Endymion Spring by Matthew SkeltonEndymion Spring by Matthew Skelton

Endymion Spring

byMatthew Skelton

Paperback | March 28, 2006

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"You've stumbled on to something much larger than you can possibly imagine."

In the dead of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snow-covered streets. The chest, covered in images of mythical beasts, can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent's-head clasp taste blood.

Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is blank, wordless, but its paper has fine veins running through it and seems to quiver, as if it's alive. Words begin to appear on the page--words no one but the boy can see.

And so unfolds a timeless secret . . . .
Matthew Skelton was born in England and grew up in Canada. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Oxford University. Endymion Spring is his debut novel. The author lives in UK and Canada.
Title:Endymion SpringFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.35 × 1.5 inPublished:March 28, 2006Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141320354

ISBN - 13:9780141320359

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical and Gripping This story definitely draws you in. It's a pity that it seems to be going out of print- the physical make up of the book is quite impressive. I recommend owning a physical copy- it's a beautifully bound book. The story is just as amazing- the gray pages explore a story previous to the one happening when the main story is set. A great book for everyone- and I mean everyone. I was introduced to this novel by a cousin who rarely ever picks up a book. But he picked up this one and loved it! A great read.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Matthew does a good job with "Endymion Spring", the book really come alive with attention to detail, the way the pages change when you are reading about the past and the present is very creative. The storyline is smooth and flowing and the idea of a mute as a narrator is imaginative. The mix of fantasy and reality is excellent, and the first chapters leave you guessing and deeply intrigued. Reading "Endymion Spring" is time well spent and I suggest that you should buy it and read it, chances are you won't be dissapointed. Jeremy Miller
Date published: 2006-06-04

Read from the Book

Blake checked his watch—thirty-six minutes—and sighed.He tried walking backwards now, tapping the books in reverse order, to see if this would help pass the time. A series of stern-looking portraits glared down at him from the walls. Like magicians, they were dressed in dark capes and had sharp, pointy beards. Elaborate ruffs, like squashed chrysanthemums, burst from their collars. The older men had jaded eyes and tortoise-like skin, but there were also a few pale-faced boys like himself. He glanced at their nameplates: Thomas Sternhold (1587–1608); Jeremiah Wood (1534–1609); Isaac Wilkes (1616–37); Lucius St. Boniface de la Croix (1599–1666). Each man was holding a small book and pointing to a relevant passage with a forefinger, as though reminding future generations to remain studious and well-behaved.Blake disregarded their frowns of disapproval and continued running his fingers along the books, rapping the spines with the back of his knuckles.All of a sudden, he stopped. One of the volumes had struck him back! Like a cat, it had taken a playful swipe at his fingers and ducked back into hiding. He whisked his hand away, as though stung. He looked at his fingers, but couldn’t see anything unusual. They were smeared with dust, but there was no obvious mark or injury on his skin. Then he looked at the books to see which one had leaped out at him, but they all seemed pretty ordinary, too. Just row upon row of crumbly old volumes, like toy soldiers in leather uniforms standing to attention—except that one of them had tried to force its way into his hand.He sucked on his finger thoughtfully. A thin trail of blood, like a paper cut, was forming where the book had nicked his knuckle.All around him the library was sleeping in the hot, still afternoon. Shafts of sunlight hung in the air like dusty curtains and a clock ticked somewhere in the distance, a ponderous sound that seemed to slow down time. Small footsteps crept along the floorboards above. That was probably his sister, Duck, investigating upstairs. But no one else was around.Only Mephistopheles, the college cat, a sinewy black shadow with claws as sharp as pins, was sunbathing on a strip of carpet near the window and he only cared about one thing: himself.As far as Blake could tell, he was entirely alone. Apart, that is, from whatever was lurking on the shelf.

Editorial Reviews

“[Endymion Spring] may give Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code a run for its money. . . .
It is unputdownable.”–The Irish Independent