After an inexplicable catastrophe on Earth, John Bridgeman is left to scrap out a solitary existence, surrounded by bodies and haunted by the girlfriend he cannot allow to die. His headaches are increasingly debilitating. Even his senses are turning against him: amongst the desolate streets is a light which moves as if alive. The onset of insanity, he assumes, and yet... why does he feel like he is being hunted?
John's fate is entwined with that of Crescent: a world teeming with life both human and supernatural, where Spirit storms rack the skies and rumours of a terrible army in the North have the great nations in unrest. Crescent is John's only chance to rediscover the bonds of life and love, but this perilous yet extraordinary world could also lead him to lose everything all over again.
Praise for Endless:
"You'll be suitably rewarded with some quite brilliant writing." - British Fantasy Society
"A wonderful fantasy... a joy to read." - Fantasy Book Review (Book of the Month, December 2012)
"There are few really good epic adventures released these days, and [Crescent] seems poised to become one." - The SF Site
"Fans of the fantasy series genre should not overlook this book." - Kindle Book Review
"All the characters had a deep history, their own unique story." - SciYourFi
"The world of Crescent is huge and full of wonders." - Rising Shadow
"The prose is intelligent and crisp, the plot is multilayered and complex, and the fantasy world of Crescent drips with history." - The Indiscriminate Critic
Matt Bone lives and writes in Bath, UK, where he is steadily working through the city's supply of caffeine. He has degrees in both Astrophysics and English Literature, supporting his ambition to be entirely unemployable.
Endless is his debut novel, and the first in the Crescent fantasy series.
There is something both cleansing and scary about fantasy, especially the kind that is woven by Matt Bone in his novel, ENDLESS, a detailed, structural wonder. The book is beautifully written and professionally presented, the first in the author’s Crescent Series. And it gives the reader a brand new world experience.
After an unexplained catastrophe destroys everything he knows on earth, the main character, John, finds himself in the small village of Milnadon in the country of Ireledor on another planet, Crescent. He is cared for by Wimda, a herbalist, who makes a brief but enchanting appearance, and is reprised at the end of the book in the thoughts of John who wonders about her wellbeing. He meets a fellow earthling and is introduced to a panoply of humanoids and beasts. As he regains strength, John learns about this new world he has fallen into, joins two women fleeing their subjugated city, and becomes involved in a catastrophic war when supernatural entities called the Endless return to plague the planet.
From the start I was completely immersed in ENDLESS. The descriptions of Crescent are a marvel, so rich and plentiful in contrast to Earth’s parched landscape and I was in awe of the the author’s deft world building, the completeness of it and, at times, the whimsy of his creation. I totally loved the characters, especially John, a sensitive, intuitive thinker who suffers and ponders and at times waxes lyrical. He meets his foil in Manvedian, an interesting character indeed. I rode the joorun along with John when he “grabbed handfuls of shaggy fur as he hung on, the ropes grating against his wrists … and saw the buildings dwindling behind them, a faint curl of blue rising into the sky above.” And when the Endless first appeared, I felt like a kid gazing up at fireworks in the Magic Kingdom.
Amazon estimates that the printed version of ENDLESS would contain 375 pages. Be ready for a long, but thrilling ride, one I highly recommend to all lovers of fantasy and high adventure.
Matt Bone's Endless is an interesting debut fantasy book, because it combines post-apocalyptical fiction and fantasy fiction before turning into an epic fantasy book. Post-apocalyptical fiction is usually connected to science fiction and horror literature, but in this case it's connected to fantasy literature.
The author has created an interesting post-apocalyptic world. He writes fluently how the streets, car parks and other places are beginning to turn green with vegetation and tells how all the bodies were either eaten by predators or rotted away on their own. One of the best things about this book is that the author hasn't written anything about zombies. I have nothing against post-apocalyptical zombie fiction, because I love good zombie fiction, but nowadays several authors tend to write too much post-apocalyptical zombie fiction, so it was nice to read about a different kind of a global disaster. In my opinion this kind of a disaster is an exciting way to start a fantasy book.
