Sapphique Finn Has Escaped Incarceron Only To Find That He Must Defend His Right To The Throne From Another Challenger His Life And Claudia S Hang On Finn Convincing The Court That He Is The Lost Prince, Even Though He Has His Own Doubts About Being The True Heir

Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups

[BOOKS] ✭ Sapphique Author Catherine Fisher –
  • Hardcover
  • 462 pages
  • Sapphique
  • Catherine Fisher
  • English
  • 04 October 2018
  • 9780803733978

10 thoughts on “Sapphique

  1. says:

    When rereading an old fave doesn t go to plan and you actually end up disappointed He d never wept in a cell with his mind torn away, never laid awake at night hearing the screams of children He s not me He s never been taunted by the prison I loved Incarceron, I thought it was clever, and I found the plot engaging and addicting I couldn t wait to jump into book 2 SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN T READ INCARCERON Claudia and Finn are outside, attempting to reinstate Finn as Prince Giles when a pretender turns up claiming to be the real Prince Giles and that Finn is a fake Meanwhile Jared s illness is getting worse, and Queen Sia is simply out for herself and her son Caspar, whatever it takes.Alternately, inside Incarceron Attia and Keiro have been left behind They ve heard stories of Sapphique s Glove, that it has the power to help them escape, which is their only hope right now They meet up with a mysterious magician Rix who supposedly has this glove in his possession I loved following the two storylines both inside and outside of the prison I think I found Kerio and Attia s plot enjoyable as I frankly could not stand Claudia whatsoever.My disappointment came with the ending There are so many questions, what actually is Incarceron and where is it How can people get in and out Who is Sapphique But when we get to the end, at least for me, none of these questions are answered Everything seemed to be left deliberately vague, and it seemed rushed.Jared somehow enters the prison in the body of Sapphique, but we never know for sure if Sapphique was actually a person a prisoner who really did escape, or if it was actually just a myth that grew out of the emergency exit named Sapphique For some reason right at the end all the realm s era is destroyed and goes back to how it should be, again we don t know why, apparently the prison did it because it was angry But how There was just loads that did not add up for me, and spoiled my enjoyment right at the end

  2. says:

    I give this about a B B somewhere in between Pretty good and Very nice This book was pretty good I think I enjoyed it than Incarceron, pretty much because I was familiar enough with the basic storyline and didn t have to spend so much time figuring everything out The pacing was pretty good, but the last 100 pages really, REALLY dragged and it got to the point where I came dangerously close to not caring any that s not usually a good sign And yet I don t want to make it sound like I didn t like the book, because I did but Catherine Fisher is not the greatest author on the planet, and her writing style actually aggravated me You know the phrase show, don t tell Well, she pretty much tells how characters feel act, she doesn t show Characterization is definitely not her strong suit in this series everybody was pretty wooden and it was hard for me to relate to them because they didn t seem very real There was just this hollow, shell like feel to her characters and that was a major distraction Claudia, in particular, was just incredibly frustrating She was easier to relate to in Incarceron because you understood why she acted like such a conceited brat In Sapphique, pretty much all of her conflicts have been resolved, so why is she still so MEAN It was stuff like this that made reading Sapphique a bit cumbersome I didn t really like Keiro, either, because to me he seems like the embodiment of Evil he s an individual with pretty much no conscience he doesn t know compassion or humility, and according some of my teachers and the Harry Potter series , true evil is that which is excessively vain and devoid of compassion or consideration for others I ll admit it I like it when characters get their comeuppance and he didn t get any comeuppance Also, the ending very mediocre and a bit bizarre I don t want to spoil anything, but the ending just really didn t make sense if you take into account the overall story It seems like Catherine Fisher spent so much time creating this really intense situation, and then the ending comes and it s ta da We re finished now The end I think the first thing I said when I finished Sapphique was, ohhhkay I m hungry Let s compare that to another book oh, say The Last Olympian I finished that book and was like, OMG WHAT AM I GOING TO READ NOW hyperventilates It was a pretty engrossing read, most of the way through Catherine s exceptionally imaginative, and the Incarceron series is one of the most thoroughly original books I ve ever read in my life However, her books aren t the best books I ve ever read Strengths creativity and action Weaknesses very wooden and shallow characters and a spiraling last 100 pages and a lackluster ending.

