Book Review: Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

The only one who escaped . . . And the one who could destroy them all.


Incarceron, the living prison, has lost one of its inmates to the outside world: Finn’s escaped, only to find that Outside is not at all what he expected. Used to the technologically advanced, if violently harsh, conditions of the prison, Finn is now forced to obey the rules of Protocol, which require all people to live without technology. To Finn, Outside is just a prison of another kind, especially when Claudia, the daughter of the prison’s warden, declares Finn the lost heir to the throne. When another claimant emerges, both Finn’s and Claudia’s very lives hang on Finn convincing the Court of something that even he doesn’t fully believe.


Meanwhile, Finn’s oathbrother Keiro and his friend Attia are still trapped inside Incarceron. They are searching for a magical glove, which legend says Sapphique used to escape. To find it, they must battle the prison itself, because Incarceron wants the glove too.

Catherine Fisher has created an intriguing world with her Incarceron series. I’m still not sure if Sapphique is the final book or if it is a trilogy. It could easily go either way. I was satisfied with the ending of Sapphique but would read another book if there is going to be one.

The first book Incarceron was narrated by Finn and Claudia. In Sapphique we get multiple narrators so the story jumps all over the place with lots going on. This is a well written book but it is not a light read. At times I found myself confused at what was happening and had to go back and read portions again.

If you enjoyed Incarceron then this is a must read. Sapphique held my interest and was full or twists and turns. The ending was not what I expected but it’s nice to be surprised once in a while instead of knowing the ending from the first chapter.

Content: Some mild language

Rating: 4 Stars

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