The Starless Sea (Paperback)Erin Morgenstern (author)
A fantastical, multi-linear, high-flying leap of a novel, Erin Morgenstern’s debut, The Night Circus, held a legion of readers in thrall. Seven years in the making, her return is a book-lovers delight, a story of subterranean libraries, hidden clues and wildly inventive magic it is also a story of the multiplicity of stories themselves and why they matter in navigating and understanding the choices we face.
You are invited to join Zachary on the starless sea: the home of storytellers, story-lovers and those who will protect our stories at all costs.
Discover the enchanting, magical new bestseller from the author of The Night Circus
When Zachary Rawlins stumbles across a strange book hidden in his university library it leads him on a quest unlike any other. Its pages entrance him with their tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities and nameless acolytes, but they also contain something impossible: a recollection from his own childhood.
Determined to solve the puzzle of the book, Zachary follows the clues he finds on the cover - a bee, a key and a sword. They guide him to a masquerade ball, to a dangerous secret club, and finally through a magical doorway created by the fierce and mysterious Mirabel. This door leads to a subterranean labyrinth filled with stories, hidden far beneath the surface of the earth.
When the labyrinth is threatened, Zachary must race with Mirabel, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, through its twisting tunnels and crowded ballrooms, searching for the end of his story.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 406 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 32 mm
'The Starless Sea rejects older stories: it makes its own. Its magic is based in the New York Public Library, in glittering hotels, and the beautiful blatant kitsch of a professional fortune teller's house. Rather than a traditional fantasy novel, this is an artificial myth in its own right, soldered together from the girders of skyscrapers... the novel's scope and ambition are undeniable' - Natasha Pulley, Guardian
'Erin Morgenstern's fiction radiates with the excitement of someone discovering a magical world within the pages of a book. The Starless Sea...[is an] enchanting read... an ode to stories and storytelling itself, and the joy of reading' - Martin Chilton, Independent
'A unique, mind-boggling fantasy' - Kate Saunders, The Times
'Enchanting... [The Starless Sea] vividly detailed worlds of lost libraries, elegant ballrooms and subterranean seas. Myths and fairytales entwine... The writing is whimsically gorgeous. On every page there's an image to savour... [a] spellbinding book' - Eithne Farry, Sunday Express
'Enchanting...Myths and fairytales entwine with Zachary's quest to discover his life's purpose. Spellbinding.' - Daily Mirror
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“Magical, enchanting and beautiful”
An absolutely gorgeously written tale entwining stories and fables together to produce an absolute marvel of a book.
I absolutely loved this novel and was transported into another world. Zac finds a book in the... More
“Whimsical and Beautiful, but Complex and Confusing”
Firstly I have to say how incredibly grateful I was to receive an advanced proof of what is easily one of the most anticipated book releases of this year. I fell in love with The Night Circus when I read it, and have... More
“A true book lover's story!”
I genuinely don't know where to start writing a review for this book... honestly, even after reading to the end of the book I'm not really sure what happened... but at the same time this is one of the most... More
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