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Sapphique (Incarceron, Bk 2)
Sapphique - Incarceron, Bk 2
Author: Catherine Fisher
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 f...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780803733978
ISBN-10: 0803733976
Publication Date: 12/28/2010
Pages: 450
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Dial
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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GeniusJen avatar reviewed Sapphique (Incarceron, Bk 2) on + 5322 more book reviews
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The end of SAPPHIQUE's prequel saw Finn released from sentient prison INCARCERON, but life Outside has not brought him the peace of mind he desired. Four months after his escape finds Finn still struggling with the inherent treachery and protocol required by court life. Couple that with the overwhelming guilt he feels for leaving his oath brother, Keiko, and friend, Attia, behind Inside, Finn has sunk into despair.

So deep is his depression, he's become useless in helping the Warden's daughter, Claudia, and her beloved tutor, Jared, search for a way back into Incarceron. The situation worsens when a young man who bears a striking resemblance to him challenges Finn's claim as the long-lost throne heir, Prince Giles.

Back inside the prison, Keiko and Attia search for their own means of escape: Sapphique's legendary magical glove. But Finn's prolonged absence and the increasing desperation of their situation - plagues, scarcity of supplies, entire sections of the prison shutting down - stretches their loyalties to the breaking point. As their enemies close in, each pair is in a race against time to save their very lives.

After reading both books in Catherine Fisher's duology, SAPPHIQUE emerges most decidedly as my favorite. While INCARCERON beautifully established this rich and complex world, the sequel brings more heart to the narrative. In SAPPHIQUE, we get a deeper exploration of the characters, a maturing of their perspectives, and a resolution of plot with the possibility of more stories to be mined in the future.
amichai avatar reviewed Sapphique (Incarceron, Bk 2) on + 368 more book reviews
I'm afraid I didn't love this sequel. A lot is going on in the story, but the characters don't have much appeal. If you loved the first book, and read it recently, you'll probably also find this one satisfying. If it has been a while since you read Incarceron, you may, like me, find it a bit confusing.
skywriter319 avatar reviewed Sapphique (Incarceron, Bk 2) on + 784 more book reviews
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. Finns 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, Finns friends Keiro and Attia search for Sapphiques glove, which may be the only remaining way out of Incarceron. Trouble is, theyre not the only ones who seek the glove: the prison itself wants it, and doesnt 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 Attias 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. Its 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 bookbut they are not really meant to be liked. They are people stuck in life-or-death situations, and they cant afford to be nice, for to be nice is to lose.

So SAPPHIQUEs 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!