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Sapphique (Incarceron #2)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  19,578 Ratings  ·  1,781 Reviews
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 he doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment?
Paperback, 470 pages
Published September 18th 2008 by Hodder Children's Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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L. M. Faris I don't have the link to hand right now but I definitely recall reading sometime last year on Catherine Fisher's website that she was thinking of a…moreI don't have the link to hand right now but I definitely recall reading sometime last year on Catherine Fisher's website that she was thinking of a third book. I seem to remember she mentioned it in response to a reader question particularly about Attia and Keiro.(less)
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
I give this about a B/B- - somewhere in between "Pretty good" and "Very nice".

This book was pretty good. I think I enjoyed it more than Incarceron, pretty much because I was familiar enough with the basic storyline and didn’t have to spend so much time figuring everything out. The pacing was pretty good, but the last 100 pages really, REALLY dragged…and it got to the point where I came dangerously close to not caring anymore…that’s not usually a good sign.

And yet…

I don’t want to make it sound

I swear that people simply must not get this series (I say “series” hopefully, because for right now it looks like there will only be the two books). I don’t mean that in some kind of pretentious, exclusive way, it’s just my only rationalization for why both books are only thisclose to being 4 stars. Are the wrong people reading them? Are people going in with certain, um, expectations and not feeling that they’re met? Do people just not want to do any real thinking?

I really need to stop sounding
Nov 13, 2008 R.J. rated it really liked it
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Feb 27, 2011 rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ya, 2011, sci-fi-fantasy
Sometimes when I'm sitting on the couch at night reading, loopy with exhaustion, I look over at my cats and start thinking about how weird it is that they're sentient beings who have feelings and communicate in ways that I will never understand. Then I pass out with my book on my face. But if you are like me and have a hard enough time grasping animal consciousness, then you will probably also have a hard time taking seriously the idea that a prison is not only a sentient being but wants to buil ...more
Mar 16, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, my-scifi-pics
I was so interested to read the follow-up to Incarceron that I ordered the UK version of Sapphique so I wouldn't have to wait until December to find out what happened to Finn and Claudia (and c'mon, having a UK edition is pretty cool, too).


In Fisher's sequel, Finn's been sprung out of one prison and into another -- as future king of the Realm, he's trapped in all the usual politicking. He still can't remember his past life as Prince Giles, and he's plagued by memories (Keiro, trap
Megan Baxter
Jan 31, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it liked it
I gave the first book in this series a bit of a light ride, because I was intrigued by the ideas, and thank goodness, it was something different in a mass of fantasy books that were decidedly running together. So although there were things left unexplained, relationships that seemed strained, I hoped those would be delved into in greater depth in later volumes, and let it pass. Unfortunately, the second book doesn't resolve any of the problems, and seems to be the end of the series, so, where am ...more
Ashley Daviau
I'm a little unsure how I feel about this book. I did enjoy some parts, especially the steam punk element. But a lot of it had me feeling very meh. I still did enjoy the concept and the twists and turns that kept me guessing just like with the first book. But the ending left me feeling very unsatisfied. In a way I feel like instead of wrapping up the series, this book left me with more questions than it answered.
Leigh Hecking
Sep 09, 2010 Leigh Hecking rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
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This was one of the most amazing books I have read in a long time. Let me start by saying that Fisher is a true wordsmith. Her prose is always lyrical and just so so lovely. It's been a long time since I've read such quotable and enjoyable writing.

The plot moved much more quickly in this book than it did in the first, and I was grateful for that. At the same time, there were parts with no real plot, but not one of these scenes felt unnecessary or boring or out of place. Each of them contributed
So yeah - I gave up. This book was a complete let down after how amazing the first book Incarceron was. But sadly my copy was due back at the library and considering I hadn't picked it back up in over a week and a half I figured I would rather spend my time reading books I am still interested in.

This book's worst problem (just as in the first book) was characterization. All of the characters were like cardboard cutouts. They told you a story but I didn't get any feeling from it. Not to mention F
Mar 26, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Incarceron
Shelves: books-i-own
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I reviewed Incarceron a few weeks back and, although I didn't like it, I already had a copy of the ARC. Sapphique was not better than the first book in the series, but it was easier for me to get through, perhaps because I had much lower expectations. All of my problems with the first book still remain here.