Here's a bit of information about the story:
At the beginning of the book John finds out that a woman, Mrs. Kirsch, who lives in the same house, is dead. He also finds out that she isn't the only one who has died. His neighbours have also died and there are bodies everywhere. Soon John notices that he's the only one who's alive. He learns to survive and lives alone in the empty town. John almost mysteriously finds a way to a different realm from the hotel and he is transported to another realm. He wakes up in the world of Crescent...
There are several books in which the main character finds himself or herself in another realm (some of the most famous examples are Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant books and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland). I like these kind of fantasy books, because it's interesting to read how the characters survive in a new world, but it's difficult to find original books. Fortunately Endless turned to be a good book. It's one of the best "transported into a magical kindgom" type of books I've read.
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I managed to do so, I liked it. Endless is one of those books, which must not be judged by their first chapters, because the story develops gradually and it takes time to realize what's happening in the book. When you know what's happening and who the characters are, it's difficult to stop reading.
I have to mention that I was impressed by this book. Matt Bone's worldbuilding is intriguing and his characters are fascinating. He has created an interesting world for his fantasy series. His fantasy world is believable and it reminds me of a medieval England, but there are several differences. Cultural and social progression, evolution and other things have evolved differently on Crescent than on Earth. The other world has its own culture, kingdoms and beasts. There are also two moons and Spirit storms ravage the land.
The author has a good imagination, because he has created fascinating monsters. The Endless are interesting beings, because they differ from normal monsters. They're horrible beings of light and energy. The controller of these beings is also an interesting being, because he's only partly human.
The characters include John, Ceria, Telde, Manvedian and Jago. The author writes fluently about John's life and also about the characters' lives (the author builds his characters gradually and reveals more things about them). I enjoyed reading about John's new experiences in Crescent and how he accepted his fate. It was also interesting to read about the other characters.
I liked Matt Bone's prose. In my opinion his prose is at its best surprisingly beautiful and he shows talent for writing creative fantasy. I also liked the scope of the book, because the world of Crescent is huge and full of wonders. The small and nuanced details are nice and they give the reader more information about the world.
Endless is a fine example of how a talented author can self-publish an interesting fantasy book in e-book format. Matt Bone is a promising new author and I'm eagerly awaiting the next book, because it'll be interesting to see what happens in the next book. Endless is a good start to a new fantasy series, which has every chance of becoming a popular series.
I received this in e-book from Astro Impossible Books after entering a competition to win a paperback copy. So I would like to start with a thank you to those guys.
Following on from that, I will move onto an actual review.
If I’m completely honest this book isn’t quite a four stars. It is almost there but it is missing out ever so slightly. However, it is so close that I feel terribly mean giving it a three star review. I’m more than aware that at times I’m too nice when it comes with giving books four stars, but in this case it really did deserve to be rounded up.
If nothing else, the world building requires me to round up to a four stars. The creation of this new world is brilliant. Sometimes authors fall short when creating whole new worlds, but such is not the case in Endless. We’re given so many details – everything from the necessary details of how the creatures of the world, and the world itself, looks to being given interesting myths and historical details. The world is wonderful, beautifully created and easy to fall in love with.
What lost it for me, sadly, is the fact that I really couldn’t bring myself to connect with any of the characters. Everything was too black-and-white. The shade of grey – really, there was only one – was obvious from the get go, and even then you knew where things were reading on that front. I feel as though the characterisation let me down a little bit. If I’d been able to connect more I’m sure I would have given it the whole four stars rather than making that little note of how it just missed out.
Overall an interesting read – even if there were a handful of moments in which I felt as though the pace needed to be increased. If nothing else, I’m curious as to what comes next for this world.
I simply loved Endless. It has everything I look for in a book: the sentences are beautifully crafted, it is poetic without ever becoming bombastic, the characters are believable and are all loveable in their own way, and it is an exciting action packed original story set in a vast fantasy world. Without spoiling too much, Endless sets off with John -one of the three protagonists. John has as good as lost everything and is about to lose the last he has: his will to live. But then something happens and John finds his world turned upside down. There is hope for him again, something he at first only hesitantly dares to believe. How incredibly well this psychological development is described (without ever taking over the story, only adding to it) just had me amazed. Matt Bone really has a talent for creating absolutely believable characters and breathing life into them. The inner reflections are intelligently and ever so convincingly written, different for all three of the main characters, carrying the story up to the last word. It really was an amazing read.
