Author: Angie Sage
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Septimus has spent a year absorbed in the duties and education of his apprenticeship, but life as the ExtraOrdinary Wizard’s apprentice is never dull. Marcia is being tailed by a Darke shadow that she can’t seem to see. Even worse, Septimus’s oldest brother Simon is convinced that Septimus stole his rightful place and has turned to Darke magic to reclaim what is his. But when Simon abducts Princess Jenna and no one seems concerned, Septimus knows he must set out after her himself. Along the way, he is imprinted by a baby dragon, and discovers the secrets of the lost art of Flyte. But with Simon struggling to raise his master DomDaniel from the dead, even that may not be enough.
Flyte is in many ways, equal to its predecessor. The best of Sage’s writing continues here with humor, a huge cast of colorful, often larger-than-life characters, and a quick-paced plot full of twists, turns, and adventures. Sage excels at taking the traditional components and archetypes of fantasy and using them in appealing, original ways. Like Mercedes Lackey does for adult fantasy, Sage writes stories that in a general way may have been told hundreds of times; she just tells it better than everyone else. Fans of Magyk will not be disappointed, and new readers will be at the library looking for the one they missed.