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Sapphique (Incarceron) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Fisher
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    '... 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.' Booklist - May 06 '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


    Finn has escaped Incarceron, but Keiro and Attia are still Inside. Outside, things are not at all what Finn expected - and both Finn's and Claudia's very lives hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince. Back Inside, Keiro and Attia are on the hunt for Sapphique's glove, which legend says he used to escape. In order to find it, they must battle the prison itself. Incarceron has built itself a body and it wants to go Outside - just like Sapphique, the only prisoner Incarceron ever loved.

    "High-intensity, mind-bending . . . Fisher further explores themes of reality, illusion, and freedom without losing her intensely original world-building and authentic characters." - Booklist, starred review

    "Even as the steadily ratcheting certainty of impending catastrophe keeps the pages turning, the sheer richness of the evocative descriptions demands that every sentence be savored. . . . For those who can appreciate the interplaying reflections of lies, myths and memory, a modern masterpiece." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Courtesy of Teens Read Too 11. April 2011
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    The end of SAPPHIQUE's prequel saw Finn released from sentient prison INCARCERON, but life Outside has not brought him the peace of mind he desired. Four months after his escape finds Finn still struggling with the inherent treachery and protocol required by court life. Couple that with the overwhelming guilt he feels for leaving his oath brother, Keiko, and friend, Attia, behind Inside, Finn has sunk into despair.

    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
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen Can't match its Predecessor. 30. Juni 2013
    Von J. Wolf
    Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
    I loved Incarceron - unfortunaly, the sequel can't live up to its glory.

    The charakter development is bland and often plain annoying. Former hero quinn, albeit being stricken with nauseas and moral conflicts, is depicted as a depressed immature self-conscious person. Makes any fan wish they hadnt eaten any breakfast. The other protagonists engage in petty and ultimately pointless arguments more often than not.

    Plotwise, it might have looked interesting on the scratchboard - in reality, it's more a "lets see how we can pull some strings together by force and put an end to this series/ world". Leaves very much to be desired, I'm afraid to say.

    The writing style is canny and gripping, so thats a plus.

    Altogether, I'd recommend anyone who's loved Incarceron to stay with the open questions and mysteries, and the forced "answers" in the next volume arent half as awesome as your fantasy would make them. :)

    Not a bad book, but an unworthy sequel.
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    2.0 von 5 Sternen Enttäuscht 13. Dezember 2013
    Von Denise
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    Im Gegensatz zum ersten Teil, ist der zweite leider sehr schwach. Gut, dass sie es nicht noch unnötig in die Länge gezogen hat und keine Trilogie daraus geworden ist. Ich war total enttäuscht :-(
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Sapphique satisfies 23. April 2010
    Von James Tepper - Veröffentlicht auf
    Sapphique is the second volume of a (presumably) 2-book series that began with "Incarcereron". Both are the first books I've read by British author Catherine Fisher, apparently well known as an author of YA fiction. Whatever. I'm not too proud to admit that I liked both very much (despite my 56 years) so make of that what you will.

    I don't want any unnecessary spoilers here, but be warned: - if you have not read Incarceron (which is almost obligatory before starting Sapphique) do so or you will be lost, and possibly suffer some (not fatal) mini-spoilers (of Incarceron) in this review.

    This is a fairy tale, fit for young and old, that blends good old fashioned SF with fantasy and coming of age motifs. As the story begins (right after Incarceron ends), our hero Finn, has escaped the all-encompassing, break-proof and sapient, prison world, Incarceron, with the help of Claudia, who is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron. Claudia believes Finn is her long lost betrothed Prince, captured and imprisoned in Incarceron 10 years ago, who is destined to rule the "realm" (the outside world) as King by her side as Queen. Where and what Incarceron actually is, is more or less explained in the first book, but no matter.

    In "Sapphique" we have a wicked Queen stepmother (more or less) who is scheming to deny Claudia and Finn any chance of happiness, let alone control of the realm. The realm is odd. Everyone is stuck, by virtue of a centuries old "Protocol" in some ersatz 18th century English-type world. Violations of protocol are strictly prohibited (e.g., if you have gangrene there is no chance of antibiotics even though they were invented many centuries ago so you die), and the upper class lives a life of croquet and magnificent costume balls while everyone else lives in squalor. To say more would to be to give too much away.

    Suffice it to say that Finn does not remember much of his pre-Incarceron days, while the Queen has conveniently had a "pretender" to the throne appear who seems to be, by all reasonable standards, everything that Finn is not, i.e., the real deal.
    There is excitement, adventure and some surprises (but not too many, this is YA after all), and the writing is crisp and fast paced. Everything resolves by the end satisfactorily and this could be the end of the story (and likely is), but.... there is plenty left unexplained and more than sufficient room for a third in the series.

