The Pharos Gate by Nick Bantock

The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine’s Lost Correspondence written and illustrated by Nick Bantock

Genre: Epistolary Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Series: #7 in the Griffin & Sabine series
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 60
Source: Copy provided by the publisher

*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:

I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and meet up with the woman I’ve been corresponding with for over a year. I realize the absurdity of leaving everything behind for a woman I’ve never seen, but I love her

So writes Griffin Moss about his enigmatic lover, Sabine. Their worlds seem so far apart: he in London, she on tropical island thousands of miles away. But perhaps Griffin and Sabine are closer than they think — or are they even further apart than they can imagine.

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 and now I’ve finished up the series with the newest book.

This is technically the seventh book in the series but it really fits just after the third book , The Golden Mean.

Described as Griffin & Sabine’s lost correspondence this volume contains letters and postcards between them as well as Griffin’s friend Maud and her friend Francesca who lives in Alexandria where Griffin and Sabine plan to meet. There are also postcards from the menacing Victor Frolatti who is determined to keep Griffin and Sabine apart and seems even more evil with each book.

As with the other books in the series the letters, postcards and notes are all beautiful and the distinct handwriting of each character is just lovely. The format of the books reinforces the feeling of sneaking a peek into the intimate conversations of strangers through their letters and postcards.

As with the other book the ending leaves questions unanswered but at the same time there are definitely answers and it makes a great addition to the series.

Personally I enjoyed all of the books but for me the most complete story is the original trilogy and this final book. The second trilogy was good but the four other books feel to me to be the best of the story.

4 stars Rating 4/5