illus. by Mark Zug. 480p. (Septimus Heap: TodHunter Moon: Bk. 1). HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062272454; ebk. ISBN 9780062272478.
Gr 5 Up—This companion to the series set seven years later, tells the story of Pathfinder Alice TodHunter Moon (Tod). It opens with her first MidSummer Circle, when the 12-year-old and the other Pathfinders of age revel in their legacy—a story told by Dan, Tod's father and leader of the Pathfinders. Tragedy soon follows when he disappears while fishing, and she is forced to live with her wicked Aunt Mitza, who soon plans to get rid of Tod. Luckily, her friend Oskar alerts her and helps her escape, which is when the real adventure begins. A dizzying number of characters brings this tale across its 12 parts. Kidnappings, Darke Magyk, secret passages, sailing ships, message rats, and creatures of all sorts pack the pages, taking readers along. Not surprisingly, all of the characters meet up by means of hubs that slip time and space and reveal Tod's purpose. Fans of the first series will certainly delight as characters familiar and new go on new adventures and reveal new mythologies.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
After Tod's father and village are kidnapped, she must learn PathFinder Magyk and team up with Septimus to save them. Fans of the Septimus Heap books will enjoy seeing the old characters in this spinoff series, but the sheer number of cameos bogs down the plot; new secondary characters are flat, but Tod has a clear, relatable voice.

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