Sapphique (Incarceron Series #2)

Sapphique (Incarceron Series #2)

by Catherine Fisher


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ISBN-13: 9780803733978
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Series: Incarceron Series , #2
Pages: 462
Sales rank: 517,752
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile: HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Catherine Fisher is an acclaimed novelist and poet, and has written many fantasy books for young people, including the popular "Oracle Betrayed" series. She lives in Wales.

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Sapphique 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
ReadingTeen More than 1 year ago
I was kinda on the fence with this one. I really wanted to love this book. I enjoyed Incarceron. I wanted more out of Sapphique though. I really need romance and tons of things going on. The world that Catherine Fisher surrounds you in, in both Incarceron and Sapphique is one that is so imaginative and never-ending. That is what I really liked about Sapphique, is the dream world, the prison of Incarceron. In my opinion that is the main attraction of this book, the prison. It is such a character in itself. You will really lose yourself in this world of this steel and secrets, Fisher really has outdone herself, she has a wonderful imagination. Finn, Claudia, Kerio and Attia are the main characters in this sequel. I was somewhat frustrated between Finn and Claudia. What I was looking forward to was the chemistry and romance between the two of them. There was no chemistry and very little romance. It made me sad, very disappointing. I really feel it could have pushed this book over the top. Kerio and Attia had some nail-biting close calls within the prison and I really liked the chemistry between the two of them. So maybe that evened things out somewhat. The action sequences in this book were pretty good, fun to read. I really can't express to you enough how cool the world of the prison was. Everyone had to fight, beg, borrow and steal just to survive in this prison world. It really made for an interesting read. I just needed some romance. I just feel Catherine Fisher missed a really good opportunity between Claudia and Finn. But hey, what do I know? I'm just a reader. Maybe that was not her vision. Most of all, this was a good book. Very creative, deep and layers and layers of detail. You really will not be sorry or disappointed if you start this series. I'm sure most of you will not even miss the non-romance/non-chemistry between Finn and Claudia. Everything else made up for it!!! ~Amy (
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incarceron (book before Sapphique) was great and kept me turning pages, just as this one did, but it fell short of what I was hoping for. There wasn't romance, but you could see that there was some chemistry between Attia and Keiro. There were a lot of questions at the end that went unanswered and that's what made me angry. What annoyed me about the book was that the some of the characters seemed to change from how they were in the first book. Claudia was a bit more selfish and self-centered and Finn was whiny and mopey. They use to be my favorite characters, but during the book I found that I was wondering more of what was going on with Keiro and Attia than I was with Claudia and Finn. Overall, the book was good and suspenseful, but it had promise of being much better.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I wasn't really drawn to Incarceron. I probably wouldn't have ever picked up this book if it wasn't for the fact that I could get it from my library. I was a little intrigued by the idea of Finn adapting to the world outside of the prison. I'll also be the first to admit that this book really surprised me. I liked it quite a bit more than the first in the series. I think it's because it takes place in a world that I can understand. I liked Claudia's devotion to proving that Finn is the real heir to the throne. I liked Finn's internal battle with this idea. I also liked the struggle he has with the idea that he left people he cared about in Incarceron with no immediate way of getting them out. I really enjoyed the idea of the other claimant to the throne. Someone who looks, talks, and acts more like the prince that Finn possibly can. So why the three rating? I still can not grasp the idea of Incarceron itself. Every time the story switches to a viewpoint from someone inside the prison, I lose interest. The prison as another dimension that rests on a key chain...interesting. The world inside the actual prison...not. It's just not for me. I really tried too. So another story that left me with conflicting emotions. I'm thinking this was just a two part series though and that the story is done. I'm grateful for that.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I'd have to say this book was a much better improvement than Incarceron. There was more action, the pace was quicker, and the intrigue was turned up a little higher to get the plot rolling. The action did make the novel go quicker although I preferred reading more about Keiro and Attia than Claudia and Finn. Although I used to like Claudia before, she seemed to morph into some sort of selfish spoiled brat who didn't care much except her own needs. 