The only point of criticism I might have is that the chapters were too short! You know the feeling: at the end of a chapter you aren't quite ready yet to step out of the mind of a character and with great reluctance you let them go. Only to forget completely about them while reading the first paragraph of the new chapter as the next narrator takes you along in his/her mind. That to me is a good measure of story telling skills. In short: impressive debut.
It took me a while to adjust to Mr. Bone's particular writing style. Don't get me wrong, I found the prose beautiful, very fluid; just something I wasn't use to. And I must admit the British spelling and grammer caught me off guard at first.
Once I got past the style, I was easily sucked in by the story. I immediately felt for the characters, hated the plight they found themselves, and hoped they made it out alive and unscathed. All the characters had a deep history, their own unique story, giving way to unique personalities. Mr. Bone did an excellent job with their development throughout the story.
Excellent details, especially when it came to the "Black Sea" - aka a cursed desert. I was very impressed by how such a monotonous landscape can still be interesting to read about for more than a page or so!
The ending was unexpected, though not dissappointing. I don't want to give too much away, but the person that defeated the half-man and the Endless, was the opposite of who I thought it would be. It worked very well for the story however, setting it up nicely for a sequel. I look forward to reading more of the Crescent series and Mr. Bone's prose.
There were a couple of things that I liked about this book and a couple of things that I didn't like about this book.
What I Liked
The whole idea of a main character being transported/new to a world is a nice little method. It gives the reader a chance to discover the world through the eyes of the main character, and helps get rid of the "info-dump" chapters. All of the discovery and explanation seems genuine because the main character needs to learn it as well.
I liked the main characters. The author did a really nice job of not only creating characters with a rich enough backstory to give them motivations and idiosyncrasies, but he let the readers get inside their heads pretty well. I felt for the characters and I think I really understood them pretty well. I was exceptionally happy with Manvedian. He's a very interesting character with some moral ambiguity, and his backstory was intriguing and had just enough mystery to keep me interested.
Finally, I enjoyed the pacing. At first, it felt like I was jumping around, since every chapter break was split by a different, untold amount of time. But I really felt like it added some realism to the story. If a character was traveling somewhere, we can pick up with them when they get there - interesting things don't happen non-stop, all the time. I think it added a kind of rhythm to the story which was really nice.
What I Didn't Like
I'm a BIG fan of large-scale worldbuilding. I like referencing maps and appendices, learning about the history of different civilizations, getting a taste for the mythology and legend of the world, and learning about how the "magic" works. I didn't get a lot of that in this book. Which is fine. It didn't really hold the story back. The story is driven by strong characters, and so the details of the world behind the characters don't NEED to be fleshed out for the story to work. For me, though, I thought it was missing some large-scale worldbuilding. I want to know more about the powers that people have. I want to know more about the geography, and I want to get a better picture of the political landscape of Crescent. In the end, I was left with skipping the names of made-up creatures; I don't know the difference between a jaller, a jallun, or any of the other j animals.
The other thing that bothered me was that I had a hard time describing the book's identity. At first, it felt like a pretty typical Young Adult book, but then developed some adult themes. It seemed pretty black and white, good vs. evil (even down to a villain that reminded me of one of the old Batman villains without the cheesy puns), but then had a character that really introduced some moral ambiguity to the picture. There were times when it seemed like the identity of the book contradicted itself like that. But that's not really important to the story, and maybe I'm looking too far into it.
It's a pretty neat story, and I wouldn't be opposed to reading the second book in the series, although this one had a pretty conclusive ending.
I loved this book. And that's despite reading it in 10 minute bursts during lunch breaks on the PC. I'm only sorry it took so long to read, but I am hopeless at reading anything on a computer. I suspect if I'd had my hands on a dead tree copy, it would have been devoured in a day.
This was an intriguing mixture of post-apocalyptic Earth, and fantasy of the world of Crescent. Bridging the two is John, who wakes up to discover he's the only living human still on Earth (at least, as far as he can tell). He eventually gets transported to Crescent where he finds he's not alone any longer, and becomes involved in an epic quest to save his new home.
