I didn't love Magyk, mostly because the story did not focus enough on Septimus. I was much more interested in Septimus than I was in the other characters. I am usually a big fan of writers who can paint with their words, as can this author. Unfortunately for me, because so much of the painting was about other characters, I became a little annoyed with what appeared to be non-essential ramblings. The ending of Magyk suggested that future books in the series would feature Septimus more, so I jumped right into the second book.