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3.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,644 ratings  ·  332 reviews
Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth.The first to fall in love with a mortal girl. But when he climbs backwards out of that Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm, where the spirits begin a revolution of their own.
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published February 2nd 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, ya
Having read and enjoyed A Certain Slant of Light by this same author, I was sure I'd enjoyed this one as well. I was wrong.
The concept of the Fetch, a being who comes to bring souls to heaven was an interesting one and the description of what happens when he brings them over was well done but the whole plot of taking over Rasputin's body and running around the world with Anastasia and Alexis simply didn't work for me. THere didn't seem to be any reason for them to be in the story, they could hav
Calder is a Fetch. Upon his own death in the 18th century at nineteen, he joined the ranks of Fetches who take souls through the Door, down the Aisle to the Captain and his boat, who will ferry them to Heaven.

When Calder's Key opens a Door to the deathbed of a small boy, a woman there catches his eye and holds him in thrall. He calls her Glory and wants to make her his Fetch apprentice by passing his Key to her. He thinks she's the governess of the children around the bed, and to make her happy
apparently there are spoilers in this review because someone is whining about them and making grumpy faces. i read this book four years ago so frankly i have no idea at this point but if you're a whiny person who is afraid of spoilers, don't read this review. thank you.

a fetch is a death escort- someone who shows up to guide the dying to heaven. calder's been doing this for several centuries, and it's time for him to pick an apprentice fetch, if you will, by giving his fetch key to a dying soul.
Jennifer Wardrip
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Angie Fisher for

Throw out any notion you have of the scary, scythe-bearing Grim Reaper and replace it with The Fetch.

A Fetch is a death escort, a comforting guide who waits while the soul chooses whether or not to leave its mortal body. Upon choosing death, and yes, it is often a choice, the soul is led by its Fetch through a door into the afterworld.

Calder was young for a Fetch, only three-hundred-and-thirty. Had he been doing death scenes a bit longer, say a coup
TBR Reduce Challenge #23- 2011 (Morgan)

Okay, first off, I did actually enjoy this book, but I'm not even going to attempt to write a summary about what this is about. It's different, very different and I can definitely see why this isn't for everyone. I feel like I just came out of a trance, this book reads so dream-like.
The Fetch combines historical, spiritual, fantasy with a pinch of romance, but it took some effort for me to keep up. I never felt like I wanted to give up however, but it's no
Jackie "the Librarian"
A fetch is a heavenly messenger who acts a lot like the Grim Reaper. One of them comes when someone is dying, and ferries the soul over to the other side.

Calder has been a fetch for hundreds of years without a thought of ever of misbehaving. Until now, when he sees a beautiful red-headed woman tending to his next soul, a young boy dying of internal bleeding. Overcome by his emotions, Calder breaks all the rules, and encourages the boy to keep living.

Later, he learns just who those people were
May 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
I wanted this to be a good book. The idea was good, very good idea, horribly executed. I really have no idea what the point of this book was, I was reading and finding myself drifting away from the book, it did not hold my attention for more than a few minutes at a time. i heard such great reviews about this book and i was so excited, cause I love the stories about the older eras and the wars that happened, but this book wasn't so great. i leapt into this book with high hope, only to be dashed d ...more
Morgan F
First of all, disregard where it says "a supernatural romance" of the cover. If you go into this novel expecting a romance, you will be disappointed and it might ruin the novel for you. This book is not for everyone. The writing is very dense and it reads like a hazy dream. The plot and pacing of this novel is also very sporadic. However, I absolutely loved the originality of it, and it was very interesting. I managed to finish it in a single rainy afternoon. I recommend this to people who love ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
Since finishing this book I’ve thought about it a lot. The reason I gave it only 1 star is because while I think that the general concept was interesting, the execution wasn’t great. I believe this book needed a lot more work before being published, and had it been revised a bit more, then perhaps it would have been more successful.
I found it hard to connect to the characters, who all fell flat. In general we get descriptions of what they were doing and the actions they took to teach a common go
Ashley Brooke
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who read Slant/Light
I was very excited about this title b/c I call A Certain Slant of Light a favorite of mine. I was a bit scared, though, b/c historical, be it fantasy or not, has never been my forte. Overall, I was pleased with The Fetch, but have to admit it had it's sour points.

