By Angie Sage
Rating: 4 stars
This is book 6 in the Septimus Heap series. Septimus is back, and this time, he is due for his Darke magic training. But before he can even begin, the Darke comes to meet him! Merrin Meredith, with the help of an evil ring, has created a Darke Domaine and is bent on destroying everyone in the Castle. Septimus, along with Marcia, Marcellus, Jenna, Beetle and even estranged brother Simon all battle together to defeat the Darke. Like other books in the series, there are lots of different plotlines and lots and lots of characters and everyone has to work together to win the day. As ever, the wandering plot is fun to read and fans will be satisfied with the latest installment. Although some may be wondering how the series will end...if it ever does!