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The Gryphon: In Which the Extraodinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is Rediscovered (Morning Star Trilogy #1)

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Griffin & Sabine, Sabine's Notebook, and The Golden Mean have sold over 3 million copies worldwide, and spent over 100 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. At long last, Nick Bantock brings us a new volume in the Griffin and Sabine story. The Gryphon is a tale rich in the artistry, mystery, and surprise that make the original saga so beloved. Although readers ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published August 28th 2001 by Chronicle Books LLC (first published 2001)
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Allegra Green
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Jul 23, 2012 Mahinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many ways to perceive books and review them. But there aren't many books that are anything like the Griffin & Sabine trilogy. I don't believe one can apply the same critiques to this mystical, magical realm of literature.

For this is not only one story. Rather, these are stories within stories. And if one were to think of it, so is life. Stories within stories with no real sense of an end. There is a reason for that also - an ending is merely our perception of where things stand. H
While the artwork continues to be great and the format enchanting, these last three make me impatient for the end. They got weirder and not in a way I enjoyed. Also, I found it frustrating that all of these "love letters" are filled with what appears to be lust and little more. Okay, that was maybe too harsh, but I did want more talk about the meat of why they loved each other instead of the anticipation or remembrance of sex or being physically together.
Hollie Barnes
After reading this triology (this review is based on the 3 books: The Gryphon, Alexandria and The Morning Star) Ive come to appreciate the simplicity of the original triology (Griffin & Sabine.) I admit that I got annoyed that new characters were introduced and I was more interested in finding out what happened with Griffin & Sabine. But, as I got into the books, I was able to see G&S come out alongside with Matthew and Isabella. Mr. Bantock is a huge fan of Greek/Egytpian mythology ...more
Aug 05, 2010 Camilla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardback, epistolary
I have no idea how to review this.. I mean, the 3rd book kinda had an end, even though it was an end where you would have to use your imagination to guess what/who Sabine and Griffin were, and where they were.

Now, I've read this and really have no idea what to think? I mean, now we read about 'dark angels, shadow-seeing' and what not?

I hope the last two books give some kind of explanation.. Even though I'm not really counting on it..
In this second Griffin and Sabine trilogy, Griffin and Sabine have escaped to another dimension together (or something) and are now corresponding back into the regular world to illicit help from a young couple who are corresponding with each other to maintain their long-distance relationship.

I haven't been too excited about the G&S books since the first two. This one is much the same same, although I do like the art a bit more in this installment than in #3, The Golden Mean. And this new tal
This is the first one of his I read, not realizing it was out of order, but was still entertaining enough and a unique enough story all on its own that I got pulled in and enthralled by the artwork and the writing. Is it bad that I want a book that provides more in depth discussion than what is provided.

This series starts a second set of letters/postcards between Matthew and Isabella, people that met briefly and has a passionate few weeks together, but then became separated because of work and
(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
Oct 10, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a good thing there are three more books to help reveal the mystery that started with "Griffin & Sabine," since I was not satisfied with the end of the first trilogy. "The Gryphon" incorporates a new couple into the cryptic and increasingly dangerous fold of the original correspondents in a visually stunning and emotionally engaging way.
Julia Pillard
Apr 22, 2016 Julia Pillard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two more characters are introduced! Matthew and Isabella, who are just as adorable in their correspondence as Griffin and Sabine. Matthew is an archaeologist in Egypt when he receives a mysterious postcard from Sabine. Isabella appears to be a student in Paris, and the two write to each other just as Sabine and Griffin once did. Meanwhile, Sabine draws Matthew into the temporal rift that (I think) made it difficult for her and Griffin to be together.
This is the first book in a second "trilogy,"
May 18, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gryphon is a continuation of the bizarre, but beautiful tale of Griffin and Sabine. Their story unfolds through the correspondence between two new characters, Isabella and Matthew. The reader follows the story through the letters and postcards between all four characters. The relationship between Isabella and Matthew strangely mirrors that of Sabine and Griffin. The artwork is exquisite. The tale is intriguing. I could hardly wait to go on to the next book, Alexandria, which I did immediatel ...more
So here is a spoiler for the previous book, The Golden Mean. The last letter in that book is the first letter in this one and I thought the series ended with The Golden Mean. While I found the story to be romantic, I also harbored some suspicion of Sabine and at the end, part of me thought that Griffin had been consumed and that Matthew was Sabine's new target. This book picks up and shows that not to be the case (probably).

This start of a second trilogy introduces new characters in Matthew and
Jul 22, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today's post is on The Gryphon by Nick Bantock. It is the first in the Morning Star series. The cover is green with a beautiful golden postcard in the center. It is 58 pages long and is published by Chronicle Books. The intended reader is someone who has read the first trilogy, likes reading other people's mail, and magic. There is no langauge, no sex, and no voilence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Isabella:
The parcel did contain something unusual...65 cards and lett
Mar 04, 2015 D.M. rated it it was ok
I can only imagine the subtitle to this fourth book in the Griffin & Sabine 'trilogy' should read, 'In Which Daddy Needs a New Pair of Shoes.' This just feels more like an unnecessary addition than the previous two, as those were at least kind of wrapping up the mystery of what was going on between the correspondents. This one takes its lead from the quizzical final postcard of The Golden Mean, and spins it into a new correspondence. Now, it's chiefly between Matthew Sedon in Egypt and his ( ...more
Amber Ditullio
(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
Taro Yamashita
Feb 02, 2016 Taro Yamashita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This starts the second trilogy. Based on the intriguing concept presented in the original trilogy, this tries too much to reach back into the beautiful,magical thing, and re-use the concepts. It does not work nearly as well as I had hoped.

