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The Oversight

(Oversight Trilogy #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,052 ratings  ·  357 reviews
Only five still guard the borders between the worlds.
Only five hold back what waits on the other side.

Once the Oversight, the secret society that policed the lines between the mundane and the magic, counted hundreds of brave souls among its members. Now their numbers can be counted on a single hand.

When a vagabond brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headqu
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Orbit
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May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are times as a book lover – hopefully few and far between – where you find yourself stuck. Every book you pick up is disappointing, every page becomes a struggle to turn, every word dull to read. You may have even had such a run of average or bland or outright horrendous books that it feels as though you may never come across an amazing new story again.

Then finally, finally, a book comes along that is so fantastic you can’t put it down, you lose sleep trying to finish it, and all the magic
Emma Sea
UnLunDun/Neverwhere/The Dark is Rising filtered through the design aesthetic of This is Jinsy. It's trying so damn hard to be quirky that it forgot about the basics of capturing the reader's attention. Fletcher wants to dazzle me with the worldbuilding. Look, an animated, blood-drawing puffin skull braided into a horse's mane in elf-locks, with a woven sea-grass halter. Be amazed, muggles! Let me literally give you an entire chapter describing this horse. And let's call it The Horse With No Shoe ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I love books that keep me guessing, books like The Oversight which had me hanging on every word. It had me wondering from the start: Just who or what is The Oversight? Are they the good guys or the bad guys? Who are their enemies, and their enemies' enemies for that matter, and why is it that every time I think I’ve got a bead on what’s happening the book decides to drop a bombshell on my head and look out, it's a trap!? I
Scott  Hitchcock
This started out with so much potential and finished well but...... There's nothing worse than there being 4 or 5 story lines all going and the author focuses on the least interesting one for the middle part of the book. Without giving anything away the story line in question took place with a traveling circus which is funny since of all the many story lines within the Wheel of Time my least favorite was also with a traveling show. I must have something against carney's.

I probably will read the
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Oversight is a secret society that protect mundanes from the supranatural. Made up of five, called the hand they keep a key called the Discriminator from falling into the wrong hands. Over the years they have diminished to just 5 members, the minimum number needed to keep the society running. When a screaming girl is brought to them who keeps her hands bound at all times they see a potential new member, when she really is a trap.

At first the lines of good and evil are fuzzy. There are so man
Ben Alderson
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
All will be explained in my wrap up video...

link will be available at the end of the month!
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
The Oversight is Charlie Fletcher’s first foray into adult fiction, but the control he has over his complex narrative is astonishing. Told from multiple perspectives, The Oversight is a complicated web of episodes that combine perfectly into a breathtaking and well-executed story. Admittedly, due to its complexity, the beginning might be a bit slower for some, but once the pieces start coming together, The Oversight becomes practically unputdownable.

Set in a version of Victorian London
Eliza ☽
The Oversight is an adult historical urban fantasy set in Victorian London. I love historical fantasy, especially when it's set in Victorian England, so this seemed right up my alley, and I wanted to love it! Unfortunately, I thought it was only okay, nothing really to call home about.

Firstly, the story elements felt a little derivative of other books. I was often reminded of the Shadowhunter books (there's even a character called Hodge) and Harry Potter, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thin
The Review:

“An excellent novel – Charlie Fletcher has certainly crafted one of the better reads of 2014 so far. If you’re a fan of the likes of Neil Gaiman or China Mieville then this is a must read – and with some fascinating prose, this is something that you won’t want to miss.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"Only five still guard the borders between the worlds.
Only five hold back what waits on the other side.

Once the Oversight, the secret soc
Althea Ann
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like 'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell'? How about Daniel O'Malley's 'The Rook'? Then you should get this book.
The old-timey London setting, with secret magical elements, is reminiscent of the former book, but the tone is much less fussy. The supranatural agency and amnesiac heroine reminded me of the latter.

