Queste by Angie Sage is the fourth in the Septimus Heap books, which is a middle-reader fantasy series. I haven't yet read Queste, but it's in line for the next several weeks. I spotlighted Magykal Papers, another Septimus Heap book, last month and will review it in the next few days.
Here is the publisher's summary, which will probably not make much sense if you haven't read the earlier books:
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?I discovered Septimus Heap with my niece, who was in sixth grade when Magyk, the first in the series, came out. She really loved the characters and the story and went on the read the next two novels: Flyte and Physik, as did I. Although the series focuses on a young boy, the plot is fresh and the characters are unique. The novels are definitely for middle readers, but they are fun for adults nonetheless.
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.
Look for a spotlight and/or review later in the month or early next year.
The cover is from the 2009 HarperCollins edition. (Source: Bought; see review policy)