from authors that I’ve heard of. Just saying, in case you go on tour to America.

    8. On an unrelated note, do you play video games?

    9. You live in England, right? Do you know Vicky Holmes or Cherith Baldry or Kate Carey? If so, can you ask them for spoilers on the Warriors series for me? ๐Ÿ˜›

    That’s all. Me gusta queso. (Spanish for: I like cheese. That’s all I can say in Spanish.)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ash,

      1. I don’t think they will be doing open auditions right now. I am not sure if that is the way they work. And I am sorry to say that things seem to have stopped with the movie as I have heard nothing new for almost a year.
      2. Advice for an aspiring 6th grade writer is read! Don’t expect to be able to write complicated stuff for quite a few years. You need to mature a bit and live your life first. So read lots of great stuff and don’t get disheartened.
      3. My characters are all just as they appear to me, I don;t really take them from anywhere… its just the way it happens.
      4. Merrin doesn’t really like Aunt Zelda, i am sorry to say. And Aunt Zeld is not wild about Merrin either, even though she tries her best.
      5. Septimus just grew in my mind over the years – I feel like it has always been in my life…
      6. I have only red the first Harry Potter book and no references are deliberate. Petroc Trelawney was named after a Cornish radio presenter. I thought it was a great name. And Rupert Gringe/Grint is a co-incidence. I thought of the name before the Potter films. So its weird, really.
      7. Thank you! I did go to Salt Lake City on a tour a few years back. It would be great to go back to Utah.
      8. No, I get too busy writing to play video games – and they scramble my head when I try. I prefer to read… of course!
      9. I do live in England and I think I did meet one of the Warriors authors a while back. But that was along time ago…

  123. MagykalnessAndStuff

    Hey, Angie!
    I hope Fyre and the ebook are going really well. I have a few questions about Marcia, who is my favorite book character of all time… and I’ve read a lot of books. She’s just so fascinating and layered.
    1. If Marcia didn’t have any Magykal talent whatsoever, what do you think she would be doing?
    2. Does Marcia have any other talents?
    3. What does Marcia do with her spare time?
    Thank you so much!

    • Angie Sage


      I love Marcia too…
      I think Marcia would be something important. Maybe a chief Customs Officer like Alice Nettles.
      Marcia hasn’t had time to develop any other talents. She would like to learn a musical instrument though.
      You can guess the answer to this – she doesn’t have any spare time! She is a 24/7 kind of Wizard. She lives the Magyk.

      Thank you too!

  124. Parker

    Hi, HUGE FAN HERE!! I really like to write and well, I have a few ideas… do you have any input about it?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Parker,

      about writing? Don’t start too early… and read lots first.

  125. Ayesha

    Dear angie, i can’t wait for fyre but sad since its the last book! i was wondering though if you could make a book which is about if septimus never went to the young army and was with dom. what would happen i’m just curious ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Ayesha,

      well, that’s an interesting idea, but what is done is done and I can’t change what happened to Septimus! But I do have another idea … I am hoping to write a trilogy that begins 7 years on. We will meet two or three new characters and go back to the Castel and see how Sep & co are getting on. So it’s not over yet!

  126. Ciaran Brennan

    Hi Angie,
    I love your books and they have inspired me to write more in school!
    I used to hate writing but when I read your books I was engulfed in a magical fantasy that I have never awoken from! I really have to thank you for this because it has given me awesome ideas! If you ever see a book called: Year of the Dead, I ask you to read it because I’m writing it and hoping for it to get published!

    I have just 2 questions : )

    1. Is there going to be any new characters in Fyre?
    2. Who will Septimus Heap’s one true love be?


    • Angie Sage

      Hi Ciaran,

      That is so wonderful! And I shall look forward to seeing your book, too. It’s a great title.
      1. In Fyre there will be a new creature/character.
      2. You will have to wait and see … we will find out for sure in the trilogy. But there are clues in Fyre.

  127. Laura Cooper

    Hey Angie is this the place we send our fan mail
    Angie Sage
    HarperCollins Children’s Books
    1350 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, New York 10019

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Laura,

      the address is:
      HarperCollins Childrens’ Books
      Author mail (Angie Sage)
      10 E53rd Street
      New York
      NY 10019

      Sometimes letters take a long time – like 6 months to get to me. I do answer all my letters but it may take a while! Looking forward to hearing from you.

  128. Myka

    Hi again!

    What exactly happened to the third Universal Key? I know the book says it is lost, but does this mean no one knows where it is, or does it mean it has been destroyed? How did it come to be “lost”?

    Good luck on the downloadable mini-story. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Angie Sage

      It just got lost. Like things do. But we may find it again one day, you never know.
      And thank you!

  129. jenna

    hi angie i just wanted to say im a big fan and i love your books i am on my second time reading them and i started 3 weeks ago and im over half way done the second last book!!!

    • Angie Sage

      That’s great! I hope you’ve found some new things second time around. I still re-read them sometimes to remember what is in each book …

  130. Antigoni

    Hello Angie,
    i am a reader of Septimus Heap books from Greece.I ‘ve read the three first books in Greek last summer and I loved them! I want to read the fourth but it isn’t translated in Greek yet. Do you maybe know when it will be?

    Waiting for Queste and your answer,
    Antigoni (ฮ‘ฮฝฯ„ฮนฮณฯŒฮฝฮท, my name written in Greek) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Antigoni,

      well, I’m afraid that there has to be a new publisher for the Greek books as I think something happened to the last one. I am not sure if we have found one yet. I will ask…

  131. Myka

    I’ve just finished reading Darke again, which is why a couple of questions relating to the book, like the one above, may be found in the next day or two ๐Ÿ™‚

    If the Darke dragon was created from the Domaine, which I’m guessing it was, would it be able to go outside the Castle, as the Domaine is not able to?



    • Angie Sage

      Hi Myka,

      yes the Darke dragon was created from the Darke Domaine. It weakened as soon as it went outside the Domaine – this is why Sep and Spit Fyre lured it out. And the, of course, it died.

  132. Hannah Sandham

    Hey Angie
    I was meant to write this a few weeks ago but forgot.
    I finished my AS level exams at the end of May, which was a relief as I had been suffering from a bad cold and got ear infection and had to get a doctors note. But after I finished my exams, I read the rest of the Septimus Heap series from Queste to Darke, can I just say, I loved Darke. It was well… Darke. Which I found brilliant and you can tell they’re getting older as the characters are no longer able to do as they please, especially Jenna and she understands because of the book she recieved on her birthday. Anyway, on the 9th June I went around Bath Spa University and I really like it there and I want to do creative writing and history at University as I have always wanted to write medieval fantasy novels ๐Ÿ™‚ I was wondering, I know a few years ago you went to Bath Lit Festival, would you go again in a few years time? I really wanted to go when you were last there because my grandparents live only 15 minutes from Bath, but my other grandparents had made plans with us so I couldn’t go and I was really dissapointed. Would you come up to Northamptonshire at all? As I live in a town called Towcester non the area ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have also been thinking about the film for Magyk and who would be good for different parts and I concluded that I’d quite like relatively unknown people to play Jenna and Sep etc so no one associates their previous roles with them and they make the character their own. Like Emma, Dan and Rupert for Harry Potter, no one knew them before and now no one can imagine the role with anyone else.
    I’m kinda rambling, sorry ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hannah x

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hannah,
      Congrats on finishing your AS exams, I bet you are relieved. I still remember A levels all those years ago.
      Bath Spa is a good Uni, and creative writing & History sound like a fantastic combination too. Soooo interesting.
      I won’t be at the Bath Lit Fest this year as there is no new Septimus publication & you have to have a new book out for them to ask you. They are lovely at the Bath Fest and I am hoping they will ask me back next year when Fyre is out. Bit I will be at Cheltenham in October and also Edinburgh 26 august too, although neither is exactly near Towcester.
      We are also hoping to do an few Christmas events for fans but nothing is definite yet. Will post them all on the blog here…
      I do agree about unknown actors for the parts in the film. But at the moment I am not sure when this is going to happen. Although it is best that they take their time over it and get it right.
      Good luck with you writing and your application to Bath Spa! The church bells have just started ringing here. They are LOUD…

  133. Myka

    Hi again.

    When you started Darke with “it was a Darke and stormy night,” was it an homage to a book using the same beginning? I immediately thought of A Wrinkle in Time, but several other books, even some published before that one, have begun this way.

    I actually, because of that beginning, assumed when it was posted on this blog it was someone posting a rather good fanfiction, and it wasn’t the real thing. I unfortunately didn’t stop reading in time, and spent the couple of months between then and Darke’s publication very worried about Alther. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Posting that was a great way to build suspense, though ๐Ÿ™‚ I accidentally knocked over two students as I ran down my school’s main corridor on my way to the door, I was so excited to get to the bookstore! ๐Ÿ˜€ haha


    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      I have always wanted to begin a book that way! The one I remember is the Janet and Allan Ahlberg book that I used to read to my daughters – I think that was its title and first line. The first time the line was used was in a Victorian melodrama and since then, as you say, lots of others have used it. Too good not to borrow!
      I am sorry you had to spend so much time being worried about Alther…

  134. Linn

    Iยดm from sweden and I just must say that I adore the books about Septimus Heap, they made my year! I love the way you put in some jocularity in the story!
    I have only got one question. In the new book, Fyre, will the illustrations be new or will they be the same as in the other books?? ๐Ÿ˜€

    From a swedish reader!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Linn,
      I’m so glad you like to humour in Septimus. It is one of the things that I really enjoy when it works out.
      The illustrations for Fyre will be a mix of old and new, but all by the brilliant Mark Zug of course. There are some lovely new ones and nearer the publication time we will post them one by one.

  135. Eva

    I was curious on when, approximately, Fyre will be out on bookshelves? I can’t wait until it comes out!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi eva,

      I think it is Feb 2013. I can’t wait either!

  136. Hi,
    How many rough drafts have you made with Fyre so far? Are you enjoying the journey of writing it?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Madi,

      Fyre is all written and finished! I am going through the copy edit now which just fixes a few glitches. Its been, shall we say, an interesting journey – not easy at times but I always knew the last book would be a tough one! But I am really pleased with it.

  137. Sarah

    Hi Angie,

    In Magyk during the Apprentice Supper, Marcia says that it is traditional for an apprentice to ask the wizard for something, leading Boy 412 to ask to find his family. It made me wonder – what did Marcia ask for during her Apprentice Supper?
    I know that names come to you without planning, so is it just another interesting Septimus coincidence that, along with their many other similarities, Marcia’s name and Marcellus’ name both mean brave?


    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sarah,
      Marcia asked Alther to help her get a message to her father, which he did.
      It is a co-incidence (as far as I know) about Marcellus and Marcia having the same meaning. But I suspect that is because the names are a male and female version of the same name. which is spooky.

  138. Hi Angie
    I am just enquiring on why some of the Septimus Heap cards have the same number on them. The one which had the same number on them are from the disc that comes with Queste do you know why?
    23 = Lucy Gringe
    23 = The Boggart

    Thanks for reading!

    • Angie Sage

      Well, I don’t know why that would be. But I am guessing that it is because two different people did the disc and the website ones. Or some Magyk has been messing with the numbers….

  139. Mags

    Hi, Mags here. ^^

    First of all, I would like to say I am a huge fan of Septimus and his motley friends and family; Marcia most of all. You’re a GREAT writer and I look forward to reading Fyre and well, anymore of your work! Er anyway, here are a few questions I would like to ask. (Sorry for the rambling… I have the tendency to do so… Just as I’m doing now. Lol)

    1.) I’ve always wondered this after reading about the Heaps’ life, but is their last name a pun to their ‘heap’ of kids and their ‘heaps’ of items as they were described so in their apartment in the Ramblings?

    2.) As you know Marcia probably the best of us all, how would YOU say that Septimus coming into her life has affected her?

    3.) Are you planning to expand more on different aspects of Sep’s world later on such as Marcia’s childhood/teenagedom, different queens and princesses, Marcellus, etc?

    Before I send this off, I would like to say thank-you for writing this series. It contributed to my love for reading and perhaps even some of the happiness of my childhood! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Mags,

      really glad you like Sep so much and thank you for your lovely comments.
      1. Heap is a play on the heaps of mess, but it was not deliberate at the time. It was only a few chapters into Magyk when I realised that that was probably where the name really came from.
      2. This sounds corny, but I think Marcia is a better person for Sep coming into her life. She has allowed herself to get close to someone, she has had to learn to be more patient, to tolerate a large and messy dragon and all kinds of things that have disrupted her previously rather ordered existence. She has become less focussed on work as a reason for living. Basically, Marcia has become more human!
      3. I do have plans … there are lots of different things to do with the Septimus world I would like to explore. A lot depends on the trilogy and if my publishers take that. The Marcia thing I would probably publish myself as Sales are not keen on it. But I think a lot of fans would be. And I would like to write it too. So keep an eye on this space for news.

  140. Milly

    Hi Angie!!
    I was reading through the other questions and someone said Beetle had died… I don’t remember reading that! When was it?
    Also, do you know when Fyre is coming out? I can’t wait to read it, I’m a massive fan of your books ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m writing my own book at the moment, and I’d really like to get it published ๐Ÿ™‚
    Milly ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Milly,

      Beetle is NOT DEAD! No, no no. He is very much alive. I think it may have been a reference to his time when he was sealed in the Hermetic Chamber and it was a close call.
      I think Fyre is coming out next February. i am sorry it is such a long wait. There will be a short estory, The Darke Toad to read before then.
      And good luck with your own writing too!

  141. Myka

    Why do hamsters seem to make regular appearances in your books and on Stanley’s Twitter? Their appearances are never good for them, though, with carrying around bits of dead hamster being a trend and no hamsters being allowed into the Wizard Tower, for example. What is the reason for this?

    Hamsters are a very funny and random topic to write about, though. My latest Spanish essay was one in which I had to write about a quinceanera, and I had a horde of rogue hamsters crash the party and eat the cake ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Angie Sage

      I am totally unfair to hamsters, I do realise that. But we have a feud that goes back a long way, ever since one bit my finger and would NOT LET GO.
      Crashing a party and eating the cake is just the kind of thing they would do…

  142. Riley

    Hey Angie,

    So uh…..Can you give us an ETA of Fyre in the US?

    • Angie Sage

      I think it is feb 2013. You will always get it first as my main publisher, HarperCollins, is based in the US. But it will also come out at the same time in the UK.

  143. Lachlan Johns

    Hi Angie,
    Thanks for answering my other questions. Since the time I last posted I have almost finished Darke and I can’t wait for Fyre.
    Now for my questions,
    1. will Wolf boy ever meet Matt and Marcus?
    2. I think Mandy Wolf Boy just sticks to being called Wolf Boy.
    please answer, Lachlan.

    • Angie Sage


      well, yes he will although we don’t actually get to see that. And he decides to call himself Marwick. It’s a nice name…

  144. Daisy

    Was Queen Cerys always a nice person or did she have a bad side too? Will we ever learn more about her life in the books?

    • Angie Sage

      You will find out about Cerys in Fyre. She is a tricky person, I was surprised to find.

  145. Daisy

    Did Cerys take Milo from Marcia ever? Did she know that Marcia liked Milo?

    • Angie Sage

      She didn’t actually take Milo, but she kind of psyched Marcia out. Marcia retreated and Milo thought Marcia wasn’t interested.

  146. Phoenix

    I was just wondering, does the 7th son of a 7th son thing work with a 7th daughter of a 7th daughter? Or is that strictly for the boys. And do you think that the new uk covers will ever come out in the us? Because I really like them.

    Thank You for your time!

    • Angie Sage

      It does work for girls too, although I did take my idea from legends that only mention boys. But this is clearly not fair.
      I think there may possibly be a new look when all the books have been published. But I am only guessing here, nothing has been fixed up yet. But they are good and do give a new lease of life to the books as they attract different readers.

  147. Maya

    Hi Angie!

    First of all, I absolutely love the sepheap series. Second, I’m really sorry if I repeat a question thats already been asked, I tried to read thru all the comments to make sure I didn’t repeat but my eyes hurt ๐Ÿ™‚


    1) will the Jenna and beetle thing be continued in Fyre? (please please please yes)

    2) if you were a ghost, and couldn’t eat like alther, what food would you miss most?

    3) where do u get all the cool names like snorri, ullr, and alther?

    4) is Marcia pronounced like “marsha” or “marsia”? I always read it like Marsha.

    Thanks sooo much for ur time, and good luck with Fyre and the movie!!!

    -maya ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Maya,

      yes, scrolling down makes my eyes hurt too….
      1. Yes, more in Fyre.
      2. I think I would miss feeling hungry and eating steak and chips. Or cottage pie.
      3. I dunno, as Beetle would say. Well, I don;t know where alther came from at all. But Snorri is the name of an old norse writer who wrote a great saga. And Ullr is a norse word for hunter.
      4. Marsia. But that is because I am English. I know in the US people say Marsha.
      And thank you!

  148. Myka

    Hi, Angie!

    Has Silas ever been to the House of Foryx? His description of the Doorkeeper was very accurate, but then again he didn’t really seem to believe that Nicko was in another Time. I’ve guessed it was sort of a family story – one passed down from generation to generation, starting with Demelza Heap telling the tale. I have no idea if my theory’s right, though.

    Is the fourteenth birthday more about how many years it has been since the person was born, or how many years they have aged? Sep wasn’t really exactly fourteen on his fourteenth birthday, because he had lived for about six months in the Time five hundred years before. Jenna was also slightly older than she should have been on her birthday, but does that make their birthdays any less Magykal?


    • Angie Sage

      Hi Myka,

      Silas hasn’t been to the HofF but you are right, it is a story that has been passed down through the Heap family from Demelza Heap.
      The 14th birthday is just 14 years after they were born. Not how much time they have lived, as that does begin to vary! Birthdays are always Magykal. And weirdly, you wrote this on my birthday. Spooky.

  149. Issa__Goel

    Hi Angie!

    First of all congrats on Ask Angie 5 and I have a couple of questions for you. Hope you don’t mind or get tired of answering!

    1. Is there going to be a book when Septimus reaches the end of his Apprenticeship?
    2. Will Jenna ever learn to care about her kingdom and meet her mother’s ghost?
    3. Will Lucy and Simon get married with their families being actually happy?
    4. Did Wolf Boy pass his task and become the INTENDED Keeper?
    You don’t have to answer if these will be spoilers but really hope you answer!

    • Angie Sage

      Thank you! And I don’t mind at all.
      1. I don’t think there will be a book with my usual publisher as we are talking about doing something a little after that, timewise. But it doesn’t mean there will never be one. We shall have to see how things go.
      And the other questions – well they are answered in Fyre. and yes, Wolf Boy did pass his task. he got the tentacle and that was the important thing.

  150. Issa__Goel

    Sorry I just remembered my last question

    Do Marcia and Marcellus ever stop fighting about whose Apprentice Septimus is? And I noticed something Marcia and Marcellus have similar names like they were related or something is that a co-incidence or deliberately done? Sorry about my bad grammar I know I’ve used something wrong but I don’t know what! Thanks Angie for putting this blog so we readers can express our thoughts!

