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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356502902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356502908
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,929,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exciting, exhilarating, scary and moving in equal measure, The Oversight is a teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realised. This feels like the start of something amazing -- M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS Told in a kind of compelling and hypnotic poesie that I just lapped up ... I'll certainly be reading the next one -- Cory Doctorow BoingBoing.net The Oversight is - and let's be clear here - something very special ... It's oh so moreish a morsel. I'd read a prequel this evening, a sequel as soon as. -- Niall Alexander Tor.com A highly entertaining fantasy that promises a trilogy worth sinking your teeth into SciFiNow Fletcher's Victorian London is juicily vivid, and laced with macabre Dickensian wit. There's a real sense of grim danger, both natural and unnatural, hungrily awaiting the slightest mis-step -- Frances Hardinge Richly atmospheric (the evil lurks in the background of every paragraph), the book should be a big hit with supernatural-fantasy readers ... the second book can't come soon enough Booklist (starred review) A richly atmospheric and intensely readable slice of Victoriana, with a splendidly eerie sense of the way the unearthly lies cheek-by-jowl with the mundane -- Adam Roberts A remarkable combination of British folklore, brisk pacing and wide-ranging imagination Kirkus Reviews Utterly enthralling: Charles Dickens meets Susanna Clarke -- Lou Morgan Exciting, exhilarating, scary and moving in equal measure, The Oversight is a teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realised. This feels like the start of something amazing. -- Mike Carey Fletcher's Victorian London is juicily vivid, and laced with macabre wit. There's a real sense of grim danger, both natural and unnatural, hungrily awaiting the slightest mis-step. -- Frances Hardinge Told in a kind of compelling and hypnotic poesie that I just lapped up ... I'll certainly be reading the next one -- Cory Doctorow BoingBoing.net A richly atmospheric and intensely readable slice of Victoriana, with a splendidly eerie sense of the way the unearthly lies cheek-by-jowl with the mundane. -- Adam Roberts Utterly enthralling: Charles Dickens meets Susanna Clarke. -- Lou Morgan A remarkable combination of British folklore, brisk pacing and wide-ranging imagination Kirkus Reviews Richly atmospheric (the evil lurks in the background of every paragraph), the book should be a big hit with supernatural-fantasy readers ... the second book can't come soon enough. (starred review) Booklist The Oversight is - and let's be clear here - something very special ... It's oh so moreish a morsel. I'd read a prequel this evening, a sequel as soon as. -- Niall Alexander Tor.com

About the Author

Charlie Fletcher is a screenwriter and author living in Edinburgh. His Stoneheart trilogy for young adults has been translated into a dozen languages and the film rights have been sold to Paramount. The first volume, Stoneheart, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase award and longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His standalone novel for children, Far Rockaway, was published last year to great critical acclaim and has been longlisted for the Carnegie prize.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather R. on October 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
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This one is the surprise hit of the year for me-- totally #UnderTheRadar, guys. The Oversight is an incredible fantasy set in an alternate 19th c. England. It sports a large cast of colorful characters and I came to care for each and every one of them. Told in multiple 3rd person POV, the book was never overreaching, drew me in and kept me guessing with it's myriad of plot twists and turns. There is a subtle romance written in but it's there and promises to be of the epic variety before all is said and done. But the star of the show is the über descriptive world building & flawless writing. Charlie Fletcher is a film and television screenwriter and it shows-- I see this one getting snapped up for the big screen-- so read it now and be ahead of the curve. This is the start of one heck of a series.
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I cannot imagine how I can be the first person to review this marvelous new fantasy. There should be a thousand reviews, all saying this book is an exciting opening to a new trilogy.

The Oversight is an organization in Victorian England (though of much, much older origins) that is down to few members. It must survive to protect the world from the supranaturals, and to protect the supranaturals from the world, so to speak. They are keepers of the Lore and the Law, making sure that everything keeps to its proper level.

A young girl with bits of her memory missing comes into their lives and the story unfolds from there. What I loved in particular were the excellent descriptions of each character (good and bad), the amount of engagement that the author drew from me, and how much I was vested in the outcome.

The story was exciting, colorful, full of the kind of clever British writing that many of us love. If the trilogy pans out, I will keep it on my shelves next to Gaiman, Mieville, and Harkaway. High praise, indeed!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie @ Book Lovers Life on June 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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 she thought! See Lucy is different, when she touches things she gets visions. Everyone told her she was crazy and she started believing them until Sarah, the head of the Oversight, told her what she was. She is a Glint like Sara.

The second Lucy arrives it sets off a sequence of events that may cause the end of the society for good. Will the 5 be able to stop the things in the shadows from ending them? Who is this girl and why was she brought there?

Well this was such a pleasant surprise! When I was approached to review this it was the cover that caught my eye but it was the blurb that made me say yes.

This started out slow but the authors writing style kept me hooked. Rich in detail and set in Victorian London, I was captivated from the very start.

The whole lore of the Oversight was absolutely fascinating. They are a group of 5 that guard the divide between our world and the world of magic. Once there is always 5 in the group then the world is safe. We have Sarah, Cook, Mr Sharp, Hodge and The Smith. All very different but all intriguing and likable characters.

From the Oversight themselves to the creepy things in the shadows, we see a world full of magic and intrigue. It is a book that unwinds its secret slowly and should be savoured.
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