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. (Besides Jared). He had this undeniable charm and despite being a selfish, egotistical jerk, he wasn't whiny and did not mope around like a twit. Although the majority of his actions were all to meet his own ends and he's just as selfish as Claudia might be, there's just something charming about Keiro that's likable. I thought he was an excellent character despite his 'supporting' status. Finn may seem central to the plot, but he doesn't shine as much as Keiro does. There are different points of view in the story, unlike Incarceron where it switched from Claudia to Finn. Now, there a different points of view but this time it switches settings. (From being inside Incarceron, to being outside of it). It's not so bad, although some readers may find it a bit confusing, and the flow of the plot does get bumpy once in a while. The ending of the book was interesting and does leave a lot of room for another installment. I wouldn't mind a trilogy, as the story has taken a turn for the more exciting. I'd actually like to know what happens to Keiro next as he looks like he could be a catalyst for something big. It was a great ending to the duology (although it looks like there might be a third?) and worth the read. The action helps the plot carry forward and makes the reading go faster. Some might be daunted by the task of reading another 'chunky' book. However with the fast pace, the action, and the bits of intrigue, reading this shouldn't take long at all.
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
This book kept me enthralled the entire time. However, I was still a little confused at the end... Still Book 1 and 2 - highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked most of the story, and Incarceron, i just didnt like how it ended...
nelliebly1025 More than 1 year ago
Having been such a fan of Incarceron, I was so excited for Sapphique. It did not disappoint! The story continues just a few months after the ending of Incarceron. Finn is having trouble adjusting to the Outside, and Claudia is dealing with the loss of her father, the Queen, and trying to get Finn to accept his responsibility. The story goes between the views of all the characters, Inside and Outside, which is really cool. For me, I would read about Claudia’s view on the Outside, but I would be itching to know what was going on back inside the Prison. But then I would get that and want to know what was happening Outside again! It was one of the memorizing storylines that keeps you entertained the entire time. This book is so many words, I don’t even want to attempt to write them all down. But if you are a fan of the steampunk genre, or just love great stories and fantastic worlds, these books are for you. 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Sapphique is very interesting and attention grabbing. The plot was very well developed and complex. It is the sequel to the book Incarceron. It is a fiction book that takes place in two different settings. There is the prison Incarceron that was made to be a paradise but became the opposite. The Outside, which everyone believes is a paradise, but in reality it is just as bad as Incarceron. There are many important characters in this story, all of which are relatable and believable. The five most important characters are Finn, Claudia, Jared, Keiro, and Attia. Finn is trustworthy and reliable but he also is very unpredictable, like many of the characters in this novel. Claudia is a strong-hearted character, a leader, and always does what she thinks is best. Jared is a very smart person and always seems to know the answer to every question. Its as if he has all the answers in the world. On the other hand, Keiro is not very trustworthy in the eyes of the other characters. He lies and cheats and deceives people. Attia is strong-willed and is also very unpredictable. She is portrayed as a slave but is stronger than the people that claim to have enslaved her. The less important (but still very important) characters are Rix, the Warden, Incareron, Queen Sia, the Queen’s son Caspar, and the Pretender In this book, there are two plots that resolve themselves in a surprising way. One takes place in the Outside, the other inside Incarceron. Outside, Finn, Jared, and Claudia try to open the portal to the prison to bring Keiro and Attia Outside, but they face many problems along the way. Finn is the long lost heir to the crown, and Claudia is supposed to be his queen. But Queen Sia does everything she can to keep Finn from being Prince. Jared is also faced with a life threatening disease that causes him to stray from Claudia. The Outside is starting to fade and reality is starting to sink in. The other plot revolves around Keiro and Attia who are on a great journey to find Incarceron and give it the great and powerful glove of Sapphique. Attia joins the circus to gain the trust of Rix who has possession of the glove. Once Attia has the glove, she and Keiro hear the voice of Incarceron and begin their journey to the heart of the prison. They face many dangers on their journey. At the end of their quest, they come into contact with an old foe and face an enemy like no other. The author, Catherine Fisher, uses lots of symbolism. She makes every chapter suspenseful and it all builds up to a surprise ending that will leave you in shock. This book is like no other book that I have ever read. If you read this book, you won’t be able to put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a very good sequel to the first story Incarceron. catherine fisher has a great imagination. i cant wait to read other books of hers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's like a bad harry potter book. But the storyline is intriging. Buy it.