    • Angie Sage

      I suspect they will never entirely stop, although they do come to a kind of agreement eventually. They do have similar names and it is not a deliberate thing. It just happened. I suppose because really they are very like each other in so many ways.
      I can;t see anything wrong at all with your grammar! It all looks very good to me…

  151. Little Lotte

    Hey Angie! I couldn’t help but notice :earlier,you said Merrin had grey eyes,but in Queste,when he comes to the Manuscriptorium to get the scribe’s job it says he has black eyes flecked with green.What’s the true color?And,also,if Merrin had a girlfriend,what would she be like?

    • Angie Sage

      Ah well, I got that wrong. If it says that in Queste then that’s how it is. But I do think that early on in his life his eyes were grey.
      I can’t quite imagine Merrin’s girlfriend… not fussy is how I would describe her at the moment. But maybe he will be better boyfriend material one day. Who knows.

  152. Jo

    Hi Ms. Sage

    Okay I have a few Questions

    1. I’m from Australia and soon I’m coming over to England for a holiday. Is there by an chance that you are doing any book signings from about the 22nd of July till about 3 of August? If there is a chance I would love to be there and meet you in person, so I thought I would find out. I had a look but I couldn’t find anything ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    2. Do you ever get sick of Septimus? Is there a point where just just have to say no more for a few day and do something else?

    3. What books do you read (if you have any time spare?)? Do these inspire you?

    4. Do any snippetts of real life end up in the books, like names or familiar places?

    5. And last question, do you ever get so wrapped up in the Septimus world that when you eventually come out, life seem really boring? I find that I do that all the time, movies, books, games (sad I know…) you name it, if it has a good plot I’ll find that life is really boring when i come back to relality.

    Thanks and I hope that Fyre is going weel and we will be able to get lost in that world soon as well ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jo,

      well, you are almost on your way to England. I hope you have a great trip!
      1. I am afraid I am not doing any signings then. I am doing a few school events next week and then that is it for a while as I have to catch up with writing. But maybe I will get to come back to Australia soon. Where in England will you be?
      2. Like all work stuff i do sometimes need to take a break. But I haven’t got tired of Septimus & co yet. There are still so many new surprises.
      3. I read lots of books if I have the time. They do inspire me in that they make me want to write better. And different things too, sometimes. I am looking forward to reading the new Hilary Mantel book when I take some time off in august. Hooray!
      4. I don’t think any people from life and up in Septimus, (but then, in a way, everything does, if you see what I mean). There are a few things, like the jewelery that jenna liked. And the boats, Muriel and Annie. And the Islands…
      5. Because I know too much about Septimus it doesn’t make other things seem boring, but I know what you mean. If I have been reading a really good, atmospheric book it can be really hard to leave it and get back to reality.
      Fyre is going well thanks. I shall be sending the copy edit back tomorrow. Have a great time over here, I hope the weather improves for you…

  153. RomillyBadgerGal

    wotcha Angie,

    The first tme I read your wonderful septimus heap books i enjoyed them so much i couldn’t stop talking about them. In fact i spoke about them so much that my 73 year old grandma, who is a retired english teacher, borrowed Magyk and had finished it in 1 day.

    That was over a year ago and I have now read all the books published to date, The Magykal Papers included.

    I tried to speak to my friends about SH but no-one sees the characters like I do, so when I found this website I was like, PEOPLE WHO LIKE THE SAME THINGS AS ME!!!!!!! I’M NOT MAD!!!! well, mabye just a little bit.;D

    So, I was wondering, because Marcellus was the son of Queen Etheldredda, who is an ancestor of jenna’s does that make Jenna related to Marcellus?? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Your Biggest Fan,

    Meeee!!!!! (and my grandma) =D

    PS will Beetle and Jenna go out together in Fyre or a seperate series? Cuz that would be really cool.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Romilly Badger,

      That’s a lovely story, I am really pleased your grandma thought Magyk was ok!
      Septimus is an exclusive club and welcome! there are lots of people here that do feel the same as you. I don’t think many of them are particularly mad. Not really…
      Yes, Jenna is marcellus’s great great (and then some) niece).
      You will have to wait and see about Jenna and Beetle. There will be more, though.

  154. Drimali

    Bonjour Angie !

    First of all, I wanted to thank you to be here for all your fans. I’m always so glad when I see you answered my questions, and I’m sure other people feel the same !
    No many questions in my message, just, in this moment, I am re-reading Magyk, and I was wondering, is Miranda Bott Bertie’s grand daughter ?
    And, another thing. As we all know that Marcia is a little touchy about her age, does she like when people wish her happy birthday ? And I guess hers was a few days ago. So, please, if she do like, can you wish her “Joyeux Anniversaire” a-few-days-late from me ? And… If she don’t like it, can you please wish her all the same ? But in this case, I hope you can run fast enough.
    And obviously, I wish a Joyeux Anniversaire 3-day-late to you as well ! I hope this year will be full of happiness for you.
    And I hope you’re fine today (today is the day when you will read this message, in about a month I guess. So sorry for the late for your birthday).


    • Angie Sage

      Bonjour Drimali,

      Thank you! I do love hearing from everyone too.
      I shall be very brave and wish Marcia Joyeux Anniversaire from you. And then, as you suggest, run very fast. And thank you for your birthday wishes too – not really late at all. Well, only 2 days and who is counting.
      Miranda Bott is from the Bott Cloaks family. Bertie Bott is, I think, her uncle. There are a lot of Botts and they all deal in cloaks. It can be confusing sometimes.

  155. Cass

    Hi Angie!

    I love your series! I do a marathon every now and again and never get bored of it ๐Ÿ™‚

    So, on with the questions:

    Since the Questing Pot has had all of the stones picked, does that mean there will never be another draw at the end of an apprenticeship? It’s kind of sad that as soon as someone manages to complete the Queste, all of the stones have been picked! Will they perhaps still allow 20 more?

    Also, if Syrah ever wakes up, will she look for the ghost of Julius Pike? Or would he be so ancient that he’s no longer the same person?

    Thank you!

    • Cass

      Oops, a couple more questions that I forgot about.

      Once Sep has finished his apprenticeship to Marcia, will he go back and finish his apprenticeship to Marcellus?? It sounds like he is still really interested in Physik and Alchemy (although Marcia clearly doesn’t feel the same way…).

      Will Simon be let back into the castle any time soon?? And I can’t wait for Simon and Lucy’s wedding!

      Thank you (again!)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Cass,

      No more Questes! All the stones have gone and I don’t think anyone wants to go on one, even though I guess it would no longer be dangerous.
      And your other questions … well, the answers are all in Fyre so i won’t spoil it for you. But Julius just looks as he did when he was EOW, he has kept very quiet as a ghost and so not faded much at all. Sep is interested in Physik, you are right, but there comes a time when everyone has to make a choice…

  156. Adam Milburn

    Hi Angie! I have some questions, along with a couple that got passed over in AA4. It would be great if you could answer them!

    1. Will you do a tour in Canada for Fyre? I love Septimus Heap, and I finished Darke in 6 hours! I would love to get a chance to meat you!

    2. Are there other covens besides the Port Witch Coven? ( The Land of the Long Nights With Coven:))

    3. In The Magykal Papers, The Egg-On-Toast Restaurant guide says that Wizard Sand witches has no menu, but in Darke Beetle grabs two for him and Jenna.

    4. Can ghosts do Magyk? In Magyk, it says that Alther uses all his ghostly magyk to keep Marcia alive, and in Syren Beetle thinks that Syrah is just a ghost who fooled sep with magyk. Can ghosts really do spells, etc?

    5. I was rereading Darke, and a thought ocured to me. Say you were incased in a solid cube of steel. In all the cases, I read about the Darke Domaine seeping through cracks,etc. Could a Darke Domaine enter an airtight room?

    6. I was thinking about ghosthood. Say you were on a boat your ENTIRE life. As a ghost you could only be on that boat, right? If the boat sinks you’ll be returned. Got that. But eventually the boat will sink or be scrapped. What would happen to the ghost? Where would it be returned to?

    7. I saw on a post a while ago that you said that reagents don’t cut it in the castle. But Marcellus said he was reagent while Esmerelda was staying with Broda Pye.

    8. I Just realized that Draggen Island ( I think that’s how its spelled) is very close to “Dragon” Island. Was this done on purpose?

    Thanks so much for your time!


    • Adam Milburn

      I have just two more questions.

      1. How did Simon know how to start The Great Undoing when no one else did?

      Thanks so much for your time Angie!


      • Angie Sage

        Hello Adam,

        Simon had spent many cold scary nights at the Observatory reading the Darke Index. So he knew all about how to make it work. Marcia did not really know her way around the book at all as it was new to her.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Adam,
      1. I am not sure that I will be doing a tour in Canada, it is down to my publisher. But it would be great to come to a few bookstores over there. we will have to see.
      2. There are Covens everywhere. And yes there is one in the little harbour village where Snorri now lives. And they are not very nice.
      3. At the time the guide was written there was no menu. But by the time Beetle and jenna went everyone there was so sick of telling people over and over what there was to eat that they had given in and written one. But the original owner is very disapproving about it, all the same.
      4. Yes, they can do Magyk but it tends to be much less specific. Actual Spells are difficult, but more general stuff like illusions and, as Alther did, lending energy to things are quite easy for ghosts, especially EOW ghosts.
      5. No, it couldn’t. But then neither could you stay for long in the room without suffocating. That was why Beetle Sealed himself into the Hermetic Chamber.
      6. The ghost would sink with the boat. and then it would stay with the boat on the sea bed. Not a great end for a ghost really.
      7. Yes, Marcellus was regent for Esmeralda, but not for long. And it worked because Marcellus kept it pretty secret & everyone pretended that Esmeralda was ok (and she was in short bursts). But Marcellus did all the day to day stuff.
      8. yes, it was! Well spotted…

  157. Ella

    In the third book when Marcia sais: ‘A little belief in something always helps’, has that something to do with her past (that her parents didn’t want her to study magyk, but she did it anyways)?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ella,

      I think it is more that Marcia really does believe that. It certainly helps her with Magyk. But maybe you are right, and she needed that drive once upon a time.

  158. Angel7

    Hey Angie!
    I love your books! I live in California and was wondering where i could get the septimus heap books in uk english. Do they sell them in stores at the us or do i have to get them from the internet or something. And does sep ever fall in love?
    If you could please answer i would really appreciate it.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Angel7

      I suspect you will have to get them online. UK Amazon has them. The British publisher is Bloomsbury, so that is a good way of knowing what you are buying.
      And yes, Sep will fall in love. But not yet.

  159. Issa_Goel

    I had posted a bunch of questions but they just disappeared so I was saying…
    1. Will Spit Fyre be ok? I mean will he go back to Billy Pot’s place?
    2. Did Wolf Boy pass his test and become the Intended Keeper?
    3. In Magyk it say 409,410, and 411 are the triplets but if Marcus and Matthew Marwick escaped then why’d they leave 409 aka Wolf Boy aka Mandy?
    4. Will Hotep-Ra and Talmar make an appearance?
    5. I’ve heard everyone talking about the trilogy but what is it? I’m new to Septimus like I started two weeks ago and I’m already done the series except Flyte which I can’t get a hold of so I was hoping if you could tell me about the trilogy about to take place on Sep?
    6. Will Septimus reach the end of his Apprenticeship or become the EOW because I was hoping it would show that in the last book or maybe an epilogue?
    7. First sorry about all the questions but does Wolf Boy aka Mandy aka 409 get reunited with his family?
    8. Last question I promise! It seemed like Wolf Boy kinda liked Jenna so is the romance bit going to go there? And about the ebook my mom doesn’t approve of buying books because she feels you can get it from the library for free so do you think you can get it able to be free downloaded on a computer/iPod/ iPad? I’d really appreciate it!

    • Angie Sage

      1. Spit Fyre is fine and is back with Billy Pot
      2. Yes, Wolf Boy passed. All he had to do was get the tentacle. And there was a bit stuck to the pouch he put it in so that was all fine.
      3. They didn’t escape. The triplets were split up and never knew each other. But the other two boys were stationed in the badlands, in a different wurm burrows.
      4 & 7 … wait until Fyre!
      5. Wow – that’s fast reading. Welcome to Septimus! Fyre will be out early next year and I still have to sign the contract for the Trilogy – and do the proposal. I hope my publisher will take it and then there will be one book a year.
      6. We get to know what happens to Sep in Fyre.
      8. I think Jenna and Beetle is probably a better bet…
      The ebook is very short and will not be expensive. It will also go in the new copies of Magyk in the USA, so maybe you could track it down in a library?

  160. Ben

    I don’t have any questions. I just wanted to say hi to my favorite author. ๐Ÿ™‚

  161. Sarya McRoy

    Hello Angie,

    I have a question that really has been bugging me for some reason. Okay, so I was originally thinking that Septimus Heap took place in midevil times, ( because of the castles and princesses and wizard stuff going on ) but no buddy talks midevil-like, ( I think it seems like modern English ) except the people from 500 years ( I think ) before Septimus’ time, so that got me thinking, is Septimus’ world in the past or the present? Or somewhere in between? Perhaps even the future?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sarya,

      Well, you will find out the date in Fyre…

  162. Ethan

    Dear Ms. Sage,
    Will you be writing any other books after you are finished with the septimus heap series?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ethan,

      I am hoping to write a trilogy that takes us 7 years on in the Sep Heap world. We will meet new characters and begin in a place we went to in Syren.

  163. Hi Angie!
    I’m from Sweden and i loooove your books!
    I just wonder: Is Fyre out yet? Is there a follower after Darke?
    Because some says that you’ve only written 2 chapters!
    Love from Sweden
    Ps. How old is heaps dog Maxie? He must be 14 or something. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Angie Sage

      Fyre is the book after Darke and I have finished writing it. But it isn’t out yet, we are still working on it. Mark Zug is doing the final illustrations and I am just about to send off the copy edit. It will be out very early next year.
      More about Maxie below…

  164. Millie

    Hello Angie!

    If you pick people to play Silas Heap, Marcia, Zelda, and DomDaniel in the film, who would you pick and why? I know they might not make a film (and really, if they were going to mess it up, it would be better if they didn’t make it. Your books would always be better anyway, even if it was a good film). But I was just curious. Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Millie,

      I do agree with what you say – very much so. Although I think a good film can be as good as a book, but they need to be subtle as well as exciting. And reflect the book so that readers do actually recognise it as the world they love.
      The only character I have an idea for is Marcia. I think Emily Blunt would be just wonderful!

  165. Hello Angie!
    I’m from Sweden so my english might not be very good.
    I have a few questions to you!
    1. How old is Heaps dog Maxie? He have to be like 14 or something? And are you allowed to call him Maxie or do you have to say Maximilian?
    2. In Physik Sarah says to Septimus that Beetle’s mom is going to get his dad?! But isn’t he dead???
    3. In one of the first comments (on aa5) someone wrote that “It wasn’t very tactful to run away after Beetle had just died”?! But Beetle hasn’t died, right???

    I loooove your books!
    Hugs from Sweden

    • Angie Sage

      Hello lovenickoheap,

      Your English is great!
      1. Maxie , I am sorry to say, is no more. He was an old dog and died by the fire in the room in the Ramblings. Everyone called him Maxie.
      2. This is an error that I meant to pick up in the edit and must have forgotten about. It is corrected in later books. But it maybe that Beetle’s mum was just so upset she thought his dad was still alive. Things like that do happen.
      3. No, Beetle hadn’t died. Although he very nearly did.

  166. I forgot one question!
    4. Is Sally Mullins Barley Cake sweet or is it like a bread? D you have recipes on food in the book???

    • Angie Sage

      Barley Cake is sweet and heavy, a bit like a flapjack only much thicker.
      You can find a recipe for sauteed frogs in the Magykal Papers…

  167. Sophie

    Hello again!
    I’m back with more questions.
    On what date will we be able to purchase the Darke Toad? I’ve been waiting for Fyre since I finished Darke, and I’m so excited that to fill the wait there will be something in between! Also, was it interesting to go back and write about when Sep and Jenna were younger again, since it takes place in between Magyk and Flyte? And will Beetle be in the Darke Toad, because he didn’t really play a major part until later in the series?
    I’ve noticed that people have been trying to thing of names to call Septimus Heap fans, and I have a few ideas. We could call ourselves Heap Hearts or Mageeks, because of the way Magyk is spelled.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Sophie,

      I am still writing the Darke Toad. It is due to be finished by August first. Then it will have to go into editing. I am not sure when it is due for release. I did hope for Halloween…
      I did wonder what it would be like to suddenly be back writing about Sep when he was younger but it was fine – suddenly I was back there. Weird. Unfortunately Beetle won’t be in it as it takes place at the Port and Beetle is working back at the Castle. Also it does spoil the moment when we first meet Beetle in Flyte is he goes in the Darke Toad, which will be put into the end of Magyk in the USA editions.
      Yes, those two names are good, but it’s not easy, is it? Maybe Magykers?

  168. Parker

    Hello! One of you BIGGEST FANS here! And of course, I’ve got a few questions.

    #1. What advice would you give to writing a book?
    #2. Why are the book covers changing?!
    #3. (I’m not sure if this goes against the rules.) How many books will there be in the

    – Yours truly,

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Parker,
      1. My big tip is love your characters and walk through everything they do with them. See it all through their eyes. and read it out aloud, it really helps.
      2. They are changing here in the UK only at the moment. And only for the paperbacks. Its to get a new WOW on the shelves. People get used to old, familiar things and stop noticing them. So we hope to get lots of new readers.
      3. There will be 7! So Fyre is the last one. And then I want to write a trilogy that takes us forward 7 years and where we meet some new people.

  169. Ok, i have one more question ๐Ÿ˜€
    What happened to Snorri’s boat Alfrun (spelling)?? In the “Things you might want to know” (in Swedish) it says that Jenna is going to get it but then it disappeared?!
    Sorry for my bad english!

    • Angie Sage


      You can find out in Darke. Snorri and her mother went home in it, but first Snorri had to find it – it had been stolen from Quarantine dock, which was why Jenna couldn’t find it anywhere.

      Your English is very good indeed!

  170. Madelynne

    Hey Angie,

    Hope you’re having a great summer. It’s freezing here, though probably not on your standards… Anyways, on to the questions ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do you use meanings in some of your names because I noticed when looking for meanings of names on the internet (I get bored) that some of them seem to match up, which would be kinda scary if you didn’t mean to. Apart for Septimus of course, there is Marcia, which means ‘brave’, Silas, which means ‘man of the forrest’ and Hugo, from the name Hugh, meaning ‘bright in mind and spirit’. There were some others but those were the best. On the other hand, there was also Boris, which means ‘warrior’ and Linda, which means ‘pretty one’. A bit interesting…

    Seven is a magykal number right? so are there any other special numbers? Like a Darke number?

    Can Marcia sing? Or Septimus? Or Jenna? Oh and what’s their favourite food? What’s your favourite food?

    Oh, and will you come to Australia cause that would be really awesome ๐Ÿ˜€

    Can’t wait for Fyre!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Madelynne,
      It’s freezing here too – and pouring with rain. Probably as cold as your winter…
      You know, it is spooky as I don’t use name meanings. But there have been a few odd things like that with the whole series. Only a few months ago I found out that the alchemical symbol for fire is a pyramid (of course … pyre), and when you read Fyre you will understand why this is weird. But I think subconsciously we know a lot of things like thing. As Carl Jung once said.
      I do play around with 7 a lot as yes, it was considered to be a magic number. But 13 does sometimes crop up too. For Darke stuff of course.
      Marcia can sing but doesn’t. Jenna can too. Sep won’t.
      They like eating good home Castle cooking – as do I!