The Good: The lyrical writing style Laura Whitcomb brings to the page is amazing. Sentences are formatted in such a way that even the most upsetting scene could be considered 'calm'. Her style isn't hard to get into, like others that co
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
I'm starting to get a little tired of books that are written just to showcase the author's talent, rather than for a specific audience. Just to name a few: Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (although, granted, using "talent" and Meyer in the same sentence is pushing it). This is another of those books. The writing is well-done, however, I don't know that any teenager will actually be interested in this book. The main character is Calder, a Fetch, someone who has ...more
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of historical fiction, fantasy, Russian revolution, Rasputin, Romanovs
FETCH takes equal parts of fantasy and history and deftly mixes the two to produce a reading banquet that feeds the readers imagination. Author, Laura Whitcomb takes us on a voyage that plunges us into a flight of fantasy as we accompany her protagonist, a death escort/Fetch named Calder into the chaos that befell Imperial Russia in days of the Russian Revolution.

It is there that Calder, while visiting a Death Scene, falls in love with the human he surmises is his "squire" and devises a horrifi
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
OMG where has this book been hiding. Paranormal love story YA set in Imperial Russia. Yes, Please.
Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18)
"We could be the stars/ falling from the sky/ shining how we want/ Brighter than the sun."
- Colbie Caillat
Trope Check
*forbidden love
*reckless screw-history globetrotting
*afterlife things
*purple prose emo-ness

2.5 stars
My feelings are similar to those with Dreaming Anastasia:
"If only there were no Romanovs."
The first part was good. Calder was surprisingly sympathetic and the biblical, rather than mythological, universe, is an original choice. However, I didn't get the symbolism of the Cell. There
JG (Introverted Reader)
Calder is a Fetch, a soul who escorts people on their journey to heaven. One day he shows up at a Death Scene, waiting to see if an infant chooses to die or not. The woman holding the baby takes his breath away. She's beautiful and has a kind, caring, sad face. He can't get her out of his thoughts, and his work begins to suffer for it.

The Fetch was okay, I just felt like I never really connected with anyone. I'm beginning to wonder if I really don't like third-person narratives and just never no
Brooke Shirts
Jul 05, 2009 rated it liked it
It's one thing to create a supernatural fantasy tale. But creating a supernatural fantasy tale that involves famous historical figures? That takes NERVE, man. NERVE.

Calder has been dead for 300 years. He is a "Fetch" -- a person who personally escorts the newly deceased into the afterlife, in an elaborate ceremony that Whitcomb creates in fanciful, atmospheric prose. At the deathbed of a young boy, Calder becomes infatuated with who he assumes is a governess -- but who turns out to be the Czarin
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
After reading A Certain Slant of Light by this author, I had high expectations for this book. I was so disappointed that this book met none of them. This is the first time I've ever given a book two stars, because I usually find something good about the story that can bring the rating up to three. There was nothing in this novel that convinced me it was worthy of three stars, much less four or five.

I spent much of this novel a little confused. The spirit world and the real world are so closely
Ann Woodbury Moore
Mar 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is a very odd young adult fiction book--I almost used "bizarre" as the adjective. Calder, who died at 19 in the 1500s, is a "fetch"--he appears at the side of dying people and, if they choose death, escorts them into the afterlife. He crosses the line and becomes personally involved when he meets Empress Alexandra of Russia in the early 1900s. Her two youngest children, Anastasia and Alexis, can mysteriously see Calder and possess other unique qualities. In 1916 Calder returns to Russia and ...more
Aug 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this one 4 stars just for sheer imagination. It was totally unpredictable & not what I was expecting at all. I love unpredictability - after all, if I can tell what's coming next, I might as well have written the book myself. But this one kept me guessing and went to places & situations I never would have imagined ... Calder is a Fetch - a death escort. He has been a Fetch for 330 years, since his own death at the age of 19. His job is to comfort & escort the soul on its way to the af ...more
Alethea A
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Well hey! Surprisingly, I enjoyed this. Fans of Russian history and Christianity will, too. (mainly why I was surprised *I* liked it)

Calder is a Fetch, a Death-escort, and not a very good one in his own opinion. He breaks his holy Vows to pursue a human woman and ends up running away from demons (mostly of his own making) while circumnavigating the globe. It is a story of love, forgiveness, sacrifice and mainly, doing the right thing--or what you think is the right thing at the time.

