The Morning Star by Nick Bantock

The Morning Star: in which the extraordinary correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is iluminated written and illustrated by Nick Bantock

Genre: Epistolary Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Series: #6 in the Griffin & Sabine series
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 2003
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:

Isabella–
The stronger you grow the more I seem to want you. You say you believe I’ll respond to your love and I will. But now I understand the self-doubts Griffin must have endured when he knew he was to meet with Sabine. He was troubled by the idea that he wouldn’t be a match for her soul. You and I are so like them.
Love, Matthew
Plunged into an otherworldly maze, Matthew Sedon and Isabella de Reims are stretched to the limits of love, of certainty, and of their belief in the powerful guidance of Griffin and Sabine. Isabella is drawn into her predestined journey that forces her to explore a world beyond her imagination. In Alexandria, challenging his deepest fears, Matthew makes his own compelling discoveries in the fertile fields of both archaeology and the human heart.

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.

This is the formerly final volume of the series because a new final volume, The Pharos Gate, was released last month.

In this volume Isabella begins a journey to join Matthew in Alexandria. The letters and post cards between the two of them as well as to and from Griffin and Sabine remain a form of artwork used to tell the story. The format of the books reinforces the feeling of sneaking a peek into the intimate conversations of strangers through their letters and postcards.

Griffin and Sabine coach Isabella and Matthew toward their reunion but the mystery of the menacing presence of Frolatti continues. In fact mystery is as much a part of this series as romance, art and mystical connections.

It’s not surprising that the book ends with questions still unanswered. There is some resolution but there is so much that is left open to interpretation just as in all of the previous volumes.

I am looking forward to reading the new book. My review of that will be up next Friday.

4 stars Rating 4/5