  3. says:

    I swear that people simply must not get this series I say series hopefully, because for right now it looks like there will only be the two books I don t mean that in some kind of pretentious, exclusive way, it s just my only rationalization for why both books are only thisclose to being 4 stars Are the wrong people reading them Are people going in with certain, um, expectations and not feeling that they re met Do people just not want to do any real thinking I really need to stop sounding like a douche It s YA, Jessica, get off your high horse you might say But a good story is a good story Beautiful, creative prose is beautiful, creative prose I d shout back from said horse a blood bay, if you were wondering Let me try and put in a few words what I love about these books 1 They re poetry There are about 10 outrageous metaphors on each page, and I literally have to stop and give a sage nod to individual sentences I mean, isn t that what you do with great poetry Her word choices and turns of phrase are so on point, man Catherine Fisher had a hand in inventing the English language, methinks random example from random page The world is a chessboard, madam, on which we play out our ploys and follies You are the Queen, of course Your moves are the strongest For myself, I claim only to be a knight, advancing in a crooked progress Do we move ourselves, do you think, or does a great gloved hand place us on our squares Oh, another This was death It was warm and sticky and there were waves of it, washing over her like pain It had no air to breathe, no words to speak It was a choking in her throat. 2 I ve never seen modern lore done so well Chapters open with historical anecdotes of the prison universe a poem, fable, etc It s masterful to see it all play out and everything work and come together in the end ok, not everything dang loose ends but enough I ve studied folklore and fairytales, and to see how the truth can change in the mouths of storytellers throughout time and become its own entity entirely is so fascinating to me The actuality of what happens becomes so warped, but the seed of truth remains and from it still comes wisdom and power 3 Honestly, I think the third best part is everything I can t explain I love it, I just do.ALSO, I was inconsolable after learning that Taylor Lautner would be playing Finn in the movie adaptation Cruel, cruel world Must you fight good literature with such fervor A They re supposed to be British.B Just, no.C You know they re going to try and add in some BS romance Random When I was reading this book last year, I d have to check in with it whenever I came in to work at a bookstore and my managers would read the title and give me weird looks Then my own mind would go wonky and I d think of Sappho, the ancient Greek lesbian poet Did they think I was reading some kind of trashy erotica or something Hey Is that where Fisher got the name Sapphique any way He is a poet of sorts

  4. says:

    This book was SO AWESOME like its predecessor in so many ways, and yet emotionally so agonizing Please, please, please, Catherine Fisher, write a third book, I don t care what you have to do to the plot, just resolve all these emotional threads you left hanging Don t make me write epic Jared Claudia fanfic just to ease the pain So much cool stuff in this book, though So much that I know I ll have to read it at least twice as I did INCARCERON just to keep it all straight in my head.

  5. says:

    Sometimes when I m sitting on the couch at night reading, loopy with exhaustion, I look over at my cats and start thinking about how weird it is that they re sentient beings who have feelings and communicate in ways that I will never understand Then I pass out with my book on my face But if you are like me and have a hard enough time grasping animal consciousness, then you will probably also have a hard time taking seriously the idea that a prison is not only a sentient being but wants to build a human body to escape from itself That is one of the story lines in Sapphique, which I hadn t planned to read upon finishing Incarceron until my YA book club s fabulous discussion of that book We were all curious Would Keiro and Attia ever escape the prison too Is Finn Giles Is the Sapphique mythology just a myth or a true story Would anything ever come of Jared and Claudia s father brother lover relationship as we had all taken to calling it Emphasis on lover, because that s what about half of us wanted to happen and half of us thought was icky I ll let you guess which camp I fall into If you know my thoughts regarding smart older men, it shouldn t be too tough.I want to be nice because the last chapter of this book is really fabulous and moving and tricky after reading it, I wanted immediately to rate the book higher than it deserves Some of the images are executed very well I loved the dark carnival feel of the opening scenes featuring Rix and Attia, previewed at the end of Incarceron and Fisher s prose continues to be rich and poetic, compared to the blander norms of YA writing But, in the interest of honesty, the book is a mess Fisher has got so much mad genius subterfuge going on here that I had to keep flipping back through the pages, wondering if I had missed something or if a twist really had come out of nowhere There s bouncing back and forth many times per chapter, from Keiro and Attia in the prison trying to find the portal to escape, to Finn and Claudia trying to prove to both the Realm and themselves that Finn is the rightful Heir to the throne, to Jared researching the portal himself, to Incarceron hilariously wanting to escape itself I tired quickly of how much action was happening, but how little these subsequent plots were being furthered as the pages piled up, how little the characters I d grown to like by the end of the first book were developed To reference a metaphor from the book yeah, I guess they were all just pawns after all Pawns to what purpose I couldn t even tell you I can t imagine how others have digested this book amidst the convoluted layers Is it a noble cause to want to stop Incarceron from abandoning itself, leaving its prisoners to die without food and warmth, as Attia wants Sure And once you get past the silliness of a prison wanting to escape itself, it s cool to think about the idea of artificial intelligence becoming so intelligent that it wants its own freedom I would read another book about that one that gives the idea space and me breathing time to think it through before sending me into some inconsequential sword fight with a regrettably, not ass to mouth human centipede or a climb up or down yet another chain link ladder for what seems like 50 pages or whatever.

