- Title: The Morning Star: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is Illuminated
- Author: Nick Bantock
- ISBN: 9781551926216
- Page: 286
- Format: Hardcover
The mystery that began with a single enigmatic postcard reaches its dramatic conclusion in The Morning Star Three million readers the world over await this last chapter of the best selling Griffin Sabine series, a volume of gorgeous artwork and passionate correspondence that crosses oceans and transcends realms In these sumptuous pages lies not only the fate of MatThe mystery that began with a single enigmatic postcard reaches its dramatic conclusion in The Morning Star Three million readers the world over await this last chapter of the best selling Griffin Sabine series, a volume of gorgeous artwork and passionate correspondence that crosses oceans and transcends realms In these sumptuous pages lies not only the fate of Matthew Sedon and Isabella de Reims, but that of their unexpected kinship with Griffin and Sabine, as the long distance lovers are drawn ever further from the safe haven of logic into a magical maze beyond the certainty of experience Author and artist Nick Bantock draws on myth, memory, and his limitless imagination in a saga that has resonated with readers and lovers everywhere The Morning Star marks the final destination on a journey across fabled landscapes and the uncertain terrain of the human heart one to be savored and remembered long after the last page is turned Visit griffinandsabine
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When you read a book, or a series of books, and you're not quite sure what happened, the next step is one of two things: go online and have someone explain to you what just happened - or - go online and see that everyone else is just as confused you are. I think that ultimately the second option is more satisfying, because then at least you don't feel like you missed anything obvious. You just have to take the books for what they are, beautiful and mysterious.
(Note: This review covers all three books in the series - The Gryphon, Alexandria and The Morning Star.)The Morning Star Trilogy is the second trilogy of books regarding Griffin and Sabine. But this time, Griffin and Sabine are in the background, guiding another pair of lovers together in an effort to stop Frolatti from some horrible plot. In the forefront of this story are Matthew Sedon, a young archaeologist in Alexandria with a connection to Sabine (she helped deliver him) and Isabella de Rei [...]
"Our house was a temple to The Book. We owned thousands, nay millions of books. They lined the walls, filled the cupboards, and turned the floor into a maze far more complex than Hampton Court’s. Books ruled out lives. They were our demi-gods." -Nick Bantock (Griffin and Sabine)Today I finished the final three installments of Griffin and Sabine. They are: The Gryphon, Alexandria, and MorningstarAll three books in this second series, like the three in the first series are beautifully illustrate [...]
this got weird
This series should have stopped at the third book, even if questions were left unanswered. A feeling of resolution did not come about even after six books. I think had it ended by the third book I would have liked the series a little more, but these additonal last three books almost made me wonder what it was I liked about the first three. I'll be honest that I did not read the fifth book because my library did not own this book and at this point I don't care to complete the series. I don't feel [...]
I think this was my least favourite of all of the Griffin & Sabine books. I felt like sometimes Griffin or Sabine would be telling stories that didn't entirely match up with what was going on, but maybe I was missing something? I still liked it, I'm glad I read it, and I'm happy to own it, but it was less satisfactory, for some reason, than the others. I definitely want to go back and read the first trilogy, though.
I guess I don’t get because I feel like nothing was “illuminated”
Can this series get any more cryptic?
Yeah, this whole series was too mystical for me.
Simply delightful!Closure at last.
I left this review to the last book, so that I could review the entire series as one rather than write six separate ones. I was lent these books by a book collector, who has been aware of them pretty much since the first one, Griffin and Sabine, was published in 1991. I wasn't sure what to expect but I found that I really enjoyed them. The writing is beautiful, describing Griffin's yearning for Sabine, and vice versa, perfectly. I felt strong empathy when reading the more explicit letters, thoug [...]
Today's post is on The Morning Star by Nick Bantock. It is the last in his Morning Star trilogy. It is 60 pages long and is published by Chronicle Books. The cover is red with a lovely Egyptian scene on a postcard. The intended reader is someone who has read the first books, likes book art, and high fantasy with philosophy. There is no language, no sex, and no violence in this book. The story is told from the first person perspective of the main characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the dust [...]
This review covers all three books in the second Griffin and Sabine trilogy.I received the first trilogy as a gift, and I enjoyed it. When I was told there were three more books, I rushed to get them. But, although they had the same physical beauty and fun of the first set, the story sort of bogged down. I thought the magic spark and spooky intrigue pretty much vanished. I was just confused and that is annoying the author deliberately being obscure or am I just stupid? Either way, I didn't see t [...]
So, at long last, the saga of Griffin, Sabine, Isabella and Matthew comes to a close. It should come as no surprise to faithful readers of the series that the end comes with more a perplexed monosyllable than a glorious 'Hallelujah!'After working our way through the previous five books, it probably would have been a bit much to expect explanations, clarifications or indeed much sense to be offered at the conclusion of this one. Big things seem to be happening, but we're not really privy to them. [...]
I think I enjoyed this trilogy a bit less than the first one. The romantic tension between Matthew and Isabella seems more intense than the pattern that was established between Griffin and Sabine in the first book, and yet the erotic longing got a bit tedious. I found myself much more interested in the mystical cosmology, and a bit frustrated that so much of it was offstage and ultimately unexplained. (The protagonists at the center of these two trilogies would scoff at my wish for a rational ex [...]
So I awoke early this morning (2am) and decided to read through the six books of Bantock's "Griffin & Sabine" series. The first was interesting enough, what with the playful use of removable letters and postcards of Bantock's own collage work on many of the postcards included. The love story between Griffin and Sabine itself seemed a little drawn out until the end of the third book where things take a very interesting metaphysical/supernatural turn, which I enjoyed. The second trilogy "stars [...]
