The Oversight : The Oversight Trilogy

  • by Charlie Fletcher
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Series: The Oversight Trilogy
  • 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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.


What the Critics Say

"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 on The Oversight)


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Fantastic start to a fantasy series

This is fantasy as good as it gets. The writing and voice of the piece are meant to be 1800's English, the story starts around the start of Queen Victoria's reign. The style and tone are somewhat akin to Susanna Clarke in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. While I loved that story, the cast here is richer and more diverse and so is the language.

The worldbuilding and magic systems are very elegant, using familiar myths and legends in interesting ways and weaving them all together with interesting tidbits of actual social history.

The last story that captivated me this much was Game of Thrones, the book not the tv show. This is obviously a shorter story that moves at a faster pace, its nice because it deals with some difficult subjects without becoming hopelessly sad and depressing.

Simon Prebble's performance is great, he is always great. Couldn't recommend it more highly
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- jessica

Such rich and tasty world building!!

The Oversight was one of those books that just pulled me in and continued to to get better the further I got into it. There is a small hand of people, five to be exact that call themselves The Oversight. They uphold the law and the lore protecting both the natural and unnatural peoples…pretty much from each other. But which is which really? Are natural people the ones with the gifts or the ones without? You’d have to read to know. But know that long ago those with certain traits interbred with those folk without and are now part of human society and for the most party blend seamlessly together. Sometimes those traits and skills manifest more strongly in a person.

Such rich and tasty world building!!

Set in Victorian London, most of the books I read now a days that are set during that time are steampunk, however this one was not. It was more like a urban fantasy novel but without all the usual suspect races of paranormals. This was so refreshing because I never knew what kind of unnatural gifts one of these special people might manifest. This made for very refreshing reading.

So you’re telling me these seizure visions make me a special snowflake?

The characters that makeup the hand of The Oversight have a range of skills, all of which still haven’t been revealed to me. One, Hodge – can talk mind to mind with animals. Another Another, Mr. Sharpe can put people at ease and bend them to his will. Sara is a glint that sees visions of the past when she touches objects with her hands. The Cook…well I’m not sure exactly what her gifts are, nor am I particularly clear what The Smith’s abilities are other then a very long life and the ability to cloud minds. Clouding people’s minds and moving unusually fast actually seems to be the two most common traits that I believe most of them have. The Oversight’s safe-house is thrown into a big tizzy when a young girl Lucy Harker is sold into their care happens to be a glint like Sara. Except she didn’t know what she was, she just thought she was crazy and a bad girl – so when Sara tells her that she’s special and proves it to her you can’t really blame Lucy for having a really hard time believing it. But Lucy’s mind has been tampered with and she was a plant in the house to do some thieving against her will and will all of that goes wrong and she somehow falls through a mirror and into a traveling circus her personal tale of self discovery only continues as all parties involved good and bad race start to converge.

A Mad Scientist, a Lawyer, A Magician’s daughter,and a Mute saunter on the scene

That caught your attention didn’t it? Oddly enough that isn’t even all of the interesting characters you’ll meet in this book, there is also a nasty bunch of pale riders with bird bones all woven about them…nasty business they’re about. Some of these are devious men out for personal gain and others dark creatures most foul, some victims of circumstance or manipulative con artist but all of them had me captivated with their individual parts to play that make up this amazing story and world. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to read the next book. There were times where I wondered – ‘now where are we really going with this character or thread’ but much of it came together in the end and the other bits that didn’t I just know we are going to see more of in the next book.

Give me more…give it to me now…and an ecclese cake too, yes I shall take one of those as well.
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- Pabkins "Pabkins"

Book Details

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