From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground worlda place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of cluesa bee, a key, and a swordthat lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardiansit is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purposein both the mysterious book and in his own life.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Signed Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)|
About the Author
ERIN MORGENSTERN is the author of The Night Circus, a number-one national best seller that has been sold around the world and translated into thirty-seven languages. She has a degree in theater from Smith College and lives in Massachusetts.
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"Far beneath the surface of the earth, hidden from the sun and the moon, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories." Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont, studying video games for his Emerging Media Studies degree. It is J-term, the time in January between semesters and Zachary spends his days reading. Each day begins with a trip to the library to find that day's books. On this particular day, Zachary finds a peculiar book with a blank spine and cover, no author and the title Sweet Sorrows. He is immediately captivated by the stories in the book and cannot wait to go back to his dorm and continue reading. His excitement turns to shock when he realizes that the third chapter is about him and a day in his childhood when he found a painted door in an alleyway. And so begins Erin Morgenstern's spellbinding tale about strange characters, archives of stories and those who record and protect those stories. The book alternates between Zachary's quest to determine whether the Starless Sea really exists and stories from Sweet Sorrows. At the beginning of the book, the stories seem disjointed but Morgenstern weaves together the many tales in an amazing and beautiful way. The characters are richly written from Mirabel, a pink-haired and powerful woman to Dorian, the handsome and enigmatic stranger who whispers stories in Zachary's ears. Zachary learns that someone is trying to destroy all doors to the harbor on the Starless Sea while others fight to keep it alive. The language is the book is beautiful. At one point, Mirabel says, "The weather. It's like a poem. Where each word is more than one thing at once and everything's a metaphor. The meaning condensed into rhythm and sound and the spaces between sentences. It's all intense and sharp, like the cold and the wind." This is a book written for book-lovers who, like the characters, get so engrossed in stories that they are welcome to any and all possibilities. The Starless Sea is a book that should be read multiple times to gain a different perspective and catch things you may have missed before. This book will grab you and hold onto you until the very end, leading the reader to a magical, fantasy literary world. The Starless Sea is a must read.
I've been waiting eagerly for Erin Morgenstern's next work - The Night Circus is one of my very favorite books. Now I can add the Starless Sea - it was well worth the wait. In the Starless Sea, a young grad student, Zachary Ezra Rawlins, recalls finding a door when he was a boy, something he'd forgotten until a mysterious book shows up. The title is Sweet Sorrows and it is the story of his life.so far. Of course he wants to know more. He soon becomes embroiled in a mysterious plot that involves a pink-haired woman he calls Max (she calls him Ezra), and a well dressed but barefoot man called Dorian. Ezra finds himself in a world of doors and keys and books, always books. After he escapes a secret club where he stole a book for Dorian, he's shoved through a recently painted door in the middle of Central Park and enters a vast underground library (sounds like heaven to me!) Max finally finds him and returns him to the "real" world. He meets different factions of Guards who want to keep the libraries secret and people like Max and Dorian who don't. Morganstern writes in a dreamy, magical style similar to Alice Hoffman. The story is interspersed with actual tales, involving Fate and Time, Sun and Moon, stories of love and loss, magical tools and books. People of all ages will like this - I look forward to giving the Starless Sea to my bookish friends!
REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly NUMBER OF HEARTS: 5 After 8 long years after the release of The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern has done it again! She just hit the ball out of the park with bases loaded!!!! GRAND SLAM!!!! I really don’t want to recap the whole story for you. So I will say that this was an absolute fabulous story and I loved every second of this book. Erin is such an amazing story teller. They way that she is able to build each character. How she creates a story that weaves a path for each character that you just never really know where it will end or how or why that character is important. But Erin is able to create characters and a story that you are so totally 100% invested in. All the highs and lows of the story will tug at your heart strings. Again I loved this story so much. I was able to get an early copy of the audiobook from Random House Audio to listen too. Normally I don’t like multiple narrators of a story but they way they put this audiobook together was perfect. If you are looking for a great book I would highly suggest this book to you. If you have already picked up this book and have not read Erin’s The Night Circus you need to pick that up too. Side note to Erin: Please don’t make me wait another 8 years for your next great story. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House Audio in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Wow! What a trippy, magical ride… oops I used the m-word ;-) The novel follows Zachary Ezra Rawlins as he discovers a fantastical underground library, which is the simplest and most boring way to describe it, but no spoilers! My favorite thing about The Starless Sea is that it is peppered with tales and fables that are mentioned throughout the main storyline. These little vignettes push the main character’s story forward, while being great pieces of fiction in their own right. It has been 8 long years since Morgenstern debuted with The Night Circus and I can safely say that The Starless Sea was worth the wait! Thank you to Doubleday Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced reader’s edition in exchange for an honest review. Read-A-Likes: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.