  171. Fanny

    Hello Angie!
    I have read some comments about Sep and Jenna getting together, but wouldn’t that be a bit weird? Because they are practically brother and sister…
    Also, will you ever come to Sweden?

    Thanks for answer

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Fanny,

      yes, I think it might. They do see each other in that way even though they are not. They do, after all, share the same parents.
      I hope I might come to Sweden some time. I did come to the Goteburg Book Fair a few years back and it was great! Maybe they will ask again.

  172. Jamie

    It seems to me that Septimus and Jenna have a relationship more. They are always getting into trouble together. Also Jenna is Navigator when they are on Spit Fyre. Is it possible since they are not biological brother and sister that this will happen

    • Angie Sage

      Yes, Jen and Sep are very close and have actually become more like brother and sister. They are not related biologically but there is something about sharing the same parents that seems to switch off any thoughts of a relationship.

  173. Issa__Goel

    Hey Angie!
    I just wanted to tell you that my mom and you share the same name! How cool is that?

  174. Hannah

    Hey Angie,
    I have a question you might not know. I know you have basically no connection with the movie, but do you know what rating it will be? Like, for example, rated G, PG, PG13, or R? Thanks so much, I just want to know what the rating will be, because that will affect whether or not my mom will let me watch it.

    -Hannah as your BIGGEST FAN EVER!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Hannah,

      We won’t know that until it has been made. But I am sure they would want it to be seen by as many people as possible. But you may not need your mum’s permission by the time it comes out ….

  175. drew

    Hi Angie!
    I have three questions about the new books (The cover for Fyre is phenomenal!)
    1. Will Darke Toad have a different cover, or will it just stay like that since its an eBook?
    2. When will the Browse Inside for Fyre be out?
    3. Will Darke Toad have a Browse inside? If so, when will that be out?

    • Hi Drew,

      I know the answers to this questions, so here we go:
      1. The Darke Toad is indeed going to have a new cover. The black one is just a placeholder.
      2. The Browse Inside for FYRE will be available the day FYRE is published.
      3. The HarperCollins e-books does not have a Browse Inside, sorry.

    • Angie Sage

      And Mark Zug is drawing the Darke Toad itself to go on the cover. You will also be able to find a paper edition of the Darke Toad at the back of the new US Magyks which are coming out just before Fyre.

  176. Antigoni

    Hi Angie,
    I’m back with two new questions, but I’m not sure if the first one goes against the rules.

    #1 Do you know where the Septimus Heap movie is going to be filmed?
    #2 Where did you get inspiration from to write the Septimus Heap books?

    Thank you for your time,

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Antigoni,
      1. No I am afraid I don’t. But they haven’t got near to that yet…
      2. Septimus is a story I have always wanted to tell. I think I get ideas from all over the place, it is hard to say where, particularly. But there are so many wonderful books I have read that have made me want to write something myself.

  177. Eleonora

    Hi Angie ! I have a question : why are the Dragon Boat and SpitFyre so different , even though both are dragons ? I mean , SpitFyre is always eating and leaving messes everywhere and the Dragon Boat is not .

    • Angie Sage

      It’s age. Spit Fyre is still like a young puppy even though he is fully grown. The Dragon Boat is an old lady now, dignified and elegant.

  178. Hello Angie (best author of all time)
    will there be an epilogue at the end of book 7 saying what happens to everyone afterwards like who ends up with who and such?
    Ps: do you think it would be hard to get the role of Jenna? :):):):):):):):):):):):):)::):):):):) I started reading septimus heap because of my cousins and got my friends Jackson, Victoria, Sydney, and Skylar interested in the series and Victoria started a week ago and loves it so much she is all ready up to the 5th
    From you biggest biggest hugest hugest giganticest fan in the galaxy
    ME!! KAtelyn

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Katelyn,

      I am writing a few endings right now, but most big questions will be answered in the first book of the trilogy when we return to the Castle 7 years later.
      I don’t know how Warners are going to cast the movie at all. It all seems rather theoretical at the moment, I am sorry to say. So it might be best to kind of put that to one side…
      And big thanks for getting all your friends into Septimus – brilliant!

  179. paperclip123

    Hey Angie,

    If an ExtraOrdinary Wizard marries, are they allowed to let their own children become their apprentice?


    • Angie Sage

      That has never happened as the last thing a parent EOW wants is for their teenager to be arguing with them at work as well as at home. But one or two talented kids of EOWs have travelled to other Wizardy places and done Apprenticeships there.

  180. Eleonora

    One more question : what’s the difference between the red covered book The Magykal Papers and the yellow one ? I bought the yellow one , and if the opther one has extra content , I just wanna know ๐Ÿ™‚

    • There’s no difference – the red one is out in the UK, and the yellow one in the US. But the inside is the same!

  181. Emma

    Hi Angie,
    I haven’t posted for a while and i just thought of a question; now that Jenna is a Witch (sorry if I spoiled it for someone), will her eyes turn blue? I was just wondering because I saw a post which you said that not every Queen has violet eyes so that means that her eyes could/would turn. But I thought I’d ask the expert.
    I’m sorry you have to answer all these questions, I imagine some days it would be fun and somedays it would be just annoying.
    THANKS in advance
    Can’t wait until FYRE comes out and it turns out that thats also my birthday, BEST birthday present, Thanks.
    Okay that’s enough now.
    Love your work

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Emma,

      Jenna is not a proper Witch, she did not go through the whole process with the Coven – just enough to fool a window, which is not much. If she were her eyes would indeed turn blue, but I don’t think jenna has any Witchiness in her, really. She is very much a Princess.

      the questions are mostly fun! And never annoying.

  182. Wotcha angie!!
    now I was thinking, that it would be cool if you did a blog post every week that was the wizard tower password =) what is the password for tomorrow the 7th of july?
    also, I have picked up hints that the movie is not doing anything at the moment, and that you feel downhearted. now, don’t be, because it will come through in the end, septimus heap is to good of a series to pass up the chance for a movie!
    it is so good it has made it into my top 7 things that I like most!!!!
    so, have a fizzfroot, and don’t feel bad. it will happen, and if it isn’t official, I am sure that thousands of fans will make their own, and someones will be amazing.
    (oh, and please write a spin-off book about me, O. beetle beetle)
    thanks angie!

    -O. beetle beetle

    • Angie Sage

      Just in case you need it, the WT PW for tomorrow and the next week is Fishbiscuit.
      And thank you for your lovely words on the movie. I’m not really downhearted, I just feel a little kind of sad for everyone who has been excited for so long with nothing to tell them. But yes, let’s hope that in the end we do get an amazing film!
      Off to get a fizzfroot now…

  183. drew

    Okay, I know I’ve been asking several questions recently, but I still have some questions about Fyre! Can’t wait!

    1. Who/what will be the villain in Fyre?
    2. Will there be some form of tragedy in Fyre?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Drew,

      I don’t want to be too specific but there will be both in Fyre.

  184. SeptimusHeapfan#1

    What happens to the Dragon boat? I’ve already finished the 6th book and it doesn’t mention anything.

    • Angie Sage

      She will be back. But Jenna has been trying to get Aunt Zelda to help do the Revive properly with no success. So the Dragon Boat is where we left her in Physik.

  185. QueenJenna

    Hi angie
    I have few questions:

    1.I read a lot of books and recently (2 years) Iโ€™ve started to write, do you know what can help me?
    2.Does Jenna has a crush on anyone? If yes, may I know who?
    P.S.2. They say that even though Beetle likes her, you may pair her up with Wolfboyโ€ฆsorryโ€ฆMandy.
    3.Are the relationships going to be cleared in Fyre?
    And when I was re-reading Physik I noticed that Sarah said Mrs.Beetle has gone to get Beetleโ€™s father. But isn’t his father dead?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Queen Jenna,
      1. I think reading is the best training for writing. And then just writing what interests you is a good start. But when you are young it is not easy to do a whole novel – and probably not a good idea. So just write whatever you fancy and get used to the great things that words can do.
      2. Well, she didn’t think she did. But maybe she does now … you will find out in Fyre.
      3. There is going to be a little more about relationships but things are not set in stone yet – they are only 14. But you will have a better idea of where things are going in Fyre.
      4. Sarah was confused – and so was poor Mrs Beetle. But it should not have been in there and has been taken out of later editions. I hope. Yes, Beetle’s father is dead.

  186. Jamie

    Hi Angie.

    Love the books and can’t wait for Fyre to come our

    There is something I’d like to know. In queste when they were back in time Jenna went through the queens room to get to the Marram Marshes. When she was there among other things she told the keeper about the dragon boat and what had happened to it. First she said that the 3 way spell needed to be done and Jenna said they’d already done it and then when the keeper showed her the bits needed Jenna saw the formula and said that they hadn’t got that so the keeper says you haven’t done the spell then. She gives the formula to Jenna. My question is after that you hear nothing about the formula or of the dragon boat being healed so where did it go.

    Hope you have an answer

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jamie,

      It does get done soon – I promise! But you are right, I did intend for it to all happen in the next book and then in Queste they went off to the Forest instead and there was no space for the Dragon Boat. And then same thing happened in Syren and Darke. But we will get there in the end. And you will find out why it didn’t happen before. Blame Aunt Zelda…

  187. Jamie

    Hi Angie
    You are a great writer and I knew that in time that your books would be put into a movie. Something I was wondering before it even gets advertised do you get a chance to watch it first and approve or disaprove it. If there are some parts if not the whole thing that you do disapprove with do they put it out anyway. I have always found that quite often the books are always better than the movie because they are more descriptive.

    Hope you can answer this question

    Big reader of your books

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jamie,

      Ah, if only life were that simple. The movie stuff has gone very very quiet recently and I am not sure what is happening anymore. I don’t know if I would get a chance to see it or not, and it doesn’t seem that I get much input really. Certainly not at that level. It’s a funny thing, but the movie world is very separate from the book world, which is odd as we both weave stories and pictures out of nowhere. I think they should be closer, really.

  188. Matthew

    Hello Angie, its us again!
    I cannot wait for Fyre to come out, and I love the cover, it looks great!
    So, onto my questions:
    1) In Darke, when Beetle and Jenna are in the Palace on the way to the attic, Maizie Smalls comes up to them and says: “Oh, hello Princess Jenna. And Beetle. I didn’t expect to bump into you… Not upstairs,” why does Beetle blush?
    2) And, in the Port Witch Coven, what is the real name of the Witch Mother?
    3) From reading the synopsis of Fyre, I saw that Beetle wasn’t particularly mentioned. Does he play an important role in Fyre (I hope he does, as he is my favourite character!)
    4) And finally, seeing as though Fyre will soon be published, when all the books are finished, will you still answer questions on this site (I hope you do)?

    Once again, I can’t wait for Fyre, and I wish you the best luck with the movie
    Your fan,

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Matthew!

      Nice to hear from you!
      1. Well, Beetle was embarrassed because Maizie was implying that Beetle was Jenna’s boyfriend and she did not approve of them being alone together. And Beetle, who would very much have liked to have been Jenna’s boyfriend, felt embarrassed.
      2. She is called Pamela Adelgid.
      3. Do not worry, Beetle is most definitely in Fyre. I love Beetle too.
      4. Yes, I will still answer questions here. And I’ll be writing the 7 years on trilogy by then, too, I hope.
      Thanks for all your good wishes and hope you have a lovely summer!

  189. what ever happened to Petroc Trelawney?

    • Angie Sage

      He wandered off and once a pet rock goes they are very difficult to find again. But you will find out in Fyre.

  190. I have seven letters in my real name K-A-T-E-L-Y-N in book 1 in the extras part you say that 7 is such a magical number does that mean I could be a wizard? oh and i was born on the 21st of a month and 21 is a multiple of 7

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jenna Heap,

      There is only one way of finding out if you could be a Wizard, and that is asking at the Wizard Tower. You sound like a good candidate though. All those sevens…

  191. Encsi

    Hello Angie!
    I’d like to ask when will the fourth book of the series appear at Hungary? There are many fans like me, who are waiting heatedly for the sequel, and like to read the book as soon as possible! I’ve never read better book than this!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Encsi,

      I am so glad you loved the books. Its great to hear that, but sad you can’t get the others in Hungarian. The thing is that some foreign publishers only bought the first three books. The best thing you can do is write to the publisher in Hungary and ask them what is happening and tell them how much you want to read the next books too. That way they might get jogged into signing up for the rest. So write to them and pester!
      Good luck!

  192. Issa__Goel

    Wotcha Angie,
    Quick question

    1.Does the Dragon Boat ever get repaired?
    2.In one of the books it says that Hotep-Ra the 3.Dragon Master really cared for the Boat but why doesn’t Sep as the new Dragon Master?
    4. Will Merrin ever find out that Nursie is his mom?

    • Angie Sage

      Wotcha issa,
      Hotep Ra passed that role onto the Keeper and the Queen. Hotep Ra was in a different position as the Dragon Boat was his own personal Dragon just as Spit Fyre is Septimus’s. So Sep’s role is more of a general overseer of things really. And he hasn’t had much of that to do since the Dragon Boat got shot down by Simon.
      However, there is more of this in Fyre, where your questions 1 and 4 will be answered!

  193. Anna

    Does Jenna ever talk to her real mother?

    • lily

      wotcha angie im totally obsessed with the sep series and im in the middle of darke
      im even more obsessed than those CRAZYhunger games peeta lovers i do all my book reports on this series plz never stop writing them

      I โค sep

    • lily

      hi angie i just found this awsome blog and i was wondering
      if i married a seventh son and then had seven sons would my last son be magykal?
      and if so his name would be septimus


    • Angie Sage

      HI Anna,

      you will find out more in Fyre…

  194. what ever happened to Endor

    • Angie Sage

      She died, unfortunately. When DomDaniel Removed all the WIzards from the WT.

  195. wotcha angie!
    I was wondering if you would think it would be cool if the sep heap movie (if there is one)
    would be filmed in new zeland like the lord of the rings?

    • Angie Sage

      NZ has great scenery, and yes, it would be cool. But from what I saw a while back, it looks to me like they are planning to do the backgrounds and landscape CGI. We will have to wait and see…

  196. wotcha, angie!
    this isn’t a question, but i would like to thank you for all of the answer you have given me and everyone else.
    whenever i get an answer to one of my questions, i feel so happy and think about how cool it is to talk to the creator of one of my favorite things!
    thank you sincerely,
    -O beetle beetle

    • Angie Sage

      wotcha Beetle,

      that’s really lovely. It’s great for me to keep in touch too. I was away last week visiting lots of schools so didn’t check in and I missed everyone!

  197. ChrisHeap21

    Heya, Angie!! Im your biggest fan from NORWAY!! I loooove the series so much! I read the books in Norwegian, though, so my questions may be some wrong spellings in the names. Okay, lets begin!

    1] Are we meeting any new characters in Fyre?

    2] You’r going to let books like The dark toad get translated to other languages than english, right?

    3] Im just wondering, is there any upcoming romance between Marcellus and Marcis? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you so much from an exited 11-year old magykal viking! :3

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Chris Heap,

      your English is great. And you have a really good translator, by the way, who gets in touch with me with questions about things. So he really understands Septimus.
      1. There is a new creature in Fyre (well, lots of them) but as it is the last book and we have so many characters already that need their lives sorting out, there are no new humans! Oh, and a new ghost too.
      2. So far the Darke Toad is just in English (as far as I know) but it would be lovely to have it translated. It is just a short story though, so I am not sure if other publishers will want to translate. I hope they will!
      3. No. Oh no no no.

      I do like the idea of Magykal Vikings!

  198. dancerforlife

    Heya, Angie!
    First of all, I LOVE your books so much! They’re really descriptive and entertaining. Can’t wait for Fyre! Well, here are my questions:

    1. I read somewhere that they’re making a Septimus Heap movie. I know you’re probably tired of this question, but it should have been a
    movie a LONG time ago!
    2. Will Jenna and Beetle ever “go out?”
    3. Will Syrah ever get better?
    That’s about it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m out, peace! ๐Ÿ˜€
    ( – – )
    ( (“) (“) P.S. I CAN MAKE A BUNNY!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Angie Sage

      Hi there,

      so pleased you love Septimus!
      1. Warner Brothers have the rights but it has all gone quiet over the last year. I have been told they are looking for the right star and it takes a while as the people they want get booked up. But not much seems to be happening at the moment.
      2 & 3 …. more in Fyre about Syrah. And Jenna and Beetle in the trilogy too, once I get started on it!

      like the bunny!

  199. Chris Heap

    Heya, Angie!!
    Im you’r BIGGEST Norwegian fan!
    I love you’r book series soooo much!!

    Okay, so, i have to ask you some questions x)

    1] When “Magyk: The movie” is done, you are letting WB dub them into different languages, right? I hope so!!

    2] In Fyre, is there any upcoming romance between Marcellus and Marcia? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    3] At the end of Fyre, is it like “19 years after” like in the Harry Potter 7 part 2?

    4] is Syrah going to die of old age, or? Shes like 514 years old Cx

    5] Last question, Aunt Zelda, what happened to her? Shes appearing in the Fyre again, right?

    Thank you so much if you answer, it would be an honour!

    May the magyk be with you, Angie!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello again Chris Heap,
      1. I expect the movie will be dubbed. But it is not up to me to let Warner Brothers do anything. They can do exactly want they want, as it belongs to them now…
      2. No. Oh no. No no no.
      3. I have just finished writing the ‘Endings’ for Fyre. It’s just like in all the other books, so you will get a short piece on most of the characters. But if I get to do the trilogy, you will see all the characters 7 years on, so lots of questions will be answered then.
      4. Syrah won;t die of old age as weirdly her ageing process was suspended by being Possessed. But she will never be quite herself again.
      5. Aunt Zelda will be in Fyre, yes.

      May the Magyk be with you too!

  200. Anna

    when is fyre coming out?

  201. Rediscovering Septimus

    Hi Angie!

    Just finished Darke and I loved it so much. Great ending, that left me feeling very happy. Loved to see more of Sarah and Simon in the story, missed Aunt Zelda though, will we see more of her in Fyre? And is Snorri gone forever? Hope not, cause that would be very sad… Would also love to see more of the Heap brothers that spend most of their time living in the woods. And to see what happens to Syrah.

    I’ve seen something here on the blog about a possible spin-off about Marcia’s life. Is it something that will happen? Would love it since Marcia has become more of a favorite character for me for every book, love her personality and her relation to Septimus.

    And also, in Darke we meet Bertie Bott. Did you think about the candy jelly beans “Bertie Bott’s beans of every flavour” from the Harry Potter series when you wrote about him? Or did it just happen?

    Really looking forward to Fyre now, it will be exciting to see how your going to tie the whole, big story together. And to see the future and destiny for all the characters that I’ve come to love so much. And I’m also hoping for answers to these questions, even if they’re maybe not that great ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you!

    • Angie Sage


      really glad that Darke hit the spot.
      Yes, we will see more of AZ in Fyre, but not Snorri. However, Snorri has not disappeared because she features in the first book of the trilogy, which I am writing as a 7 years on book – with some new lead characters. And we see more of the Forest heaps too. So I hope your wishes will all come true!

      I shall write aboutMarcia’s life but the sales team in HarperCollins don’t like the idea, so I doubt it will be published by them. But that is fine, as I want to set up Septimus Press soon where I can publish things like that, for fans. So watch this space… But of course there are only a limited number of writing hours in the day so it won’t happen all at once.