I loved the author's writing style. Characters have depth and personality, and situations and scenes are described beautifully. Even peripheral characters have something to them, which is sometimes not the case in other fiction. The plot moved along at a good pace, with a good balance between action and quieter events. One thing that really stood out was the richness of the history and culture of Crescent; although the people are at least similar to humans, the society and other creatures are decidedly different to Earth. The Endless were particularly enigmatic, and it will be intriguing to see what happens in future episodes of the story.
This also isn't just a standard good guy vs. bad guy tale. All of the main characters have strengths and failings, evil—and goodness—can come from unexpected directions. Their relationships develop throughout the book, with some surprises along the way, and all this combines to make them particularly realistic. Throw in some shared enemies, and this is far from the run of the mill single-evil-baddie tale that can be common in fantasy fiction. My particularly favourite character was Manvedian, and I do hope we see more of him in the future.
I have just one bugbear. What happened to Mr Kirsch? Darn it, enquiring minds would like to know, and this cat owner servant doesn't want to contemplate the possibilities....
Fabulous book, loved it to bits, and can't wait for the next one.
Oh, and finally—I sort of won this as a Goodreads giveaway. I didn't win the actual giveaway, but Jay at Astro Impossible Books very kindly offered me the choice of electronic format as a consolation prize. Thanks Jay! But the usual disclaimer applies—neither author nor publisher had any input to or preview of this review before I put it up on Goodreads. It's all my own work :-)
Endless is a book that begins with the fall of earth and ends on a distant world. The writing is very well put together and can be touching at times. What would one do if faced with the realization that every human around you has died? What are the steps when finding out that you are the only one living, no matter where you go? The descriptions of action and quiet as the main character, John, deals with this situation are very well focused on and often had me envisioning what it would be like if I were in his shoes. I could feel his suffering, experience what it would be like to wander Earth as the only human left, taking what I needed and realizing that law meant nothing any more.
The progression into a new world is a result of a combined event between what has happened on Earth and what is happening elsewhere. John finds himself suddenly among other living beings again, but realizes they are not human. He is elsewhere and becomes drawn into the struggles of the people around him. This new world is different and strange and the differences between the two planets are well described without too much pining for Earth. The reminders are subtle, such as saying an animal has bovine eyes, rather than spending pages comparing it to a cow.
If there had been more time to spend on this book, I think I would have spent it on the connections between what John left and what his new life had become. He encounters other people from Earth, but once the initial realizations are made, there are only fleeting thoughts about back home, memories of television shows or attempts at describing technology to a people who have never seen such wonders before. While it was good to not have a constant pining for home, I had thought that once all was revealed there would be a few more thoughts of familiar things. But perhaps this is only another way to draw the reader in to the story, because I have found myself wondering if I would set aside Earth so easily, even after all I had experienced before leaving, in order to join a new world in its struggle for survival.
Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
I found it through the giveaway system, and although I did not win the paperback they sent me an ebook copy anyways. So, first of all: truly thank you!
I found the book gripping. It is well written, it has a strong and steady pace that balances out the descriptive paragraphs regarding the world of Crescent (to which we are introduced from ground zero) with good, if concise, dialogues.
Since it is written in the third person we get input from all the main characters, John, Ceria, Manvedian, and Telde. Their inner ramblings and reasoning are very important because they allow the reader to gather more knowledge of their past and their world, the dialogues between each other are not as explanatory, just like they would be in real life, I must say, so this is very good!
It relies more on the short exchanges and on the actions of the characters towards the world and towards each other to build their personas and to build up their decisions and future actions.
The plot kept me guessing, and after reading so many books, that is truly a feat! I had no idea how the characters were going to act next and what was going to happen to the whole world of Crescent.
However, It was a little disappointing that Manvedian was the one that had the dreams and could access the power to defeat Senthis after all that had happened. Even if it was a nice way to redeem himself after Ceria made him see himself with a new light. Also, it bothered me that John didn't even get to save one person throughout the battle of Ferol, not with his ability or his quick action, nothing! It made me feel like he had been rendered quite useless after he was the character through which I 'lived' so much at the beginning of the book. The isolation of Earth, everyone dead, the immersion in Ferol, the alien world, the powers, and the renewed feelings, etc. It left me wanting more from John. Telde on the other hand, left me wanting to throttle her... But it was totally in character what she did, so I can't say I didn't see it coming.