'The Oversight' is the organization of half-fey agents who are sworn to uphold 'The Law and the Lore,' protecting both magical and mundane elements, mainly by keeping them from each other..
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

The Oversight is one of those books that, about two pages in, I knew I was in for something good. It begins with an excerpt from The Great and Hidden History of the World by Rabbi Dr. Hayyim Samuel Falk, detailing the function of the Free Company known as The Oversight of London, specifically in protecting innocent humans from the actions of untoward supranaturals. The Oversight has always been manned by people with both supranatural and human blood, so th
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Whaaaaaaaaaat just happened? What is this book? It came out of nowhere and my head is still spinning.

The Oversight features elegant prose and the kind deliciously dark and ominous atmosphere that reminds me vaguely of Neil Gaiman. The book drops you into the shadowy supranatural underside of somewhere around turn of the 20th century London (no exact date given, unless I missed something, which I will allow for, there was a lot going on). The world-building is quite complicated, there’s
I don't know if it was the mood I was in but I struggled to finish this -- way too much detail. The repetition and over-explanation wasn't needed and really, it was just unnessarily long. ...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I got an ARC of this book through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. Physical copy liable to change upon actual publishing.]

At first, I wasn't sure what to make of this novel, not knowing if I'd like it or if it was starting too slowly to my liking. However, I soon found myself engrossed in the story—I only read it in more than just a couple of days because I was busy, otherwise I'd probably have gone through it much more quickly.

First, though, one thing must be made clear: this is bo
Jessica Strider
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pros: highly descriptive writing, lots of interesting characters, complicated plots, cool monsters, decent world building

Cons: several info dump chapters in a row

When a tied up girl is ’sold’ to ‘the jew’ of London’s Wellclose Square, several plots are set into motion. Because that’s the safe house of the last remaining hand of the Oversight, a group of people with supranatural abilities who keep the ordinary people of England safe from the creatures that go bump in the night.

There’s a large ca
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Set in Victorian London, Lucy Harker is smuggled to the Oversight, a secret society dedicated to keep people safe from the many forces of evil. Lucy eventually is shown some secrets and disappears into a mirror, taking part of her host, Sara Falk with her. Lucy then falls in with a carney crowd, who seem interested in her, but have their own agendas. Meanwhile Sara starts to fall apart, jeopardizing the Oversight, which must have five members. Her companions try to help save their society and le ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Am urban fantasy steampunk novel which had its moments but just didnt gel with me. The setting and world building was slow. I never really engaged with any characters. The plot was solid but only 1 character arc really engaged my attention and this unfortunately lasted the shortest amount of time. Will work for some just unfortunately not for me.
Liz Barnsley
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Publication Date: 6th May 2014 from Orbit.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via NetGalley.

Only five still guard the borders between the worlds.
Only five hold back what waits on the other side.
Once the Oversight, the secret society that policed the lines between the mundane and the magic, counted hundreds of brave souls among its members. Now their numbers can be counted on a single hand.
When a vagabond brings a screaming girl to the Oversight’s London headquarters, it see
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good beginning to what might be a very interesting series. Starts slow, but stick with it - the ending is worth it, brought a tear to my eye.
Dark Faerie Tales
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Enter an alternate, dark version of Victorian London, full of witchhunters, supranatural creatures, and much more. This book constantly keeps the reader guessing and is completely engrossing!

Opening Sentence: The natural and the supranatural inhabit the same world, intersecting but largely unseen to one another, like lodgers who share a house but keep different hours, only occasionally passing on the narrow stairs.

The Review:

When I read the prem
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There is a secret society that patrols the border between the known and unknown. On one side you have the normals and on the other you have the magical people. The society is called the Oversight. There was once hundreds of them but now there are 5.

When Lucy is brought to the Oversight headquarters, she was bound and gagged and had no clue who they were or what they wanted from her. When these people start saying things that they shouldn't know, Lucy realises there's more at play here than what
Megan Readinginthesunshine
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard about The Oversight I was instantly intrigued, and after reading the blurb on the back of the book even more so.