    I have no idea why these books, published in the UK 2-5 years ago, have taken so long to cross the Atlantic. They are wonderfully enjoyable for children (9 and up) of all ages.

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    3.0 von 5 Sternen Good - but not completely satisfying 13. Dezember 2010
    Von Antonia C. Tunis - Veröffentlicht auf
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    After really enjoying Incarceron, I jumped immediately into Sapphique. I hate to say this, but it didn't quite work for me.

    First of all, let me say what I really enjoyed about the book. I loved the plot twists and how Incarceron's power affects the Realm. The switch in narration between the characters in the Realm and the characters in Incarceron kept things interesting. Fisher teases her readers with hints of the answers to the mysteries of who Sapphique really was and whether Finn is actually Giles.

    My main complaint is that she never fully answers those questions. Maybe I missed something, but I finished the book feeling frustrated that the hints never coalesced into a full story. While I liked the way the main plot line wrapped up, the lack of explanation of other pieces made this book only worth 3 stars to me. If it hadn't been for these unresolved issues, I would've given it at least 4 stars.

    If you liked Incarceron, you'll want to read Sapphique to see what happens with Claudia, Finn, and the others, but be prepared that not all questions are going to be answered. Fisher's writing style is still entertaining, and the characters are still intriguing. However, it just wasn't completely satisfying.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen Confusing can be fun...or frustrating 1. Januar 2011
    Von S. Goodman - Veröffentlicht auf
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    For me, reading Catherine Fisher's Sapphique (sequel to Incarceron, which was a London Times as the Best Children's Book of the Year) had moments that left me dizzy--in a good way-- and others that made me confused and frustrated, looking for answers that weren't there. Considering this is a book with parallel settings in a sentient, evil Prison that wants to build a body and escape itself (!) and a technologically advanced future society that exists in an artificially created and unchanging courtly world of the past, it stands to reason the book is more complicated than the average YA novel.

    To sum up what's going on: Finn is on the Outside, but isn't fitting into the fine-leather boots of his pre-Incaceron life as Prince Giles. Claudia's trying to outmaneuver Finn's evil stepmother, Queen Sia, who is determined to prevent him from becoming King. Claudia's job is made more difficult because her father, the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in his own Prison. Finn is primarily worried about rescuing Keiro (his oathbrother) and Attia (a former slave whom Finn freed in the previous book) from Incarceron and doesn't really care if he is following Protocol or acting out his princely duties.
    First, the high points: Plots twists galore. I never knew where the author was going with the action, and I loved that. In addition to unexpected events (Example: a second "Giles" showing up to challenge Finn for the throne), there are interesting moments of narrative misdirection in Sapphique, like when the book begins with Attia being chosen at random to participate in a magician's show. The description is from Attia's perspective, and there's no hint from what we're shown of her thoughts and reactions that she's in on the game as the magician's "plant" in the audience until after the show is over. (This was, for me, a nice call back to the opening scene of Incarceron, where we see Finn chained to a track as the narration describes his fear and panic. Only in the next scene do we find out he was willingly acting as bait to lure a passing wagon into stopping so his gang could rob them.) Fisher has as many tricks to keep readers off balance as her wonderfully crazy-like-a-fox/just plain crazy illusionist, Rix.
    I enjoyed the way I wondered whose side many of the characters were truly on, and questioned the motives of almost everyone at least once. For me, that's a good confusion.
    Also, Fisher's descriptive language is wonderful. Setting and scenery aren't filler in her books. If she tells you what a place looks like, particularly inside the Prison, there's a reason. While Attia and Keiro were traveling, the different landscapes they struggled through helped add to the sense of fear, cold, loneliness, despair, or horror. And did I mention Fisher does creepy really well, too? Two words: living puppet. *shudder*

    That said, I wish the characters had been more likeable sometimes. I understand why they behave and think as they do, I get their motivations, but I wanted people I could warm up to and root for a bit more. I liked that Finn didn't let the prison take his humanity, and he shows mercy and kindness even when it looks as though it won't benefit him. I also enjoyed the character of Jared, because he was loyal and self-sacrificing, and Attia was smart and strong. But I was hoping for a lot more growth from Claudia, more signs of caring and compassion maybe. However, Keiro still bothers me. Wasn't he the one who caused the Maestra to die in the last book? I can't get over that. And the Warden troubles me, because even though he says he will work to improve the Prison at the end of the book, he never tells Claudia what he knows about Finn/Giles' history. That was very unsatisfying to me, particularly because there were hints here and there in both books that he might have had something to do with the boy's imprisonment.