Overall I would recommend this book to fans of the Songs of Ice and Fire Series, LOTR, and such. However, this is not an epic book such as those. It lacks something in the greatness of the characters or maybe in their role in the salvation of Ferol. Somehow, though it is a great book with a great story, it is not as epic.
Matt Bone's debut novel marks the start of a new prospective Fantasy series set in the world of Crescent, and I ought to say at the start that the title seems strangely appropriate: this was a tough read. It took me a while to crunch through to the end, and at time of writing Kindle hadn't been updated with page counts, so this had a whopping 6091 'locations' if that's any help at all... To be fair to the author, there is the core of a very good fantasy series here, but the somewhat contrived beginning can be a double-edged sword. I honestly felt the author had started with Alice In Wonderland in mind, and found myself building the barricades and preparing for the worst. Push on however, and you'll be suitably rewarded with some quite brilliant writing, which exudes confidence, pace and all-round fluidity: as a reader we literally witness the author 'grow' and settle into his own strident voice, at once both distinct and manifestly lucid. And it's a good job because this is a long book, and takes its time to gather the confidence of readers in preparation for the journey ahead. In brief, John Bridgeman finds himself alone on a deserted, almost apocalyptic Earth, with everybody gone save a few animal rodents and several billion to ns of abandoned cars, vehicles and buildings. Through a contrivance I don't care to reveal, he finds himself plucked from our world and plunged into Crescent, a fantastic nether-world with two moons, black as night spirit storms adrift in the sky, a diabolical evil villain with an overwhelming personal 'army' of light-sucking beasts (The Endless of the title), and an eclectic cast, all with motivations of their own and some of whom may or may not have experienced something eerily similar to our protagonist. It has twists, it has turns, it has strange domesticated creatures, a relatively unexpected ending, some excellent personalities, and some very strong ideas. All told, I think this is well worth your time, but you'll need to battle through the crap beginning and brush away the cobwebs first, before the diamond within captures your imagination...
I won this book from librarything member giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
It is with relief that I have finished this book. Endless is an apt title for multiple reasons. However, I don't want that to suggest this book is not worth reading. Quite the contrary in fact. This book essentially is a start to a vast quest of a ragtag band of 5 people from varied backgrounds, different worlds in fact. We are introduced in alternating chapters to John, who comes from Earth after a horrible apocalyptic event, and then Telda and Ceria who reside in the other world. From there, they meet each other and journey across many lands in the attempt to defeat the horrible Half-man and the Endless, light beasts that can kill large volumes of people easily and without remorse. They are joined also by Manvedian, a character that has perhaps different goals.
There are many strengths of this book. I was very impressed by the creation of another world, with different kingdoms warring against each other, different sort of beasts and culture. The magnitude and scope of the book in itself is daunting and vast. The prose is beautifully written and descriptions well done. I admired the development of two particular characters: John and Manvedian. John has been thrust into a completely different world, losing someone he loved back in his home planet, and has to figure out his new place in this society. Manvedian was probably my favorite-- I will not give away his secrets, but he is a fascinating character that I hope we will see of more in the future.
The book is long. It took me three weeks to finish and I usually finish a book in 2-3 days. It reminded me a lot of Fellowship of the Ring where we journey for a long way with hobbits until the action picks up a lot at the end, leading up to the Two Towers. In this book, we have Ceria instead of a ring, as a tool to end overwhelming evil. But like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it's worth staying until the end. I look forward to seeing where this goes in the next installment.
So, first of all, I should make it clear that I received an ebook copy of this from the publishers.
Anyway, to the book itself:
Endless starts from the perspective of John, an Englishman who wakes up one afternoon and finds out everybody is dead…on the whole planet. Things get weirder when he starts to feel like he is being hunted . At the same time, we also get to know Ceria, who lives in Crescent (another planet). She is a member of the Resistance against the villain and an escapee from the brutal persecution he promotes against the Primitives (which are basically magic-like people). In this other planet, we get to know Manvedian as well, who is supposedly also a member of the Resistance (but right in his first chapter shows his allegiances are rather shaky) and who is trying to find Ceria while she's on the run.