The characters, all of them, are pretty much entirely unlikeable. Jared, Claudia's tutor, is the character I most liked, but the reader has known since the beginning of book one that he has a
Jan 20, 2015 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dystopia
Το δεύτερο μέρος μου άρεσε κ αυτό πάρα πολύ. Δεν μου θυμίζει κανένα βιβλίο που έχω διαβάσει έως τώρα. Δεν έχει love story, οι ήρωες με εξαίρεση δύο, δεν έχουν αγνές προθέσεις, κάνουν υπολογιστικές κινήσεις, γίνονται αντιπαθείς και ξέρουν να επιβιώνουν, και ναι αυτό είναι ένα από τα στοιχεία που μου αρέσουν σε αυτό το βιβλίο, γιατί το κάνει να ξεχωρίζει. Επίσης η ιστορία είναι απίστευτα πρωτότυπη, μια φυλακισμένη φυλακή που θέλει να ελευθερωθεί και ένας κόσμος έξω από αυτήν που ψάχνει και ο ίδιος ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Lucijaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than the first one, but it was hard for me to get into the story in the beginning. But once when I got into the story, I couldn't stop reading.

Keiro was my top character again, his personality and his atitudes were the best part of the book. I have to congratulate Catherine for getting him out of the prison. But Attia could've stayed in the prison, because I dislike her a lot.

The whole perfect world everyone was living in started falling apart, and I liked that. We final
I still don't love these books. I think the story line is very interesting but the characters just aren't "something" enough - there is no one to really hate or love or pull for, so i don't have the connection. I also don't think there is enough back story. Why are they in this artificial time and what was the war about? It is mentioned but no real details.
Kira Simion
Sep 29, 2015 Kira Simion marked it as to-read
Someone want to buy this for me? 0-0
May 28, 2017 Ngọc rated it did not like it
Hm...Khi đọc xong cuốn này chỉ muốn đập bộp một phát cho hả giận.Tiếc tiền quá mà, với 140k cho Incarceron và 145k cho Sapphique thì những gì mình nhận được không hề xứng đáng tẹo nào.Thế nên sau khi vừa đọc xong, tức là cách đây vài tiếng ấy, mình đã dặn lòng là thôi, đợi cho bình tĩnh lại đã rồi viết sau=))Nói cho đến sáng mai cũng chưa chắc đã hết những điều mình không ưng ở cuốn này.Thứ nhất, mình rất ghét cách đan xen 3 thứ cùng một lúc.3 thứ ở đây là gì?Đầu tiên là bên trong, Ngục Tù ấy, t ...more
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
This just wasn't as good as the first.

I liked how Keiro and Attia were still trapped in the prison, so we weren't cut off from its awesomeness entirely, but somehow it didn't feel as interesting in this one. The character of Rix was pretty annoying and he thorougly grossed me out. I did like how Keiro and Attia stayed together, even though he claimed not to like her, you can tell he does.

What annoyed me was the lack of character development. Keiro, Attia, Claudia, and Finn all stay exactly the
Jul 04, 2010 Emilie rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book. I had mixed feelings after reading Incarceron and thought maybe one needed to read the conclusion of this series in order to really get it. So, I special ordered Sapphique from the UK, since it won't be published in the US for another few months. What a huge let down this installment was!! This book made me feel like I must be some kind of idiot, because I just didn't get it! I am usually very quick to pick up on what's happening in the plots of books. I stil ...more
Catarina Miranda
Jun 24, 2014 Catarina Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-it
4.5 stars, I must say.
Okay, so... I'm still in shock... I'm still trying to figure this all out...
Well, I'm not going to write a review about this book, because I barely remember anything, since it took so long for me to finish it. However, if I were to write something, I would say something like this...
First of all, WHAT AN AMAZING (although not exactly satisfying) ENDING! Incredible! Since that moment when "the truth about the both worlds was revealed", I just loved this book! It showed so ma
Profundus Librum
Jul 27, 2014 Profundus Librum rated it it was ok
Sajnos nem tudom azt mondani, hogy akinek tetszett évekkel ezelőtt az első rész, az biztosan élvezni fogja a folytatást, mert ez nem így van. Én legalább is biztosan nem élveztem ezt most annyira, sőt egy idő elteltével kifejezetten untam is, szívesebben olvastam volna valami mást, ennél egy árnyalattal sötétebb történetet inkább. A folytatásra egész egyszerűen túl sokat kellett várni, és az évek során az olvasó belefuthatott néhány kimagaslóan jó ifjúsági fantasybe is, vagy csak az ízlése válto ...more
Sarah Heartburn
Feb 17, 2011 Sarah Heartburn rated it liked it
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Jun 29, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
I loved Incarceron, and perhaps had too high hopes for Sapphique... it's a good sequel, but not a great sequel. Part of that may have been my hope that it would be more like Fire was to Graceling than an addition to the original story - there's no reason for me to have thought that just wishing.