  6. says:

    I was so interested to read the follow up to Incarceron that I ordered the UK version of Sapphique so I wouldn t have to wait until December to find out what happened to Finn and Claudia and c mon, having a UK edition is pretty cool, too MILD SPOILERS In Fisher s sequel, Finn s been sprung out of one prison and into another as future king of the Realm, he s trapped in all the usual politicking He still can t remember his past life as Prince Giles, and he s plagued by memories Keiro, trapped in Incarceron the Maestra s death and the lack thereof he s got nothing but strange seizures and blackouts to back his claims of tampered memory, and a second Prince Giles has showed up to challenge Finn s claims While Claudia handles the court intrigue, Jared tries to figure out a way to open the Portal, and what to do about the illness that is out to kill him sooner rather than later.Meanwhile, back at the ranchhell that is Incarceron, Keiro and Attia are chasing after the eluse Sapphique s glove as their emergency exit out of the prison, and mixing it up with run ins with the Warden and a strange magician named Rix Throw in some strange Sapphique apparitions, a disintegrating Realm, and a war, and you ve got another action packed story.But there were some cons 1 Many narrative changes, and it s not always smooth or pretty Everything s in second person, but even within a page the author switches between perspectives so much that it s a little distracting I kept asking myself, wait, who thinks this Finn or Claudia Jared 2 Not enough Incarceron After that whole dark, horrible, awesome world was established in book one, there just wasn t enough of it in book two We see it in Keiro and Attia s adventures, but they always seem to be on the fringe or on the borders, in these strange exceptions to the rule kind of places 3 Not enough Finn, Claudia, and Attia Poor Finn this guy takes a beating and has to keep going, over and over again Book one built up so much anticipation for his reunion with Claudia, but in the end, it was a let down She s cold and frustrated, and doubts his identity He s desperate for affirmation and gets none Meanwhile, Attia is desperate to see Finn again, but he barely gives her a thought he s too worried about Keiro The author points this out to us repeatedly, which set me up for some kind of story there, but then left all those threads hanging when the book finished and to my knowledge, this is only a set of two no trilogy planned I would have loved to see Claudia and Finn s relationship deepen to the point that she s forced to make choices about who she believes Finn really is, independent of facts and proof, and that never really happened.Nevertheless, there are some major pluses here that kept the sequel from completely falling flat 1 lots of action, as stated above I never sighed with boredom or had to plod through long, dry conversations Fisher really moves the pace 2 More Jared and Keiro I loved those guys in the first book, and there s so much to them in the second I guarantee, you ll like Keiro better once you re done reading 3 no simple answers Incarceron is small and big, Inside and Out The mystery of who Sapphique is gets convoluted, and although the questions of what makes reality, imprisonment and freedom are sort of Matrix y, there s a fair degree of originality here, too Sapphique somehow manages to span all cultures in the book, Out and In, and multiple histories and narratives Everything about his story that Fisher eludes to I love those little quotes at the beginning of the chapter just ups the mystery factor.

