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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Release Date: September 18, 2008
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 480


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.

My Review:

Sapphique begins soon after the evens in Incarceron with Finn and Claudia together in the outside world and Attia and Keiro still stuck in the prison. At first it appears that Finn has been accepted by the court as the real prince Giles and is waiting to be crowned, however Queen Sia has other ideas. Finn is still torn about leaving Kiero and Attia in the prison and wants to find a way to get them out whilst Claudia tells him he must be patient and wait until after he is crowned. Soon it become apparent that whilst Finn may have escaped Incarceron he is still in a prison of sorts, he has simply replaced one prison for another.

Back in the prison Attia and Kiero are trying to find the Glove of Sapphique in order to escape from Incarceron, except the prison also wants the glove in order to fulfill its plan which, if enacted, could destroy both worlds.

Sapphique delves deeper into the outside world, what it’s like for not just the ruling elite but for the workers. We also discover that whilst it may seem a beautiful place all is not what is seems, what is real and what is not in this world? We also are taken on a journey through more of the prison.

Wow, this was an amazing sequel to Incarceron, with so many plot twists and turns that I did not see coming, Catherine Fisher truly is a remarkable story teller. I especially loved how descriptive Fisher was about the world she created. We were left with a satisfying ending, one that was not all neatly tied up however it wasn’t sad either. That said I feel that the ending left the reader with hope, hope for the future even though there is still work to be done. Great sequel to an excellent series, I highly recommended this series.
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