Anyway, Sapphique picks up shortly after Finn Escapes to Outside, with Claudia and Jared trying to figure out how to work the Portal and Sia trying to prove that Finn is not Prince Giles; Inside, Keiko an
Aimee Meester

*screams quietly*
Nhi Nguyễn
Phần cuối của series Incarceron, phải nói là hồi hộp hết chỗ chê. Finn đã Trốn thoát, đã thấy được Bên Ngoài, nhưng tâm trạng cậu chưa bao giờ yên ổn, vì Keiro - người anh em kết nghĩa của cậu - vẫn đang còn kẹt lại ở Bên Trong Ngục Tù; vì cậu vẫn chưa thể nào làm quen được với vai trò của một Hoàng tử, một vị vua tương lai. Rồi sự xuất hiện của một gã trai khác, người tuyên bố mình mới chính là Hoàng tử Giles bị thất lạc, gây nên một sự hoang mang trong triều đình, và đỉnh điểm là phiên điều tr ...more
I wanted to wait until I'd read both Incarceron and Sapphique before I wrote my review. While each book stands on its own, I had to see where the story went (after finishing Incarceron) and how I felt about it.

Let me preface this by saying I didn't not like the book. If Goodreads allowed half stars for rating, I would've rated both as 2.5s. Personally, I thought Catherine Fisher was quite innovative in creating a Matrix-steam-punk-YA mash-up: in some future time, because of all the wars and rebe
Tak tohle se upřímně moc nepovedlo. A to byl Inkarceron tak super! Nevím, ale přišlo mi to zbytečně natahované a ten konec je jeden velký mindfuck, kdy nevíte, co si o celé duologii myslet. Třeba to, že jste na ni zbytečně plýtvali svým časem...
Anna W.
Nov 03, 2011 Anna W. rated it it was ok
[This review covers both books in the Incarceron series.]

Age Group: YA (utterly gratuitous mature language; mild graphic violence)
Pages: 448, 480
Rating: Idea 5★; Execution 2★
Genre: dystopia, sci-fi, & (some) fantasy with overtones of steampunk

Total: ★★1/2

Claudia lives in The Realm—a place where an Era of Victorianesque habit and aesthetic is enforced by a malevolent monarchy. She dreams only of escape from the life that has been planned for her. Her only solace is her tutor, Jared, who has b
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Apr 08, 2013
Iara Silva

Não há grande coisa que possa dizer sobre esta estória, tal como a primeira não me encantou por ai além, acho que a estória em si é bastante interessante mas sinto que faltou um pouco de desenvolvimento a nível de personagens e mesmo do mundo que nos é apresentado. Havia muita coisa por onde se podia ter pegado, que podiam ter tornado esta uma duologia excepcional, mas senti que a autora não teve a capacidade para tal, talvez seja inexperiência, não sei se foram ou não os primeiros livros de
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Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.

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“Once Incarceron became a dragon, and a Prisoner crawled into his lair. They made a wager. They would ask each other riddles, and the one who could not answer would lose. It it was the man, he would give his life. The Prison offered a secret way of Escape. But even as the man agreed, he felt its hidden laughter.
They played for a year and a day. The lights stayed dark. The dead were not removed. Food was not provided. The Prison ignored the cries of its inmates.
Sapphique was the man. He had one riddle left. He said, "What is the Key that unlocks the heart?"
For a day Incarceron thought. For two days. For three. Then it said, "If I ever knew the answer, I have forgotten it."
--Sapphique in the Tunnels of Madness”
“The Stars.
Jared slept beneath them, uneasy in the rustling leaves.

From the battlements Finn gazed up at them, seeing the impossible distances between galaxies and nebulae, and thinking they were not as wide as the distances between people.

In the study Claudia sensed them, in the sparks and crackles on the screen.

In the prison, Attia dreamt of them, She sat curled on the hard chair, Rix repacking his hidden pockets obsessively with coins and glass discs and hidden handkerchiefs.

A single spark flickered deep in the coin Keiro spun and caught, spun and caught.”
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