Well I had very high hopes for the Morning Star trilogy. I am in love with the Griffin and Sabine trilogy and was very excited to see where this one was going.While this trilogy had all of the beauty of the artwork, new characters, and some of the coolest envelopes I've seen (yes I am a stationary geek) it lacked much of the simple charm of the first trilogy. I was hoping for conclusion and answers, and though that does seem to go against Nick Bantocks style I hoped there would be some sort of c [...]
The mystery that began with a single enigmatic postcard reaches its dramatic conclusion in The Morning Star. Three million readers the world over await this last chapter of the best-selling Griffin & Sabine series, a volume of gorgeous artwork and passionate correspondence that crosses oceans and transcends realms. In these sumptuous pages lies not only the fate of Matthew Sedon and Isabella de Reims, but that of their unexpected kinship with Griffin and Sabine, as the long-distance lovers a [...]
Well that was confusing! I am not sure what happened and I am not sure I am explain what I don't understand about it. I was initially excited for the introduction of the new character and their story alone is very romantic but the larger conspiracy and world-threatening plot is baffling. How did the obnoxious human man from The Golden Mean turn into a overtly otherworldly being that can affect the universe? Why does he have minions? Am I missing an essential folklore tale that I need to adapt to [...]
(The same review is posted for all 3 books in the 2nd Griffin & Sabine trilogy -- the Morning Star trilogy.)In this series, we meet Isabella and Matthew, whose lives seem to echo Griffin & Sabine's in some ways and who seem to be drawn into this sort of supernatural struggle with Griffin & Sabine and the sinister villain who is doing whatever he can to change the course of their lives. I don't know why, I just didn't like these as much. I didn't like Isabella and Matthew's story as m [...]
This is the concluding volume to the second Griffin and Sabine series, and is the final book to date. Told in the same format as the previous books in the series, the artwork continues to be rich and luscious, and the letter format keeps the suspense going. You enter this book wondering if Matthew and Isabella will get together, wondering if they will be caught by Frolatti, and if they will ever meet Griffin and Sabine. Some of these questions are answered, some eluded to, and some are left hang [...]
I was very happy with the conclusion of these books. Which was somewhat of a surprise because I kind of thought I would be left unsatisfied as I previously mentioned in one of the reviewsI also mentioned how I would love to have someone write to me the way that Isabella and Matthew write to each other. To me these books were about a whole lot more than just love letters between Griffen and Sabinee last 3 books actually had more love letters between Isabella and Matthew than the previously mentio [...]
This is the conclusion of a six part series of the correspondence of mysterious lovers. The latter 3 books complicated an already complex relationship by adding two more entities, for a total of four people, directing psychological, spiritual, and mythical towards one another. This particular book sat on my nightstand for at least 6 months. I kept putting it off, because I felt that the series lost its magic after the first three books. After a while, I ceased to try to make sense of the seeming [...]
This review will encompass all three parts of the Morning Star Trilogy. Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed the style of the book as I did with the original Griffin & Sabine story. I gave it only four stars rather than five overall because the story became more external as opposed to the very internal story of Griffin and Sabine. Admittedly some time has passed since I finished the first trilogy and now having finished the second trilogy so perhaps I should go back and reread the first one, but [...]
The Morning Star is the last episode of Nick Bantock's Griffin and Sabine epistolary series. This book focuses mostly on Dr. Mattheson and his fiancée and how their lives and their romance parallels that of the original two.I have mixed feelings about this final book. Four characters is nearly too many to handle for a story told through postcards and letters. On the other hand their discoveries help explain the magical nature of Griffin and Sabine's relationship.The book was also part of an int [...]
I love the spiritual undertones of the entire Griffin and Sabine series, which is concluded in Morning Star. Without giving away any spoilers, this book carries through the same characters and theme via letters and postcards. The entire series was wonderful. Each book was a visual and tactile adventure. The letters and postcards were lovely. The story was unique and intriguing. I was engaged from start to finish, which I did in one sitting for each book. I’d highly recommend having them all be [...]
The conclusion to the Sabine & Griffin Series is dramatic as the pace picks up. I'm not entirely certain the climax is worthy of the buildup but the ending is what most folks would want in a romantic mystery and is satisfying. Truthfully, I could have been perfectly content with a similar ending to wrap up the Trilogy, though admittedly Sabine and Griffin were characters I didn't want to tuck away into the slip cover just yet. The entire series with it's rich artwork and the impression of ha [...]
WOW. I loan these books out as a set (six books) because there is no other way to read them. Jory is of the opinion that they are perfect for reading as a couple and I agree. These books are written in epistolary style, with the letters actually folded up and put in envelopes. You take them out to read them. It gives me the best feeling of sneaking a look at someone else's correspondence and falling in love with two new people. These books are so. good. Passionate and sexy and funny and beautifu [...]
An ending to the trilogy (hexology, double trilogy?) that did not disappoint. Mythological, supernatural, mysterious, and romantic this spare series tells much more than the words. The artwork, the letters, even the small artifacts contained in the letters add to the experience. This is my idea of a series--if you had all the books you could read them in a day, but don't do it. Savor the experience. It was worth traveling the interlibrary loan path from SLC to Logan to Sioux City--not as romanti [...]
my wonder for this series decreased as i hurried past the third book and went into the lives of isabella and matthew in the next set. it's really sort of the same scheme--the mystery becomes too dragged, the characters don't know what they're supposed to bee plot just doesn't hold up to the art. maybe i'm missing it but if anyone cares to illuminate on my interpretation as the title promises
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