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I admit that I am disappointed in this book. I was hoping for something more but all I got was a repetitive book.First off the plot, its basically the same. In the first book they are trying to get out of Incarceron and in this one they are trying to get back in. I kept getting frustrated cause I wanted more to happen. All the characters fought the same. Love triangle began. And I had a hard time keeping focused cause of the repetitive story line.There were however, a few now elements in the book but it wasn't till the very end. Some new changes were made that at least perk up my interest and was able to finish the book. Also because of the new changes, I am anxious to see how it will effect the next book.As a fan of the first book, I am a little bummed that this book wasn't at all what I expected. I am hoping the next book with the new changes really grabs me. I still love the series, but I just needed something more.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to Incarceron. I got an advanced reading copy of this book through Around the World Arc Tours. I liked it a bit better than the first book, you get to learn a lot more about Incarceron and about the Realm outside of the prison.A lot happens in this book. Finn is struggling to fit in in the Outside world. Claudia and Jared are at Finn's side and trying to help him remember his identity. Because of his birthmark Finn is the supposed Prince Giles of the realm. The Queen is not happy with this and will stop at nothing to discredit Finn's claim to the throne. Inside Incarceron things are not much better. Keiro and the slave girl are traveling together and trying to acquire Sapphique's Glove in hopes that it will lead them out of Incarceron; the Warden is also trapped in Incarceron.Overall this was an entertaining read. A lot happens in this book and the plot moves quickly. Fischer's strength as a writer is creativity. This is a very creative story, although some aspects of Incarceron have been done before. Basically Incarceron is a prison that gains awareness; this is something I've seen before in Resident Evil (The Red Queen taking over the building) or even the movie The Cube. I am sure there are other references, but overall this is a creative book and engaging. The place this book falls short is characterization. None of the characters are all that engaging or likable. This is no different from the first book, Incarceron, so if you liked that book than you will like this book too. Finn is kind of wishy washy and has trouble finding any confidence to do what needs to be done, that is until later in the book. Claudia is at times kind of bitchy, although I do sympathize with her character. Claudia has a lot to put up with and a lot to accomplish and, outside of Jerad's assistance, she doesn't get a lot of help. Kiero continues to be borderline evil and is in his own way intriguing.We get to see more of the horrors inside Incareron and Incarceron continues to gain sentience. You learn a lot more about how the prison was made and how it began to think for itself. Some of the revelations that are revealed around the relationship between Incarceron and the Outside are interesting too.Something that I liked, but I can see it pissing people off, is the ending. The ending resolves most of the story but doesn't do it in a very happy way. I did think it was a realistic way and that it matched the rest of the story well. It would have been nice to have a couple chapters to resolves what happened after. So, as I said I thought the ending was appropriate if not thrilling. But I bet that it is going to really irritate a lot of people.Overall this was a great read. If you enjoyed the first book you will enjoy this one. If you didn't enjoy the first book I would pass on this one. This book was creative and engaging, but is weak on characterization and ends in a way that may be unsatisfying for some. I would recommend these books for middle grade or higher level readers. If you like Suzanne Collins Underland Chronicles or Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom, I think you would like this series as well on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this sequel to Incarceron, Finn has escaped from the prison, leaving Keiro and Attia behind. With Claudia, Finn fights off a pretender to the throne, while Keiro and Attia, and the Warden try to prevent the prison from freeing itself and destroying the inside and the outside.
foggidawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this sequel to Incarceron, Finn has left Keiro and Attia behind in the prison, where the Warden is also trapped. Claudia is trying to help Finn take his place in the Realm despite the Queen's attempt to put a pretender on the throne, while Jared searches for a way to rescue Incarceron's inhabitants, as well as a cure for his own malady. Meanwhile, Inarceron itself is growing more volatile and willful. This book, like its predecessor, is strong on creativity and plot (though the pacing drags in places), but weak on character and writing style. Fans of the first book should enjoy this one just as much, or possibly more, but readers new to the series should start with Incarceron in order to gather all necessary background information. The inconclusive ending of this book suggests that this series may continue for at least one more volume.
BookSwarm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, first things first. I love this cover. It's so different but works perfectly for the book. SAPPHIQUE is a sequel to INCARCERON (which rocked) and this review will no doubt be filled with spoilers (there's no good way around it when you're reviewing a sequel). Read INCARCERON first. It's worth your time. This series is so incredibly imaginative and beautifully descriptive. SAPPHIQUE picks up where the first book left off, with Finn on the Outside, still trying to remember his past and wondering if he truly is the lost heir to the Kingdom; Claudia still scheming with Jared, trying to get the Portal to work; and Attia and Keito on the Inside of the prison, Incarceron, lying and stealing their way to the heart of the prison where the Warden is trapped.Finn is way emo throughout the majority of the book, always wanting what he can't have. He regrets leaving Attia and Keito behind (though there was no way to bring them along when he and Claudia escaped), he doesn't want to play all the Court games like he's supposed to, and the romance between Claudia and him is practically nonexistent. Claudia is still pretty self-involved, too, though she tries to help Finn navigate the Court and Jared repair the Portal.Attia and Keito have it even harder inside the prison--Incarceron is trying to build itself a body so it can "escape". However, if it leaves, everyone trapped in the prison will die. Out of all of them, Attia is probably my favorite character. She's smart, she's determined and she doesn't put up with any of Keito's crap (and he tries to dish out a lot of it. Jerk.). As Incarceron pulls power from everywhere it can, hoarding the power for itself, both worlds begin to crumble. I loved the contrast of the two worlds. Inside, people felt trapped in their harsh, ugly world but they had the dream of a better place outside. Outside, it may look beautiful on the surface, but underneath it all, things are ugly with no possibility of escape. Truly a case of the grass is always greener.SAPPHIQUE is a fantastic read that had me staying up late at night so I could find out where the twisting path Catherine Fisher led me down ended. And it was so worth it.
KClaire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Follow up to Incarceron, but not quite as good.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sapphique is the sequel to the enchanting novel Incarceron. I was incredibly excited about Sapphique, and I devoured the book in just two days (even with work). While I have to warn that Sapphique isn't as good as Incarceron, it's still an wonderfully enchanting sequel that continues the story and comes to a satisfying, though expected, ending.Now that Finn has escaped from Incarceron, he teams up with Claudia, the Warden's daughter, to claim his rightful place as the true Prince Giles, heir to the realm. War breaks out between factions about the true identity of Prince Giles. Meanwhile, Attia and Keiro, still in Incarceron, discover a magician who is using what he claims to be the glove of the famous Sapphique, the only man who ever escaped from the prison. Sapphique has always been a legend, though some of the stories are so crazy that they cast doubt on the actual existence of Sapphique. As the two plot lines come together, more fascinating secrets about Incarceron and Sapphique are revealed.Though not as good as Incarceron, Sapphique is an action-packed, exciting novel that weaves together myth, fantasy and politics into a page-turning reading experience. Though the two plot lines seem a little disconnected, and the Sapphique Attia/Keiro subplots felt nearly pointless (except to keep some of the action inside the prison and explore the legends of Sapphique), I could overlook it and enjoy the action and twists and turns of the story. Sadly, Sapphique isn't as windy as Incarceron and ends up at a satisfying, though predictable conclusion that I hoped would be just a little more explosive.Sapphique isn't Incarceron, but it's a worthwhile sequel to the original.
