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Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
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** "Sapphique" by Catherine Fisher is a legendary hero who will rescue his people in two realms, with two couples. The large cast and complex double plot are deftly handled over 460 pages. Elements of advanced scientific technology mix with magic and medieval times. Cliffhanger perils and miraculous escapes all have a deus ex machina steampunk feel. Philosophical 'reality is a dream' and 'imagine the impossible' jumbles with myth and fairytale references. The ride is erratic, unpredictable, and somewhat incoherent. The youngsters are arrogant, unreliable, morose, and unsure. We know the author will do anything to get them together, so surprises jade. The heroes and heroines seem more designated than deserving.
[The first book "Incarceron" is the Prison, a humanly created intelligence with supreme power over different Gulliver/ Sinbad areas where occupants fight each other for survival. Outside, a cruel Queen luxuriates while peasants struggle. A royally tattooed boy Finn with amnesia escapes in time to rescue his childhood fiancee Claudia from marrying (#1) his nasty brother then (#2) a lookalike usurper. The engaged couple work to free the two loyal friends left behind Keiro and Attia. The latter tough pair search for a magic glove owned by the mystic savior who pops in for visions and prophecies. The loyal tutor Jared, one of the intelligentsia who designed the manipulated lands as a Paradise, is the only character who really drives the action for the good side, others seem to react and do little.]
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