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(Crescent #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Earth is dead. Crescent lives.

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 insa
Paperback, 457 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Astro Impossible Books (first published December 20th 2011)
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Susan Anderson
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
Seregil of Rhiminee
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 th
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 book
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 happe
Anastasia Pergakis
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, givin
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 au
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 te
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 ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 and it balances the descriptive aspects of the world of Crescent,to which we are introduced from ground zero) with good if concise dialogues.

Since its written in third person we get input from all the main characters, John, Ceria, Manvedian and Telde. Their inner rambl
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bsfa, 2012
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 b
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
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 apoca
Jean Fausto
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 (view spoiler) . At the same time, we also get to know Ceria, who lives in
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Bruno Vinhas
Dec 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 c
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, kindle
~I recieved from Astro Impossible books as a runner-up prize (discovered through goodreads- firstreads giveaway)~
3* for the time it took me to read (over a month!)


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 cliff
Pam K.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 m
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 put ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marta by: Giveaway
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 onl
Robert Day
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 tha
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
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Dilys Myhill
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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.
Joey Woolfardis
((I acquired the eBook version of this novel through the GoodReads first-read giveaway programme as a runner-up.))
Kevin Futers
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was an impulse buy and I cannot say that I have regretted it. Excellent characters, excellent premise, no discernable plot holes, thoroughly entertaining, good stuff!
Masquerade Crew
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy

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. "

Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-read
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 o
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I won this giveaway on goodreads.

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 purpos
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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.

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