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As with Incarceron, I hesitate to say much about this book, which makes writing a review a difficult task. So this may possibly be the most circumspect review ever, but I don¿t want to be responsible for spoiling anything for anyone.What stands out most about this book is that it is not a light read. There is so much going on that I found that I had to be on full alert for every word or I¿d miss something. I¿m not saying that¿s a bad thing ¿ I¿m grateful for reads that don¿t downplay the intelligence of the audience ¿ but it is one of the books that I have to be in the right mood to read it. As a result, there were moments when I just didn¿t feel like picking the back up to dive into another chapter. However, once I was reading it I was hesitant to put it down. The chapters were perfectly designed to build up the momentum to keep me reading, but it seemed like every chapter took a while to get to that point of excitement. It¿s kind of like when you know you need to sneeze and you¿re sure that you¿re about to and then¿ nope, just kidding. It wasn¿t until over halfway through the book that I felt like the pace was finally picking up and leading to something big ¿ even though I was kind of confused the whole time about what that would be. (And that¿s not a bad thing.)The ending surprised me, not only by what happened (which, by the way, had me saying, ¿Wha¿?¿ because it was so crazy and unexpected) but because there seemed to be more of a conclusion than I expected for a second book. Don¿t get me wrong, there¿s still a lot that needs to be resolved, but the rest of the story seems to be taking a different direction than I ever thought it would. That makes me even more excited to find out what happens next.
eljabo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness I finally finished this book. The last few chapters were torture. I've been looking forward to this sequel ever since I finished Incarceron. Unfortunately, all my enthusiasm was dampened once I started reading it.The back-and-forth chapters alternating between Keiro/Attia and Claudia/Finn(Giles?) were horrific. To be honest, I didn't give two figs about Keiro and Attia. Tell me the deal with Claudia & Finn (Giles). Nothing happened in this book. There were no concrete answers on anything. The entire thing was hours of my life I will never get back. In fact, I feel more confused now than I did when I started it.The only thing stopping me from giving it 1-star is the fact that I finished it. I try to save my 1-stars for books I can't bear to finish.
CCCalGal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent sequel to be sure, this storyline can also stand on its own. With vivid imagery and delicious emotional battles "Sapphique" is one of those books that you just don't want to put down. Young readers and teens will find the fantasy of this book puzzling and spellbinding at the same time. The author carefully gives just enough information to the reader to keep them wanting more and leads them to a climax which is both fulfilling and open to a continuation. The characters are unique and come with their individual problems, each one that the readers can relate to: being an outcast, lack of self-esteem, strong in thought, questioning their place and purpose. All of this at a level that would entice a well-read middle school through high school. While the storyline solves few of the emotional problems the characters have, it does resolve the main issues of good vs. evil and the existence of the imaginable. A good book for readers to continue the series or just pick up for a fun read.I have noticed some readers have labled this as a romance, but there is little romance in it. Most of the relationships are friendship at best.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
NOTE: This review contains very minimal spoilers for Book One (Incarceron) and no spoilers for this book. Incarceron is a dystopian young adult novel about a prison seemingly the size of a whole world. Sapphique is actually is a bit less trippy than Incarceron until you get to the end, at which time it is evident that only by taking LSD or the equivalent will it all become clear (or you won¿t care if it isn¿t, so it doesn¿t matter). In Sapphique, which takes place four months after Incarceron, Finn and Claudia are on the Outside of the Prison (part of which has now turned into a sentient being). Claudia¿s father ¿ a.k.a. The Prison Warden, as well as Finn¿s oathbrother Keiro, and the girl Attia, are stuck on the Inside. All of them are struggling to get the magical glove of the mysterious Sapphique, who is a possibly real or possibly just legendary being who actually escaped from the prison. Somehow the glove will break down the barrier between the Prison and the Outside, allow the prisoners to escape, and do all sorts of other things we don¿t know about but of which we should be very, very afraid. So throughout the book, the glove passes back and forth as various characters snatch it from various others, shouting ¿My Precious!