Endless (Crescent, Book 1)

Rated 4.13/5 based on 8 reviews
"A wonderful fantasy... a joy to read." - Fantasy Book Review (Book of the Month, December 2012)
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After an inexplicable catastrophe on Earth, John Bridgeman is forced to live a solitary existence. Yet his fate is entwined with Crescent, a world teeming with life both human and supernatural, and on the verge of a monstrous war. More

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About Matt Bone

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.

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Review by: pamela chismar on Aug. 04, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Susan Russo Anderson on May 03, 2012 :
ENDLESS: Fantasy in a Brave New World


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.

It is estimated 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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Grant McHerron on March 12, 2012 :
This took a bit of effort to keep reading at first. The initial section seemed a bit too long & set up a rather tragic/morose feel that is necessary but, perhaps, extended it a bit longer than required.

Once through the initial stages, however, the book begins to flow and the epic/saga feel begins to appear. From this point, the book transitioned into a great read & a fascinating story in a well made "other world" environment with believable characters, a global tale and an interesting approach to "magic."

It's worth reading and it's definitely worth getting through the first part. You can't skip it as you need the information & feelings it contains, plus it makes the rest of the book seem even better :)

I suspect some people may be turned off during the initial section & not get into the true story, which would be a shame as it's otherwise a good book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Grant McHerron on March 12, 2012 :
This took a bit of effort to keep reading at first. The initial section seemed a bit too long & set up a rather tragic/morose feel that is necessary but, perhaps, extended it a bit longer than required.

Once through the initial stages, however, the book begins to flow and the epic/saga feel begins to appear. From this point, the book transitioned into a great read & a fascinating story in a well made "other world" environment with believable characters, a global tale and an interesting approach to "magic."

It's worth reading and it's definitely worth getting through the first part. You can't skip it as you need the information & feelings it contains, plus it makes the rest of the book seem even better :)

I suspect some people may be turned off during the initial section & not get into the true story, which would be a shame as it's otherwise a good book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Anastasia V. Pergakis on Feb. 19, 2012 :
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.

**A free copy of this book was furnished by the author for review, but providing a copy did not guarantee a review.**
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: S. Back on Feb. 15, 2012 :
I just finished reading Endless and boy was I impressed. I won't go into the story too much as mirrani gave a pretty acurate summary already. It is a lovely combination of the known (Earth) and the imaginative (Crescent, the world most of the story takes place on), connected (mainly) through the character of John. What impressed me the most were the believable characters and the beautiful writing.

To me picking up a book of an author I havent heard of before is always a bit of a mixed excitement. Will I soon discover that i waste my time or will I find that gem amongst the masses? Luckily my time was well spent! Endless definitely is a gem and I really hope the author will release new work soon. I recommend it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mirrani on Feb. 10, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: trish earl on Jan. 20, 2012 :
This is the first book in the Crescent series. I loved reading this book and would recommend it to others.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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