Book Review: Sapphique

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Title: Sapphique (Incarceron #2)
Author: Catherine Fisher
Origins: My Local Library
Summary: [from GoodReads] 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.

My Review: It seems like forever ago that I read Incarceron. With how fast and how much I read it can become difficult to keep books straight, and so going into this book I only just barely remembered the premise of the first book, much less the plot.

Perhaps because of this, I had trouble with Sapphique. Often times when reading a sequel I rely on the first chapter or so to remind me of the important things
– oddities about the world, major plot points and cliffhangers from the previous book etc. While Sapphique did that, it also threw you very quickly into the action. It was just complicated enough that I had to struggle to catch up. I often stopped reading and found I had a headache from trying to work out all the plot twists and whose side everyone was on.

On the other hand, when I could keep up, I found the story interesting and inventive, rife with intriguing concepts and original ideas. For all the plot was complicated, the writing itself flowed smoothly, helping the reader keep going when things got difficult to understand. I really admire that in a writer and I will definitely be lookign for her further books, despite the complication of her plots.

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Sapphique”

  1. Alexia561 says:

    Enjoyed your review! Think I'll read the books back to back, so I don't get lost or confused. That can be so frustrating, but glad you were able to figure things out, even if it did give you a headache at times! :)

  2. Anne says:

    I would definitely suggest reading them back to back. I didn't have the option at the time because Sapphique wasn't out yet, but I think that would really have helped!

  3. AmandaRose says:

    I thought it was pretty good, but I definitely wasn't blown away. Not sure if I would read another one if one comes out, but it was decent enough to read the sequel.

    Great review!


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