¿ No wait, wrong story. Drat. Discussion: Claudia has undergone a personality transplant between the time of Book One and Book Two, and it¿s not a good change. In fact, she is such a witch I can¿t understand why she still has passels of loyal adherents and admirers. The star of this book to my mind, even more than in Book One, is the faithful and feisty girl Attia. Keiro is also looking way better as a character than Finn, who spends most of Book Two as a moody, wishy-washy, whiny pain-in-the-neck. Finn claims he is the missing Prince Giles, but can¿t actually remember being Giles. He's mad that everyone else seems to believe some other guy (who is much more convincing) is Prince Giles. So he runs off and sits in the grass and sulks a lot. It might also be that Finn, who is much more obsessed with Keiro than Claudia, is gay and doesn¿t know it, and is profoundly depressed then on two levels at the prospect of life with witchy Claudia. Jared is more mysterious and magical than ever, as is the new character, Rix. These characters personify the illusion and identity-switching that are so central to this book. (There is even a masquerade ball, in case you need the point hammered home.) Thus, you never really know with anybody, and in particular, with Jared and Rix, who they really are and if what other characters see them do is what they're actually doing. Or, as Rix explains to Attia, ¿To take a man¿s mind and twist it to believe the impossible¿. That is magic.¿ (Or plot manipulation.) There¿s a lot of that going on in this book.Evaluation: The sequel is definitely not a stand alone book. But even if you have read the first book, many events in this book don¿t make sense. One is just supposed to accept the inexplicable - presumably, as part of the general theme of illusion. Still, speculative fiction needs to demonstrate internal logic and consistency, and I don¿t see that happening in this book. I like the dynamics of the relationship between Keiro and Attia, but in general, I can¿t say I thought the book had much to recommend it.
lawral on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took more self-control than I knew I had not to tear into this book as soon as I got it. I wanted to reread the first book so I could pick up all the little things that I was sure would pop up again in this sequel. I suggest you all do the same. Fisher writes a very intricate story, and it definitely builds on little clues left behind in the first book. Still, I don't think Sapphique quite lived up to its prequel. Or maybe it just didn't live up to all the hype I'd built up for it in my head. I loved the way I was plopped into the middle of all the characters lives again rather than having the book pick up right where the previous one left off. I really liked that there were so many little clues in the text to lead the reader to what is Really Going On Here. I loved that this book, the end of the Incarceron series (pairing?), was still full of twists right up to the very end. I still loved most of the characters (though not necessarily the same ones I loved in the last book, a fact I also loved). But there was just something missing. I didn't stay up until 4 in the morning to finish Sapphique. I took a leisurely week to read it.Though the narration still switches between life in the Realm and life in Incarceron, a lot of Sapphique follows Claudia, Finn and Jared in the Realm. Which is what I wanted! I know! But life at court rather than at the Wardenry or with the peasants is pretty boring. And Claudia and Finn both annoyed me. A lot. They're both beyond frustrated at Finn's lack of memory and this frustration manifests itself as doubt on Claudia's part and severe moodiness on Finn's. Neither were the strong and/or sure of themselves leaders that we met in Incarceron. The change in them was totally believable; I just didn't love them as much as I used to.One of the characters that I loved the most was her son Casper. I know, he's horrible in Incarceron and he comes nowhere near making the switch to "good guy" in Sapphique, but I still loved him. He seemed so lost a lot of the time. You can tell that he really grew up living in the dual shadows of his Queenly mother and Princely half-brother. When Giles comes back, whether anyone believes Finn is the real Giles or not, Casper is left being the younger prince again. The spare. I felt so bad for him, still hanging around Claudia throughout this book even though it's always been