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Matthew Skelton

Matthew SkeltonMatthew Skelton was born in the UK and spent most of his childhood in Canada. He has a PhD in English Literature from Oxford University. His debut novel was the New York Times bestseller Endymion Spring.

The Story of Cirrus Flux: Uneven YA that solidly entertains

The Story of Cirrus Flux by Matthew Skelton

Matthew Skelton’s The Story of Cirrus Flux is an uneven YA novel that solidly entertains, though one wishes for stronger characters and a greater sense of place.

The Story of Cirrus Flux is set in London, 1783. The title character is an orphan whose father was a famed Antarctic explorer years ago, though Cirrus doesn’t discover this for some time. The book opens in 1756 during one of Cirrus’ father’s journeys, in which he managed to find and contain a small sample of the mysterious “Breath of God.” Unbeknownst to Cirrus, he left this sample to his son before leaving on another expedition, financed by the Guild of Empirical Scientists, in which he attempted to find more of the Breath and from which he never returned.

We flash ahead to 1783, when scientific experimentation was flowering... Read More

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children's fantasy novel review Matthew Skelton Endymion SpringEndymion Spring — (2006) Young adult. Publisher: IN THE DEAD of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snowcovered streets. The chest 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 wordless, but fine veins run through its pages, and they seem to quiver, as if alive. Words begin to appear in the book — words only the boy can see.