Dark, powerful and compelling, from the award-winning author of the Oracle.
Incarceron - a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology - a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber - chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here.
In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison - a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device - a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn's escape is born ... 'I loved the book. It's a crazy, cool, dark world ... it's a great story.' -- Taylor Lautner, star of the Twilight movies
One of this year's most striking fantasy novels - Amanda Craig, The Times
A far-future thriller combines riveting adventure and masterful world-building with profound undertones. ... Like the finest chocolate, a rich confection of darkness, subtlety and depth, bittersweet and absolutely satisfying. - Kirkus
a tour de force - School Library Journal
... imaginatively drawn and vividly described. ... an exciting adventure story. - School Librarian
... stands out above all others ... It's imaginative scale and gobsmacking finale make it one of the best fantasy novels written for a long time. - Times, Amanda Craig
a deliciously dark and scary ride. - Nicholas Tucker, The Independent
one of today's best fantasy writers ... a deliciously dark and scary ride. - Independent
... imaginative, rich in texture and vividly realised. Catherine Fisher writes with consummate skill and depth of feeling. - The Bookseller
Catherine Fisher is an award-winning fantasy writer. The Oracle was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2003, The Conjuror's Game for the Smarties Award, The Snow-Walker's Son for the W.H. Smith Mind Boggling Award, The Candle Man won the Tir-Na-n'Og Award, and Corbenic was shortlisted. Author of many books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she is particularly well-known in Wales.