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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 Hailey Green
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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
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
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.
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..
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.
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
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
Beatriz 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
AE Michels
This set isn't as much fun as the previous doesn't answer enough questions. Still nifty though.
Sarah Sammis
The Gryphon takes the story of Griffin and Sabine on a tangent by introducing two new characters: Dr. Mattheson and his fiancée. Most of the correspondence is between these two long distance lovers with Griffin and Sabine (mostly Sabine) interrupting with their own cryptic messages.

Before I read The Gryphon, I went back and reread Griffin and Sabine, the first in the series. I was amazed to see how simplistic the original illustrations are in comparison to those in The Gryphon. These postcards a
AJ Best
Another great book full of intrigue and surprises.I cant wait for book two.
Birgit De
Is there anything more interesting than reading someone else's mail? And with gorgeous cards too!
Truly perfect and beautiful in every way.
Earl Baugh
Re-read in 2006. These books are great!!
Something about this book is magical. The tactile mixed with the visual (gorgeous art) and a multi-universe plot line make for an incredibly mysterious and engaging read. I actually got goosebumps after reading that last page. I'm so glad I wasn't one of the unfortunate souls who had to wait an entire year for the next one to be released! Just a side note for anyone interested in reading this, I recommend starting with the Griffin and Sabine series first, as the story and characters are referenc ...more
Dawn Lamm
Another lovely book from my twenties....
The Morningstar Trilogy, along with the Correspondence of Griffin and Sabine, remain some of the most fascinating books I have EVER had the pleasure to read. This is my third time to fall into the rabbit hole of this wonderful world created by Nick Bantock. The books represent one of the most unique concepts I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy. I HIGHLY recommend these books to anyone looking for an escape into a metaphysical adventure that will open your mind to the possibilities of love and li ...more
Elizabeth A
This is the first book in the second Griffin and Sabine trilogy, and it changes how I interpreted the ending of the first trilogy. The story introduces us to two more characters and two new locations. The art is wonderful, and I loved the addition of additional ephemera, but overall was not as captivated with this story as the first trilogy. That being said, I do plan on reading to the end of the series. A tip: Compare Sabine's and Griffin's handwriting in this book. What does it tell you?
I started getting the feeling that the author didn't know when or how to end this story. And all stories must end. While I still appreciated the illustrations and photos, and various handwriting, and the addition of extra cards and photos tucked in with the letters (new with this volume in the series), the story started getting muddy for muddy's sake. One interesting tip-off: Sabine's handwriting becomes Griffin's, which I imagine was meant to demonstrate their one-ness.
In this book, Griffin's handwriting is no longer his, but Sabine's. I'm rather confused.
A beautiful book, fun to read, detailing mysterious correspondence of the original characters in the series (Griffin Moss and Sabine Strohem) with an archaeologist in Alexandria named Matthew Sedon and his girlfriend Isabella de Reims in Paris. Each page is a beautiful work of art representing the postcards used for correspondence, and several contain envelopes with letters and other documents in them. Amazing!
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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)
Griffin and Sabine (Griffin & Sabine Trilogy #1) Sabine's Notebook (Griffin & Sabine Trilogy #2) The Golden Mean (Griffin & Sabine Trilogy #3) The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy Alexandria: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Unfolds (Morning Star Trilogy, #2)

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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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