The last members of the secret society known as the Oversight still patrol the border between the natural and supernatural, holding a candle to the darkness. But the society's new members are unproven, its veterans weary and battle-scarred. Their vulnerability brings new enemies to London, and surprising new allies from across the sea. But most surprising of all are revelations about the Oversight's past, secrets that will expose the true peril of the world in which their friends Sharp and Sara are trapped - the riddle of the Black Mirrors, and what lies beyond. And the catastrophic danger that will follow the duo home, if they ever manage to return. The dark waters rise. The candle is guttering. But the light still remains. For now ...
The Paradox serves to provide us with fantastically dark characters, goodies and baddies, as well as some rather unexpected alliances Time Out 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 A dark and glinting book ... told in a kind of compelling and hypnotic poesie that I just lapped up ... I'll certainly be reading the next one -- Cory Doctorow on The Oversight 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. Tor.com A highly entertaining fantasy that promises a trilogy worth sinking your teeth into SciFiNow on The Oversight 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 on The Oversight 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 for The Oversight) 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 on The Oversight A remarkable combination of British folklore, brisk pacing and wide-ranging imagination Kirkus Reviews on The Oversight Utterly enthralling: Charles Dickens meets Susanna Clarke -- Lou Morgan
Charlie Fletcher is a screenwriter and children's author living in Edinburgh. His Stoneheart trilogy 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 stand alone novel for children, Far Rockaway, was published last year to great critical acclaim and has been longlisted for the Carnegie prize. He can be found on Twitter at @CharlieFletch_r.