The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage
Review by DeAnna Espinoza
If you're looking for something to keep the family entertained in the car or still looking for a Harry Potter replacement, then Septimus Heap may be what you're looking for. Better than Jim Dale, reader of the Harry Potter series, is Gerard Doyle, reader of the Septimus Heap series (books 2-6) by Angie Sage. In Magyk, the first book of the series, a boy and girl are switched at birth to protect them from a great evil who would prevent them from fulfilling their important birthrights to become a great wizard and queen, respectively. Although Magyk is narrated by Alan Corduner, I highly recommend continuing on with the adventures of Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle as they battle against evil through the audiobooks Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, and Darke, which are narrated by Doyle. The last installment of the series, Fyre, is expected to be released in February 2013. Sure to fulfill the Harry Potter void within, if you find yourself wanting more from this reader, Doyle also narrates the kid friendly audiobooks How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell and Eragon by Christopher Paolini.