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Sapphique Paperback – 18 Sep 2008
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Simply too good to miss (The Independent)
Bautifully imagined...with big issues and a compelling plot. It is a barnstorming piece of serious fantasy that doesn't put a foot wrong (The Bookbag)
The most cleverly complex and fascinating novel for teenagers I have read since His Dark Materials (Alison A Maxwell-Cox School Librarian)
Fisher has an apparently inexhaustible talent for creating quite extraordinary, but totally convincing worlds (Planet)
The Times Children's Book of the Year 2008...a complex story which explores the themes of freedom, loyalty and responsibility (Cambria)
'... displays all of her usual strenth of imagination ... she is simply too good to miss.' (Independent)
'... stands out above all others. Its imaginative scale and gobsmacking finale make it one of the best fantasy novels written for a long time.' (Times, Amanda Craig)
'one of today's best fantasy writers ... a deliciously dark and scary ride.' (Independent)
'... imaginative, rich in texture and vividly realised. Catherine Fisher writes with consummate skill and depth of feeling.' (The Bookseller)
'One of this year's most striking fantasy novels' (Amanda Craig, The Times)
PRAISE FOR THE ORACLE SEQUENCE:
'... a rich, resonant conclusion to the series.'
'Vivid, complicated, and thoroughly engrossing, this fast paced adventure keeps readers avidly turning pages until the majestic conclusion.' (Horn Book Review May/June 06)
... an intoxicating world reminiscent of the Arabian Nights. Highly recommended. (The Bookseller)
suspense is constantly built ... rattles along at a dizzying pace ... next volume please. (School Librarian)
A crisp, quick-moving narrative and fully fleshed out characters will keep readers hooked (Publisher's Weekly)
A powerful and very exciting adventure story. (School Library Journal)
'... one of the most skilled and original writers currently working in young adult fantasy' (New Welsh Review)
'Beautifully imagined and realised, this novel of future regression is rich with strong characters, big issues and a compelling plot. It is a barnstorming piece of serious fantasy that doesn't put a foot wrong.' (The Bookbag)
'Catherine Fisher is an artist with words ... An engrossing, intricate story of an extraordinary journey undertaken by ricjly imaginative characters' (Carousel)
'a deliciously dark and scary ride.' (Nicholas Tucker, The Independent)
'a deep and sophisticated adventure story' (Write Away)
'... wholly engaging and rushes along as a breathless and nail-biting pace ... a gripping read that should enthral both young and old fans' (Buzz)
'the most cleverly comples and fascinating novel for teenagers I have read since His Dark Materials.' (School Librarian)
A thrilling sequel to the formidable Incarceron.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
While Finn and Claudia are probably the most obvious 'couple' in this series - and despite Attia obviously having a thing for Finn - I couldn't help shipping Keiro and Attia once they'd teamed up again. They spend half their time bickering in a way that suggests they really don't want to admit they like each other and despite the number of times they say they don't need each other, they never abandon each other.
The middle section of Sapphique picked up and there was a good combination of action and explanations, moving the story on and starting to tie things up. Towards the end though, maybe the final hundred pages or so I found the story starting to drag a little.Read more ›
So deep is his depression, he's become useless in helping the Warden's daughter, Claudia, and her beloved tutor, Jared, search for a way back into Incarceron. The situation worsens when a young man who bears a striking resemblance to him challenges Finn's claim as the long-lost throne heir, Prince Giles.
Back inside the prison, Keiko and Attia search for their own means of escape: Sapphique's legendary magical glove. But Finn's prolonged absence and the increasing desperation of their situation - plagues, scarcity of supplies, entire sections of the prison shutting down - stretches their loyalties to the breaking point. As their enemies close in, each pair is in a race against time to save their very lives.
After reading both books in Catherine Fisher's duology, SAPPHIQUE emerges most decidedly as my favorite. While INCARCERON beautifully established this rich and complex world, the sequel brings more heart to the narrative. In SAPPHIQUE, we get a deeper exploration of the characters, a maturing of their perspectives, and a resolution of plot with the possibility of more stories to be mined in the future.
Reviewed by: Cat
In the Prison, Attia and her friend Keiro manage to con a crazy magician into giving them the Glove of Sapphique, a magical item that can connect a person's mind to Incarceron. However, Incarceron can only realize its ambitions if it has the glove, so it sends monsters, mayhem and death after the two teenagers -- even as it becomes to fall apart.
In the Realm, Finn is starting to doubt whether he's truly the lost Prince Giles, just in time for the queen to trot out a Pretender who looks exactly like him. Now both he and Claudia are in mortal danger, especially since Jared has become ensnared in one of the queen's malevolent plans -- which might include a civil war.
Somehow I get the feeling that Catherine Fisher was more comfortable writing "Sapphique" than "Incarceron" -- mainly because she gets to reveal pretty much all the secrets of Incarceron and its world. The biggest problem is that this book feels like it should have been split in half and published as two halves; the first and second halves are REALLY different from one another.
Once again, there's one plot set in the mechanical prison and the other in the stagnant Realm, connected but separate for most of the book. Her writing is absolutely exquisite ("They say he is making a man, out of rags and dreams and flowers and metal") and filled with starlight, silver and crumbling ruins where castles should stand.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had read incarsaron so just had to read sapphire the story of both books were so engrossing I couldn't put it downPublished 24 months ago by sandra parker
Had a love/hate relationship with this book.... LOVED the idea which was unique, loved the characters, loved the threads, love the writing style and mystery.... HATED the ending. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2014 by Harlon James
During the entire book I kept guessing what was what and how it would work and was intrigued by the twists and turns. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by Greetje
Again a great read. Would have loved the story to continue. Would recommend both books in this series. Really enjoyable.Published on 13 Aug. 2013 by Hilmw
Book was ok. A bit worn but it was expected. Hope I enjoy it and can pass it along to another reader.Published on 18 July 2013 by Nuno Natal
If you want to read Sapphique you need to read Incarceron first or it just won't make sense. However as a follow on novel it is a great read. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2013 by Clarem
Anyone with an imagination and interest in intereting plots would like this book. It is a great follow on from Incarceron i really enjoyed it.Published on 26 Dec. 2012 by Siobhán