    I was also frustrated that we never learn who Sapphique was originally, and what happened to him. Was he even real? I think the point was that people need something to believe in, and whether that something is real or not matters less than what they do with the faith they have in it. But I didn't want philosophy...I wanted clear answers!

    And I don't understand the Magick (or as Rix would say, "the Art Magicke") that allowed Jared to become the new Sapphique by putting on the glove. I like to understand the basic premise of how magic functions in a story. I found myself wondering how and why things happened a lot in this book, and at times there wasn't a satisfying explanation. Like how and why did a wooden music box serve as a communication portal to the Outside? Did I miss some hint beforehand that objects besides the Keys and the Portal could link the two worlds?

    Sapphique isn't a book that leaves readers with a warm, fuzzy feeling. There won't be an "all was well" moment when you finish it. Some people will enjoy that bittersweet feeling and the few remaining unresolved, ambiguous points. Personally, I prefer my packages to be tied up with neater bows. '

    Overall, I found both Incaceron and Sapphique enjoyable, partly because they're so different than most YA books out there. The settings and plot were wildly creative, and the two converging storylines of the Outside and the Prison kept my interest. But if there were another book to follow (at this time, Sapphique is the end of the story and no further books in the series are planned), I don't think I'd read it. As a whole, I just wasn't that emotionally invested in the characters. For me, that means Sapphique was a good book, but not a great one.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Great read, with a lot of adventure. 9. September 2010
    Von Carina - Veröffentlicht auf
    Sapphique picks up about two months after Incarceron ended. Finn has escaped the Incarceron, but as he escaped the warden of the prison enters bring with him the two keys, the only way to enter the Incarceron. With Finn the only one to escape, this left his oathbrother Keiro and Attia in the Incarceron which he promised he would find a way for them to escape as well.

    Not only does Finn want to find a way to rescue his friends but he must deal with his own problems in the realm. The realm isn't exactly what he thought it would be. Constricted by the protocol, the realm seems sometimes worse than the prison to Finn. The Queen will do anything to discredit him. And then, another boy announces he is Prince Giles, and Finn finds himself doubting his true identity and Claudia also begins to doubt him. And with no memories of the past, when he use to be Giles, almost everyone else doubts him as well.

    In the prison Attia and Keiro try to find a way to escape on their own. Keiro lost faith in his oath brother and is determined to find a way outside. Attia meets up with magician named Rix who is in possession of Saqqhique's glove. Which might be another way to escape the prison and Attia will do anything to possess the glove herself.

    Attia and Keiro go through more wings of the prison. Each wing is unique and interesting to read about. The Incarceron itself leads Attia and Keiro through its vastness as they try to find the way to the prisons heart.

    There is tons of adventure in the book. It is a quick read with twist and turns. It leaves you hanging with Attia and Keiro and then switches over to Claudia and Finn or visa versa. So, you are always wanting to read more to figure out what is happening to the other characters. The ending is good doesn't leaving you hanging. But, in my opinion, there could be another book.
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    2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing! 30. Juni 2011
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    I didn't like the lack of description of Incarceron (the first book) and I gave this one 2 stars instead of 1 only because in this book Incarceron - the prison - was fully described which I enjoyed.

    But I have to say that the author could have done so much more with this plot. I was very dissapointed by the end, I didn't like the end AT ALL!

    First, the author never answered the mysteries of who Sapphique really was and whether Finn is actually Giles. So we've read 2 whole books and have no answers. For me Finn is prince Giles but I didn't appreciate that at the very end the author plant an unnecessary seed of doubt in the readers.

    ** Spoiler Alert **

    Second, poor Finn/Giles after having a tormented life in prison, he only struggled with so much more on the Outside and only to inherit a poor devasted kingdom at the end??! Come on! At least make him have something at the end!!!

    And third, during this whole story with so much lies, mean people, negative things, problems and struggles at least I think there should had been a little love to balance all these things. But NO love, Claudia was always cold and distant with Finn and I thought that would change at the end, but nothing! And they are supposed to get married even thought she never truly believed him ... that's very strange to me. Maybe she did love him but how are we suppposed to know if she never thought or say anything to him?
    We also didn't get a hug from the Warden to her daughter, not even when they thought they were about to die in Incarceron.
    And last but not least, Keiro liked Attia at the end, but also nothing happened there cause obviously Attia fancied Finn. Again, no words, no romance.
    I closed the book thinking the author have some issues with expressing feelings and love demonstration. Important things that could had made this book very enjoyable and a great reading.
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