      Oh, Bertie Bott. Well it wasn’t deliberate at all. As you know Botts Cloaks have been in business since Magyk (and before) and Bertie had been hanging around in my mind for a while. It was only when the book was out that I realised he was also a kind of jelly bean! But things like this happen sometimes.

      Thanks – lovely questions!

  202. Rediscovering Septimus

    And one more question. As I remember it, the story of Septimus started out as a trilogy, am I wrong? If not, when did you decide that it would require more than three books to tell the story? And, in that case, how did you decide to go from three books to seven (which I think is just great :)), it’s quite a leap. Was it just moving from one magical number (3) to another (7), or was it something else?
    Or am I completely wrong? Maybe seven books were planned from the beginning? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      Yes, you are right. It was going to be a trilogy. Magyk was the first full length novel I had written and I didn’t think I’d have enough to write about to go past 3 books. But then the characters kept on coming – and Septimus Heap kept on selling, which was important! – so I said I could do 2 more. So it went to 5. And then, as the story just carried on unfolding I realised that I could write 7. But If you had said to me at the very beginning of Magyk that it would be 7 books, I’d have not thought it possible.

  203. Jamie

    Hi Angie
    Love the books and can’t wait for the new one to come out. I hope you change your mind and write more infact.

    There is something I’ve been wondering. What happened to the potion that will restore the dragon boat that the keeper gave Jenna when they went back in time and she was on the Marram Marshes. You only hear about that once when the keeper gives it to her but after that there is nothing mentioned on what happened to it. Did they do the three way spell with the potion? Did it work?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Jamie,

      Ah, the potion… I wanted jenna to use it in Queste but then events didn’t go that way. But hang on for FYRE, you will see it then…

  204. Trixie

    Is there much interaction between Milo Banda and Marcia in the last book? Do we get to see her get all clumsy? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Trixie,

      There is some and yes, Marcia does get a little silly. Although not much, of course.

  205. Trixie

    Oh! And how old was Marcia when she became Alther’s apprentice? I know she was at least 18 but how old was she? Also, at the end of darke, does Marcia start crying for a selfish reason or a selfless one. Is she crying because everyone in the castle could die and all of the magyk will be lost and she can’t do anything about it or is she crying because her name will be “reviled” in the future and her reputation will be ruined?

    • Angie Sage

      Marcia was 19. And she is upset at the end of Darke because everything she loves and has worked for is being destroyed – and she blames herself. the idea that it is what she will be remembered for is just the last straw, but it is not that that upsets her.

  206. QueenJenna

    Hey Angie
    I wrote a complete novel with 476 pages and my English teacher edited it, I was wondering, how can I get it published?
    P.S. I’m 14

    • Angie Sage

      Well, that’s a real achievement. And a very nice English Teacher too, by the sound of it. It is tough getting something published. Basically a publisher has to think that they will be able to sell a LOT of copies as publishing is a fairly competitive business. You could try sending it to a publisher who has similar kinds of books, along with a letter and see what happens, but be prepared for a bit of a wait, and the probability that they will not take it. It is often the way that you have to write two or three books before you get good enough to be published. But good luck… and keep writing!

  207. dancerforlife

    Heya! It’s me again! I have a few more questions:

    1. Will Marcia ever get married? She doesn’t really seem like the type that would, but I’m just curious. Maybe a new guy comes and she falls in love?
    2. How long does it usually take to write a book? How much does it cost to publish it when it’s done?
    3. Well, here’s another annoying “I’m writing a book and…” question. Sorry ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I had written a story on the computer that was maybe eighty pages long, and guess what happened? We got a new computer, and my story is GONE!!!!!!! It took me six months to get that far! My dad is trying to find it on our old computer, but if he can’t do you think I should just start over?

    I just want you to know, YOUR books are what inspire me to write stories! Whenever I finish one of your books I think “Wow that was a good book! I hope I can write that well someday!” Then I get up and start writing more stories. Also, when I’ve had a bad day, I just read your books and I feel SO much better! You’re the BEST AUTHOR EVER! In fact, I read Magyk two years ago, and I STILL remember every detail!

    Thanks for answering in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

    ( – – )
    ( (“) (“) That’s my signature bunny! His name is Robert! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Angie Sage

      I am not sure if Marcia actually gets married, but she is getting a little more romantically inclined. You will have to wait until Fyre…
      Well, it takes me about a year to write each Septimus book, but some authors are faster. Some are slower. Some books are easier than others but I think it is probably difficult to write a novel in under 3 months.
      It doesn’t cost anything to publish if the book is accepted by a proper publisher. In fact, the idea is that they pay you, because you are providing something that they can sell. You can pay to have your book printed and then sell it yourself, and that is known as self-publishing.
      I am really sorry to hear what happened to your book – that is horrible. It has happened to me too with an old novel that I had on floppy disc (how long ago is that?) and now I can’t access it. Now I always print something every few days. That way you never get that happening…
      But the good side of losing something is that you will probably write it better the second time around. You will remember the good bits and forget the bad.
      Thank you so much for what you say about my books – it does mean a lot to me that my writing works like that. And good luck with your own writing!

  208. Madelynne

    Hi Angie, just a couple questions..

    I was reading AA3 and saw a post where you said that DD was waiting until his apprentice (Merrin) was 14 so that he could add his Magykal power to DD’s before he took on Marcia. Does that mean that Sep could add his Magykal power to Marcia’s?

    Relating to the AA3 bit of that question, I was actually looking for something but got about an eighth of the way through (maybe less) before I realised that I would probably take me about a month to get through the the whole thing and there was still a high chance that I would miss it, so I thought I’d ask. I vaguly remember someone mentioning that there was a castle in England, or somewhere near, that was very similar to the Castle. I was wondering if you remember what it was called?

    Oh, and I thought of a couple names for Sep fans. Maybe, Sep’s Little Wizards, or just Little Wizards. Not fussed if you don’t like them, just thought I’d say…

    Why did Marcia take her shoes off at the top of the Tower in Darke?

    Last of all, is Transporting an individual thing or could one person transport two people?

    Thank you soo much

    • Angie Sage


      Yes, so many questions and answers now! But thanks for looking. I don;t think anyone has asked these before so I reckon you’d not have found them.

      it’s a Darke thing to take someone else’s power and add it to your own. But of course teh older and more powerful Septimus gets, the more help he can be to Marcia.

      The isn’t a Castle like the one in Septimus anywhere, unfortunately. I think the nearest, from the outside, is Carnarvon Castle. But that is just because it is on a river and has houses built up against it. It’s not much like it apart from that…

      I’m not sure about little, as we have big -as in grown up – fans too. I keep coming back to Magykers. But even that isn’t quite right.

      Marcia took her shoes off to feel the vibes coming up through the Wizard Tower.
      Transporting is very much an individual thing, you can’t do it for anyone else.

      • Myka

        Hi Madelynne,

        Just wondering if you’re asking about the post in which someone asked if Angie’s inspiration for the House of Foryx was the Castel (yes, that’s spelled right ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s Italian) del Monte in Italy. Look it up online – the photos actually do look remarkably like the HoF.


  209. Yu

    Just end with Darke, cant wait for fyre.
    The books are so fantastic.
    Hope youยดll write more than Septimus Heap.
    Sorry about my englisch im from Germany
    My cousin an friend also read the book thy found great.
    grรผรŸe aus Deutschland

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Yu,

      Thank you! I will write more, I hope. But they will take place seven years on, and we will see some new main characters – and the old ones too.

  210. Pat

    If Marcia had ever gotten trapped in the darke domaine what would she have longed to see? Like beetle thought his dad was there and Jenna thought her mom was there and Larry remembered when he won the Latin prize at school, ect. What would Marcia most want to see?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Pat,

      I think Marcia would have longed to see her father. he died unexpectedly and they had just had a row. She would have like to have said sorry.

  211. dragonlord

    OOOOH angieangieangie please come to dubai!!!

    • Angie Sage

      That would be great! But first my publisher has to invite me…

  212. Caitlin

    Hey Ms.Sage!!
    I, just like all these other people, am in love with your books! I am so excited for Fyre, despite its release being next year. So I have been reading a lot of your Ask Angies and I’m sorry if I missed these but you said that Marcia had troubles in her past and Alther’s death had greatly effected her, will we ever find out about her past troubles or life? And you also mentioned a short story that took place between Magyk and Flyte, where could I find the link to that?
    Thanks so much for being an amazing author(:

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Caitlin,

      So pleased you love Septimus too!

      The e-story is not out until February, it seems. You can download it from Amazon when it comes out. It is called The Darke Toad and takes place in the interval between Magyk and Flyte.

      I do plan to write about Marcia although I don’t think my main publisher wants to take it. But that has given me the idea of publshing it myself, look out for Septimus Press in a year or so…

  213. Mariah

    Oh my gosh!! I was just scrolling through here glancing around, and then I came across your comment on how you pronounce Marcia, Marsia. My dad(who also reads your wonderful books) corrects me to Marsha every time we talk about the series. I keep telling him she is a precise women and saying it like Marsia sounds more precise, okay enough babble, (sorry about that) But how on earth do you pronounce Ullr?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Mariah,

      You are right! And how true that it sounds more precise. It is also the English way of saying it, the American way is Marsha…

      Ullr: take the ool sound from wool and add er. (w)ool-er

  214. Liam 343

    Hi Angie
    Love the books, can’t wait for Fyre. This is my first comment/post or whatever so i won’t ask too many questions:

    1. I’m currently reading septimus heap yet again (physik right now) and I just read the bit where septimus id dragged through the glass by Marcellus and it seeems a bit odd the Marcellus copies Sep like a reflecftion by raising his hand and so on. why does he do this?

    2. Quote from Magyk “The Heaps’ previous address had been Big Red Door, There and Back Again Row, The Ramblings. Now it appeared to be Room 16, Corridor 223 East Side. Marcia knew which one she preferred.” Which one is that? Also 1+6=7 2+2+3=7 and Boy 412: 4+1+2=7 Did you do that deliberately? How about 409 total 13? (sorry thats about 3 questions in one)

    3. For some reason Septimus and Rose strike me as being a likely couple, even though they hardly say a word to each other in the book. Anything going on there?

    4. A couple of things in Syren seem a bit out of time compared to everything else, namely submarines and lifts, from the time of Beyond. Why are they there, and Beyond what?

    5. You’ve inspired me to start writing myself. Do you have any advice for a young author? (By young, I mean a 16 year-old)

    Thanks for writing such brilliant books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Liam,

      welcome to posting!

      1. Marcellus wants to fool Septimus into thinking he is looking into the kind of Glass that shows you how you will be when you are old. (These also work when you are old and show you have you were when you were young). So he mirrors him in the way a true reflection would.

      2. Marcia preferred the Big Red Door. She hated calling things – and people – by numbers. And yes, all the numbers are deliberate. Even 409 as 13 is more of a witchy number.

      3. Maybe … Wait until Fyre!

      4. Beyond – as in beyond history. Once again wait until Fyre…

      5. That’s wonderful that Septimus has made you want to write. I’d say don’t rush it. Keep reading lots and remember that as a writer you have a lot of growing still to do. But when you are writing, be in your characters shoes, see what they see, feel what they feel. And listen to what they say – for example, if they say they’re getting bored, then that means you are. And if you are then so will your readers be..
      lots of luck with the writing!

  215. Andrew

    Hey Angie,

    I’ve always loved the idea of magic and adventure; so naturally, I’m a long time fan of your books! I just found this ask page and tried reading the entries to the bottom, but… too much!! I saw several that asked about the movie, and read that thereโ€™s been no news on it for awhile. If the worst thing happens and you don’t think you’ll get the green light, I’m sure that you could enlist the help of your fans. Everyone on here, including me, would most likely be ok (probably jump at the chance) with doing a petition or something to show that there’s a lot of support behind the movie. Though I don’t think thereโ€™s a need for that yet. I just wanted to write this, to give you the idea just in case. I really want to see them make it into a movie, even though Iโ€™ll be cre-tea-king (to complain about something that isnโ€™t up to your standards; I forgot how to spell it! Thatโ€™s going to bug me now. Might not be the perfect definition for that word, but I hope you know what word Iโ€™m talking about!) it the whole time I watch it for being a smidge different from the book. Hehehe

    On a happier note, I can’t wait for your next book!!! Before it comes out Iโ€™ll need to read all the other ones again, ’cause itโ€™s been awhile and I always forget the details. When I was reading some of these posts I got so confused…

    Hope youโ€™re doing well, and that my idea for a petition isnโ€™t needed!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Andrew,

      Thank you for your support! Its a nice idea, but I suspect that there are all kinds of reason why things have stopped for the moment. But like all movies taken from books, I think we have to prepare for the fact that if it does happen it will not necessarily be like the book. But time will tell…

      Yes, the posts range over all kinds of things, I can see they might be confusing… but they are always interesting.

      All is well here, thanks, and I hope with you too.

  216. Ciera

    Wotcha Angie!
    Since Milo and Marcia are from the same country does that mean they can speak a different language? Also are there traditions from that country that either one them continue?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Ciera,

      They both have childhood memories of the language, and it does mean they have a lot in common. I don’t know of any traditions, but they do both like collecting things…

  217. Abbiy

    Hi, first off, I LOVE your books! My dad showed them to me around the time Syren came out (I don’t remember exactly when it came out). And I’m glad you answer fans questions, not that many authors (That I know of anyway) do that.
    And I have a couple of questions,

    1. Do Beetle and Jenna get together? (I know that’s probably a silly question compared to some others, but I’ve been wondering that pretty much ever since I found out Beetle had a crush on Jenna)

    2. Does Syrah Syrah wake up in Fyre? When I read in Syren at the very end that she fell into a deep deep sleep, I thought that meant that she was dead, but then I started to get hopefull in Darke. I really like her, and her story on the island was so sad!

    3. Do you know around when the Magyk movie will come out in theaters? Like will it be in 2013 (I doubt it will be that soon), 2014, or (Gulp) 2015? Or maybe even later?

    Anyway, thanks for reading all my questions! And sorry it was so long.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Abbiy,

      I’m really pleased your Dad got you into Sep Heap – he has good taste!

      1. Well, you will have to wait and see about Jenna and Beetle, but it is not impossible…
      2. Syrah … well, this is the answer to so many questions now, I am afraid – you will have to Wait Until Fyre. (WUF) I do agree, Syrah is really nice and it is sad what happened to her.
      3. They haven’t started shooting the movie yet. I have been told that they are looking for a big star to play a lead part and they haven’t found one. So we are still waiting… So I think it is probably going to be gulp.

  218. Myka

    If Magyk does become a film, will you be able to see things are kept true to the book? One of my favourite authors, Rick Riordan, decided to not be involved in his book’s movie and the producers of it changed everything from the plot to the characters, to the point the series cannot logically go on unless they start all over (the biggest thing is that a prophecy happens later in the series specifically on the main character’s sixteenth birthday, but in the first film they changed his age to seventeen.)

    I was so sad when I saw that film, and I don’t want to see that happen to Magyk.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,

      Er, no I won’t. When you sign a contract for a movie you pretty much hand it over to the studio and trust them to do what they have promised. It is scary for a writer. I don’t think it makes much difference whether the author is involved or not, actually, so I don’t think Rick Riordan could have made much difference anyway.

      I understand what you say and I totally agree with you. It would make me sad too.

  219. Taylor

    Hey Ms.Sage!!
    I lent out my copy of Magyk to a friend….who brought it on a Eurpean tour. So I do not have the current opportunity to look back and see if it says anything about this so, how do all the Wizards know the Wizard Tower password if it’s constantly changing?And also, you said in her spare time, if she has any, Marcia reads Magyk books and cleans…what did she do for fun as a child? Any sports?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Taylor,

      There are all kinds of ways of passing messages between Wizards, but generally they go for the low tech one – they call in at the WT on Tuesday afternoons to check what the new PW is. And when exactly it will be changed.

      Marcia enjoyed designing labyrinths as a child and imagining herself walking through them. She wasn’t very sporty although she did enjoy indoor tennis at an old farmhouse she once visited. But Marcia was fairly serious as a child.

  220. paperclip123

    Hey Angie will you post deleted scene kinds of things on here? Like chapters you cut out?

    ~ paperclip123

    • Angie Sage

      Well, if I had a decent chapter I would, but most of the cuts are just bits and pieces that don’t make a lot of sense. There is nothing that stands alone, really.

  221. Brooke

    Hi Angie,
    Is there going to be a magyk movie? I think it would be amazing if there was. You are an amazing author.
    – Brooke

    • Angie Sage

      Thank you, Brooke!

      It would indeed be amazing to have a movie. I don’t know for sure what is happening right now. I did hear the studio were looking for a big star to play DomDaniel, and that was the hold up. But that was a while ago now. We will just have to cross our fingers and wait and see.

  222. Hannah V.

    Hi Mrs. Sage!
    I’m so sorry I’m adding more to your workload by asking questions. I’ll try not to take up much of your time.

    I’m trying to write a book, but I’m having a little trouble developing the land in which my characters live. I took your advice and left it alone for a week or two, but I’m still stuck. Do you have any pointers about how to get un-stuck?

    I just wanted you to know that I’m a HUGE fan of your books.
    Thank you!

    ~Hannah V. (aged twelve)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Hannah,

      you could try a few tricks:
      1 – describe the land to a friend as if it were somewhere you have visited.
      2 – change something in the landscape. Maybe you have just become bored with it and feel you know it too well.
      3 – think about how it relates to your characters. Maybe they do not fit together. Maybe the landscape belongs to another book and your present characters need somewhere new to go.
      4. Imagine you are going to get rid of it ALL and then think the bits you will miss writing about. Keep those and dump the rest.
      Writing is often more about what you throw away than what you keep…

      But sometimes things just don’t work. You might have to try again. Good Luck!

  223. Amelia

    Are you planning to come to Canada some time soon? (preferably Toronto)
    I would love to see you there!
    -Amelia ;D

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Amelia,

      Well, I would love to come to Toronto – I came to some really great bookshops there a few years ago – but sorry to say there are no plans at the moment. Of course if I do, you will hear it here first!

  224. Pat

    I know there are two gay males in Septimus heap, but are there any lesbian girls or bisexual girls? If so, who is? I just think that would be so cool. It’s neat that you think of us gay folks when you are writing. We are a big part of life too and many writers neglect us.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Pat,

      Well, my elder daughter is gay, so it does feel like part of my life. I do have someone in mind but I think she will be in the later trilogy, rather than in the seven book series. As will the two boys.

  225. Biggest Septimus Heap Fan Ever

    How did Merrin get to the North Gate from the Badlands, shouldn’t he have just gone to the South Gate?

    • Angie Sage

      There is only a ferry from the Farmlands to the South Gate. And Merrin was too late to catch it.

  226. Dana

    Omigosh! We have the book cover now (squeals!!!) I see a mini wizard-tower pyramid and the dragon boat.
    Anyway, I have a question about Darke. When Septimus goes to the Darke halls and answers Tertius Fume’s questions, Fume is able to figure out who Septimus is from a ‘short-list of seven’.
    I make it the list had: Ellis Crackle, Merrin Merredith, Alther Mella, Silas Heap, Marcia Overstrand, and Septimus Heap. Who is the seventh? Simon Heap? Or did he count DomDaniel himself?

