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Tuesday, 11 September 2007
07:54:48 PM (GMT)
Eunice Wu
Mrs. Steiner
GTC English 8, Period 5
9/10/07

The book Flyte, by Angie Sage, begins with a boy named Simon Heap, the brother of the
main character, Septimus Heap, going out into the marshes and joining forces with the
living remains of an enemy: a Darke wizard named Domdaniel. The book then presents
the way Septimus, along with his friends and family, fight off an all new Simon, who
had found the legendary Flyte charm and is now able to Fly, and the skeleton of
Domdaniel. The book then ends with Septimus gaining the Charm, along with the gift of
Flyte, and driving Simon off, for a while.
Septimus Heap is the seventh son of a seventh son; in the story, that is said to be
very Magykal. He has powerful magic, and eventually becomes apprentice to Marcia
Overstrand. Marcia is the Extraordinary Wizard, the wizard who is usually the most
powerful and gets more power over others. As the Extraordinary Wizard, she must train
an apprentice who will eventually take her place. Then there is Simon, Nicko, Sam,
Jo-Jo, Edd, and Erik who are all Septimus’ brothers, while Jenna is their adoptive
sister, heir to the throne with assassins out to kill her. Lastly are Silas and Sarah
Heap, the parents of Septimus and the adoptive parents of Jenna.
The story is told from a third person omniscient point of view though it often
changes focus onto different characters every chapter, but still stays in third
person. By doing this, it allows the author to look at and show many more important
characters all in different places yet still make it fit into the story. It also
allows us readers to understand what and why something happened. The switching of the
focus lets us see the thoughts of other characters that aren’t in the same place as
the other characters the book is showing the readers in the chapter, so in one
chapter the focus might be on Jenna by the ocean and the next, Septimus at home,
miles and miles away. Personally, I think that Angie Sage’s decision to do this
enhances the reader’s appreciation of the story.
The setting of Flyte isn’t realistic; there is no Magyk that the human world knows
of at the moment. But I’d guess that it is probably a little bit after the medieval
period. As to the place, I’m not sure where it is located, but it sounds like
Europe. There are only a few main places where the story is told. First there is the
Palace, where the Heap family now lives, due to their taking care of Jenna when her
mother, the queen, died. The Wizard Tower is also located there; that is the place
that Marcia, the best (or Extraordinary) Wizard, lives, as well as all the wizards in
the Palace and its environs. The next place is the Badlands, whose name is pretty
self-explanatory. Dom Daniel lives there, along with his new ally, Simon. All sorts
of dangerous creatures live there; it’s not a place that anyone would like to be at
night. The last place is the Port; it’s a port. Many imports are taken there,
though not all of them are sorted quickly. Some of the imports have been sitting in
the warehouses for centuries. The events in the story are a lot more exciting being
located in post-medieval-like Europe, since there was just about no pollution, no big
skyscrapers, much more interesting places, and Magyk had a lot more use, because
ordinary things actually took time then. So the story was much enhanced, though if it
were placed in modern time, it would still probably be a very good story, but it
wouldn’t have the same effect.
I think that one of the main themes of this novel is betrayal. The book starts off
with Simon getting jealous of Septimus’ being the Apprentice, and rowing off to
betray his friends and family. Then many issues of the same theme arise one upon the
other, spaced out by periods of travel, some celebration, and little bits of
adventure. The real action sets in when the betrayals happen, and almost all of them
have to do with Simon directly. One of the more minor occurrences is when Simon
kidnaps Jenna and runs to the Badlands. The most important one is when the bones of
Domdaniel are hidden in machine parts by a very trusted person, who did not tell
Marcia, the costumer of those machine parts. That caused Domdaniel’s bones to come
together and attack Marcia. As to what the author was trying to tell us, I think it
might be that betrayal often has many unseen consequences, but it often hurts many
people. The story was filled with many of these complicated instances of betrayal and
was most likely what made the story so interesting. 
If I were to compare myself to Marcia, I believe that I will find more differences
than similarities. Like Marcia, I can be very grumpy when I want to, though Marcia is
usually grumpy for a major part of the day. Unlike Marcia, however, I prefer
comfortable and simple clothing to fancy ones. Of course, I am not some ascetic monk
that fasts eleven months a year, so I like to indulge myself now and then, if
possible. But overall, I dislike excessive opulence while Marcia likes to look
impressive and live in comfort. Unlike Marcia, I have quite a bit of patience, so I
don’t hold grudges. Her short temper makes her a scary and ruling figure that’s
not to be messed with.
This book on a whole is most easily connected, by my standards, to the revolutionary
war. Though the fight was not necessarily a fight for independence, there were two
sides and was, in a way, a war. Both sides worked both in the open, as well as
undercover. But the most easily connected aspect was one of the characters: Simon. He
was the Benedict Arnold who betrayed his original side. Working secretly at first, he
was discovered when he kidnapped Jenna. However, the side he was on lost in the end,
just like the British lost finally.
Any good book allows the reader to experience what the characters are experiencing;
and this book was, to me, a very good book. I could feel the anxiety that Silas and
Sarah felt when Simon, their oldest son, kidnapped Jenna. I could feel the fear Jenna
felt when she escaped, that someone would find out she was gone before she managed to
get out of the badlands and Simon’s reach, for a while. I could sense the tension
and apprehension that Septimus and Nicko felt when they got lost in the forest at
night. And finally, I shared the relief and happiness of Septimus and his brothers
when they found Jenna at the port safe and sound. The book had such a variety of
feelings and the descriptiveness of the author’s words helped me to further
appreciate all of them.
As I finished the last pages of the book, all I could think were the few questions
Ms. Sage had left me pondering about. Is Domdaniel truly dead? I find that hard to
believe, especially since the Darke wizard had not seemed at all upset that his bones
were melting. Why did Septimus save Simon? Simon might cause more trouble! And
finally, why did Jenna’s mother’s ghost choose not to Appear to her own
daughter?

