One midwinter’s day, Silas Heap finds a violet-eyed newborn baby in the snow. Although he already has seven sons (the youngest being only hours old), he takes her home with him. But when he arrives, the midwife has proclaimed his newborn son Septimus, the seventh son of a seventh son, dead, and has swept him away.
The Heaps bring up Jenna (as they name the baby) as their own, and though they have their suspicions about her true family, they are only confirmed on Jenna’s tenth birthday, when ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand appears and tells them the truth about Jenna, the day she was born, and the evil forces that now threaten the castle and all inside. They escape to the Marram Marshes, but they can only evade the rising sinister forces for so long.
I thoroughly enjoyed all seven books in the Septimus Heap series, having, in fact, read them all multiple times. Although they are quite lengthy (Fyre, the final book in the series, is 702 pages) they are quick-paced, engrossing, and amusing. Another thing I liked was that despite the main characters aging from ten to fourteen during the series, they stayed true to themselves. I would not, however, recommend it to anyone below nine, as there are some nefarious characters and malicious schemes. I would highly recommend the Septimus Heap series (and companion trilogy, TodHunter Moon) to any reader who likes fantasy, adventure, and (eventual) happy endings.