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Crispin: The End of Time (Crispin #3)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  850 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
As long as I could keep myself out of bondage, I would be true to Bear's teaching. And so it was that beyond all else, I was determined to keep my freedom.

After the death of their beloved mentor, Bear, Crispin and Troth are more desperate than ever, wandering the desolate French countryside, where they don't speak the language and know no one. The only hope they cling to
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published June 15th 2010 (first published January 1st 2010)
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Eva Mitnick
Jul 05, 2010 Eva Mitnick rated it liked it
Starting right where the Crispin: At the Edge of the World left off, this final installment in the trilogy has Crispin and Troth staggering, exhausted and tattered, through France as they search for Iceland. Bear always told them Iceland was a place where people could be free, and though Bear is dead, Crispin sees Iceland as a shining beacon of hope.

Troth finds a haven early on, but Crispin pushes on, falls in with a band of traveling musicians who also happen to be murdering thieves, makes his
Jezreel Bell
Jan 26, 2015 Jezreel Bell rated it it was amazing
Crispin The End Of Time
Author: Avi
Posted By: Jezreel Bell

This book is a series of two other books that come before it. The first book is Crispin Cross Of Lead, and the second one is Crispin Edge Of The World. I will be telling you a basic summary of the book as a whole, please enjoy and consider reading the series for yourself.

The book first starts off with the death of Bear. Bear is a father figure to Crispin, infact they consider each other father and son. So with his adoptive sister he sets
Sep 27, 2011 Cliff rated it liked it
Though I'm not sure that the story received the ending that it deserved, I was glad to finally have finished this trilogy that hadn't even been completed when I started it. Overall, Crispin's tale is certainly full of adventure and his growth seems to have been completed. Taken individually, this third book is good. But the problem is that when viewed as part of the whole, I can't help but feel a little shortchanged. The big surprise at the end of the second book would seem to point to Crispin a ...more
It's been two or three weeks now since I finished this book and the series. If this story sticks with me much longer I'll be coming back and raising the ratings. The third book seemed to enhance the enjoyment of the whole series for me. Very good story; very well conceived and written. It's emotionally accessible to the younger reader but doesn't sacrifice any of the feel for the history and living in the time. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and the Crispin series have made me add some ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
Not one of my favorite trilogies or even that of Avi's. I should remember that this plot and character was written for a younger audience, however the main character lack of self-realization and confidence was enough to drive me insane and I really spent the entire three books disliking him. I would recommend Avi's true tales of history, "I Witness" for characters with more of a backbone.
Feb 01, 2016 annapi rated it liked it
I found this conclusion to the Crispin trilogy a bit disappointing. It starts out well enough with Crispin and Troth wandering aimlessly in France after the death of their friend and father figure, Bear. They have a vague notion of going to Iceland where they believe they will find freedom from the oppression they have encountered. But being in a foreign land ravaged by war, unable to speak the language, make the going difficult. The story actually progresses well until the very end, which falls ...more
the final book of the trilogy
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Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
Crispin The End of Time finishes the trilogy that began with #1 Crispin The Cross of Lead and #2: Crispin at the Edge of the World. Crispin is a peasant orphan in 14th Century France - that would be in the time of castles and knights. In his previous adventures Crispin made a family for himself with his friend Troth and Bear, the man who looks after them. At the beginning of this book, Bear has died, which leaves Crispin and Troth orphaned again; alone and hungry with no place to call home. Cris ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok
More than a decade in the making, the journey of the often-tortured and always maligned Crispin, an orphaned waif living in fourteenth century England, finally reaches its conclusion in Crispin: The End of Time. By this time, not only has Crispin lost the noble birthright that he deserved to benefit from as much as any of his lord father's illegitimate sons, but he has lost the person most dear to him in all the world since the murder of his mother: the traveling minstrel Bear, who had seemed s ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it
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Nov 05, 2011 Mara rated it really liked it
The Cross of Lead - the first book in this series - didn't need a sequel, and I still think that. However, its sequels - At the Edge of the World and The End of Time - are just as good as The Cross of Lead. And I get the feeling that this one may have yet another one after it. It doesn't need one, but I have faith that Avi will do a good job, just as he did with the others. Avi is a very talented author. Never have I encountered one who can write so effectively in any genre he wishes - and for a ...more
Aug 05, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a poor peasant in medieval England, thirteen-year-old Crispin has barely an identity and nothing to call his own. After his mother’s death, he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and has to flee his village in order to avoid being captured and, most likely, put to death by the steward of his village. Having never left his village before and with a bounty on his head, his journey across the country-side in an attempt to gain his freedom is an exciting and terrifying one. In the course of th ...more
Mrs. Corriston Corriston
Dec 13, 2011 Mrs. Corriston Corriston rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure/action stories, because there are many dangerous obstacles for the main character, Crispin. Crispin is trying to get to Iceland, but along the way his sister leaves him, he finds musicians that turn out to be thieves, and he makes a promise to a slave. He is trapped in a walled city, with only one way out, a hidden passageway. Another problem he faces is that the soldiers guarding the city know who he is, so if they catch him escaping he ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Nov 22, 2011 Kay Mcgriff rated it it was amazing
Crispin's story finally comes to an end with Crispin: The End of Time by Avi. I have followed Crispin's story from the beginning, when he fled his village after his mother's death, wondering why there was a price on his head. I watched as Bear took him in and together they joined fates and fortunes with Troth. All along the way, I hoped Crispin would finally find freedom and his place in the world.

This last book in the trilogy opens with Crispin and Troth trudging across the French countryside.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Crispin is on the final leg of his journey to reach freedom. He's heading for Iceland because according to his father figure, Bear, who just died, that is the last place for freedom. But the road isn't easy.