Though Bone’s writing is not especially remarkable, it is quite good when compared to most of the fantasy books written these days. Characterization is also a good point in this work: except for the villain (“the half-man”), all characters seem to have their own personalities and (confused) motivations, being grayer than usual (Manvedian is especially a well developed character). As for creativity, it is the interplay of long-used and some new, original ideas from both SF and Fantasy. The book did keep me interested, and despite the sometimes long chapters, it was a nice read. Plus, though it is a series, it did not end in a cliffhanger :) For all that, I gave it 3.5 stars.
Note: One thing kept bothering my annoying self: the eyes of the people from Crescent. They’re just like Earth-human eyes; and yet their sun is younger and brighter than ours, and the environment’s got different shades for rocks, etc. That kept me wondering…
I have to apologize to the author a bit due to the fact that I was provided with an ebook version of this story about a year ago and totally forgot that I had it and promised to review it. I came across this again a couple of weeks ago and realized my mistake. So I sat down to read this and am kicking myself now for not following up sooner. This was a very entertaining and imaginative story that instantly sucked me in and kept providing enjoyment all the way through. The author's style was very easy to read and the characters were very well presented. I never once thought that a character felt flat or lifeless. I have to admit that I was a bit confused at the beginning with the story taking place in two very different and seemingly unrelated worlds. Of course that did eventually come together and it made sense in the context of this story. I do have two minor complaints: one being that after John is transported to Crescent the strangeness of the two worlds disappears a bit. I would have prefferred to see him struggling with the culture shock a bit more. My second minor issue was that the world building seemed a little weak. I never got a real good sense of the layout or makeup of the world of Crescent. I was able to follow along with the characters and one of the cities they visit was very well described, but for the rest of the world I was never able to create a clear picture of the setting if that makes sense. Overall though I very much enjoyed this story and am quite saddened by the fact that a sequel is not yet available. Highly recommended for readers who are looking for a great mix of the real world and fantasy that is not overdone in either direction.
Astro Impossible Books send me this ebook after I entered a giveaway on Goodreads that I didn't won, but Astro had the generosity to raffle 25 ebooks to the participants of the Goodreads giveaway, and I had the luck to be one of the 25 . Sorry to tell that this book was a complete desillusion, and mainly because of the "bad guys" that were really poor characters and too much surreal. Being this a fantasy series and like all good fantasy series, endless should have a world map. Description of its creatures and races should also be added. It would emerge the reader in this world in a more enthralling way. There were several moments during the reading of Crescent that my mind drift away to other thoughts, and that generally happens to me when the plot stops to captivate me. If this book had an appendix with a world map and a glossary it would have 3 stars. And only I would buy this book if there were illustrations of the creatures of the Crescent world, and with the illustrations this book would deserve a 3 and a half stars. The idea for the plot was good, the writer has potential, the sequel of this saga could correct some flaws of the first book and I hope that Astro Impossible books take my critics to improve this saga.
Endless begins as dystopian adventure and finishes as fantasy. The hero, John, wakes to discover he is the last man alive on earth. After a strange encounter, he finds himself transported to a new world, a world at the beginnings of a war.
I will admit I had trouble getting into this book and almost gave up. I put it away for a while but decided to try again recently and I am so glad I did. On the second attempt, I found myself completely captivated by the story. Part of my problem, I think, was the sudden addition of fantasy in a dystopian story - this seemed like a bit of a cheat to me, as if the author couldn't decide what kind of book he wanted to write, so decided to throw everything at it to see if it would stick. However, once I saw where the story was going with this, the magic seemed right and the story flowed.
Despite my first reluctance with the story, once I gave it a chance, I found it completely enjoyable and engrossing. For anyone who starts this book - if, like me, you have trouble geting into the story, take my advice - keep reading. Like me, you'll be glad you did.
It’s a bit of a shocker that although I did start understanding a ton of what was happening in Part 2 it would take half the book until I could have correct conviction that something was going to happen (and I didn't know this, but here's a BONUS: this book doesn't end on a cliffhanger!). I was asked why this book seemed to be taking me a while (a question I cannot blame anyone for asking) and my answer was not that this was a bad book. It’s not. So y'know... It IS good but the chapters are pretty darn long (it seems on the kindle at least where I can't flick to see the next chapter start otherwise it'll mess up).
