Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, was robbed from the family a long time ago. Ever since then, it's been Silas and Sarah, raising Nicko, Simon, Maxie the dog, and Jenna, Jenna being rather different than everyone else, mostly according to her eyes, who was actually adopted. On Jenna's birthday, the current ExtraOrdinary wizard, Marcia Overstrand, her symbol and source of power the Akhu Amulet, tells Silas that Jenna is the lost Princess and must come with her in order to be safe from hunter DomDaniel and his tribe, and most of the family decides to join in. Soon, they find a boy from the army frozen and a bit disabled on the ground and they decide to take him with them on their long journey, this Boy 412 silent but holding somehow a large power, heading to Aunt Zelda's to take shelter and think things through.
There are Boggarts who live in the muddy marsh and Brownies who run away from their breath. It has messenger rats that have jobs to relay messages, no matter how tough the journey may be. It has inventive spells that use reflections, make fog, protect with shields, the list is pretty much endless. When there is a map at the start of the book, it's usually a fantasy book, and a long series it will be. This book was, however, sitting on my shelf for a long time and I didn't know when I would pick it up, it seeming way too long, and maybe it is, and while it wasn't always exciting, Angie Sage seems to have thought from previous fantasy stories and made one her own. There are several different stories going on at once, juggled together decently, such as the ghost Alther Mella. A rather interesting thing about hosts such as he in this book is that they can't go anywhere they never were in their lives, like the ladies washroom. That may actually be so for ghosts in real life. While most of the Heaps are trapped at nice Aunt Zelda's cottage, one of the messenger rats, Stanley, is on a journey to relay messages, and I liked how it went into his life, being under pressure by the Rat Council. And while the characters may seem a little flat at first, when I got to know them better with all the time that passed, they were unforgettable.
One thing that brought this book extremely down was that the humour may overdo the doo-doo. I don't know, there was just way too much. Plus, the Heaps are stuck in for a bitter cold winter that everyone must face, and a few characters get captured and locked up. We know they'll escape, but it takes a while for them. Thankfully, it doesn't take too long for us, but characters in stories like this should be locked up for a reasonable time, this not being one of those times. However, in the end, if anyone asked if I wanted to borrow Septimus Heap Book 2, Flyte, I'd say "Yes, please."