Sage, Angie. Flyte. New York City: HarperCollins, 2006.

Comments 
dghgddj says:   11 September 2007   518218  
wow 0.o longylonglong
Ciel_Kitty says:   11 September 2007   762914  
same comment as dghgddj
u.u
xD
 
manduhh says:   11 September 2007   511892  
Wowzers! I wanna read that book too!
 Do you go to the same school as Linda?
kiwily says:   11 September 2007   198414  
I  was too lazy to read it, err, i'm not supposed to be on the
computer in the first place,

but, oh, the book report saga.
yuyu_art says:   12 September 2007   146149  
XDXD yesh it is long. I feel like a nerd
‹.:Claudia:. {♥TheWayWeAre♥}› says:   14 September 2007   125447  
Eunice Wu? o.o? is that your REAL name o.o....

that's a LONG reposrt D: I skimmed it....I dun like reading long
things unless theres a perpous that I like ^^
 
yuyu_art says:   14 September 2007   573286  
XD yay!!! and of course it's long 8D!!!
manduhh says:   17 September 2007   961677  
May I poke at a question?
 Why did Linda say that "Yuyu did a much better job on hers." Was that
a simple misspelling? Or has my whole life been a LIE?! 
DX
yuyu_art says:   18 September 2007   239661  
???What????
XxLoveR4uxX says:   23 September 2007   264252  
wow thats long good job.
Lilmisscutie says:   24 September 2007   622958  
Wow.Very long.....But nice.....I couldn't read it all though....Too
long!I only read alot if I'm not lazy...But today I
am....Lol...Anyways,Nice!
yuyu_art says:   24 September 2007   338956  
XDXDXD
‹Audrey› says:   5 October 2007   846776  
You might want to take your name out if you don't want others to know
you're a girl. o.o;
 
yuyu_art says:   6 October 2007   867531  
X3 s'okay. Eunice is both a boy and a girl's name, you know.
Lilmisscutie says :   6 October 2007   328523  
Lol....Now people r gonna know....Since you guys just said that yuyu
is a girl...

 
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