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(Incarceron #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  21,553 ratings  ·  1,885 reviews
Finn has escaped Incarceron only to find that he must defend his right to the throne from another challenger. His life and Claudia's hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince, even though he has his own doubts about being the true heir. ...more
Hardcover, 462 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Dial (first published September 18th 2008)
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David Morrison The second book ends such that there isn't a need for a 3rd book.…moreThe second book ends such that there isn't a need for a 3rd book.(less)
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Charlotte May
When rereading an old fave doesn't go to plan and you actually end up disappointed! :(

"He'd never wept in a cell with his mind torn away, never laid awake at night hearing the screams of children. He's not me. He's never been taunted by the prison."

I loved Incarceron, I thought it was clever, and I found the plot engaging and addicting. I couldn't wait to jump into book 2.


Claudia and Finn are outside, attempting to reinstat
Amelia, free market Puritan
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
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, 2011, sci-fi-fantasy, ya
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
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Leigh Hecking
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Megan Baxter
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
Amber J
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

So I don't feel this book was really any better than the first. It sums everything up, which is always nice, but in the end, I feel this whole series was decent but not exactly good. I'm glad I finished it though. I went with the audio for this book and I'm glad I d
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. ...more
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
Mel (Epic Reading)
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-print
I found this series, starting with Incarceron to have so many great themes. There are English and psych papers abound to be written on this series.
It's mysterious, dark, sweet and bittersweet all at the same time.
If you came away not liking this series then I'd say you likely missed out on the point:
A prison can be made up of so many things. It doesn't necessarily have to have walls nor an exit.
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Incarceron
Shelves: ya, books-i-own, sci-fi
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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
Feb 03, 2016 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
Kira Simion
Sep 29, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Someone want to buy this for me? 0-0
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
After the revelation of what Incarceron was at the end of Book 1, I was eager and curious to read this book. Unfortunately, like so many 'end of the series' books, this one leaves quite a few questions unanswered. I accepted that at the end of Incarceron, there would be questions, but I hoped that this volume would answer them.

Alas. There's still plenty of plot holes/unexplained things that left this world somewhat murky.

Don't get me wrong - I applaud the creativity of the premise of this story,
Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)
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
Terry Brooks
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This month I am going to recommend another young adult fantasy contained in a two book set - INCARCERON and SAPPHIQUE by Catherine Fisher. In these stories, we follow the efforts of three prisoners held captive in a prison as large as an entire world to find a way out. Only one man has ever escaped, and he has become a legend to the prison populace. On the outside of the prison, the daughter of the Warden - who tends to the prison and its population - attempts to discover the secret of Incarcero ...more
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. ...more
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 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
I'jaaz (The Magician of Mirrex)
Well...that was quite a ride. After 3 bathroom breaks, 2 snacks, 300 breaths, 10 pages and 7,504 catnaps, I have devoured a quite delicious wonder called "Sapphique" The things I liked about Well, lets see. There's the steam-punk element, the dystopian drama, the royal intrigue, and the drool-worthy futuristic gadgets that is the pipe dream of any good CIA agent on the planet....or under it. ;P

What I didn't like about it.... do you really want to spoil the good feeling of a good book w
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Heartburn
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♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, to-re-read
Whoa. I wish this series was a trilogy instead of a duology, but *sigh* I guess I shall have to make do with these two books. Just, I loved it. This book ramps up from where Incarceron left off, with just as much intrigue, twisting plot, and phenomenal characters. And then, oh, that ending! Wow. Took me a few times of "Wait...what???" to get it, but when I did, I had this stupid grin and a feeling of something close to dizziness. What a plot twist!

So yes, I am most absolutely i
Devin Willson
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very solid sequel. I enjoyed it a lot and I grew to like some of the characters even more than i did in the first one.
Like Keiro.
He's great.
The ending tho... i didn't dislike it... but it was... really strange? idk what to think o.O

overall a solid 4/5 and just as good as, if not a bit better than, the first book.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Careful readers, who read to embrace every nuance of every word.
A five star rating? It deserves far more.

Sapphique has seen the stars. Outside, they shine perfect and bright on the Realm. Far away, Incarceron hungers for them, and its Prisoners know stars only as red pinpricks in the dark that watch with malevolent knowing.

Five stars, Goodreads says?

I think not.

The story of Sapphique, of Claudia and Finn, Jared Saipiens and the Steel Wolves -- The riveting account of Keiro and Attia, and Rix the Dark Enchanter and his Art Magicke -- The unfolding of John Arl
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
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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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