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 again, 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.
My Rating: 5 Stars
About the Author
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.
His website can be found here.
Copyright © 2011 by Matt Bone