Part of the reason Endless took me quite so long was that Matt kept breaking this *points at heart* Sort of... I was a bit like this... -See Review
I Received this book from The Librarything member giveaway.
I loved this book. Initially starting as two separate stories, which both hold up on their own, then joining together. It is interesting, suspenseful, and touching.
John wakes up in England to discover everyone is dead. There is no apparant reason for the deaths, it seems like everyone just drop right where they were standing. His only companion is a neighbors cat. He survives for months, when he suddenly sees a bright light and shadows moving from a distance.
Telde and Ceria are on the run. They live on the planet Crescent, and are in a battle with the half-man and his Endless (creatures made of light). Their hometown is under seige and they want to find a way to save it.
Suddenly John finds himself on Crescent and in the company of Telde and Ceria. Now the true journey begins.
I am so looking forward to the second book in the series.
The story presented in the book was innovative and well developed. The book read very fluidly thanks to the great writing style.The plot was engaging and had twists that I didn't see coming though I think the pace in which the events were unfolding could've been faster, especially at the beginning - sometimes I was a bit anxious to skip forward. Although the characters were three-dimensional with complex backgrounds and they developed throughout the plot I couldn't make myself be invested in any of them. I also enjoyed the way how two separate threads entwined into one. The fact that it was to be expected gave me the chance to hypothesize about what is to happen next so that those completely separate stories would merge into one and I was very pleased when things turned out in a way I didn't even take into consideration. Overall the book was a good read.
Note: The book was a gift from Astro Impossible Books, this however did not influence the content of the review.
To be honest, this book was somewhat hard to read. John Bridgeman is the last man on Earth, that is, until he discovers Crescent, another world. It was relatively slow, giving the reader a better understanding of Crescent as a world in relation to a post-apocalyptic Earth. Initially I thought there too many sentences that started with names and objects which threw me off a little. Despite this, Endless is very rich in all aspects, the writing crisp yet poetic in a sense. The detail that Bone puts into world and character building is immense and once you get into it, it doesn’t let you go. In particular I really enjoyed complexity of Crescent, the Half-Man and the Endless. John and Manvedian I thought were such incredible characters and I was captivated by their journey. They along with the intricate twist and turns really made the book worth reading.
Note: Thank you to Jay from Astro Impossible Book for sending me an e-book copy as consolation prize.
Quick thoughts: A fast-paced fantasy adventure showcasing excellent character development and a great plot, but held back by a few reasonably significant issues.
I was surprised at how difficult it ended up being to write a review for this book. It was a really enjoyable read, but it suffered from the lack of a strong editorial hand. I gave it four stars here because "really liked it" best suits my final verdict.
If you want to be bored to tears with my opinion on the matter, you can check out the full review on my blog.
P.S. I'm also required to say that I won a free copy through First Reads.
P.P.S. Matt Bone agreed to an author interview on my blog, and totally hammered it out of the park: http://wp.me/p2Ih3i-3H.
I was fortunate enough to win an online version of this book. There are two story threads, the first one involves a lone man waking up to find everyone else dead, they have all suddenly collapsed and died for no reason. How he survives in this post-apocalyptic world is the first part of the story. I found this the most engaging one, the second thread involves a girl with powers on the run with a female protector. Then the two threads merge, the reason they are bound together becomes clear as you read on. I really enjoyed this book, the characters were engaging, there were a couple of unexpected twists, the political elements, strong female characters and plot line were exciting. I am looking forward to the sequel.
I was provided with the ebook version of this story after enter the giveaway.
I enjoyed the book a lot, and I’m looking forward to read the rest of the trilogy when it’s released, however it’s not a book I would run to tell people to read. I was a little bit lost at the beginning and it took me some chapters to get into the story but after that I was sucked in the Endless world. I also found very interesting the way of linking this fantasy world with Earth.
I would like to quote another review only to remark what I really agree with: “Being this a fantasy series and like all good fantasy series, endless should have a world map. Description of its creatures and races should also be added. It would emerge the reader in this world in a more enthralling way.”