    • Hello Dana,

      A bit of a rushed reply as I am answering before I go away for 10 days… I made a list at the time but, of course, can’t find it. Will get back to you in September!

      And yes indeed, a mini top to the WT – the very tip that has been lost, no less…

  227. Laurence B

    Hi Angie,
    BIG fan of Septimus Heap! I was just wondering, how old are Septimus, Jenna and Beetle in each of the books, i.e. at the start of Magyk and by the end of Darke, and then even by the end of the series (Fyre)?



    • Angie Sage

      Hi Laurence,

      At the end of Fyre, Sep and Jenna are fourteen and a half. Beetle is seventeen.

  228. Jamie

    Dear Angie
    Love your books and I find them very interesting too and I can’t wait for Flyte to come out and the movie
    I would like to ask Is it for definite that Flyte is going to be your last book because you said that at you would be writing a trilogy and now you have 6 books out and another one to come

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Jamie,

      You mean Fyre! I get the two confused too, They both begin with FY and end in E. I should have thought of that…

      Fyre is going to be the last book in the main series. But I am putting together a proposal for a new trilogy that takes place seven years after the end of Fyre. There will be 3 new characters – age about 12 – and we will be back at the Castle once more.

  229. Laurence B

    Hello Angie

    Another question for you: as before you mentioned Simon and Lucy plan to get married, and that Lucy wanted a proper white wedding – I remember you also said, that you were trying to keep the Septimus series mostly religion-free. So, I was wondering, how are marriages conducted in the world of Septimus? Do wizards conduct the services? What are they like? And might we be seeing one, whether in the series or any extra books?


    • Angie Sage

      Hi Laurence,

      In the Castle you can get married anywhere that is licensed for weddings. There are lots of places with a license – the roof gardens of the Ramblings, the foyer of the Little Theatre – most well areas in the Ramblings and of course the great Hall of the Wizard Tower, which is where Simon and Lucy get married.

      You won’t actually see their wedding, but you will be there immediately afterwards.

  230. Ponine.

    Hi, Angie!

    I don’t know if someone’s already asked this, but there are other Magykal places in the Sep Heap world other than the Castle, right? If there are, are there other ExtraOrdinary Wizards there, or is there only one EOW, and that’s the one at the Castle?

    And thank you so much for making this awesome website where we can connect with you! ๐Ÿ˜€

    ~ Ponine.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Ponine,

      its great to hear from you!
      Yes, there are lots of other magykal places. I hope to write about those in the trilogy that I am planning.
      The other places are all different from the Wizard Tower, of course. There is only one of those. They all have their own way of doing things, so you will not find exactly the same anywhere else. But there will be similarities. I doubt there is a similar marcia anywhere, though…

  231. Kate

    Wacha angie!
    Are you ever comming to America if you come go to California, Central valley!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Kate,

      I am not sure if I will be coming to the US, though I would like to. We shall have to wait and see. If I did come, I am sure california would be on the list!

  232. Hi Angie
    I was just wondering if there is definitely going to be a film adaption of Magyk because the latest blog post made it sound like Warner Bros are going ahead with it?
    P.S. Three of my friends have now read septimus heap and enjoyed them after I told them about it!!

    • Angie Sage

      Ah, we were just playng around with ideas. We haven’t heard anything new, unfortunately.

      But thanks for spreading the word about Sep!

  233. James

    Yello, Angie…

    Im not neccessarily James, yet His younger sister, Anyways, im an unpuplished author , Ive written a couple of books. I was hopefully wondering if the most talented writer I know(you) could share any thoughts about an adventure comedy novel with me,,, just to un-jumble my thoughts a bit.
    Thank You!!!!!!!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Amber,

      Adventure comedy is a great mix. But sometimes difficult to do. The best thing is to tell the story to someone out loud. Problems often are easier to solve that way. It can be tough to do, but it is a good way of getting a perspective and getting rid of that stuck feeling. Good luck!

  234. Dana

    OH yeah, I forgot, one more question:
    In Physik Alther says that Aunt Zelda used to make him search all over Warehouse Number 9 for the Glass when he had been ExtraOrdinary Wizard. But at the end of Magyk, during Septimus’ Apprentice supper, when Aunt Zelda talks to Alther’s ghost she it looks as though they were meeting for the first time. So…?

    • Angie Sage

      Mistake! fixed in new UK edition. But actually, I knew AZ didn’t recognise him for a reason, I just didn’t put it in. AZ’s memory was beginning to get a bit unreliable and Alther looked so different as a ghost she did not put the two together.

  235. wotcha, angie!
    I was wondering if marcia ever found endor’s ghost, and (if so) in what book?

    • Angie Sage

      I am sorry to say she didn’t. Endor never came back to the WT. She went home to her farm in the sheeplands. Ghosts often choose to go home, rather than stay around the places they were in later in life.

  236. Spitfyre

    Hi Angie, first let me say thank you for writing the sep books my fiancรฉ and I both love the books so much that we have hardcover, e-books and audio books and we read them on a regular bases we just can’t seem to put them down.

    My question is this if sep was 10 when Marcia and Jenna found him in the snow and your on book 7 why has it only been 4 years. It seems like much longer given everything that has happen to sep.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Spitfyre,

      That is so wonderful to hear!

      Yes, I agree, such a lot has happened to them all. But life is different there. Things seem to be faster, more concentrated somehow. Also some books run on on from another. So Queste had to happen not too long after Physik as I couldn’t bear to leave Nicko in another time for too long – and I don’t think Sarah Heap would have survived that. And of course Syren ran right on from Queste. And Fyre follows close on the heels of Darke because we have to get rid of THAT ring. So in a way, the action dictated the timescale.

      Also, I did not want to age my characters too much, I needed my young readers to be able to read the entire series at one go without finding that the last few books were too old for them. And fourteen is a good age – the age when I think you suddenly begin to think and feel grown-up. It is a first coming-of-age. Or it should be.

  237. Biggest Septimus Heap Fan Ever

    Wotcha, Angie!

    What is the charm or Magykal object in Fyre? It kind of looks like the pyramid on top… I hope Sep doesn’t push Mrcia off!


    Are there any REAL sandwich shops that have sandwiches that have a lot in common with the Wizard Sandwiches??


    How did you come up with Septimus’s name?

    • Angie Sage

      You are right, it is the very tip of the WT pyramid – the one that is not there anymore. (but it is now very small. And heavy.
      The very thought!
      I haven’t found a sandwich shop like Wizard Sandwiches, but there may be one out there! I’d love to go. There was a take-away sandwich shop in Bristol that made alligator sandwiches – so maybe that’s where the idea came from…
      Septimus is an old name for the seventh. So he had to be called that!

  238. the apprentice of the apprentice of the apprentice of DomDaniel

    hi Angie
    are you ever going to publish a darke index

  239. Jamie

    Hi Angie
    I’ve been reading all the books and everybody who dies in it seems to spend a year and a day at there place of death. There are lots of people that die before septimuses time and during so that must mean the castle must have loads of ghosts and probably difficult to go anywhere without passing through any of them. So how many ghosts is there in it from what you have written and what you guess would be the past too

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Jamie,

      the Castle is stuffed full of ghosts. But they do fade with time as they get bored with watching life drift pass them. The numbers must run into hundreds of thousands by now if you count them all, but most have disappeared into nothing.

  240. Lexi

    Sorry,I writen the same questions that I did on ask angie 4 because i thought you might not answer them there.Here goes..
    Your work is fantastic and a true inspiration for me, even though Iโ€™ve been reading your books for only 2 years and septimus heap is my favorite series of all time.
    Here is my list of questions for you:
    1-Iโ€™ve been told that fyre is the last book of the series(please prove me wrong!!) is that true?2-Why canโ€™t Queen Cerys meet her daughter?
    3-Cerys is supposed to guard the Queenโ€™s Way but what can a ghost to againt intruders?
    4-Why does Septimus and other wizards cast incantations under their breath so that others wonโ€™t hear it?
    5-why dosen’t beetle express his love-or so I think it is-to Jenna?By the way beetle hates being second best to Septimus I hope some part in Fyre he can be the ‘heroic’ one
    6-After fyre there will be another three books about them will they be grown up having lives of their own
    p.s: please explain all the secret stuff(ice tunnels, the days of beyond,ect) in fyre
    p.s.s:please involve every character in the series (domdaniel,snorri,ect)-or at least the villians- in fyre
    And the most important thing:please answer me as soon as humanly possible!!!!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Lexi,

      sorry this reply is a bit late, time has rushed along… Lots of your questions are answered in the last book!

      1. FYRE is the last book in this series. But now I am going to carry on, seven years into the future with a new series. Watch this space for news!

      Cerys – she is not meant to meet her daughter until she is about to be Queen. It is the Queen rules. A ghost can do quite a lot to guard against intruders. You would be surprised. But there can only be royal ghost intruders in The Queen’s Room, so it is not a big problem.

      Beetle – he is shy. And sensitive enough to know that Jenna does not see him in that way. I think Beetle gets to be quiet a hero in Darke, really. He does well in Fyre too.

      There are lots of explanations in Fyre – I hope I have put everyone in. But it does have to read well as a book in its own right too. There may be a few things left over for the trilogy to follow. I will see what you all think!

  241. Rachel

    Who was Marcia’s first romantic relationship with? Why did it go badly?

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Rachel,

      Marcia loved someone from afar. She never told him. And then she fell for Milo but Cerys got him. Marcia is quite shy really, when it comes to men.

  242. drew

    Hello, Angie!
    I was wondering for the Septimus fans name, would something like Magycians work? I have also thought Heaps or Heapheads, but I think that Heaphead is a little too similar to Potterhead…
    Also, will Darke Toad be necessary to the plot of the story, or is it just a side story that can be read for fun? Don’t worry, I’ll read it anyways!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Drew, its a tough one, but I am coming around to thinking that Magykker is not bad. What does anyone else think?

  243. Haley

    Hey Angie!
    I was wondering if you could answer just a few of my many questions…sorry there is a quite a bit… to me anyway. Here goes!

    1~ How did Marcia take her parents deaths when she found out about them?
    2~ Does Sarah die in Fyre? I just get this feeling that she does, but I soo don’t want her too!
    3~I noticed that you said that Marcia liked Milo before he had Ceryce (is that how you spell it?) does she still have a soft spot for him or has that died down?
    4~What would Marcia’s reaction be if she heard Katy Parry? (I consider myself to be a
    Marcia type teenager, mostly because I get into those modes, so I don’t think she would like it to much)
    5~In Magyk you said that Alther and Aunt Zelda had met for the first time, but in Physik you say that she had him search warehouse 9 top to bottom, I, was just a little confused. Did he actually know her or does she just not remeber?
    6~In the Ice Tunnels is there some type of monster that we will see in Fyre or can you not tell me?
    7~Does Jenna want to find her mother or has she just given up? (I have a feeling that she would have just let it go and given up, but I’m not sure)
    8~What did Marcia have a fight about with her mother when she decided to move out?
    9~ (sorry this is a bit of a silly one) What would Marcia be like if she suddenly appeared in the present day world with underdressed teenagers? Sorry, I just thought that her expression would be one of tottal and complete shock, mostly becasue of the revealing clothes that most teenagers wear and because of the horrid trashy music that plays on the radio. Sorry, I am being a bit touchy me being a teenager myself.
    10~(last one I promise) I write so, what would be some suggestions you would have for me in my writing?

    Thank you so much for your time! I love septimus heap sooo much!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Haley,

      I am guessing you are a Marcia fan?
      1. she was really upset, but she tried not to show it.
      2. Crumbs, i wonder why you think she might die? She has gone a little bit loopy, I suppose, what with that duck.
      3. Aha, wait and see.
      4. You mean Katy Perry? well, She’d listen but not for very long, I reckon.
      5. Oh, that is a bothersome glitch. Basically Aunt Zelda’s memory is going but I didn’t write it right. Have changed it in the mew UK editions.
      6. They will be in FYRE. the rest you will have to wait and see.
      7. Again, wait and see!
      8. Oh, the usual teen stuff but there was a bit more to it than that. Her mother did not want her to pursue her dream of a career in Magyk
      9. I actually think Marci would be intrigued and rather pleased. Often if you haven’t done the teenage things as a teen (and Marcia didn’t) when you are through all that, you do like to see others doing them. It’s good to see that nothing changes!
      10. And writing … well just keep on going. And write about the things you like to read. Love your characters and get to know them like friends. It is characters that make a peice of writing come alive!

  244. Sara

    Hello Angie ๐Ÿ™‚

    My girlfriend and I were talking over the phone earlier and we were having a discussion about teachers of all kinds. A woman she knows who is a passionate music zealot, and is very much like Marcia, tutors her in music composition. My girlfriend’s friend is extremely knowledgeable and surprisingly, she told me, is a very good teacher despite her grumpiness – but she gets upset when my girlfriend doesn’t understand something, and the implication was made that her friend becomes more upset with herself than she does at the student in question because she tends to feel as though she has made an error in conveying information, and has caused the student in question to become confused. Another one of her tendencies as a composition tutor is to convince my girlfriend to ‘try X, and I’ll explain what you’ve been doing wrong and help correct it,’ when she is having issues, a very tactile approach. She is also, and this goes without saying, a ‘tough teacher.’ My girlfriend has written quite a bit of fan-made fiction about SH over at, and, because our friend is so like Marcia, we naturally ended up on the subject of your novels. We both noticed that the dynamic as far as teaching goes between Marcia and Septimus, as well as how Marcia teaches Septimus, is explored very little as a piece of their relationship in the novels, since Septimus is usually off doing something drastic – but as such, my, or rather, our, question to you is – what kind of teacher is Marcia? What kind of tactics does she use and how does Septimus respond to them?

    Also, did Marcia choose Septimus simply because he’d be easy to teach? From the start, he caught onto things extremely quickly, and my girlfriend has drawn a parallel between her and some of the instructors she’s met through music who choose their apprentices solely because they would be extremely easy to teach and make them look good. We were both curious about this because Marcia herself has had to work extremely hard for everything she has acquired, including the cultivation of her talents and probably, though she had great potential, didn’t catch on /quite/ as quickly as Septimus did. Wouldn’t this be more likely to cause her to choose someone with potential who, like her, might have been a bit more of a challenge but had the capacity to yield great rewards?

    Regards & thank you for answering,
    Sara. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      This is a really interesting comment! I haven’t explored the teaching bit much as not being a teacher and feeling a little averse to schools in general I prefer to steer clear of it. Marcia chose Septimus because the Magykal talent just shone out of him. She is not patient with people of lesser abilities to her own and that was why she had not taken on an Apprentice before Sep. She wasn’t going to waste her time on someone who didn’t shine.
      At first, when Marci was taking Sep through the basic stages of Magkyk, their relationship was a traditional one of pupil/teacher. But that changed over the years and now it is very much more equal, with Septimus teaching Marcia a few new approaches too. But Marcia will still pull rank with Sep if she has too.
      It isn’t the ability to catch on fast that Marcia looks for, but a deeper understanding of the principles of Magyk, a kind of all-round wisdom that all great Wizards must achieve. and not many people have that depth. Why mess around in the shallows when you can swim in the ocean?
      Marcia respects Septimus enormously, as Sep does her. And she chose him because she had no choice – how could she leave such a talent to go to waste? That would be a terrible thing.

  245. Rhiktora

    Dear Angie,
    I saw in an above answer that Marcia asked for Alther to help her get a message to her father, why did she need help to do that?

    • Angie Sage

      ah well, it is complicated. Marcia’s father was somewhere she could not get to. But this is all for another book, sometime…

  246. warriorwoman21

    Hi Angie!

    I was just wondering if your ebook will also be published to buy at a store, because I know I am not the only person who doesnt have a device that holds ebooks. Love the series, soo amazing and I hope the movies does come out!

  247. Wotcha angie!
    I was thinking about the last time i read darke (I think it was my 11th time reading it) and wanted to ask you, do ever read your books to remember things, or just because you like them?
    O. beetle beetle

    • Angie Sage

      O Beetle!
      Eleven times! Well, I have to say that I don’t read my books for fun. Somehow it isn’t fun reading what you have written. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy some of the bits sometimes. But generally I re-read to remember things. I didn’t need to do this until book 5 and then there was just so much to remember I couldn’t keep it in my head.

  248. dancerforlife

    Heya! It’s me… Once again. I just have so many questions! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Who’s YOUR favorite character? Mine is Marcia. She looks and acts a lot like me ๐Ÿ™‚
    2. If you had a dragon, what would you name it?
    3. When you write, do you ever come to a point where you just have no clue at all what to write next? If so, what do you do?
    Thanks for the advice about my story. I started over and, I do think it’s a bit better than the last time I wrote it. I saved this one to my flashdrive this time. Thanks a bunch for your advice!

    ( – – )
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    • Angie Sage

      1. I do have lots of fave characters. Marcia is indeed one of them. I love Marcia because she has made the books fun to write. I knew when she turned up in my head one morning that it was all going to be great!
      2. Probably something that would be a little unexpected. I love it when people call their cats something like Steve or Robert or Linda. I’d do the same for a dragon. Actually, Steve would be a good name. Or maybe Vera.
      3. Yes, I do. Less now than when I used to as I have learnt to think ahead and plan a little more. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be scary. The best thing to do is throw in something unexpected. Shake things up a bit and see what happens. Even something simple like a thunderstorm. Or a stranger arriving in the middle of the night… that kind of thing. Good luck – it is all a matter of practice…

  249. Gemma

    It was nice to meet you a first kirkham guides. Yesterday I had just finished the first book. It was brilliant! I remember you asking me who my favourite character is and it is the Boggart.

    • Angie Sage

      It was great to meet you too! I had such a fun evening with you guides and brownies.
      Yes, I do love the Boggart, he is really special.

  250. Flore

    Hi Angie, how are you?

    I’m French, so I’m sorry if you can’t understand my little english ^^ In France, your books are successful.
    I’m crazy about Magyk and the last book is very interessant and amazing!
    I love all of your characters, Marcia is my prefered character.
    I wait with impatient the films and the seventh book of course.
    I’ve 16 years old, and myself, I love writing books, I’ve a lot of ideas for the next novel.
    I congratulate you for the efforts that you give for write and I hope that you can write other again.
    I say again my all congratulations, sincerely,

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Flore,

      Thank you for your lovely words and thoughts! I am really glad that Magyk is so successful in France & I love to see it in the bookshops when I am over there. I love Marcia too, she is such a great character to write.
      And good luck with your own writing too!

  251. Hi Angie,
    what is the new trilogy going to be about?
    Thanks in advance,

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Booklover,

      it will be called TodHunter Moon and will begin 7 years on from FYRE. There will be 3 new characters at the beginning but we will soon be back with the old gang in the Castle. I am really excited about this and have begun writing it now.

  252. Flore

    I’m sorry for the double posts, but I forget to ask my questions :

    -How hold are Silas and Sarah now?
    -How many years spend between the first and the last books?

    This questions are about Marcia’s life:
    -How old is Marcia now?
    -How old is Marcia when she arrived in the Castle?
    -How old is Marcia when she left his parent’s house for follow the lessons of Alther?
    -How old is Marcia when she become the apprentice extraordinary?
    -How old is Marcia when she become the extraordinary wizard?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Flore,

      In Fyre, Silas and Sarah are in their mid-forties
      There are just over four years between the first and last book. Septimus is 10 years old in Magyk and 14 and half in Fyre.
      Marcia is 39.
      She arrived at the Castle briefly with her parents age five but then left. She came back in her mid-teens.
      She was 16
      !8 when she got her apprenticeship.
      25 when she become EOW.
      Thanks you Flore – you made me sit down and work this out! It is time I did.

