"Exciting, exhilaring, scary and moving in equal measure, The Oversight is a teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realized." - M. R. Carey
"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.
The Oversight series
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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...
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.