Visually, this is just as stunning and wonderful as the original trilogy. The format is the same, but the characters are more developed. However, the magic is gone. I don't know how else to describe it, except that it feels something like the Sherlock Holmes my
Beatriz Andrea Ortiz Fernandez
Considering how much I love the first trilogy, I am embarrassed that it took me so long to discover the second trilogy. "The Gryphon" thankfully does not let fans down. Stepping back into this mesmerising, seductive, and, yes, even also dangerous surreal world is not just a treat, but a relief. I have never been more thrilled to revisit a series. When I read it, I feel as though anything is possible.
Jul 06, 2009 Hotavio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-on-art
The books in this series are like candy bars. They're short and pleasurable and delicious, but are never meant for a meal. This is why I would never read more than one in a row off the bat.

That being said, The Gryphon is one of the better ones because it pulls shines it spotlight on a few more characters, namely archeologist Matthew Sedon and student Isabella De Reims. The original epistolary lovers have zeroed in on the long distance relationship which bears an uncanny resemblance to their o
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first book in the 2nd Griffin and Sabine trilogy. We meet Matthew, to whom Sabine wrote a postcard to in the last book (The Golden Mean). We also meet his love, Isabelle. They are in a long distance relationship, with Matthew being an archeologist. Matthew receives Griffin and Sabine's correspondence and the two newcomers work on discovering if these two are real or if this is a hoax. When Isabella begins receiving correspondence from Griffin things become more intense and the myster ...more
Susan Pola Staples
Jul 24, 2016 Susan Pola Staples rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-review

Enter Matthew Sedon, archaeologist receiving letters from Sabine and Isabelle de Reims, grad student, receiving ones from Griffin.

Sabine witnessed Matt's birth as her mother's a midwife.

How are the connected?

Only by continuing will we have the chance to discover.

Book is still as mystical, magickal, philosophical and religious as first.
Jun 21, 2016 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-contemp
I didn't know that there was a 3-volume follow-up to the G&S series. This book seemed easier to follow.

I've given Bantock's books 3-stars, but those stars aren't equal. This is a strong 3 stars, while the G&S books all rate low 3-stars, but not quite as low as 2 stars. The art and presentation carry the stories.
Mar 03, 2011 Alexa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's because I have not read any of the books that precede this one, but I found The Gryphon dull and unintriguing. I liked the idea -- a book of postcards and envelopes with letters and pictures inside is completely magical. It's like a pop up book for adults. But I didn't feel the emotion between the characters (two of whom are supposed to be madly in love with one another), didn't feel the fear I imagine I was supposed to feel at the end, and didn't care to find out what happens in the ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot thickens and no longer just involves Griffin and Sabine, but a new set of star-crossed lovers called Matthew and Isabella. The books ends on a mysterious note. Must go get the second in the series.
Christina Frithsen
the saga continues! two more characters enter the correspondence and a little more information is given, but sparsely. I am on the edge of my seat waiting to read the last two books.
Mar 16, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've begun my quest of finding and reading this next trilogy. Once again the shadow sight is manifested to two new characters who are being recruited(?) by Griffin and Sabine.
May 10, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bantock takes up where he left off and it's AMAZING! the story adds the characters of matthew and isabella. the story unfolds but i won't reveal any spoilers because this journey must be discovered on one's own and not with the help of others. this is an individual experience. my favorite line of the book, however, is this: "If I could have you here, now, I’d hold you so closely that our particles would absorb into one another." wow. this book is my favorite one of all the griffin and sabine. it ...more
Apr 28, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so beautiful, just like the previous Griffin and Sabine series. I found this one overly metaphysical but I enjoyed the ominous conspiracy and can't wait to see what happens next for Matthew and Isabella!
Dec 20, 2007 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan 25, 2016 Marmot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, photo-books
Gave some illumination as to what happened on the earlier trilogy, but left lots of hanging questions.
AE Michels
Mar 07, 2014 AE Michels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This set isn't as much fun as the previous doesn't answer enough questions. Still nifty though.
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Nick was schooled in England and has a BA in Fine Art (painting). He has authored 25 books, 11 of which have appeared on the best seller lists, including 3 books on the New York Times top ten at one time. ‘Griffin and Sabine’ stayed on that list for over two years. His works have been translated into 13 languages and over 5 million have been sold worldwide. Once named by the classic SF magazine We ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Morning Star Trilogy (3 books)
  • Alexandria: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Unfolds (Morning Star Trilogy, #2)
  • The Morning Star: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is Illuminated (Morning Star Trilogy, #3)

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“I don't think I am scared of intimacy, but I am frightened of making a mistake. offering more than I have, or expecting more than you can give. - Matt Sedon” 9 likes
“From our few days together, I have only one regret. Why did I not love you harder, stronger? If I could have you Love, now, I'd hold you so closely that our particles would absorb into one another. - Isabella de Reims” 7 likes
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