  253. Rachel

    Will Marcia be in the seven years on book?

  254. Linda

    What did Marcia do for her dark week?

    • Angie Sage

      Marcia does not like to talk about it. But it was the scariest week she has ever spent. I do know that she went to the Badlands, though.

  255. Pearl

    Hi Angie,
    So, I’m confused: at the end of Syren (very last page), it says that Stanley’s adopted ratlets are called Lydia, Faith, Sydney and Edward. But in Darke they are called Flo, Mo, Jo, and Bo. So which one is it?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Pearl,

      tis a mistake. Well, Stanley did not inform me in time that he had changed his mind and now wanted to call them Florence, Maurice, Josephine (or was it Joanna) and Robert. He is a fickle rat. he thought the new names had more ‘class’. Never work with rats, that is my advice.

  256. huge septimus fan! (no kiddin)

    Wotcha Angie!
    i always wondered how Silas and Sarah met and how did Silas pop the question? also at what age did they have Simon?

    • Angie Sage

      I think it says in Magyk … they met in the Forest when Silas was searching for his father and Sarah was spending time learning Herbs and Healing from Galen, the Physik Woman.
      It took Silas a while to ask Sarah in a way that she understood what the question was. Silas kept getting tongue tied and mumbling about swans mating for life and stuff like that. Sarah thought he was just interested in birds. Eventually Silas asked her one evening in Galen’s treehouse after Galen had gone to bed early. Sarah was 24 when she had Simon.

  257. Rachel

    Where did Milo and Cerys meet and what made Milo decide that he wanted to have Cerys instead of Marcia? If I were him, I think I would have picked Marcia instead. Did Marcia have to attend the wedding of Cerys and Milo? Is Milo really a “bad boy?”

    I know you have two grown daughters and I wondered who their favorite characters in your books were. Thanks!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Rachel,
      Well, I agree with you. I would have picked Marcia too. But I think Milo was very flattered at being picked out by the Queen. And it is hard to refuse a Queen, I would imagine.
      Yes, as ExtraOrdinary Apprentice, Marcia did have to attend the wedding. It was not a good time for her. But at least she didn’t stand up and yell that song …. “It should have been me!”
      Milo is a bit of a bad boy but he has a good heart and is mellowing as he grown older, like many bad boys do.
      The Boggart is a favourite, my older daughter likes to quote “I is all covered in lumps now’.
      And Marcia of course. And Sep and Beetle. They seems less keen on Jenna. Oh yes, and Sarah Heap.

  258. Ananya

    Hi Angie!

    I finished the whole series, FINALLY! and i got the answer to a question of mine in Ask Angie 4. I’m rearing to plunge into the Septimus world again… but a question still stands.

    1. Are all your numbers in the all the books, deliberately made to add up to 7?

    2. And is Stanley gonna be back in Fyre?

    3.According to the cover of the last book [ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ] the dragon boat is gonna be back. Is it?

    4.Are Nicko and Snorri gonna get together?

    5. Are all your spellings deliberately misspelt? What is the reason for that? ( I’ve got so used to them that I started using the words in my essays… Trust me the result was not good… :P)

    6. Is Ullr the only one of his kind? I don’t think I like Snorri if he is…. (I want an animal like Ullr….)

    I’m sorry, I was mistaken about ‘the one question.’

    ONE of your biggest fans I guess.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ananya,

      welcome back into the Septimus world!
      1. Yes, pretty much. I sometimes throw in a 13 to keep people guessing…
      2. Yes, a cameo role. There are a lot of people that have to get into Fyre.
      3. Yes!
      4. Not yet. I am planning something for later, though.
      5. Oh dear… Well, I use the old English spellings. You can find words spelled in the same way in old documents. So you could claim ancient precedence or something… but I suspect it may not work.
      6. There are other Ullrs, but they all live much farther up north. I too want one, but they are hard to find.
      7. Hey – no 7!

      Lovely to hear from you…

  259. Myka

    Okay, I’ve done it again.

    I just got back from visiting my cousins, who are all now huge Sep and Araminta fans. My four cousins range in ages from fifteen to four, and my aunt loved Magyk too.

    I also was studying a while ago and found out the word “galen” means “healer.” Was this on purpose or another one of those wierd coincidences? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for answering all my questions, and enjoy the Olympics!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Myka,

      this wasn’t one of those weird coincidences (unusually). It was deliberate, although I took the name from Galen, who was a Greek Physician. I guess that is why Galen now means healer.

      It’s just great that your cousins all love Sep and Araminta – I am guessing you have spread the word? A big thank you!

      We did enjoy the Olympics, thanks. Everyone was so excited and happy about them, it was a great 2 weeks.

  260. Melissa

    Hi Angie,

    I was wondering if Fyre was harder to write than the other books because it’s the last one.


    • Hi Melissa,

      yes, it was! It took a lot of thinking and planning. I had a whole lot of things I really wanted to happen, which is unusual for me. But it all worked, I hope.

  261. marcia

    hi angie i hav so many questions but i dont wanna bother so i wont ask all of them
    is marcia ever gonna get together with anyone
    does septimus amidiatly become extraordinary wizard one his aprenticeship is over
    does marcia really have a crush on milo banda
    does jenna even like marcia she treats her pretty badly n marcia im sure loves jenna
    will you wright more about marcia after the septimus heap series
    does milo like marcia
    does the queen ever apear to jenna
    and does marcia ever find out about the queens room everyone seems to know about it except for her

    you can probably tell that i completly love marcia i also probably love her bacause of our names i love her attitude and her way of taking care of septimus you can tell she really thinks of him as son just like alther thinks of her i really want her to end up happy with someone please please answer me and thank you so much for taking time out of your schedual to read this

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Marcia,

      I promise you that Marcia will end up happy. She still has stuff to do and things to discover, there will be a little more of that in Fyre and then you will see more of her later in in the trilogy too. I won’t spoil things for you by answering too many questions, but yes, Milo does like Marcia although I think Marcia is trying not to like Milo too much.
      Marcia does care about Jenna, but I think Jenna is a little harsh about Marcia sometimes. It just seems to be the way Queens are..,
      I do plan to write more about Marcia, maybe give her a book of her own, but I need to find lots more time!

  262. Jam

    Hey angie! I’m trying to back read a little here. Why are so many people asking about romance of the characters? Hehe correct me if I’m wrong but I’m preparing myself to read a lot of those on the seventh book? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Jam,

      romance seems to be something that has taken off on the blog. There isn’t much in the books really, but there is unspoken stuff going on and I guess that is a little tantalising. There won’t be loads of romancein Fyre, but enough to make some guesses, if that is what you want to do. I reckon I should write a romantic spin off series for all those romantic dreamers out there…

  263. marcia

    ok i forgot to sk another question i have seen many things about a argument that marcia had with her parents what was it about???

    • Angie Sage

      Oh, stuff … you know, the kind of things that happen when you are a teen. But I think it was about Magyk. Her father had different ideas about things.

  264. Aidan

    hi angie
    My name is Aidan. Just finished reading Magyk.I think the book is really cool.Love the python in the book.

  265. Angie Sage

    Hi Aidan,

    I am so glad you loved Magyk! And the python…
    Hope you like the rest of the series. I reckon it gets better with each book.
    Have a great summer – what is left of it!

  266. Yasmin

    Hello Angie!

    What is it like to be a writer and have so many fans?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Yasmin,

      the BEST bit is all the fans – its great that people love to rad what I write. It’s nice being a writer too, though sometimes I wish the words would just sort themselves out and give me a break…

  267. Eva

    Dear Angie,
    I’ve read all your books a few times and I love them. There were some things I was wondering about though.
    First of all, how come you made Beatle three years older than Sep and Jenna? I’m fourteen now, and I have friends who are seventeen, and it feels like they’re grown ups and I’m not. Like when I tag along with them, they’re babysitting me or something. It was different when we were little kids, but now it’s a bit strange. So I was just curious about why you chose to make Beatle so much older than the others. I suppose Sep and Jenna act older, but stil…
    Also I’ve got a prediction. And I’m sure you won’t be able to tell me if I’m right or wrong, but on my last run through I noticed some things and it seems like Septimus likes Alchemy more than magyk sometimes. I thought maybe he’d become the new castle alchemist and Simon would get to be Extraordinary Wizard like he’s always wanted. I only half think this’ll happen, though.
    Alright, well thank you for taking the time to read this! It’s very wonderful of you.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Eva,

      I made Beetle older as he had quite a responsible job and I thought 11 years old was too young to be doing it. I agree there is an odd gap sometimes but it soon goes. And Sep and Jenn are quite mature really and have a lot of responsiblity. And maybe Beetle is a bit of a kid at heart.
      Your prediction is something I have thought of, I must admit. And very perceptive… But you will have to read Fyre to find out!

  268. Isabelle

    Hello Angie! Firstly, I would just like to say that I am a massive fan of the Septimus Heap novels, and I have recommended them to a lot of people in my class at school, and they all loved them too! My question is this:
    I am an aspiring writer myself, and I recently finished my first book. On Microsoft Word it is (currently) 100,102 words long and is a fantasy novel. I really want to get my book published, but I don’t have any idea of how to go about it, as I am still at school. I was wondering if you could possibly give me any advice on how to go about finding an agent and eventually a publisher for my book. I would be extremely grateful if you replied to my question! Thank you again, and I am really looking forward to reading Fyre!

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Isabelle,

      Well, congratulations on writing a novel – and a fairly substantial one too.

      This is a tough question to answer, because getting published as a new writer is a very difficult thing to do. I think the big thing is to make sure your book actually is up to the standard where it has a chance to be published. And for that you need some professional advice. There are agencies that will advise you but of course they charge. You could try joining a writers group and see if you can get some feedback on your novel first.
      It is quite an advantage to be still at school and young if your novel is good, because that is a BIG selling point. But it must be good.

      If you live in the UK I would recommend The Writers and Artists’ Year Book. A new one is published each year and has up to date info about agents and publishers. I used it years ago to find my first illustrators agent. You do really need to find a literary agent first as it is hard to get publishers to read what they call ‘unsolicited’ novels.

      So … you need to get some honest, unbiased feedback on what you have written first. Then go from there. Let me know how you get on. You can contact me on Twitter @AngieSageAuthor.

  269. Congratulations on the film angie โค

    • Angie Sage

      Thank you, Sleenki! But maybe congratulations are a little early… We will wait and see what happens first.

  270. Wotcha, Angie!
    I have thought up how to make a chemestry sandwich, and am thinking about what yummy sweet or savory sauces or other things to make oozing out the wholes. do you have any suggestions?
    O. Beetle Beetle

    • Angie Sage

      Wotcha Beetle,

      are you sure about this? sounds dangerous to me… well, if you want sweet, then some kind of strawberry jam for the red. Lemon curd for the yellow. Or if you went savoury, that would be easier as you could use melted cheese and pickle … smashed up gherkins … liquidised baked beans … hmm, not sure if I want any supper now though.

  271. Lexi

    hey angie,
    in syren stanley adopts four ratlets caled faith,sydney,edward and lydia but in darke they’re called flo,mo,ro and bo.Why?
    also, good luck with darke!!!!!!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Lexi,

      Stanley changed his mind and did not tell the author in time. I have had words with that rat, he is nothing but trouble…

  272. Myka


    I was reading through some of the recent posts here and noticed a question about the cover of Fyre. You said the part of the top of the WT that is on the cover was lost… so when the lost piece and its counterpart come together, will the heiroglyphics be able to be read? Or does that give too much of the story away? ๐Ÿ™‚


  273. Sophie

    Hello Angie,

    I really love your books, I have all of them on my kindle and read them on a loop over and over again!!
    I was just wondering why in Physik, Snorri’s boats cabin is made from apple wood and in Darke is made from cherry wood, is there a reason?
    Does Septimus ever become extraordinary wizard?
    Do Jenna and Beetle ever get together? I think they are perfect for each other!!
    And finally, what shall wolfboy;s duties be now that the dragon boat is in Jannit’s boatyard?
    Hope you have a fantastic summer!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Sophie,

      Well, the Alfrun was badly damaged after she was stolen from Quarantine Dock and Snorri had done a lot of refurbishing. The nearest she could get to apple wood was cherry. But there are still a few pieces of apple wood left.

      Your next two questions I will leave to Fyre to answer. And your last one… well, that is exactly what Wolf Boy himself is wondering. He will find out in TodHunter Moon (the trilogy following on from Septimus Heap)

      And thank you We had a nice but busy summer. Hope you had a lovely summer too!

  274. laura

    hi angie,

    i have two questions:

    1. when is the septimus heap stories meant to be set. Because from the surroundings it seems like it should be the past, but a few things in the book make you think future…or is it neither really?
    2. Do you think you are anything like any of your characters? If so, which one do you think you are most like and why?


    • Angie Sage

      Hi Laura,
      1. You will find out in Fyre!
      2. Oh … that is hard for me to say. I suspect there are bits of me in lots of the characters. Possible a little bit Marcia, a little bit Beetle, a little bit Septimus…
      And why? Well I guess like Marcia I do like to understand completely what is goign on and to be able to do something about it. Beetle … I share his love of nice pens, stationery and general booky stufff. Septimus … I too was attracted to Physik (medcine). I feel really weird with heights too.

  275. Lachie.hi

    wotcha angie
    are you making any more movies?

    • Angie Sage

      Wotcha Lachie

      Well, I haven’t made any yet!
      Actually, it is not me who is doing the movie, but Warner Brothers, which is why I don’t know much about what is happening movie-wise right now.
      But I would very much one day like to write a screenplay. We shall see…

  276. Flore

    Hi Angie, I’ve got one question about Magyk :

    The extraordinary apprentice become extraordinary wizard when : the last extraordinary wizard die or when he spend the seven years and one day whith the extraordinary wizard?

    I love Magyk really, and I want congratulate you ๐Ÿ™‚
    See you

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Flore,

      Thank you – so pleased you love Magyk!

      The ExtraOrdinary Apprentice does not necessarily become EOW as often there will be more than one. But it is recognised as a good training for any kind of Wizarding.

      EOWs do not have to die, they can – and often do – retire. It’s a tough job and people get EOW burn out after about 15 years. Some hang on forever of course but that is not popular at the Wizard Tower. They often get delusions of grandeur and start doing very silly things.

  277. Skye:)

    Angie, I’m just wordering, what part of Darke was the most fun to write? Also, I love writing and I write a lot so do you have any tips on writing? (also, do you like Beetle and Jenna together?)

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Skye,

      I think the most fun part was when they were all going to the Ramblings with Thunder. I don’t know why, but it was because it was lovely to go back to the Ramblings again, even under difficult circumstances.

      Writing tips … I think the most important thing is that you feel your characters are real people and so then your readers will. You need your readers to really care about what your characters do. So walk in their shoes with them. Become them when you are writing about them. And just keep on writing and accept that you will probably throw away more than you keep. Especially at the beginning. Also get people to read what you have written and listen to what they say. even if you don’t agree with it, they are your readers and it is them you are writing for… Good luck!

      And Jenna and Beetle… well wait until Fyre. And then more in TodHunter Moon, seven years on.

  278. lily

    hi i was wondering,
    is marcia’s name pronounced

  279. ceecee

    is marcias name pronounced marcia or marsha

    • Angie Sage

      hi ceecee

      Mar – see – ah! How weird that two identical questions came in at the same time… well, 3 minutes apart. spooooky

  280. Carrie

    Hi Angie,

    First, I’m sorry if one (or some) of my questions were answered already, but I just started reading AA, so I still have a lot of reading lying ahead of me ๐Ÿ™‚
    But here are my questions so far:

    1. I’m really curious about who came up with the book covers. (Were those also drawn/designed by Mark?) I think they are a brilliant idea, and I love the fact that they always look like the books in the stories! They are really beautiful.

    2. What exactly is the “personal feud” between Marcia and pythons you mentioned in AA4?

    3. How old can Wizards become? Do they age “normally”, like we “normal people” do?

    4. Marcia is my favourite character, I think she’s great, and I would love a whole book about her! Do you have some ideas already what you might tell/write about her?

    5. I know Book 7 will be released in April 2013, but do you happen to know anything about a possible German release date? Having in mind that it has to be translated and everything, I know it must be a few months later, but could it still be in 2013? And is Germany on your tour list for Book 7? (Maybe somewhere near Stuttgart would be really great ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    Looking forward to Fyre! Have a great summer! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Angie Sage

      It was me! I am really pleased with how it has worked. They are drawn and painted by Mark, I think he liaises with HarperCollins art department on the initial stages, about what should go where and we all kind of talk about colours and stuff like that. everybody gets to have a say and it works very well. Mark is such a brilliant artist.
      2. Aha. She had a nasty python incident some time in the past. I shall say no more.
      3. Yes, they are just like us in that way, although a few darke ones have been drawn into the eternal life potion stuff, but it never really works. You have to get the alchemists to fix that.
      4. I would like to write a biography of Marcia. I don’t know when it will be, but I am making notes now. There are quite a few Septimus bits and pieces I want to do and Marcia is definitely one of them. There is still a lot of marcia’s past that I don’t know about and I am looking forward to discovering things.
      5. It will be a little later I am guessing but Hanser are very quick at getting it all put together. I have been to a couple of literary festivals in Germany and I love being there! It will be up to my German publisher (and if the festivals ask for me) as to whether I come over. But I would love to!

      I hope you had a lovely summer too!

  281. Myka

    Another question – all the maps of the Castle show it to be about a mile in diameter, but somewhere (in Flyte, I think) you wrote that the Long Walk was nearly or over a mile long. Which is right?



    • Angie Sage

      HI Myka,

      the maps are right. It feels like a mile long, but is about 500 yards, I think.

  282. Myka

    Aaah! – really sorry, there’s a question I’ve been wanting to ask for a while which I forgot to put in the last post. Why didn’t Talmar notice that Septimus didn’t have his Senior Apprentice ribbons on? I’d think she would have just refused to bring him to Hotep Ra if she noticed this, so I thought maybe the whole ribbons tradition was started later than Hotep Ra’s time.

    Thanks… again ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Angie Sage

      HI Myka,

      yes the ribbons are a fairly recent thing. The Wizard Tower went through a time of being rather grand and obsessed with uniform. It has grown out of that now but the ribbons have stayed.

  283. Adriana Matijak

    Hi Angie. I first found out about your series was at the Library. I was looking around and saw an Araminta Spookie book. On the back there was an intresting ad for Magyk. I am a big fan and I was wondering if you would continue the books after #7? Also another question would be when is the movie coming out?

    • Angie Sage

      HI Adriana,

      I’m so glad you picked up Magyk!
      The main series ends at book 7, but the world of Septimus doesn’t! I am planning to continue things 7 years on in a trilogy called TodHunter Moon. We will be meeting all the usual gang plus a few more.
      And the movie – its gone awful quiet. I have had no news for almost a year now.

  284. Magyk butterfly

    I’m a HUGE fan of the septimus books! I can’t wait for FYRE to come out! I live in NZ but are traveling around Europe/France/London in the next month! Are you goingvto be around anywhere

    • Angie Sage


      Oh, I am sorry my reply is a bit late for you… I hope you are enjoying your travels. I am hiding away writing at the moment, so no plans to go anywhere right now, I’m afraid.

  285. Kyra

    Hi Angie! I am an American living in Bavaria, and was wondering if you will be in Germany or Austria anytime soon.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Kyra,

      I love coming to Germany but no plans at the moment. But I have been to two literary festivals, so maybe they will ask again!

  286. clancy

    Hi Angie,

    Will you ever be writing a book/series about when Septimus is ExtraOrdinary Wizard?

    • Angie Sage

      HI Clancy,

      now that would be giving too much away!
      But if he is going to be EOW, then yes, I will do a book about it.

  287. Josh

    I’d be willing to be this has been answered before, but are we ever going to see merchandise? T-shirts? Toys? Anything like that? I’m dying for a dragon ring of my own, or the two-faced ring… Or an awesome little pouch filled with charms! I’m just telling you now, if/when they do come out, I will be an avid collector ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Josh,

      I need to find out about this, but I have a horrible feeling that those rights went with the movie rights. I may be wrong though. Soooo complicated.

  288. sepnsyrah

    Hi Angie, I love your books and I just have a few questions…
    -What exactly happened to Syrah? So after she got Dispossessed she fainted because she realized Julius Pike was dead, but why didn’t she wake up? And what is the disenchantment chamber supposed to do for her? Darke was the first book I read in the series, so I assumed that she was being disenchanted to get rid of a curse or something, but now I realize she was already released from the curse, or rather, possession…so why didn’t she wake up and how is disenchantment supposed to help? The answer is probably obvious and I’m just stupid…but I still wanted to ask ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Is there something romantic going on between Jenna and Septimus? I just thought it was a brother/sister sort of thing until I read this blog. Just my humble opinion, but if they do have um, something going on, it sorta creeps me out. But whatever you have planned I’m sure will work out:-)
    -will the villain in Fyre be connected to DomDaniel (like Merrin for example), or Tertius Fume (like in Queste and Syren), or are you introducing someone new entirely?

    • sepnsyrah

      Sorry I accidently hit “post comment”… I had one more question.
      Why is everything in Spetimus Heap based on “a year and a day”? Like a ghost’s resting time needs to be a year and a day, for example.

      Bye and thanks:-)

    • J

      I have been wondering what Disenchantment meant too. you are not stupid.

    • Angie Sage

      DisEnchantment is a long, slow process and Syrah is very weak after so many years of Possession, so it has to be done very gently. Possession is a very powerful Enchantment and can take years to untangle.
      Jenna and Sep are really close, like brother and sister. They do care a lot for each other but the more time they spend together, the more they feel like siblings (even though they are not actually related)
      The villains in Fyre are connected to … well, that would be telling!

  289. Lala

    Hi Angie ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’ve had a great summer!
    I’m looking into a job as an editor, and I was wondering if you could put me in touch with your editor, so that I may ask he/she some questions about the job. I feel as though they’ve done a great job with your series, and HarperCollins has published a lot of my favorite books and series. If you’re allowed to do this, can you give me their contact information?
    Thank you!

    • Angie Sage

      HI Lala,

      I don’t think I can give out my editor’s details without asking her – and she is sooooo busy- her main job is not editing anymore. I think you would be best to write direct to HarperCollins and ask them if you can talk to an editor. You could see if they do internships, if you were in the UK I would suggest that as they are very useful ways of seeing how things work.

      Good luck with your job hunt!

  290. Ponine

    Hi again, Angie!

    I love to write and hope to be an amazing author like you someday. Do you know when you first started writing? And what was the first book or piece of writing that you got published?


    • Angie Sage

      HI Ponine!

      My first book published was in 1989, called Monkeys in the Jungle & I illustrated it too – it was for toddlers and had rhyming coulets on each page. I began writing really late, it took me a long time to figure out how to write so that people wanted to actually read it.

      Here’s wishing you lots of luck and fin with your own writing!

  291. J

    Hey Angie!

    I want to tell you something.

    A good plan that I would suggest is…

    What If the key object, the thing that helps make everything right, was with Sep… all along?

    (I mean the ring ๐Ÿ™‚ )



    P.S. Its my bday today. Please make my present from you be answering this.

    From your greatest fan,


  292. marcia

    Where did Milo and Cerys meet and what made Milo decide that he wanted to have Cerys instead of Marcia? If I were him, I think I would have picked Marcia instead. Did Marcia have to attend the wedding of Cerys and Milo? Is Milo really a โ€œbad boy?โ€

    • Angie Sage

      HI Marcia,

      Yes, I would have picked Marcia too. But it is hard to turn down the Queen. Marcia did attend the wedding and it was not a good time for her. But at least she didn’t stand up and sing that song, “It should have been me!”
      Milo was a bit of a bad boy but he is getting more mature now. He is mellowing.

  293. Mary


    I had read the first few comments on the first page and noticed that there was going to be a movie. I hadn’t heard this and I’m super excited! But instead of reading through all 5 pages I was hoping you could give an update on all things Septimus Heap Movie. I would really appreciate it!


    • Angie Sage

      Hi Mary,

      Yes, it was exciting at the time, but it has gone very very quiet right now and I feel as if there is not much happening. This is the way it goes with movies, so I am told.

  294. Kate

    Hi Angie!!!
    I โค the sep books I found them at the book store one day and instantly loved them I'm aal through the books and awaiting the last…!!!!!!!!!!! I was wondering if you'd ever come to California USA I live there and want to meet you soooo bad!!!

  295. Pearl

    Me again.
    This is just a question from aspiring author to a very talented successful author:
    I’ve been writing my NaNoWriMo this summer (National Novel Writing Month: you have to complete 50,000 words by the end of the month) and it’s begun to feel more like a chore than a fun hobby to have to write my length of words for the day. I’m doing the competition because it’s the only way to get myself to write – I’m usually too lazy. The problem is that I don’t even know what my story is about: I’m just making it up as I go along.
    So I’m wondering, was there ever a time for you while you were writing the Septimus Heap books that you just didn’t want to write anymore? Or when you just didn’t know what to do next and threw in something random to keep the story going? If yes to that last question, your books atleast turned out amazing – mine just feels dead.

    • Angie Sage

      HI Pearl,

      well, I have to say this sounds like my worst nightmare. I am not surprised it is getting to you.
      My thoughts … Its not how many words you write but what words you write. Maybe it is time to stop and take a breath? And consider the reason you are writing…
      It may be that this has just kickstarted you into really getting into writing and it has now done its job.
      Yes, often with Septimus, particularly with the later books when I had more to think about, I didn’t want to write anymore. But of course, I had to. You just carry on… And yes, I did get stuck, but what I would do then was to talk about it to someone I trusted. Then I’d sort it out that way and go back to it. You can occasionally throw something in that is random, but not too often, as I imagine you have discovered.
      Good luck, and remember,
      Make this thing your servant, not your master!

  296. Salvatore

    love your books, very magickal. i don’t know if anyone asked this yet, but i always wondered is there a name for the place sep lives and all the different areas like the castle? personally i do love how the castles name is just “the castle” or like “the port”. blessed be!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Salvatore,

      There is no name, they don’t see the need for one. The Castle and the Port says it all. And i don’t think they really believe that there are any other places like theirs, so why name them? They are THE Castle. The only one!

  297. Laura cooper

    Does Jenna Heap have a middle name?

    What is her date and time of her birth?

    • Angie Sage

      Jenna doesn’t have a middle name. Sarah Heap was so confused by her arrival and so devastated by Septimus’s ‘death’ that she coudln’t think straight. And neither could Silas.
      Jenna was born on December 21st at one minute past midnight.

      • Laura cooper

        That’s is funny because i was born on the 22. Of December

  298. nicko heap

    I live in Greece and have read the first three books.Do you know how many books are in Greece and where can I find them?

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Nicko,

      I am sorry to say that there are only 3 books out in Greece, I think something happened to the publisher… It is a shame not to have them in your own language.

  299. Magykfan

    Hi Angie,

    Congrats on Fyre! I am sooo looking forward to reading it! Will it be out in February for Canada too???
    I just love the Magyk series and i’m a little sad its going to end, but it makes perfect sense to stop at the seventh book. I’m 13 and I started reading your books when I was 9, and every year, I reread the series and I still don’t get tired of it. Your an amazing writer! I even suggested Magyk to a couple of friends. I hope the movie thing works out!

    Thank you so much!:)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Magykfan,

      You will have Fyre in Canada as soon as the US have it – so that means as soon as it is out. But It does seem that it will be out in April rather than February…. I am really sorry you have to wait a bit longer.
      It’s lovely that you have been reading Magyk since you were nine – and re-reading it too.
      I am planning a trilogy now that carries on from the series 7 years on, so you can see what everyone is doing. So Septimus is not over yet!
      I hope the movie works out too, we will have to see… thank you so much for spreading the word about Septimus too!

  300. Ananya

    Hi Angie!
    Firstly thanks for replying! I have come up with some more questions. (Sigh) troublesome me!
    1) It is said that Fyre will be out in April 2013. When will it be out in India? ( I’m an Indian and almost all the books are published here way after their release overseas.)
    2) How do you know exactly what to write, when and how to write it? I mean when (rather if) I write, I have a tough time trying not to get all muddled up.
    3) How does Jannit take care of the dragon boat? It is an enormous thing isn’t it?
    4) What colour is Spit Fire?
    5) How old and big is the castle exactly?
    6) Is Dom – Daniel done with? Forever?
    7)Will the rest of the Heaps (in the forest) ever come to live with Sarah and Silas, forever?

    I guess I have to say, I love your books and Septimus and Jenna and Beetle and Marcia… The list is endless!

    ~ Ananya.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Ananya,
      1. I am sorry to say that I don’t know when Fyre will be out in India. It is hard to find these things out. I do ask my publisher but then they have to ask the Indian publisher and usually I find the reply gets lost. The best thing is for you to write to the people who publish Septimus in India and ask them direct.
      2. Well, I get muddled too! I get less muddled now that when I first began to write as I have learned to think about plotlines and logic as well as the characters. All I can say is it is a skill to be learned by actually doing it. You will find that you get better. Sometimes it helps to explain the story out loud to someone. That way you can immediately see the inconsistencies.
      3. Jannit doesn’t take care of the Dragon Boat. She finds it very weird. But Jenna has been looking out for the Dragon Boat, as you will discover in Fyre. And later it will be Septimus. But at this present time in the series, the Dragon Boat is still in a twilight world of sleeping.
      4. He is a green dragon. They are the only dragon you would ever want to keep. The blue ones fly away and the red ones eat you.
      5. The castle is ancient, thousands upon thousands of years old. And the size… This has been one of those muddles! It is about 3 miles in diameter, roughly.
      6. Yes! However, if you still like DD, he is back in The Darke Toad as that takes place in the interval between Magyk and Fyre.
      7. The Forest Heaps do come back to the Castle in FYRE, but I don’t know how long they will stay. We will have to see…

  301. Salvatore

    Hope anyone can help me with this. i just received Physik (OLD EDITION Hard Cover) from Amazon and it did not come with a cover. it has the hard cover but not the paper cover that has the actual design. Anyone know how to get one (not the new edition)? i think the covers of angies books are amazing because they are books from the story and its funny that you can read them and when you are done you can have them out as decor and they look like you been at the Wizard Tower Library.

  302. Merlin

    HI Angie,
    I was reading though these questions and just thought of one my self
    Do the queens of the castle only rule over the castle or will Jenna rule over the port or maybe further. So I was basically asking the extent of Jenna’s land as Queen.
    I really love your books they are amazing. I just love escaping into magical fantasy worlds. So thank you for that opportunity.
    Can’t wait for Fyre.

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Merlin,

      It is a small Queendom – just the Castle. The Queen is highly respected in the Port – and, as you will find out in FYRE, she also has a small Palace there. But the Port looks after itself, as most places in the Septimus world do. There is a Port Reeve who is elected ever four years and is nominally in charge. But no one takes much notice of her or him.
      And thank you for you lovely comments!

  303. Arianna (A.K.A the biggest septimus heap fan no matter what)

    Are Jenna and Septimus together? Because they aren’t truly brother and sister. I mean they look cute together. Also congrats on the Ask Angie 5!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Adrianna,

      thank you! Jenna and Sep get on really well but they are not together. Even though they are not truly brother and sister, over the years since they met they have begun to feel as if they are. I agree, they do look cute together. But I think that ‘Just good friends’ describes them best.

  304. sleenki

    Hi Angie
    I have asked questions before please don’t think I am baggering ๐Ÿ˜›
    if Jenna lernt to do the you shall not see or hear me spell in book one then why are her eyes still green?
    from Poppy

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Poppy,

      You mean why are her eyes still violet? Most people can learn to do a spell or two, but it doesn’t mean they have a Magykal part of themselves. Magyk is a skill that, up to a point, can be taught. But to go further you have to have a natural talent, which Jenna does not have. Only if you have this talent do your eyes turn green.

  305. Andrew

    hey Angie i was wondering if you were going to end the seires with fire or are you going to continue wrighting this amazing storys on septimus heaps amazing journeys p.s. sorry i’m very add at spelling

    • Hello Andrew,

      I understood your spelling fine, and that is the main thing! The big series ends at book 7 but I shall be writing a shorter trilogy that goes back to the same world 7 years later. So you can see what they are all doing when they are 21.
      So there are still more Septimus journeys to go on!

  306. Kyra

    Servus from Bavaria, Angie!
    I am attempting to write a novel in my free time but I’m five chapters in, and I feel that I need to scrap everything but the basic plot and start again. Is that normal and with which I need to get over, and is it something you have experienced? I feel that it is still a good idea and deserves a good follow-through, too, but I seem to be in need of a way out of this pit of a problem. Thanks, Angie!

    P.S. Pronunciation: S air fus (long u)

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Servus,

      If you have a good basic plot you are winning! It may be that the part you have written is not the beginning but the middle – this has happened to me a couple of times. See if you need to go back a bit and start earlier in the action. Or you may have written some useful backstory that is not going to work in the actual book. Or maybe you are just seeing it all from the wrong character’s point of view…
      Do not despair, nothing is wasted. And it is not unusual to have to start over again! Good luck.

  307. katie

    wotcha angie!
    i have read your books 7(ish) times they are amazing every time! YAY!
    one question though……… know in the begininng of flyte simon finds don daniel in the marsh. but in the darke toad you say dom daniel in it. so ether he doent come out or he ends up there again.
    thanx for your time
    katie your BIGGEST fan!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Katie,

      The Darke Toad takes place with DD’s bones. He is trying to get them Clothed…

  308. Ananya

    Ehh… Sorry about the Spit fire’s colour question. I had momentarily forgotten it… And I just read the FAQs so you’d probably not know when the books will release in India. You see I am a little new to the series and haven’t read them as many times. Nor am I familiar with this site. I have just started exploring. So just in case I ask any stupid questions like those, you can not answer…
    Uhh.. which books would you recommend for a thirteen year old girl? Because I am a terrible biblomaniac and would love to know the books you would want me to read.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Ananya,

      Don’t worry, you can’t be expected to know everything!

      There are so many good books out there… but I am not up to speed with books for your age group. That may sound weird but I try not to read anything in the same genre in case I pick up stray ideas by mistake. But, having said that, I do know my daughters at your age loved Terry Pratchett and his discworld series. I also at your age loved the Mervyn Peake series, Gormenghast, which I fear has a few echoes of Septimus. And TH White, The Sword in the Stone is great too. You could also try Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Moonfleet by JM Faulkner and The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. And have you read the Lord of the Rings series yet? Also John Wyndham’s sci fi is great – like the Day of the Triffids… So much wonderful stuff to discover – lucky you!

  309. J your greatest fan (a.k.a the equivalent of ariana)

    Hello again angie!

    A couple of my first messages didn’t process, but here i am!

    I am a serious fan of ALL of your books. One of my friends loved Magyk, but stopped at Flyte because to him it was “boring.” I decided to keep reading, and I am glad I did.

    One of the questions that I have is are you going to keep writing your completely AWESOME, GLORIOUS, AMAZING, SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS stories?

    2. Does Syrah Syara have an important part in Fyre?

    3. I didn’t quite get where Snorri went missing. Could you please clarify that?

    4. Has Wolf Boy become the Keeper? Because the Coven figured out that he was cutting off the tip of the Grims tentacles, and he fed the tip to the Jinnee.


    The Mysterious J

    (It would be a nice bday present, even if it is late!)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello J,

      Well, I’m glad you kept on reading too!

      And yes, I am going to keep on writing. Next will be a trilogy taking place 7 years after FYRE. We get to meet all the old gang plus some new people too.

      Yes, Syrah does have an important part to play in Fyre!

      Snorri went home rather suddenly, I must confess. Her mother came to see her in Darke and Snorri went home with her. So much happened that it was hard to fit everything in, but she is in the endings there. We will see more of Snorri in TodHunter Moon, though.

      It’s ok about the tentacle. It is the fact that he did it that counts. And actually, there was a tiny bit left squashed in the pouch. It wasn’t very nice by the time he got it back but that didn’t matter. So he can become Keeper.

      And, Happy Birthday to You!!

  310. I Angie, it’s me again, how are you? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love your books, and I think, I’d say it again and again ^^

    How is come the idea of Septimus Heap’s books? Have you got a prefer character, or you love them all? How long have you been created everything in your head? The story about Jenna, the Wisard Tower… I love writing, and I’ve already written stories. Ask a famous writer as you fascinates me. It’s for that, I interview you, for know how write a perfect book ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m sorry if I make mistakes, because I’m not english ^^

    Spend a good day and see you ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Flo,

      I don’t know exactly where the idea for Septimus came from, it just felt like a place I knew about already. And some of the people in it felt the same way, like I had met them before somewhere. Which is strange.

      I don’t know how you write a perfect book – I wish I did! I bet a lot of writer wish they did too. I think all books have flaws in them, but the main thing that matters is that you really care about the characters and what happens to them.

      Good luck with your writing – it is the people in the stories who count!

  311. Myka

    More questions! ๐Ÿ˜€

    These are mostly about the Manuscriptorium. If the Pick was so corrupt with Darke it only removed one pen, was that one pen the pen of the person who would be the worst at the job? Did the Pot just kind of toss out pens in the order of worst choice to best, and the Darke made it too slow to throw out more than one?

    Also, if Beetle’s pen never was put in the Pick at the end of Darke, who would have become CHS? Would it have been Foxy – because I think it was so amazing of him to give up his chance when he knew he might have a chance at becoming the CHS. Speaking of Beetle’s pen, I kind of hoped things would turn out the way they did. ๐Ÿ™‚ When he got fired in Queste, I was really, really sad for him – but as soon as he was fired I yelled (yes, aloud ๐Ÿ˜€ I sometimes talk to books, but luckily this time it wasn’t during class) “Leave the pen!!!!!” ๐Ÿ˜€ And when he did I knew someday he would have his chance in the Pick. I didn’t know when – I honestly did not see Jillie’s death coming until after the Maund, which made things seem pretty bleak for her – but I knew he would ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again, I know answering all these questions is probably kind of overwhelming at times – there are already over 250 fan comments answered on AA5, and it’s only been a few months!