Imagine that, a book about the whole universe, with Earth and Crescent at the core of a story of love, war and creatures in varying proportions.
The book starts slow, continues slowly, then bursts into frenetic action about 88% of the way through. It's all about building the characters and history I guess, so that's ok. l'd expect the next in the series to be capable of leaping into the action a lot sooner.
The style of writing is nice and normal and follows the expected patterns of English so that the story emerges fluidly and unfolds easily into the mind - always a bonus!
I find myself interested to see what happens next so c'mon - write me another one Matt.
Got this as a free epub from the author, so thanks a lot for that. The dystopian style start to the book totally caught my interest from the get go. After John ends up at the other place in the universe the story gets a bit more complicated. The story drags on a bit when they travel together to cross the desert but picks up again in the second part. Well written and entertaining as a whole! Looking forward to reading the 2nd book at one point!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
This novel caught my attention from the start & continued to flow nicely right through. This had two beginnings one set on earth & one in the fantasy, they then moulded into one. The authors imagination is brilliant. If you like fantasy novels this one has the makings of a great series, well worth a read.Can,t wait for the adventure to carry on. WON THIS ON GOODREADS GIVE-AWAYS.
This is my first review for the Masquerade Crew and I won't lie- this book was not for me. Post-apocalyptic meets fantasy- when I read the blurb, it sounded intriguing and I thought it would be fun to review. When I first started the book, it seemed to take me an age to get anywhere with it. While Matt Bone's descriptions are flawless and engaging, there just seem to be too many of them and the first chapters, while descriptive and important to the plot, are just far too long. "
The novel starts with the realization that John, the main character, is the only man alive on Earth. Or so he thinks. The story leads through his discovery of another universe and he makes a life for himself there. There seemed to be a lot of different factions within this world and it's a tad convoluted and if I'm honest, puzzling. John teams up with characters we meet early on, two women Ceria and Telde, who are fleeing their oppressed city. It starts off with first John's story, then Ceria and Telde and then they merge. When this happens, the more fantastical aspects come into play. Against them are the half-man and the Endless. I have to say, for so long I was wondering who or what the half-man was! (I won't spoil it though.) Reading this story made me feel a bit stupid. I'm not sure why, but rather than absorbing everything, all of the well-developed characters and the really beautifully described scenes of Crescent, I was left shaking my head in confusion.
Wow, what a negative way to start and you're probably wondering why I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars. Simply, because it was a great novel, filled with all you need for an enjoyable reading sess'. I think the story merits 4 stars as does the writing. Matt Bone has done a really good job and I'd recommend this book again to a fantasy fan. I think this novel has displayed the huge differences between fantasy and paranormal stories. In my mind, I've always pressed the two genres together, but this book proves otherwise.
It's a long story and requires a lot of concentration. I'm a really fast reader, (I can devour a book a day if I want to...) but this seemed to take forever. That doesn't reflect on the novel, it's just my reaction to it. On the whole, it was good. Definitely worth reading if you're into fantasy and from his style, I can see Matt Bone making a name for himself. Especially as he is really capable of some fabulous twists! A well deserved 4 stars.
I'll admit, I enjoyed the book. It had its moments of interest, and the premise was unique. However, I can't bring myself to look into the next book, or go back and read again.
Yes, the premise was interesting - but so far, at the end of the first book, was nothing but a plot device. The "hero" ended up not really being the hero after all, and seemed more to just go along for the ride than anything else. I get that it might change later in the series, but when you get introduced to one and only one character so early on and then there ends up being nothing special about him throughout the entire thing, that's a HUGE letdown.
That fact, and the unique premise are really the only things that I remember from reading this book. There are others I read earlier in the year than this one that I remember with much more clarity and were much more engaging.
I rather enjoy post-apocalyptic plot lines, when they're done well. This one just... fell short.
The first 15% of the book I had trouble understanding what is happening and what will the book be about. But that also makes you curious about what's next. Sometimes I was really into the story but sometimes i was 'lost'.
A good fantasy book, the story is good, but now and then too complicated or vague, but this also has it's charme. The last 40% of the book had more action and I understood better what it was all about, untill the last pages... The writer purposly kept the end vague (what really happened). Perhaps because there will be a part 2?