The Oversight by Charlie FletcherThe Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

The Oversight

byCharlie Fletcher

Paperback | May 6, 2014

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"Exciting, exhilaring, scary and moving in equal measure,The Oversightis a teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realized." - M. R. Carey
"The end always happens faster than you think."

Once there were hundreds of members of the Oversight, the brave souls who guard the borders between the mundane and the magic. Now there are only five.

When a vagabond brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headquarters, she could answer their hopes for new recruit, or she could be the instrument of their downfall.

The Oversight seriesThe OversightThe ParadoxThe Remnant
Charlie Fletcher is the author of the internationally acclaimedStonehearttrilogy. He also writes for film, television and as a newspaper columnist.Charlie lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children.
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Title:The OversightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031627951X

ISBN - 13:9780316279512

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique World Definitely a grim, dark, interesting world. I liked the way everything was set up, the varied villains, the powers, and the mystery. Not sure how big a role the Fae element will play in (because they never so much as say the word, just drop hints), but I was truly impressed by all the magic and creativity. There were lots of unanswered questions (which better get answered!), and tons of plots and conspiracies that had yet to be fulfilled. I wasn't too keen on Lucy, but I loved Sara and Mr. Sharp. Both of them are strong, almost mystic characters, whereas I just saw Lucy as someone who was a Maguffin that screwed everything up. Though it will be interesting to see where her story progresses. Looking forward to the next books!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A complex and interesting start to a new series Pros: highly descriptive writing, lots of interesting characters, complicated plots, cool monsters, decent world building / Cons: several info dump chapters in a row / When a tied up girl is ’sold’ to ‘the jew’ of London’s Wellclose Square, several plots are set into motion. Because that’s the safe house of the last remaining hand of the Oversight, a group of people with supranatural abilities who keep the ordinary people of England safe from the creatures that go bump in the night. / There’s a large cast of characters, but the author’s attention to detail makes it easy to remember who’s who. And the various protagonists and antagonists are all distinct enough to keep them separate along with their varied plots, worries and actions. I loved that there’s a mixture of rich, poor, beautiful, horrible people, able-bodied and not, in the book. There are several female characters in major roles, allowing for a large variety here too, in terms of temperament and actions. / The descriptive writing does make the opening a bit slow but it really helps to ground you for when the plots start to multiply. Indeed, the necessity of paying close attention for the first few chapters pays off as the book continues, as it becomes very easy to remember what’s happening to whom, and where. / I loved the monsters in the book, the Slaugh and the Alp. Both were suitably horrifying, as befit faery-style creatures. / There’s a lot of information you need to know in order to understand this alternate Victorian England. Unfortunately, this required several information dumps. While the author tried to vary these by working them into different conversations, the fact that these take place one after the other in successive chapters makes them feel contrived. The first one especially felt contrived, as it has a member of the Oversight explaining what the organization is to one of the creatures it oversees, a creature who should (and you discover does) already know what the Oversight is. Some of the other conversations would have sounded natural, had there not been so many other info dumps around them. / The ending is good, with several plot points being tied up while others are left open for the forthcoming sequels.
Date published: 2014-05-06

Editorial Reviews

"[The] characters inhabit a complex, beautifully plotted adventure that begins a fantasy series. Go on and relish The Oversight without further prompting - then we can all wait eagerly for more!"-Locus on The Oversight