    • Angie Sage

      Hello Myka,
      The Pick previously was open to influence. So DD was able to influence the selection of Hugh Fox. Not all CHSs were wrong, but the possibility was there.
      I don’t know who would have been CHS. I think Foxy would maybe be a little too nervous. Give her a few years and Romilly Badger would be good. I reckon there would have been a short term older scribe and then Romilly.
      Having Beetle become CHS was something I planned from the moment he got fired by Jilly Djinn. So you saw it coming … I love to think of you shouting out YES! It is odd with Jillie Djinn because when I first wrote about her I thought she was going to be a really good and subtle CHS and then the more I wrote, the more annoying she became. It surprised me. I hadn’t worked out how to get rid of her for a while, but I did think, well, people do die from stress and horrid things happening, and the Darke would have weakened her. And it just felt right. But it was her refusal to listen to advice about Merrin that was her downfall in the end.
      I do love reading what people are thinking about Septimus, and this page does give me a very good idea about what people care about, which is sometimes really useful. I have to admit that some highly detail questions make my brain ache – but it has made me start cataloging the Septimus Index so that I have everything noted down. I used to keep it all in my head…
      Thanks Myka!

  312. pilio

    Hello Angie!
    How is the editing of Fyre coming along? Also, one more question:
    Why doesnt Septimus feel like/ treat Sarah or Silas like they are his parents?
    at the end of darke he says: “sarah, i mean, mum”, indicating he doesnt feel like Sarah is his mother. In fact, when you look at it, Jenna treats Sarah and Silas more like parents than Septimus does, even though Jenna isnt related to them, and Septimus is. In fact, Septimus treats Marcia more like a mother than Sarah… Why is this the case? Is it intentional? And, more importantly, does it get explained in Fyre?
    Anyway, Happy writing!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Pilio,

      The first pass proofs (this is where it is pretty much set and is laid out in pages as in the eventual book) are sitting on my desk now – they arrived yesterday. So I now will sit down and get back into FYRE next week, which will be strange having started working on TodHunter Moon now.

      Septimus loves Sarah but you must remember that he has never lived with her on a day to day basis as he does with Marcia. It is hurtful to Sarah at times, but you are right, he does have a closer relationship with Marcia. And Jenna – as far as she is concerned Sarah is her mum, of course she is. Sarah has brought Jenna up and is a true mother to her. And Silas a true father, it makes no difference that Jenna’s biological parents are other people. What matters is the emotional relationship. So yes, both these things are intentional. I never spelled it out, I hope that it is just something that is obvious from the way they all behave. And this does reflect real life too, I think.

  313. AndB

    Hello long term fan.

    I noticed that on a post a while back that you and a poster talked about two male characters who were gay and for the life of me I can’t work out who they are, so could be so kind as to tell me who they are.

    • Angie Sage

      Well, maybe we ought to wait and see how it goes for them. I think we will have to wait a while, until TodHunter Moon.

  314. When and how are the other trading cards coming out

  315. Maria

    Wotcha Angie!

    I just love your books so much! They are so amazing and have actually inspired me to become a writer myself. (But since l’m only 12 l guess there’s still a long way for that) Sorry for such a late comment btw.

    Anyways, I just have so many questions. So here l go:

    1. I’ve noticed that all of your book covers represent a special book in SH. So, Magyk represents Sep’s Apprentice Diary, Physik represents the “I Marcellus” book, and Darke represents “The Darke Index”. What about the other four?

    2. I’ve been reading through all these comments and I keep hearing people talk about Endor. Who is she and when was she mentioned in the books? Also what kind of connection does she have with Marcia?

    3. Will you ever be coming to Canada? I hope you do. I don’t really mind where you go as it is your choice but if you do come here I would DIE if you came to Saskatchewan. There are always big events in the other provinces but never here! Please, oh please please please Angie!


    • Angie Sage

      Hello Maria,

      You’re not late – no rush here. It’s so great that Sep has inspired you to write too!
      1. You are right about the covers. Here are the ones you don’t get:
      Flyte is the dragon Manual, Draxx.
      Queste: Ephaniah Grebe’s binding of all Snorri and Nicko’s papers.
      Syren: Syrah Syara’s log book in which she wrote her story. The one she gave to Septimus.
      Fyre: A newly-bound copy of Jenna’s The Queen Rules.
      2. Endor was a good friend of Marcia’s in Magyk. She died, I am sorry to say, when DomDaniel took over the Wizard Tower in Magyk. I think people ask about her because they are concerned that Marcia is lonely and does not have a friend. But you will find that she does get one in Fyre. And that is purely because of this fansite!
      3. I would love to come to Canada, but it is down to my publisher there really. We will have to see. And Saskatchewan would be great. The person who I think inspired Marcia used to live and work there for a while. Her name was Maria too…

  316. Jenna( anna )

    hi angie
    you are the best writer ever!!

  317. Jenna ( anna )

    I looove you books

  318. Maja

    Heei Angie! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I love Sep-books and can’t wait for Fyre…
    Well then, here come my questions:
    1) Are there any possibilities for a Sep Game? (for PC or else)
    2) Do you explain Mark Zug how to draw the characters or do you sketch them or…?
    3) Do you know the release date of Fyre and Darke Toad for Germany? (BTW, will Darke Toad have a german version at all?)
    4) I know that Jenna has a private teacher for school things, but what about Beetle and Sep?
    5) Will Jenna ever meet her (ex-)best friend Bo Tenderfoot again?
    6) Once you said that Sep has a little crush on somebody… I think you won’t tell me on what person, right? … ://
    7) Don’t know when, but one time somebody asked you about what Syrah will do after her awakening; whether she will go to an island or if she will be together with Sep. I think you said that it would be more realistic, if she’d go to the island, but I’m not sure… ?!
    8) And there is more I am confused of… You said a (big) while ago that the most important person in Seps life is Jenna and that they do have some feelings for each other. But in what way do you mean? Sister-Brother, Just-Friends or in case with love? Would be fine if you could explain me, ’cause I’m a bit confused… o.O I also mean: In Magyk it says that Jenna likes Boy 412, but she doesn’t know why exactly, because he didn’t say a word to her all time they stayed with Zelda… And she is really upset when Sep was so repellent in Darke just before the birthday. Wouldn’t this all mean that she has a little crush on him (and maybe doesn’t know yet)?
    9) BTW, whether it’s not Sep, does Jen have a crush on somebody else? (I know you will not tell me, but it is worth to try. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    10) What special books are you gonna write (whether you already know) and will they be translated into german too? (Not like Magykal Papers – sadly – but I can understand almost all, but… You know, it would be better, if I could read them in my language…)

    Okay, this are a lot of questions and I think sometimes I have some grammar mistakes or something like that, but I’m german and just 14 years old… But I do my very best! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Angie Sage

      Hi Maja,

      1. Well, maybe that is something I should ask HarperCollins. Nice idea.
      2. I explain nothing but the maps to Mark, he gets the manuscript and takes everything from there. Which is amazing really. But then, I do try to describe everyone in lots of detail.
      3. I don’t know what the release date will be for FYRE in Germany. Hanser are alwasy so good at getting it out ASAP, so I hope it won’t be toooo long after the English one comes out. I don’t know if there will be a German version of the Darke Toad. As far as I know Hanser have not yet bought the rights to it, but they might do. I will ask.
      4. Beetle left school at 11 to start a Manuscriptorium Apprenticeship, which in the Castle is considered as good – if not better – than school. Sep’s schooling is all part of his Apprenticeship too. There is a lot of maths in Magyk, science too. And History and Geography. Also he has to read a book every week and tell Marcia all about it. So its a pretty good education.
      5. She will but it is not part of the story.
      6. Right! No telling. Yet.
      7. I think I did say that. But once I started to think about her when I was writing FYRE I realised that she was not strong enough to do that – and that she didn’t want to. She does actually stay in the Castle.
      8. It’s true, early on in the books they probably did have a little crush on each other, and they were very important to each other too. After all, they had been through a lot together. The reason Jenna felt so close to Boy 412 was because he was a Heap like all her brothers and he reminded her of her adoptive family. Since they have grown older and spent more time in each others company they have become more like a normal brother and sister. The do love each other a lot, but just not in that way.
      9. You’ll see more about jen in Fyre, so i won’t say anything else!
      10. I am hoping that HarperCollins will take the next Septimus idea, which is a trilogy 7 years on called TodHunter Moon. If they do then I hope the my German publisher, Hanser, will also take it. So we will have to wait and see and cross our fingers!

      Thank you, Maya. Your English is very very good!

  319. James

    hey angie,

    i look in the mirror this mourning and my eyes were brown, at 7:00 pm a go to read syren again and after i finnish 2 chapters i close the book, randomly just look into the mirror and my eyes were green!!!!! are your books made with magic of some sort?

  320. When will they heal the dragon boat?

  321. Maja

    Sorry, forgott one question:
    -> Jen and Sep were born on the same day at morning. On this blog you said Jen was born one minute after midnight, but what about Sep? So, who is older and when both were born one minute after midnight, do you know the exactly seconds?
    (I hope I have no grammar mistake that is too horrible…)
    Greetings fom Maja xxxxxxx

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Maja,

      Jenna is older in minutes as Sep was born some hours later. But of course he is now older than Jenna as he spent 6 extra months in the past…

      Your grammar is not too horrible!

  322. Jenna ( anna )

    i think emily blunt is the perfect roul for marcia!

  323. Freya (The Goddess)

    Hi there Angie, I’m now reading your books for about the 20th time and I just want to say:
    “THANK YOU SO MUCH for writing the Septimus Heap series!” I love them and wish you would keep on writing them! I’m sorry to say that, although I am a HUGE fan of yours, I live in Alaska and I can’t go to any of the events you are at! Any how, thanks so much for writing these books! -Freya (The Goddess)

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Freya,

      Thank you! And you are not missing any events (Apart from one in Cheltenham, which is a loooooong way away from alaska) as I am not getting down to writing again. I am beginning a trilogy that will carry on from Fyre – 7 years on. So there will be more.

  324. Freya (The Goddess)

    Hi there, its me again. Sorry, but I forgot to ask these on the last comment I posted.

    1) Does Septimus end up with Syrah? Or does she go back to her Island?
    2) Does Jenna end up with Beetle or not?
    3) And who does Marcia end up with? Maraculus??( I hope I’m spelling that right!)
    And since I know most of these will be answered by Flyte, I guess you don’t really have to answer them…also, while I have read the Septimus Heap series (4 times going on 5) I am noticing that the last time I read the books, I miss-read the names. Here are a few examples: Tertius Fume, I read as Tetrus (Tet-rus) Fume, (and I’m sorry to say, that, to this day I refuse to say Marcia!) , and Marcia as Marsha (I was very young the first time I read the books.) Thanks Again! Freya (The Goddess)

    • Angie Sage

      !, 2, & 3 will either be answered or heavily hinted at in FYRE. And by the time we get 7 years on you will know for sure.
      It’s fine to read the names as you want to – and lots of people in the USA do call Marcia Marsha.
      I love that you have read Septimus so much!

      • Christyna

        So, this whole time when I thought I was supposed to pronounce it like “Marsha”, I was wrong? That would be nice, as I prefer the way I usually pronounce it.

  325. Lachie. aussie

    Hi Angie
    I live in Australia and I was wondering if the Septimus Heap movies would be coming out in Australia as I would DEFINITLY go and see it!
    And when if FYRE coming out in Australia!

    • Angie Sage

      If a movie ever gets made then I am sure it will be out in Australia too. But we seem to be a long way away from that right now, as far as I can tell.
      Fyre should be out with you at the same time as it is out in the UK and USA. April 2013

  326. is the U.S edition of darke any different to the UK version?

    • Angie Sage

      There are different spellings for the US English and the UK English. Some difference in grammar and that is it. I write in UK English and it gets ‘translated’ into US English, then we translate it back to UK English!

  327. Rosemary

    Do you think you will visit the South East of England anytime soon e.g (Kent, Sussex etc.)? Thanks

    • Angie Sage

      I would love to come to Kent as I grew up near Tunbridge Wells and love going back. On the last kind of mini-tour we did try to fix up Waterstones in Tun-Wells but it didn’t work out. You could always try to ask your local bookshop to ask Bloomsbury. I’d be happy to come along.

  328. Rose

    Hi Angie
    (Sorry if my english isn’t very good, I’m from Denmark)
    First I wanted to say that I really love all the Septimus books and I own all of them and often re-read them ๐Ÿ™‚ I think my favourite is Queste, but all are amazing!

    Now here is my question:
    Since the Foryxhouse is were all time meet, how come that Nicko and Snorri waited exactly as long as the time that had past, couldn’t it as well have been 5 mnutes or even 1 billion years? Kinda complicated question, and hard to explain, but I hope you understand!

    And another question I have is, will Rose be in Fyre too, ’cause I really like her since she’s my name twin! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Love Rose

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Rose,

      Well, your English is great!

      Nicko and Snorri didn’t wait for any particular length of time at all. It felt like a long time to them, but it could have been no more than 5 minutes. That is just the impression you get in the HofF. It is a place where Time is suspended, but seems to go on forever. That is why Nicko and Snorri felt as if they had been together forever–and why in the end they broke up.
      It could indeed have been only 5 minutes. But not a billion years, because it is dependent on the length of time the Magyk of the builling will survive and no Magyk can last that long.
      Questions about time are always hard! I hoped I had sorted it with House of Foryx…
      Yes, you will meet Rose in Fyre. She is becoming more important.

  329. laura177

    Hello Angie,
    Congratulations for Ask 5! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I would like to ask some questions:
    1.Who will be the main antagonist in the seventh book?
    2.Could the ring still affect Merrin somehow?
    3. Will Merrin take revenge against Marcellus (because of his thumb) or Does he still hate Sep more after he saved his life?
    4.Will he ever let his anger go and realise that DomDaniel caused his problems not Sep?
    5. Iโ€™m thinking about his girlfriend (boyfriend if he is gay?) maybe Merrin would behave like Helga in Hey Arnold. (one of my favourite childhood show) She is always angry and hurts Arnold but she just cant show her true feelings, she is too shy and afraid that the others would mock her because of her feelings. I think at the first time Merrin wouldnt realise his feelings and bully his loved one too. This show made me realise something: I know lots of people dont like Merrin cause he is bad and hurt Sep without reason but in Hey Arnold Helga bullied everyone and behaved mean cause her parents didnt look after her then I dont wonder about Merrin who didnt have parents and got hurt. I think his loved one need to be good and carrying to balance him (and opposite sites attract eachothers). ๐Ÿ˜‰ What do you think about this?
    6.Will there be a trilogy after the seventh book? (that is so cool )
    7.Will Merrin be in the new books?
    I know I ask too much about him but as you know he is my favourite. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Laura,
      I am glad you like Merrin. He is a complex character and not the most attractive. When I began to write about him I was going to make him ok very quickly, but he resisted it. Every time I gave him a chance to be better he wouldn’t take it. And then I realised that was because he really was badly affected by what had happened to him. Merrin needed a lot of love as a child and got nothing. It is sad. So, to answer your questions…
      1. Aha, wait and see…
      2. In a way, yes.
      3. Merrin is a little shaken by what has happened. And living with his mother is slowly changing him for the better. But only slowly.
      4. Possibly, in the future. But he is a long way from that now. However, his mother is pretty cross with DD.
      5. Yes, you are right. Merrin is how he is because he has been damaged by his horrible experiences as a child. Simon and Sep do discuss this in Fyre. But there is his character too, which maybe is more susceptible to becoming as he is. However, Merrin’s behaviour is,as you say, mainly a result of his early years. I am hoping that his mother can repair the damage but it will be a long haul, I think.
      6. I have just got a contract for a trilogy that will follow, 7 years on from Fyre. I am really excited. I am just about to post details on Angie’s blog on this site.
      7. We will meet Merrin again, yes.

  330. Jamie

    Hi Angie. I was wondering why is Marcia so against Physiks. Even though Septimus proved he could do it by curing all those people that had been bitten by the snake.

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Jamie,

      Marcia distrusts anything that is not what she thinks as of proper magyk. But the main reason is that Alchemie and Physik are closely related and all EOWs think that Alchemie is dangerous and will lead to the destruction of the Castle. This is explained in FYRE.

  331. Ally

    Hi Angie,
    I am re-reading the series and was wondering, does the hot chocolate that Silas makes near the beginning in Magyk work and taste good? I’m going to try it!

    • Angie Sage

      It does work, though you do need the right kind of chocolate – the kind that has lots of cocoa in it. And it does taste good too!

  332. Ailis G.

    Hey Angie, I was rereading magic for about the thousandth time when I stopped to wonder why Alther had taken Silas on as an apprentice if Silas not a talented wizard.

    • Angie Sage

      Well, Alther was rather taken with the idea of having a seventh son as an Apprentice. Also he did like Silas very much, which is an important consideration. The Heaps are an ancient Wizarding family and Alther felt he was carrying on a good tradition. Silas had a knack of understanding the easy stuff very quickly and so appeared better than he was. But when things got more complex he was not so good. But he was already Apprentice when that became apparent.

  333. Hi Angie! Why did you pick the name Tertius Fume? Does it have anything to do with the Latin word tertius=third?

    • Angie Sage

      Yes, it was because of the Latin connection, as he was the third CHS. Also I like the sound of the word.

  334. marthe

    I am from Norway and wonder ifyou know when Fyre is coming out in Norway.
    From Marthe
    (Sorry if it was wrong writing)

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Marthe,
      I don’t know the date but it will need to have time to be translated … it is difficult for me to find out the date – the best thing you can do is to write to the publisher and ask them.
      And your English is perfect!

  335. Christyna

    Hello, Angie!
    I was wondering- would Jenna have had a different name (other than Jenna) if she were raised by her mother Cerys instead of being raised by the heaps? Did Cerys have a name picked out before she died?

    • Angie Sage

      HI Christyna,

      Yes, she would have done and Cerys (as you will discover) does not like the name Jenna. Cerys was probably going to use a family name, like Matthilda, Datchet or possibly even … argh! Etheldredda. Jenna had a lucky escape, you might think.

  336. Jenna4eva

    Hi Angie,

    I absolutely ADORE septimus heap (i know you probably hear that a lot, BUT IT IS WORTH MENTIONING!!!!)

    also, can you pppppppllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaassssssssssseeeeee come to australia!!! you have TONS of fans down here- most of my friends are addicts, too!!

    • Angie Sage

      Hi Jenna4eva,

      I would LOVE to come back to Australia! I went over a few years ago to the Perth Book Festival and it was fantastic. And I met so many Sep fans it was lovely. But I have to be asked really – so here’s hoping they do…
      Whereabouts in Oz do you live?

      • Merlin

        Melbourne!!! Please come to Melbourne (Victoria)!!!

  337. magykgirl

    what will marcia do in 7 years will she still be in the wizard tower or will she live in the ramblings or will she still be EOW

    • Angie Sage

      Hello Magykgirl,

      well, I am going to be really mean and not tell you – even though I know…
      It would spoil things if I said!
      But you can be sure Marcia will be playing a big part in everything.

  338. AndB

    You say Septimus and jenna share the same birthday, but if Septimus spent roughly six months with Marcelus in the past wouldn’t they now be out of sink, or is the looking glass like walking through the wardrobe.

    • Angie Sage

      Well, you are right about them being out of sync, Septimus is now six months ahead of Jenna really. But that doesn’t affect their date of birth and their birthdays, which remain the same.