The Oversight

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"The end always happens faster than you think."

Once there were hundreds of members of the Oversight, the brave souls who guard the borders between the mundane and the magic. Now there are only five.

When a vagabond brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headquarters, she could answer their hopes for new recruit, or she could be the instrument of their downfall.

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Overview

"The end always happens faster than you think."

Once there were hundreds of members of the Oversight, the brave souls who guard the borders between the mundane and the magic. Now there are only five.

When a vagabond brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headquarters, she could answer their hopes for new recruit, or she could be the instrument of their downfall.

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Editorial Reviews

Mike Carey
"A teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realized. This feels like the start of something amazing."
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"A teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realized. This feels like the start of something amazing."—Mike Carey on The Oversight

"Fletcher's Victorian London is juicily vivid, and laced with macabre wit. There's a real sense of grim danger, both natural and unnatural, hungrily awaiting the slightest mis-step."—Frances Hardinge on The Oversight

"I couldn't stop reading... It really is a richly atmospheric and intensely readable slice of Victoriana: gothic as all get out, with a splendidly eerie sense of the way the unearthly lies cheek-by-jowl with the mundane. Cheerable goodies, grotesque baddies: the whole book is adventurous and flavorsome and gripping. I really enjoyed it."—Adam Roberts on The Overight

"The second book can't come soon enough."—Booklist on The Oversight

"Utterly enthralling: Charles Dickens meets Susanna Clarke."—Lou Morgan on The Oversight

"It's full of clever blendings of real history and imaginary embellishments.... compelling and hypnotic."—Boing Boing on The Oversight

"[The] characters inhabit a complex, beautifully plotted adventure that begins a fantasy series. Go on and relish The Oversight without further prompting - then we can all wait eagerly for more!"—Locus on The Oversight

Publishing News on The Stoneheart Trilogy
"A fantastical, fast paced adventure.""
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-17
First of a Dickensian supernatural—or, as Fletcher prefers it, "supranatural"—fantasy trilogy, from the screenwriter and author of Stoneheart (2006, etc.).The Oversight, a secret society that patrols the borders between the mundane and the magical, lost most of its membership during the Napoleonic Wars. Now only five remain: Sara Falk, a "Glint" who can view past events by touching objects associated with them; Cook, an ex-pirate; rat-catcher Hodge, who has an affinity for associates Jed the terrier and the ancient Raven; Wayland Smith; and the eerie Mr. Sharp. Also on the premises is Emmet, a golem. If their numbers dip below five (called a Hand), their powers and control dissipate. At the Hand's London safe house arrives Lucy Harker; she speaks only French, mistrusts them and turns out to be a Glint—and bait for a trap set by mysterious folk-monsters called Sluagh. Also involved are lawyer twins Zebulon and Issachar Templebane and sociopathic wizard-scientist Viscount Mountfellen. The plotters seek the key to controlling the dark side of the universe. Accordingly, Lucy, under a compulsion implanted in her mind by the Sluagh to steal the key, blunders into a magic cabinet of mirrors. In avoiding the cabinet's guardian cobra, she falls into one of the mirrors and vanishes, shattering the mirror. Sara tries to grab Lucy, but the mirror lops off her hand, which vanishes to wherever Lucy went—though somehow it's still attached. A remarkable combination of British folklore, brisk pacing and wide-ranging imagination is enhanced by multiple narrative strands, some not yet fully revealed, and set forth in evocative prose. Set against all this, unfortunately, are characters imbued with a particular monomania rather than genuine personality and presence.Intriguing and with enough potential bubbling underneath to keep readers agreeably optimistic about future installments.
Library Journal
04/15/2014
There used to be hundreds in the Oversight, guarding our world from magic, but they have dwindled to a single Hand. As long as there are five to hold the line and guard the key, those that would prey on humanity are held in check. Sara Falk leads the last Hand, and when Lucy Harker is brought to her it seems like she might be a new recruit. Unfortunately, powers aligned against the Oversight have sent Lucy to betray their trust and set in place a scheme that could destroy England's last Hand, loosing wild powers on the land. VERDICT This is a strong adult debut from Fletcher, who is the author of the Stoneheart series for children. Although it starts slowly, the long odds and high stakes keep the tension high and the pages turning, while the worldbuilding and characters are worth lingering over. Fans of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell will enjoy this.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316279512
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 208,960
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlie Fletcher is the author of the internationally acclaimed Stoneheart trilogy. He also writes for film, television and as a newspaper columnist. Charlie lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    The Oversight

    I am a constant reader and have read many hundreds of books. However, I can count my real all-time favorites on the fingers of both hands. I read all kinds of genres and the kind of book it is is actually less important than whether or not it is written well and the characters are relatable, whether they are hero or villain, likable or not. Although the story itself is obviously first; it needs to be fresh and original, and the characterization and style of the writing are just as important.
    This is an wonderfully original story that grabs you and doesn't let go from page 1! And the writing itself is beautifully accomplished. Complex ideas that could be hard to get across in an understandable way are presented clearly and beautifully with complete mastery of style and language. Images and ideas the author wants to convey come to life as if the movie of the story in my mind is Oscar worthy!
    I loved this book and read it almost non-stop! Now all I have to do is try to hold out for the next one...

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

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    There is a secret society that patrols the border between the kn

    There is a secret society that patrols the border between the known and unknown. On one side you have the normals and on the other you have the magical people. The society is called the Oversight. There was once hundreds of them but now there are 5. 

    When Lucy is brought to the Oversight headquarters, she was bound and gagged and had no clue who they were or what they wanted from her. When these people start saying things that they shouldn't know, Lucy realises there's more at play here than what she thought! See Lucy is different, when she touches things she gets visions. Everyone told her she was crazy and she started believing them until Sarah, the head of the Oversight, told her what she was. She is a Glint like Sara. 

    The second Lucy arrives it sets off a sequence of events that may cause the end of the society for good. Will the 5 be able to stop the things in the shadows from ending them? Who is this girl and why was she brought there? 

    Well this was such a pleasant surprise! When I was approached to review this it was the cover that caught my eye but it was the blurb that made me say yes. 

    This started out slow but the authors writing style kept me hooked. Rich in detail and set in Victorian London, I was captivated from the very start. 

    The whole lore of the Oversight was absolutely fascinating. They are a group of 5 that guard the divide between our world and the world of magic. Once there is always 5 in the group then the world is safe. We have Sarah, Cook, Mr Sharp, Hodge and The Smith. All very different but all intriguing and likable characters. 

    From the Oversight themselves to the creepy things in the shadows, we see a world full of magic and intrigue. It is a book that unwinds its secret slowly and should be savoured. From the dark and dangerous streets of London to the countryside with a travelling circus, The Oversight pulls you in and doesn't let go. The authors writing style was exquisite and mesmerising, he doesn't just tell the story, he makes you apart of it and weaves it around you. With twist after twist, fascinating characters and its dark atmosphere The Oversight is a must read. 

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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