Crispin must figure out how he and Troth - his friend and companion on the road to freedom - will reach Iceland. With no money, food, or protection, the two must find a way to reach this mysterious land safely.

But when Troth decides to stay with some nuns
Gail Morris
Oct 31, 2015 Gail Morris rated it it was amazing
This whole book series would make a great family movie; something for PBS someday I think. I only know that if they stuck to words in Avi's books it would be an awesome tale. In this the last book of the 3 I began it knowing that Bear is gone, so it was bitter-sweet to read of Crispin without him. But-- the adventure continued well and he met new people, some kind and some evil... but most of all he was able to do for another that which Bear had done for him.
Apr 17, 2014 Jilane rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, adventure
Eh. It had been a really long time since I read Crispin:At the Edge of the World. This book picked right up as if it were the next chapter. There was no refresher as to how the characters got to where they were or what was going on. This made it very difficult for me to get into the book.

Once I finally did get into the book, it was ok. But toward the end of the book, I kept thinking to myself that it was kind of unrealistic that all the events took place in three or four days.

Not my favorite Av
Jun 09, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic trilogy for children by the wonderful writer Avi. My 5th graders read the first book in the series Crispin: The Cross of Lead for book club last week. One of my students and I went on to read the sequel, discussing it every morning before school; then he finished the 3rd book before me and he was under orders not to talk to me about it until I finished. So we finally got to discuss the ending and we both loved the series. Great for ages 10-14, give or take a year either way.

Aug 21, 2015 Shaunterria rated it liked it
The last book of the Crispin trilogy, The End of Time did not payoff as well as its predecessors did, especially when compared to the first book. Crispin suffers and struggles (of course) but there is no real resolution for him or his situation. Not a total waste of time because it does *end* the story, but it was not particularly satisfying. I would only recommend this book if you've read the first two and are as OCD as I am about finishing a series once I've started it.
Justin C
Apr 16, 2014 Justin C rated it really liked it
This book was a great book for those who just want an adventure book in based on the past. I found it moderately paced with a decent amount of surprises right around the corner. The only flaw in this book is that for the last book in the trilogy, I expected it to have an ending, but this book left me wondering what would happen next, as if there would be another book.
Jul 17, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This book was as full of sadness, sorrow, misery, and pain as the second in the trilogy. As such, though it ended in victory, it felt like a hollow victory. The 2 stars are for Avi's gift of drawing one into the story, and for my fondness of Crispin's character. This, though is a trilogy I will remember with sadness. I wish I had stopped after the first book (which was terrific).
Jeremy X
Sep 29, 2014 Jeremy X rated it it was amazing
To just give this book five stars is not really enough for me. As all books in the Crispin series are amazing, Crispin: The End of Time is no exception. This book is filled with suspense and I stayed up late at night, way past my bedtime, to read. It hooked me in and I just couldn't stop until I was going to drop off. Avi, in my opinion, is one of the all-time best authors. This intriguing plot will capture the hearts of all book-lovers, and especially those who love historical fiction. If you' ...more
Oct 11, 2010 Josephine rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I have to admit that while I like Crispin and his story, I was pretty disappointed with this last book in the trilogy. It felt like a shallow afterthought. I don't think I would be as disappointed had it come out sooner, but I've been waiting years for this so I was really expecting something spectacular. What I got was a book that felt very much like the first in the trilogy. I loved the first Crispin book, and I was hoping there would be more...substance (if that's the right word) to this fina ...more
Grace Fitch
Apr 24, 2014 Grace Fitch rated it liked it
good book, but worst in the series. i might have like it if someone warned me to only read the first two and not read the third because it kind of gets boring, except i like closure and need to read every book in the series to get that so i probably wouldnt have listened to them anyway. it's your call.
Mar 10, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
I think this is my favorite of the Crispin books. I was sad to see Crispin and Trogh part ways, but was glad that Trogh herself ended up in a place where she would be accepted and needed. Crispin was mature enough to recognize where she would be safest and was willing to let her remain at the convent.

I especially enjoyed the ending and thought it appropriate, where Crispin finds the mariner from Iceland and becomes part of his crew. I can see if the story were to continue Crispin would become pa
Joanne G.
Crispin and Troth find themselves alone, unprotected, and lost in a foreign land. Crispin is determined to find Iceland, a country Bear had told him had no kings, lords, or wars--a place where he could be truly free. Along the way, Crispin faces great personal loss, betrayal, and danger.

In real life, we meet people we never see again, have experiences that are never explained (a complete set of warm clothes, plus boots, found in a grave), and not everything that happens is tied up neatly with a
Deborah Bogen
Jul 10, 2014 Deborah Bogen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crispen comes of age

The best part of AVI's Crispin trilogy is that he takes kids and teens as real people with real concerns. In this book Crispin is still dealing with problems most American kids don't have...but some do and others in luckier circumstances need to know that. A thought-provoking story.
Tamika Koehn
Feb 08, 2016 Tamika Koehn rated it it was ok
Kinda good but yet quite depressing. Seems like the characters were always hungry, barefoot, being mistreated etc and three books of that gets rather old no matter if this is a good depiction of the times or not.
Young Reader Reaction: This novel is the final book of the trilogy about Crispin. Even though I like the trilogy as a whole, I did not like the ending of this book very much. It ended at a very awkward point in the plot. Crispin never steps foot into Iceland, and the whereabouts of Troth and the thieves are never mentioned. I would recommend this for middle school students, and I would recommend this trilogy as a gift.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Readers who like serial stories of
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Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, "The fact is, Avi is the only name I use." Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and the Crispin series. His work is popular among readers young and old.
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Crispin (3 books)
  • Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Crispin, #1)
  • Crispin: At the Edge of the World (Crispin, #2)

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