When I first
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Gwen by: Kathryn
Before I go into this book, I must say, my expectations were quite high as I loved A Certain Slant of Light. When my sister gave me this one to read by the same author I was expected to be drawn in to the character's live in the same manner, but unfortunately it was not to be.

I could not connect with anyone in the book at all and had a hard time feeling any of the peril or urgency that the characters must have been going through in order to complete their journey. I was not emotionally invested
Maria Elmvang
My expectations of "The Fetch" were very, very low - practically non-existent in fact... Which is probably why I couldn't help but be positively surprised. I was fascinated by the story and had a really hard time putting it down, although now that I'm looking back at it, I'm hard pressed to say why. It was definitely more the writing style and the atmosphere than the people and the plot that caught my attention.

The book does have its problems though. It can't seem to decide on a genre and keeps
May 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
This story is about a fetch, who is someone that is dead, and they accompany people who have died through the Aisle which has different "rooms" to the Captain who sails the souls to "Heaven". This particular fetch makes a mistake and develops an emotional attachment to someone he encounters at one of his deaths. This story takes place during the reign of Tsar Nicholas, the last Tsar of Russia and involves the family and the matter of their assassinations.

I was disappointed. I did read the entir
Melissa Wehunt
"After 350 years as a Fetch, or death escort, Calder breaks his vows and enters the body of Rasputin, whose spirit causes rebellion in the Land of Lost Souls while Calder struggles to convey Ana and Alexis, orphaned in the Russian Revolution, to Heaven." From Library Catolog

Basically, this starts love story between Calder and a woman he is called to escort into death. However,it becomes a love story between Calder and Ana (if I'm remembering correctly) as he goes through much trouble to get she
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
I had a literature professor who kept a notebook where he would keep track of the books he read. He'd record the title and author, the first line of the book, and then any other quotes from the book that stood out to him. I really liked this idea and I do it from time to time. This book had one quote that really stood out to me.
"Better to be good than gentle. A good soul gives his dog half his food and loves his friends even when they're far away and forgives the ones who hate him. A good soul
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure at first what to make of The Fetch. It was odd, yet enticing. I kept reading and stumbled across a massive (or at least it was to me) twist in the plot. From that point on, I really fell in love with this story.

Laura Whitcomb is a brilliant writer, if not a bit different in what she chooses to write about. I read A Certain Slant of Light and liked it and I liked The Fetch. It's a good read.
Jun 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Ranting time!
Reasons why I didn't like this book:
The characters made no sense.

The author made all kinds of assumptions that I didn't get.

Apparently it was classified a romance novel because he decided he loved a random lady and started stalking her for 2 weeks, but then he figured out that he didn't love her after all.

Then he fell in love with her daughter?!

Don't read this book... it was boring, confusing, and had a very simple/predictable plot.
Oct 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2010
I don't think it's accurate to call this book a "supernatural romance" when the romance part is so little (and really doesn't start until almost page 300). Mooning after someone, as the main character is doing in the beginning, does not make a romance.

Also, I would have liked this much better if the author didn't try to pull in famous historical figures and just went with ordinary people as the characters. Fantasy only stretches so far for me.
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
A little too strange...a weird combination of spiritual meanding combined with history and I think the author wanted a romance in there somewhere but that failed in my eyes. It made we want to look us Rasputin to find out more but other than that...not a real page turner. The author has wonderfuuly descriptive writing though the plot needed some help.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped-reading
I didn't like it. OhKay so I didn't even finish it. Just no. ...more
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Laura Whitcomb grew up in Pasadena, California in a mildly haunted house. She received her English degree at California State University at Northridge in 1993. She has taught Language Arts in California and Hawaii. She has won three Kay Snow Awards and was once runner up in the Bulwer-Lytton writing contest for the best first sentence of the worst Science Fiction novel never written. In her spare ...more

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