Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: Sapphique

Catherine Fisher
Published: December 28, 2010
Audiobook from Library

 *Contains Spoilers for Book One*

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? Inside. Outside. All seeking freedom. Like Sapphique. -Goodreads

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher. I listened to Incarceron on audio so when my library got Sapphique on audio as well I was ecstatic. The reader of the book is great and does a great job telling the story and keeping the listener interested. Someone on Twitter said they thought it would be hard to keep up with what was going on in the book listening to it but it wasn't at all.

With Sapphique picking up where Incarceron left off - Finn is out of Incarceron with Claudia leaving  Keiro and Attia still in Incarceron trying to find Sapphique and the mysterious glove so they can get out. While Keiro and Attia fight their way through the prison, Finn must fight a different battle - the fight for the throne and his life after another steps up and claims to be Giles.

I feel so bad for Finn - he goes from one hell to another. Even though he is out of Incarceron there are still so many things for him to learning and get to use and survive. And Claudia doesn't help the situation any - she is sorta spoiled and then starts to doubt Finn when he needs her the most.

Their is so much going on in these books that it is hard to talk about without giving away any of it away. The world that Fisher creates is so complex and has so much going on that it is hard to keep up at times. Sometimes I found myself rereading/listening to certain parts so I could really understand what happened.

I will say that I didn't care for the ending. It was built up so much then it just - ended. There were some resolutions but nothing like I wanted there to be.

I have The Dark City #1 (Relic Master) that came out Tuesday to read and review soon. I enjoy Fisher's writing style and world building so I'm looking forward to reading this new series.


Lisa said...

These books are everywhere I go!...I swear their following me around. But the covers look really cool, but I didnt even know what they were about until I read your review and now you forced me to go out and get my own copies(:
Awesome job!:D

Tracy.H said...

I read the first one and enjoyed it. However, there were times when I was a bit lost too.I should probably read this one too...just to find out how things end! :0)

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