The Oversight : The Oversight Trilogy

  • by Charlie Fletcher
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Series: The Oversight Trilogy
  • 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Only five still guard the borders between the worlds. Only five hold back what waits on the other side. Once the Oversight, the secret society that polices the lines between the mundane and the magic, counted hundreds of brave souls among its members. Now their number can be tallied on a single hand. When a drunkard brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headquarters, it seems their hopes for a new recruit will be fulfilled - but the girl is a trap, her appearance a puzzle the five remaining guardians must solve or lose each other, and their society, for good.
As the borders between the natural and the supernatural begin to break down, brutal murders erupt across the city, the Oversight are torn viciously apart, and their enemies close in for the final blow. This dark Dickensian fantasy spins a tale of witch-hunters, magicians, mirror-walkers, and the unlikeliest of heroes drawn from the depths of British folklore. Meet the Oversight, and remember: when they fall, so do we all.


What the Critics Say

"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)
"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)
"Told in a kind of compelling and hypnotic poesie that I just lapped up... I'll certainly be reading the next one” (Cory Doctorow)
“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” (Booklist starred review)
“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,


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great start!

Very enjoyable listen in a great setting. foggy London nights, horses & carriages, steam boats & Magic. Magical creatures & places and a very unknowing general public all being policed by "the oversight" - the MIB's of the Magical realm. Others have said it, comparable to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell but different enough to not be too similar. Excellent Narration. Only reason for slightly less than full house of 5 stars was I found the plot use of coincidence to move things forward occasionally stood out, they are always there in most stories of course but I think there were just a few too many coincidences so they were noticable - but its a minor niggle, it is a great story and I am looking forward to the rest coming soon I hope.
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- Martin


If you're looking for a beautifully written supernatural Victorian thriller this is pretty much ideal. It's clearly at least partly inspired by Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (amplified by being read by the same superlative reader), but this is more of a genre novel, with suspense and thrills and good guys/bad guys. The supernatural London police force and some horror elements also shares some of the spirit of the Rivers of London series. The entertainingly Dickensian cast of characters is huge and diverse- almost too huge, there must be at least six point-of-view characters-- the piratical Cook, the mysterious amnesiac girl, the other mysterious mad woman, etc etc. The prose is convincingly Victorian and a bit florid if you like that sort of thing, which I do!

It ties up its most burning plot points but is clearly setting up a series, so one more thing to wait impatiently for..
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- Sydney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK