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Endymion Spring

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  3,148 ratings  ·  277 reviews
"You've stumbled on to something much larger than you can possibly imagine."

In the dead of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snow-covered streets. The chest, covered in images of mythical beasts, can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent's-head clasp taste blood.

Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something p
Audio CD, 10 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Listening Library (first published January 1st 2006)
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Rachel Lightwood
This was my January book for the TBR Jar Challenge. Check out my blog for more information about this challenge.

Endymion Spring was not like any other middle grade novel I've read. The mystery elements were complex but not confusing with enough detail and intrigue that I think it would have been a satisfying plot for readers of all ages. There were just so many layers and texture to the writing and... I am going to butcher describing it any further and make it sound lame so I'll leave it for you
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Spencer Giles
I did not like this book. The characterzation (sorry if i spelled it wrong) was terrible with Blake and was just confusing with books attacking him. None of it was explained expect a random book he just found out of no where (the bestiary) helped explain a random dragon he found outside his window. Also he thought random stuff that a reasonable person wouldn't like think he was drawn to this random book he just found and thought stuff like it was a genie doing the work. He also thought it was ma ...more
Mar 21, 2008 Dave rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Susan Cooper, John Bellairs or J.K. Rowling
Recommended to Dave by: My youngest daughter
Shelves: fiction-read
Our family listened to this novel, geared toward transescents (middle schoolers), but viable for anyone who enjoys mysteries, book collecting or the Faust story, during a family road trip. My middle school aged daughter thought it would be a good story. She was right. We all enjoyed listening to the story as we drove. It reminded my of Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" series and some of the books by John Bellairs. A ripping yarn about youth coming into the ongoing contest between evil and goo ...more
Honestly this book took me more than a month to get through due to the slow pace. The beginning was moderate; it caught my attention. Then came the middle which I hardly enjoyed, there wasn't enough grip to it. The ending then came to become predictable. It's not that it was written badly it's just that it was not of my taste. It moved far too slowly and where as I enjoy demons and gore this book offered fantasy and wonder. Great read for those who enjoy fantasy but this book just wasn't for me.
Not being a big fantasy fan, I initially had ambivalent feelings about reading this book. However,I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was captivating and intelligently written. I also liked how it was intertwined with the Gutenberg and the history of printing.
I found myself engrossed in this story that switches back and forth between Mainz, Germany, in 1453 and present day Oxford England. While reading, I empathized with the young character's predicaments in both time zones.
Mar 16, 2014 Sheila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 & up
Recommended to Sheila by: The author and JosephBeth Booksellers
Magnificent! I loved it. The story drew me in. The book picked the boy to bring it to life and to bring it to its end. There was action and adventure along with some history of Johann Gutenberg and his printing press. There is the madness of adults who want the book for the knowledge and power it gives. This is one of those rare books that stays with you. It opens your imagination to what you would do if you got this book. I loved Blake as he tries to discover the secret of the book and figure o ...more
J. Else
I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. The author ties together different historical versions of the person known as Fust (believed to be "Faust"). Evil and its presence in the world is explored, and its meaning questioned. The storyline moves back and forth through time with the narrator's voice being in the past, yet it works surprisingly well to add tension and depth to the plot. The narrator is actually mute, but his thoughts are so vivid it gives him a strong voice. Wonderful dich ...more
Barb Scott
This debut novel by author Mattew Skelton intertwines two stories, one set at present-day Oxford University and the other in 15th century Germany. The present day story concerns Blake, a young child of divorced parents, who discovers a wordless book in the college library. It is not so much that he discovers the book but that the book discovers him. The book that Blake discovers purports to contain the secerts of eternal wisdom. It appears blank when the pages are looked upon, but shows the cont ...more
Endymion Spring is an exciting children's book, that gives a nice (if basic) introduction into the world of the humanities and how they work. It speaks of libraries and the Middle Ages and the coming up of the printing press. The read was interesting, I found myself turning page upon page. There were little things that bothered me (most particularly Duck, who really grated on me) but overall it was an enjoyable experience.

Then I came to the historical notes. I had been wondering about a few litt
As a fan of books, I had fun with this - it's actually a pretty good choice for an ambitious pre-teen or young teen. The biggest thing that irritated me, however, was what seemed to be the lack of editing. If two children are born and raised in America and spend a few weeks in Oxford, it's pretty unlikely they would be using British terms (paperknife (letter opener), correspondence (mail), candy string (cotton candy) or calling their mother "Mum"). Even if it DID happen (which is something I'm n ...more
Like many books, Endymion Spring began with a lot of promise and never quite delivered on it. The main characters felt rather flat and in the end there was no great revelation as it felt like we'd been building to. The end was all to predictable and bland. Was it really an end at all? The story swings wildly from the middle ages and Endymion to the present day and Blake and Duck the two young protagonists who stumble into the story. The parts set in the middle ages were intriguing but they never ...more
The first time I picked up this book and read the synopsis, I thought it was a story about a boy who unleashed some sort of monster into his world! But I never expected it to be a book about a Book! Nonetheless, it was one which has links to the intruiging history of Fust and early book printing, libraries and dusty bookshops and Oxford. As a book-lover, I love the ideas which were conveyed in this story: dragon skin paper, a library-forest, a hurricane of book pages, a Book of knowledge... I ev ...more
I really liked the story and I could feel the bigness of the story as well. However, I feel like the book was written in the wrong style for the story originally intentioned. Also, the writing could also probably have used some more revisions to be more concise.

However, if there was a sequel, I would read it.
I read this when I was about 7 or 8, and it always struck me as a good book. However, eventually I wanted to read it again, but couldn't remember the name. This was frustrating, because I could literally remember almost everything in the book, even the names of the characters (which I usually forget). Anyway, one day, I was thinking about it and decided to go to the library to find some books to read. While browsing the selection, I stumbled upon a book with a very odd title. I was intrigued, so ...more
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Hachja, wieder einer dieser Coverkäufe, welche zusammen mit dem Klappentext ein unglaublich spannendes Buch versprochen haben.

Aber hält es auch, was es verspricht? Hat es mich fesseln können oder war ich einfach ( mal wieder ) total enttäuscht. Lest selbst.

Blake ist zwölf Jahre alt und lebt derzeit mit seiner Mutter und seiner jüngeren Schwester Duck in Oxford. Während Duck nach einem großen Streit seiner Eltern, seinen Vater mehr denn je vermisst, geht Duck anders mit der vorrübergehenden Trenn
Angela Burkhead
I bought this book more than four years ago, read the first chapter and thought it would be a gripping, thought provoking novel, but after the second chapter, I put it down.

I just picked it up again a few weeks ago when packing up my apartment to move. Since most of my things were headed to storage, I kept the book at my side, determined to finish it.

The book does crawl at a slow pace and expecting it to pick up, I kept going. I wanted to know more about Endymion Spring and the chapters about hi
In the days of Gutenberg, his printer's devil stumbles upon a secret; one that contains a crouching evil that could be unleashed in the wrong hands. The boy can't help his curiosity and keeps delving into the mystery.

Jump to present day Oxford, England, where a young schoolboy stumbles upon a mysterious book in a college library. Somehow these two stories will meet.

For both boys, there is danger. The reader is never quite certain whether either will come out unscathed.

The book that both seem t
Rated PG.

This is one of those rare books that has appeal for many different readerships. To give you an example, I primarily fall into the fantasy fan readership with lots of fairy tales. I also recommended it to my mom, who likes historical and realistic fiction. In Endymion Spring, Matthew Skelton gives a fascinating glimpse into the issues and life of Gutenberg (inventor of the printing press and printer of the first printed Bibles) and his assistant, also known as a printer's devil. At the
Though not perfect, this book captures the imagination from the start. I was surprised to see exactly how in-depth the historical references were; characters and events, the great historical mysteries. Fust is a typical caricature of a villain in children's novels and his parallels to Faust should not go unnoticed fans of legends, myths and folklore. The only problem I had is the Peter-Endymion-Blake similarities. I understand the boys are all curious, innocent, young men but their personalities ...more
Not bad. I wanted to give it more but in the end I just couldn't.

I loved the blurb on the book and the actual book itself is gorgeous with it's metallic cover. I also loved the way the present and past pages were a different colour. However, this alone is not enough to warrant the stars!

I really wanted to love this, I love dragons, I love books and library's and I enjoyed the way the story was entwined between the past and present. The premise of Johann Gutenberg and the printing of the Gutenber
Jessi Leavell
The intertwining stories were interesting and held a beautiful artistic style all their own. The historic notes in the back were intriguing, but seemed awfully biased. I did enjoy learning what inspired this particular story, though.

Some qualms with this book, though, were with the characters and voices. These children were supposed to be American, but used British slang. All of the professors, minus Diana, sounded exactly the same. One could have easily slapped a different name on the speaker,
It's the story of two boys, separated by about 500 years, and the book that ties them together. Interestingly, I think Endymion did tie himself into that book at the end of it, in more ways than were obvious. The villain is set up as a surprise; I had figured out who it wasn't, but it was impossible to see who really was the mastermind until that person chose to come out of the shadows. The thing I liked best about this was the end. There's such a feeling of magic, as though with the last senten ...more
Whattay book! Couldn't keep it down. Love a good mystery? Love books? Love libraries? Love gothic stories? Love historical fiction? Love medieval stories? Love stories that oscillate between modern times with emails and ebooks, and the strange times when a person could easily be swallowed by the wide world? Want to know the parallels between people of the 15th century deeming the printed word the work of the devil and today's consternation on the e-book, lovers of paper and ink throwing up their ...more
✶ Tia ✶
*** 4/5 ***

Contains some spoilers!

First of all, let me just say I was so excited for this book and I loved it from cover to cover. Reading a book about a book (#bookception) full of old college towns, ancient and valuable scripts, libraries, scholars and mysteries - who wouldnt love that?


Skelton writes in a very refined and lovable style. There are so many lines which activate all your senses and you can literaly smell, hear and feel whatever it is your are reading about at that moment (like t
Unfortunately, the description of this book seemed to be more intriguing than the story itself. I'd seen a good review of this book a few years ago & was anxious to obtain a copy, which I did, & then it sat on my bookshelf for a while. Finally delved into it & when all was said & done, I was disappointed. It sounded promising, involving a mysterious trunk, opened only when "the fangs of its serpent-head clasp taste blood." Inside the trunk is a magical type paper, made of dragon ...more
Alyssa Archambo
Endymion Spring is a cute novel with a dual-story about two boys both connected to a magical book that contains basically all the knowledge you could ever want to know.

Throughout most of the novel, I was more intrigued by the back story than I was by the present-day story with Blake and his sister Ducky. This turned itself around near the end, but I would have liked to see some more of the black magic stuff that was presented so nicely with Endymion in the past.

The climax of Endymion Spring was
I quite enjoyed reading Endymion Spring. It follows two storylines: one in the past in Mainz, Germany and the other in the present in St. Jerome’s College, Oxford. The past storyline reveals that Endymion Spring is a young apprentice to Johann Gutenberg. The present storyline reveals that Endymion Spring is “the most legendary, sought-after books in the world and could be incredibly dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands.”

Why is the book so dangerous? What secrets does it hold? Why did it c
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Review in Dutch of a different copy.

Ik heb het boek in het Engels net uit, en vind het een prachtig boek. Het is een kruising tussen Indiana Jones en Da Vinci code in de wereld van boeken en drukkunst. Een sterk en spannend verhaal over een mysterieus boek, het springt tussen de tijd van Gutenberg in Mainz en Oxford, en hedendaagse Oxford, met een prominente rol voor de bibliotheken, de Bodlian, The Old Library en literaire Oxford. De taal is toegangelijk, en toch worden er geen concessies gedaa
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Matthew Skelton was born in the UK but spent most of his childhood in Canada. He started writing while working as a teaching assistant at the University of Mainz, continued when he came back to Oxford to work as a research assistant. In 2002 he won Richard and Judy's short story competition. Endymion Spring is his first novel.
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