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The paradox

The paradox

Fletcher, Charlie, 1960- author

Those who belong to the secret society called The Oversight know many things. They know cold iron will hold back the beasts in the darkness. They know it is dangerous to stand between two mirrors. And they know that, despite their dwindling numbers, it remains their duty to protect humanity from the predations of the supernatural. And vice versa. But two of the society's strongest members, Mr Sharp and Sara Falk, are trapped in the world between the mirrors, looking for each other, searching for a way back home. What they discover there will have ominous consequences both for The Oversight and the world it protects, effects that will make them question everything they thought they knew. The dark waters rise. The candle is guttering. But the light still remains

Hardback, Book. English. Fantasy. Fantasy fiction.
Published London: Orbit, 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Charlie Fletcher
ISBN: 0356502856, 9780356502854
Physical Description: ix, 386 pages ; 24 cm

Author note

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.


The Paradoxserves 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 Oversightis a teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realised. This feels like the start of something amazing||The Paradoxis the real deal, darkly dusted Dickensian counter mythology at its very best.
SF Site||Confirms his position as one of the most ingenious and intelligent writers of fantasy . . . I can barely wait for the next volume
The Scotsman on The Paradox||An atmospheric, creepily delicious concoction of alleyways and dark magic, mirror worlds where danger dwells at every turn, and nuanced, complex characters, all with their own story. Those already familiar with this world will be delighted, and newcomers will eagerly lose themselves in this utterly imaginative fantasy||The Oversightis - 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.||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||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||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||A remarkable combination of British folklore, brisk pacing and wide-ranging imagination
Kirkus Reviews on The Oversight||Utterly enthralling: Charles Dickens meets Susanna Clarke