are you lost or are you exploring?
When Zachary Rawlins stumbles across a mysterious library book containing details from his own life among its pages, it leads him on a quest unlike any other.
Following the clues inside, he is guided to a masquerade party, a dangerous secret club, and finally to a labyrinth filled with stories, hidden far beneath the surface of the Earth.
But when the labyrinth is threatened, Zachary must race through its twisting tunnels and crowded ballrooms, searching for the end of his story.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern is an Adult Fantasy novel that was published in 2019 by Vintage under Penguin Random House UK. It is set within New York, Manhattan and was nominated for/awarded the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2020), Goodreads Choice Award for Fantasy (2019) and the Dragon Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2020).
I bought this book during the first lockdown mainly because I had previously read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern last year and just completely fell in love with it. It quickly became one of my favourite books due to Morgenstern’s writing and storytelling ability. It seemed highly logical that I would love this book too. Logic paid off. I did find myself quite enjoying this book but in a very different way to The Night Circus. I found this book to be a bit more of a slow burner. I wasn’t as drawn into the story and the magic. But I found myself mesmerised by the writing. To the point where I was marking pages for sentences that I just fell in love with.
The story itself was, just something I have never come across before and I don’t think I’ll ever find another book quite like it. The world that Erin Morgenstern created was a thing of beauty. I could see it all in my head. I found myself wanting to be there. In the corridors and rooms filled with stories, on a sea of honey, in a ballroom full of music, laughter and words. It truly is stunning. And even though, it was a slow burn read for me, it wasn’t by any means boring or bad. I just found myself slowing down just to appreciate the book. I wasn’t in any rush to be done with the story. I was stuck inside it. Which I think is a beautiful thing, to be able to create a mini world like that on paper.
The characters are all likeable and compliment each other and the plot so well. They were just as full of magic as the world they were residing in. As the book moved on, you found yourself loving them. Wanting the best out of all of their stories. You sympathise with every single character as they are all just trying to protect their stories and find their paths and endings. I think, in some form that is what we are all trying to do.
All in all, I loved the book. It was highly entertaining, beautifully written and just stunning. I would highly recommend and I cannot wait for more books from Erin Morgenstern. I will be a reader for life.
Star Rating /5