Alexandria by Nick Bantock

Alexandria: in which the extraordinary correspondence of Griffin & Sabine unfolds written and illustrated by Nick Bantock

Genre: Epistolary Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Series: #5 in the Griffin & Sabine series
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 56
Source: Library

*Note I’m posting about this series every Friday until I finish. I am not attempting to be spoiler free so if you haven’t read the previous books in the series you have been warned.

The Book:
From the publisher:

Matthew–
You have felt Isabella’s heat and the experience unnerved you. What if I were to tell you that your fears are back to front, that your failure to let go and fully embrace Isabella is the thing most likely to destroy you? That your coming together is an essential part of a grand design?
–Sabine

Intrigue turns to danger and romance turns to passion as Matthew Sedon and Isabella de Reims, lovers separated by continents, struggle to make sense of a world beyond experience. Only the guidance of Griffin Moss and Sabine Stroheim–experienced navigators of myth and reality–can keep them safe. In Egypt, mysterious forces vie to keep Matthew away from his archaeological dig just as he is about to make a vital discovery, one that may explain his increasingly strange and strong connection with Sabine. In the boulevards of Paris, under Griffin’s tutelage, Isabella learns to trust her own powerful instincts.

My Thoughts:
While I had read the original Griffin & Sabine trilogy years ago, this is the first time I’ve read the follow up books that came along ten years later.

In this book Matthew and Isabella are still far apart but the correspondence continues between the two of them as well as with the ever more mysterious Griffin and Sabine.
The format of the books reinforces the feeling of sneaking a peek into the intimate conversations of strangers through their letters and postcards. Each volume seems to generate more questions than answers. Sabine seems to have a deep connection with Matthew and Griffin appears to be helping Isabella understand her visions. Or is helping the proper word? And what is mysterious and seemingly dangerous Froletti up to?

The beauty of these books is not simply in the artwork but also in the writing. It’s impressive how much can be conveyed by a few short letters and postcards.

I’m looking forward to next week and the penultimate volume of this series.

4 stars Rating 4/5