Queste by Angie Sage
Series: Septimus Heap #4
There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans—they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets and the place where they fervently hope they will be able to find Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped back in time in physik. But how will Septimus escape the Queste?
Queste, like all the books in the Septimus Heap series, is filled with nonstop action, humor, and fantastical adventure as Septimus continues his journey of Magykal self-discovery.
This is a series that taking a break between books is quite disorienting. You don’t feel like there is that much to keep up with but then you go away for a little while and are uber confused. I will admit I read a wiki summary of all the previous books. It took me forever to remember all of Merrin’s stuff. The Queste doesn’t come into play as quickly as I thought it would. I really loved the fact that Beetle got to be featured more because he really is a great character. Most of this story is focused on the adventure to save Nicko and Snorri. Both Septimus, and ironically Marcia, grow a lot in this book. I honesty think that it is my favorite so far. The “bad guys” seem to have more motivation then just being bad. There is remorse from some. There is also a bit more of an ensemble.