clear she has no interest in him. He kept trying to win her back with promises of power and safety, things Finn/Giles couldn't offer her, but rather than coming off as evil and manipulative, he seemed like an unpopular rich kid who buys everyone in his class presents so they'll come to his birthday party.And then there's Keiro and Attia still in Incarceron following yet another legend of Sapphique, looking for a way out. I liked their storyline a lot, but there was little to no character development in it. It was like Fisher knew she needed danger and action to keep readers interested in between all the palace intrigue in the Realm, so she foisted it all on the two of them. But it's the two of them who manage to pull everything together in the end (I'm being generous because I LOVE Keiro; Attia's the real smartypants in this volume).Sapphique is a must-read if you are a lover of Incarceron. It's not the thrill ride that the first book was, but questions are answered, loose ends are tied up, and maybe, just maybe, things are allowed to change.Book source: ARC picked up at ALA
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The much-anticipated sequel to Incarceron, I blazed through Sapphique in two days; it was much more easy for me to become involved in Fisher¿s fantasy world this time around, now that I had become invested in the characters (namely, Finn, Claudia, and Jared¿not so much Keiro). Finn finds that life on the Outside is not as he expected; he is struggling to comes to terms with the Protocol of life outside of the prison. To further complicate matters, Queen Sia is claiming that Finn is not the true heir to the throne, and Finn¿s memory loss is an enormous detriment to his case. His patience and time is running thin.Inside the prison, the Warden now is playing a dangerous game with Incarceron itself, as Incarceron begins building a body in the plans to go Outside. Attia and Keiro must keep Sapphique¿s magical glove from reaching the prison¿s grasp, but they are, of course, waylaid at every twist and turn of the prison¿s tunnels and traps.I did feel the ending was a bit rushed, but appropriate; Fisher did not go ¿the easy way out¿ and try to tie everything up too neatly. Fans of epic fantasy will certainly enjoy this fantasy with well-defined characters and magical situations.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aside from the legendary Sapphique, Finn is the only prisoner ever to escape from the living prison Incarceron. He returns in the middle of court uproar: his friend Claudia, the daughter of the former Warden of Incarceron, is convinced that Finn is the lost prince, heir to the throne. Finn¿s own doubts about his history aside, their lives become even more at stake when another young man shows up, claiming to be the lost prince.Back in Incarceron, Finn¿s friends Keiro and Attia search for Sapphique¿s glove, which may be the only remaining way out of Incarceron. Trouble is, they¿re not the only ones who seek the glove: the prison itself wants it, and doesn¿t seem to care how many lives get destroyed in the process.If Incarceron was a great book that ¿shakes the foundations of your literary beliefs¿ (quoting from my review of Incarceron), then SAPPHIQUE is a fantasy achievement of canonical proportions. It takes everything we appreciated and were in awe of in the first book and takes it to the next level, making sure that this is a two-book series we will remember for decades to come.Whereas Incarceron took me a couple of chapters to get into, SAPPHIQUE captured my attention immediately, opening with one of Attia¿s attempts to get the Glove. We are already fairly well aware of how Incarceron as well as the Protocol-mandated ¿real world¿ operates, and thus the stakes can be all the higher in this sequel. Catherine Fisher loves to write chapters with nail-biting endings that just force you to keep on reading. It¿s fast-paced and utterly brilliant.Incarceron and SAPPHIQUE are part of that rare type of novel where the fast-paced expansiveness of the story excuses weaknesses in characterization. Some readers will still not like Finn, Claudia, Keiro, or Attia in this second book¿but they are not really meant to be liked. They are people stuck in life-or-death situations, and they can¿t afford to be nice, for to be nice is to lose.So SAPPHIQUE¿s appeal lies not in its characters, but rather in the way Catherine Fisher can tell a story that keeps you glued to the pages. The ending may frustrate some readers, but personally I thought it was the perfect ending to the story, and something that had been building up for a while. SAPPHIQUE is a must-read if you were a fan of Incarceron, and I can only hope that Catherine Fisher will write more extraordinary books in the very near future!