Saturday, 17 March 2012

[REVIEW] Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Published: September 2008
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Incarceron #2 [end]
Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment? And can you be free if your friends are still captive? Can you be free if your world is frozen in time? Can you be free if you don't even know who you are? Inside Incarceron, has the crazy sorcerer Rix really found the Glove of Sapphique, the only man the Prison ever loved. Sapphique, whose image fires Incarceron with the desire to escape its own nature. If Keiro steals the glove, will he bring destruction to the world? Inside. Outside. All seeking freedom. Like Sapphique. (From Goodreads)

Sapphique is the sequel to the book Incarceron and finishes the two part series.

In Sapphique, Finn still doesn't accept the fact that he is the lost ̈Prince Giles, but when a pretender also claims the throne, Finn might need to start believing in his princedom, especially when no one else does. Keiro and Attia are still trying to escape and find a way back to Finn so when they come upon a magician who claims to have the magical glove of Sapphique, they conspire and steal the glove. Turns out the prison also wants the glove and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back. Meanwhile, Claudia is unsure of herself as to whether Finn is the prince. She's also trying to get the portal open to save her father but what happens when she herself accidentally gets sent in to incarceron?
Sapphique wasn't as intersting as Incarceron, just to put it out there. 

I found this book was centered around the many battles, either political or physical. 
Incarceron was more centered around the prison and I guess having not read it before, the oddity of it was very intersting and kept me hooked. Sapphique doesn't have that. The prison becomes a sort of means to sense paranoia and fear to the characters. There's no "wow" moment in my opinion. 

Besides that, the ending was very good. What happened was completely surprised in my opinon. I was never expecting it and yet, when it happened, I completely understood why the world became like that. Just one of those moments. 

Overall Sapphique was an okay read that only got better the further you went. Give it a try and if you haven't read Incarceron yet, I highly suggest it!

(originally posted in the TPL Word Out program)

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