The Oversight – a secret society that polices the lines between the mundane and the magic used to have hundreds of brave members under their name, but now these members are so few they can be counted on a single hand. When a drunkard brings a screaming girl to the Oversight’s headquarters in London, it seems their hopes for a new recruit may be fulfilled, but who is
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm torn between giving this 3.5 or 4 stars...

in reality I did enjoy this book, it was interesting. I don't quite understand the magic system or its purpose, yet but what I got was pretty cool. also it took me about 100+ pages to finally get into it. I felt like it was overly descriptive which for me, I started to kind of drift off because somehow it was losing the point it was trying to make? ... I liked the characters, they were complex and interesting to learn about. despite intense spurts a
Jon Carton
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I've been sat here in front of my screen for a while now wondering what exactly I was going to write about this book. My opinion of it has changed a fair bit over the course of reading it. I honestly found it very difficult to get in to; it wasn't until about the 100 page mark that my interest started to pick up. At the time I found this a little bit confusing, because in theory I liked the premise, there was clearly a lot of detail and complexity to the world and the characters... What exactly ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

In this book there are a handful of good guys, a whole lot of scheming bad guys - both human and other, as well as many unknowns, including Lucy Harker the girl who begins it all. While reading The Oversight, I kept thinking that if Charles Dickens wanted to write about Fae, the book might have been set up something like this. Besides the very Dickensian 1840s London setting, we have quirky characters, many with names to match, a city teeming with people and fog, as well as a countrysid
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

4 ½ Stars

The Oversight is the first book in the Oversight Trilogy by Charlie Fletcher.

The Oversight is an organization that for centuries has protected humans from supernatural beings. All members have both supranatural and human blood; this gives them a better understanding and power over the creatures they oversee.
The Oversight used to have hundreds of members, but after an accident thirty years back its numbers were drastically reduced and currently it o
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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There are a few times when, as a book blogger, I'm incredibly surprised at just how well a novel sneaks up on me and surprises me in the best possible way. In the case of The Oversight, we have a novel that is virtually unheard of in the young adult community, but manages to offer readers a full-bodied fantasy novel complete with great characters, a historical setting that's every bit alive as the magic within and prose that will
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five Caffeinated reasons to listen to The Oversight

The tale is set in a Dickenson type London, and the writing is mesmerizing. Fletcher brings the world and characters to life using multiple perspectives. The story is rich in details, laced in magic and dark uncertainty.
The Oversight stands for the Free Company for the Regulation and Oversight of Recondite Exigency and Supernatural Lore. At one time, the Oversight was a powerful group numbering in the hundreds whose sole purpose was to kee
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an uncorrected proof.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of The Oversight, which I believe is the first adult title from Charlie Fletcher. Based on comments in the book, I believe the setting is the mid-1800s, in a London that is filled with the supranatural. The Oversight is the organization tasked with policing the supranatural and protecting the natural, i.e. regular humans. At the time the story begins, the Oversight is down to the Last Hand, five remaining m
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
‘The Oversight’ is a novel about the supernatural - or, the supranatural - for people who like their magic real and visceral and a bit terrifying. It draws upon a tradition of British folklore running from Celtic tree-lore to the peculiar power of the Tower of London ravens, by way of Old English poetry and Rudyard Kipling (‘Oak, Ash and Thorn’!), and creates a tangible, dangerous world in which all the arcane safeguards and laws that keep us safe have been changed and disrupted by the innovatio ...more
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Also publishes under C.A. Fletcher

Charlie Fletcher is the author of Stoneheart, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award and longlisted for the Guardian children’s fiction award, the sequels Ironhand and Silvertongue, and the stand-alone YA novel Far Rockaway.

His first adult novel The Oversight will be published in May 2014 in the US and UK.

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