{ARC} Book Review: Pathfinder by Angie Sage

January 4, 2016 Review 0 ★★

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC} Book Review: Pathfinder by Angie SagePathfinder by Angie Sage
Series: Todhunter Moon #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 2014 October 14
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 480
Format: E-book {ARC}
Source: Edelweiss
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The first book in a new arc of the Septimus Heap series, telling the story of Alice TodHunter Moon, a young PathFinder who comes to the Castle with a Magyk all her own

Seven years after the events of the original Septimus Heap series, a young PathFinder named Alice TodHunter Moon—who insists on being called Tod—sets out from her seaside village to rescue her friend Ferdie from the malevolent Lady.

She receives help from ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap and Ex–ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, but the Lady’s brother, the Darke Sorcerer Oraton-Marr, has a plan that will put everyone Tod holds dear in danger. To save her people, Tod must embrace her identity as a PathFinder and navigate the often dangerous Ancient Ways.

Full of Angie Sage’s characteristic humor and heart, PathFinder celebrates the joy of discovering one’s own personal Magyk, and of choosing the path that lets that Magyk flourish and grow.

Perfect for anyone who can’t get enough of the world of Septimus Heap!

The Septimus Heap series is in no way perfect. In fact, weighing between the pros and cons of the whole series, the cons had won out.  I think it is Angie Sage’s talent for building a magical world that made me pick this book up. Todhunter Moon is a spin-off series of Septimus Heap that follows the story of a heroine named, Todhunter Moon.  The first in the Todhunter Moon series, Pathfinder brings us back to the same magical world of Septimus Heap but instead of wizards and warlocks,  Angie Sage introduces us to another set of characters endowed with a different type of capability which is pathfinding… or at least she tried to.

Alice Todhunter Moon is a young pathfinder who only wished to be, what else, a pathfinder just like her Dad.  And you know what happens next, ordinary dreams do not really come true for our dauntless young heroine as her father went missing, and thus, she must embark on a quest to save the hapless adult. And so the quest starts and we find our heroine in the thick of evil machinations and discovering that there’s more to her than being a simple pathfinder.  Though it’s a tale that’s really getting old, it can still work wonders as long as executed properly.  Apparently, Pathfinder failed to achieve that and all I got is a story that is not only a Septimus Heap retelling but also long winded, predictable, and simplistic.

Pathfinder spent a lot of time telling unnecessary information that I failed to appreciate our heroine’s journey towards self-discovery.  It didn’t help the fact that most of the major characters from the Septimus Heap series were also given a significant portion of the spotlight in this book when some of the new characters still need fleshing out.  Yes, yes, I really liked getting a glimpse of Septimus Heap and company in Pathfinder but making them a major part of a spin-off series? I don’t think so. It goes to show that Angie is just milking the whole series dry.

I don’t think I’d be able to force myself to read the second book of the series as this one really drained me emotionally and physically.  I can only recommend Pathfinder to those who aren’t able to get over Septimus Heap yet and are in immediate danger from the side effects of Septimus withdrawal, and of course, the illustrations. They’re quite lovely.

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