Recently I got to see Mark Zug’s illustrations for THM book 3: StarChaser, and they are just wonderful. Of course. Every time I see new pictures from Mark I feel so lucky that he is so much part of the Septimus world.
I’ve been working on a few new things over the last few months, but Septimus is always on my mind – and I think it always will be! Once again, I’m really sorry about the long wait you’ve had for replies to AA7 – life just gets so crazy busy and I lose track of things.
I’ve now got a totally new website: angiesage.com and if you have a question that needs answering fast, just go to the contact page on there and I will get straight back to you.
But stay here too! I am trying to catch up with answers here much more quickly now – I do really love the forum of the sepheap blog, it’s a special place.
Almost one year ago, Alice TodHunter Moon left her PathFinder village to become Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap. The Castle still fills Tod with wonder—it’s hard to believe all that Magyk comes from the great block of lapis lazuli beneath the Wizard Tower.
But in faraway lands, the brilliant blue stone is crumbling to dust. Soon the destruction will spread to the Castle and the Wizard Tower will lose its Magyk and come tumbling down. It seems that the Orm Egg that Tod rescued from the evil sorcerer Oraton-Marr was the Keystone holding the Enchantment of the lapis lazuli in place. But the Egg has hatched now, and the Keystone is no more.
Somehow, from somewhere, another Keystone must be found—but how?
Despite the intrigues of the witch Marissa and the Red Queen, both of whom have their own plans to take over the Castle, Tod sets off on a hazardous journey to find a new Keystone. She has yet to discover that Aunt Mitza has murderous plans in store.
This final installment of the TodHunter Moon trilogy celebrates how hard work, selflessness, and the courage to be who you are can create a harmony that spans the seas and stars.
On Sale Date: October 11, 2016
I’m going to be doing my first ever writers’ workshop for grown-ups soon. It’s in Cornwall way down past Penzance near the romantic and rugged Lamorna cove. The course lasts the week, from Monday 7th March through to Saturday 12th, but I’ll be there on the Wednesday night for talking writing stuff over supper and then we’ll be doing a workshop on the Thursday morning. It would be brilliant if anyone here can make it, it’s a fab place.
Here are the details: http://thewritingretreat.co.uk/2016/02/07/angie-sage-talks-writing/
Hardback bound, no bigger than an iPad, and with a velvety matt surface, you can take A Colouring Book of Hours: Castle with you wherever you go. It will become your own private world that you dip into and develop for an afternoon, or whenever you want a few moments’ peace.
In a series of exquisitely drawn vistas and vignettes, the book takes you through a day in the Castle, from first light and the dawn chorus, to a refreshing sleep in the second-best bed. Take a dip in the morning pool, wander through the labyrinth to the cloud pavilion and the lantern path. A hidden doorway leads to the alchemist’s alcove and, after a visit to the shell grotto, lunch will be set out for you. Next, explore the river walk and the boathouse folly, discover the star garden and the closet of silks. You will need a rest by now: the evening library beckons. Watch the moon rise, climb the night stairs and find the bed you always dreamed of.
A Colouring Book of Hours: Castle is printed on specially tough paper that allows you to use your favourite pens or crayons without the colour bleeding beyond where it is wanted, and without raising fibres from the surface. Unless you are using marker pens, it won’t show through on the other side of the paper either. If you want to be sure, the last page has a space where you can try out your pens. You can also use watercolour paints. Water colour crayons are more convenient: a dab of water applied with a fine brush really makes the colours glow and flow, and you can also blend them. Best to let the pages dry, though, before you close the book. Some people like to frame their favourite pages. The final pages of the book feature some surrounds which you can photocopy, colour in, and use for frame mounts.
First, very big apologies from me for not having been around for ages. I’ve been taking time out to think. After finishing StarChaser – the last book of the TodHunter Moon trilogy – I really needed some time to get my ideas back again. And at last I think they are venturing out once more.
I’ll get back to all the fab questions in Ask Angie very soon, but first … here is a brilliant competition to have your name in StarChaser. I’ve already written the scene, all it needs is YOUR name!
You can enter here: http://www.septimusheap.com/contest
It’s been two months since Alice TodHunter Moon—who insists on being called Tod—left her home in the seaside PathFinder village to pursue a life of Magyk in the Castle. Being Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap is tricky, though—there’s loads of new Magyk to learn, and she dearly misses her friends Oskar and Ferdie. But at least she’s mastered the UnSeen Charm.
She’s lucky she has, too—that UnSeen will come in handy when she sets out with Oskar and Ferdie on a perilous journey to retrieve the Egg of the Orm from the Desert of the Singing Sands. If they don’t reach the Egg before it hatches, the new baby Orm could imprint on the evil sorcerer Oraton-Marr, giving him unlimited Magyk to do with what he wishes. . . .
Bursting with humorous and poignant moments, SandRider celebrates the satisfaction of taking charge of one’s path in life—unexpected adventures and all.
Here’s a great post about SYREN and SANDRIDER from Mary Claire, who writes the brilliant RealRadReads blog and is a big fan of Sep Heap. If you’re into good YA fiction and wondering what to read next, RealRadReads is the place to go.
There’s a petition for the Sep Heap movie – started by a big Septimus fan – up and running at change.org.
Here is the link: https://www.change.org/p/septimus-heap-movie-let-s-make-it-happen
Overnight it gathered over 300 signatures, which is wonderful. I love how how many people love the Sep Heap world!
I’m back. At last. And big BIG apologies for disappearing for so long. It was a bit of a writing tunnel for some time, but now I have finished StarChaser (THM book 3) and I’m back in the world again. Hooray!
Okay, Ask Angie section, here I come.