  7. says:

    There was just too much going on in this book The first book, Incarceron, created an intriguing world, but it also set the stage for an escape from prison, for Finn s rise to King, for a romantic relationship between Finn and Claudia And while these things do happen in Sapphique, they come about in the most unsatisfying way possible We go from one dizzying plot turn to another, with little explanation of the character s motivations And while every page seems to bring some new action, the real action that the pages promise never comes to fruition A duel ends with the Pretender being shot in the hand and Finn fleeing, Jared easily escapes assassination when his would be killer is electrocuted, the great Battle between Finn and the Queen ends before a real shot is even fired The real opportunities for confrontation and understanding fall limp and lifeless under Fisher s hand.None of the questions that Incarceron posed are ever answered in Sapphique In the end, the reader has no idea who Sapphique is and if he really existed or escaped, we don t know what illness Jared suffers from, we don t know if Rix is a madman or a true magician, we don t know if Finn is really Giles, we don t know if the cube on the watch was really the prison or not, the fate of both the Kingdom and the Prison are tenuous and there s no hint that either Finn or Claudia care about each other though they briefly talk about a wedding at the end.It would almost be excusable to fail on some of the major plot points, as Fisher has woven herself such a complicated scenario, if only the relationships shone But in Sapphique, the interpersonal relationships fizzle Claudia doesn t even seem to like Finn a far cry from the girl who went to lengths to release him from prison , Keiro is at one moment untrustworthy and the next Finn s steadfast brother, Jared s strange relationship with Claudia is never explained, the Warden is cold and remote Attia, the dog slave who has scraped her way through Incarceron, is the only remotely likable character, but we never get to understand much about her.None of the characters actions were ever explained, scenes that were built up deflated in the end and the whole book sank like a overcooked turd souffl Do not want.

  8. says:

    I gave the first book in this series a bit of a light ride, because I was intrigued by the ideas, and thank goodness, it was something different in a mass of fantasy books that were decidedly running together So although there were things left unexplained, relationships that seemed strained, I hoped those would be delved into in greater depth in later volumes, and let it pass Unfortunately, the second book doesn t resolve any of the problems, and seems to be the end of the series, so, where am I left Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  9. says:

    I m a little unsure how I feel about this book I did enjoy some parts, especially the steam punk element But a lot of it had me feeling very meh I still did enjoy the concept and the twists and turns that kept me guessing just like with the first book But the ending left me feeling very unsatisfied In a way I feel like instead of wrapping up the series, this book left me with questions than it answered.

  10. says:

    This was one of the most amazing books I have read in a long time Let me start by saying that Fisher is a true wordsmith Her prose is always lyrical and just so so lovely It s been a long time since I ve read such quotable and enjoyable writing.The plot moved much quickly in this book than it did in the first, and I was grateful for that At the same time, there were parts with no real plot, but not one of these scenes felt unnecessary or boring or out of place Each of them contributed to my understanding of the characters, plot, and world of the novel, and I really appreciated that.Besides the writing, I think the other strongest point of this book are the characters Each has his or her own distinct personality, backstory, and narration I ve come to really love so many of them What I also appreciate is how nuanced they are Not one character is entirely good or completely horrible Even the best characters made some mistakes and bad decisions, and even the worst characters were sympathetic at some points Let s take Keiro, for instance Yeah, he s an asshole and he s by no means a noble hero, but I love him anyway and I think he s such a well developed and complex character Attia grows so much in this book too, and she makes a bunch of difficult decisions that she wouldn t have in the first book The relationships between all the characters in this novel also were awesome Btw there s little to no romance at all in here, unless you squint Normally I like at least some romance, but in this case I think it worked out really well Not one relationship is perfect Connections between characters grow and shift and change, for better and worse.The worldbuilding in this one truly knocked my socks off too We get to know the Realm and Incarceron very well, and yet the information Fisher gives us, the mysterious and incomprehensible the world of the novel seems What struck me the most while reading is how basically impossible it is to discern reality from illusion in the novel Very few things are set in stone, and the novel seems to ask us to accept varying and even contradictory versions of reality Truth and facts are relative, and this may be frustrating for some readers I was a little annoyed by this at first, but by the end I think this toying with the real and unreal is what really wowed me The ending ties up all major loose ends and is pretty satisfying, while ironically still leaving basically every question unanswered and positing that maybe the truth isn t really as important as we think it is in the grand scheme of things and that a lot of times it s better not to know some things Still, I wish there was a third book Overall i definitely recommend you pick up this series The first novel wasn t that special, but I promise this one than makes up for it.

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