Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher - Book Review #100

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sapphique (Incarceron, #2)
by Catherine Fisher

Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment? And can you be free if your friends are still captive? Can you be free if your world is frozen in time? Can you be free if you don't even know who you are? Inside Incarceron, has the crazy sorcerer Rix really found the Glove of Sapphique, the only man the Prison ever loved. Sapphique, whose image fires Incarceron with the desire to escape its own nature. If Keiro steals the glove, will he bring destruction to the world?

All seeking freedom.
Like Sapphique.

After I finished Incarceron (I read it in the late March 2010), I just couldn’t wait almost a year until the US edition of Incarceron’s sequel – Sapphique – will be out (December 28th 2010), so I ordered UK edition and started reading it as soon as it arrived.

If I say that I loved Catherine Fisher’s story of Incarceron, I wouldn’t say anything. Incarceron and Sapphique are probably the best fantasy books of the year, if not of last years. Incarceron’s world was so completely unique, compelling and didn’t resemble the real world (no surprise here, after all it is a fantasy). However, Fisher managed to make it so vivid and realistic, I easily stepped into it as soon as I cracked the book open.

Sapphique, as a sequel, didn’t disappoint. It kept the same incredible pace as the first book had, which made me flip through the pages like crazy. Sapphique is picking up where Incarceron has left off, but not resolving any of the burning-a-hole-through-your-brain questions, rather creating new ones, opening up doors to the new mysteries, binding you down to the book and not letting you down for a moment until it is over.

I enjoyed how Catherine Fisher worked with characterizations. By the moment I thought I had some character figured out, Fisher surprised me with new details, though surprising not in a way that it didn’t make sense, but rather in a way of complete obviousness that somehow I didn’t figure out earlier.

Sapphique gives the reader a new perspective on its characters and the story itself, on a much deeper level, luring you in such depths of the tale that only a strong, guiding hand of the author could help you get out of there alive and in your sane mind. Dive into the story of Incarceron! If you dare…


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