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.

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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, Tor.com)

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Love the idea but somehow didn't quite work for me

I was really looking forward to this one as it sounded as it if would tick all my boxes: London, magic, evil fairies, grimy 19th century setting - all my favourite things - but it never quite gelled. I think the main problem are the characters in that no one really has time to develop one. This is especially true of Lucy and as I could never become invested in her as a person. Part of the problem may be that she doesn't really know anything about herself so her actions seem to come out of nowhere and she can't explain why she does them. This is especially true of the rushed ending - clearly just to get things up for the sequel.

There are some good things. The magical element has been really well thought through with some very visual details like the bone pet or the bloodthirsty puffin skull. The villains are much more fun than the heroes; the Templebane family's witch hunting backstory is great and the Sluagh fighting a rearguard action against urbanisation - all that iron and running water - are excellently creepy and amoral.

Simon Prebble is fine - good, consistent characterisation and no distracting vocal tics or mispronunciations.
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- Beccameriel "Fan of urban fantasy & Victorian gothic especially set in London. Oh, and Georgette Heyer."

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What did you like most about The Oversight?

Many, many things. Mostly that I really didn't know what I was letting myself in for and was delighted with the writing, the narration and the characters. I particularly enjoyed the unfolding of the Oversight and it's situation and the lack of blatant, boring or clumsy passages of explanation. The alternative London that is created is excellent and the sense of depth of story / background really worked for me.


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- mehitabel

Book Details

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