Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

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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

About Catherine Fisher

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Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales in 1957. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English. She is a fantasy writer and poet. Her books include The Conjuror's Game, The Snow-Walker's Son, and Sapphique. She also writes the Book of the Crow series and the Relic Master series. She has won numerous awards including the WAC Young Writers' Prize for Immrama in 1989 and the Mythopoeic Society of America's Children's Fiction Award for Incarceron in 2007. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan.
Published September 6, 2011 by Firebird. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this dark, brilliant sequel to Incarceron (2010), worlds within worlds collide to mutual destruction—or, maybe, rebirth.

Oct 18 2010 | Read Full Review of Sapphique (Incarceron)

Book Reporter

Life was supposed to be better once Finn escaped the grim prison of Incarceron.

Dec 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Sapphique (Incarceron)

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Incarceron, the living prison, has lost one of its inmates to the outside world: Finn’s escaped, only to find that Outside is not at all what he expected.

Dec 30 2010 | Read Full Review of Sapphique (Incarceron)

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Dec 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Sapphique (Incarceron)


Finn also turned into a mopey brat that cared only for Keiro (which makes sense, but it was borderline obsessive.) Despite the negative comments I see about Keiro (thoughout different websites reviewing Sapphique), I’d have to say he was my favorite character in this book.

Jul 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Sapphique (Incarceron)

YA Bound

Meanwhile, Claudia and Finn are Outside and battling their own monsters in the form of power mongers intent on keeping Protocol and the Realm from change, and Finn off the thrown.

Jan 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Sapphique (Incarceron)


The dark, ragged halls and dangerous wings of Incarceron are visited once more, as the story alternates back and forth between the world of the prison and the outside.

Dec 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Sapphique (Incarceron)

As Finn and Claudia struggle to maintain control over the increasingly precarious situation in the realm, Finn can’t help but think of his friends he left behind in Incarceron.

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