A little while after the events of the first book, Magyk, Boy 412 who was once as silent as a mouse and was pulled by the Heap family when their castle turned under siege has coincidentally been the missing Septimus Heap all along, the next Apprentice to the ExtraOrdinary wizard Marcia Overstrand. Meanwhile, there is still some Darke shadow that seems to be following Marcia around and Septimus's older brother Simon is upset that Septimus replaced him in the field. Meanwhile, the messenger rat Stanley is in rebellion after the crazy and life-threatening journey he had to take in the last book to get information to the Heap family, and everyone seems to be hunted by a darkness still lingering and threatening to bring the magic world down.
I apologize if my review may not be as flamboyant as it could've been; like the last Septimus Heap, I procrastinated on my review months after I read the actual book...which usually signifies that I don't like a book enough to care about sharing it with you guys, but I think another reason for it is my selected grade. I had a blast with this book, as it dives straight in to a great big thrill ride with a confusing-in-a-good-way abduction and a fun blend of Magyk, especially a charm that can turn anything solid into chocolate and some claustrophobically-described ice caverns. The title also refers to a charm that allows, well, flight, something that causes greed and I feel makes for a fight scene that actually frightened me because I felt the antagonist could come at any corner and kill someone. One quote that resonated with me is when Jenna says if she turned one thing into chocolate she would never escape the grasp. At first I didn't get it because I thought she could eat her way out but after a minute I understood the clever pun.
More magical and adventurous than the original and packed with magic spells that will promote imagination for everyone. While I still feel like Simon was an overantagonized character and some of his actions felt off for a family member, the non-stop suspense helped me devour this book. Also, in the last book the dragon boat felt like it wasn't utilized as much as it should've and the same was for me, but this time it really gets a chance to take off off of the ground. Plus, the book is a lot less gross than its predecessor and some moments with Septimus against Simon that will feel satisfying whenever Septimus can land a blow.
And I'm sorry, but that's all I can say, because I procrastinated on this review too long and lost some of my notes. Bottom line, this is a high fantasy that really works.