The Starless Sea | Sticky Note Review

So I recently finished The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. This is an update of my TBSReads post, but if you didn’t happen to see that, I talk about what I’m reading (synopsis) and why I’m reading it below the review.

What it’s about (from Amazon)

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 clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that 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 guardians—it 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 purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

When T and I read The Night Circus, we loved the writing and the narrative. When we finished, she asked me if there were any other books by Morgenstern that we could dive into. Unfortunately, at the time, my answer was no.

But no longer. I knew that whatever Morgenstern wrote next, I would pick up. And so when I saw The Starless Sea was coming out, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to drop into whatever world Morgenstern created for me.

So at the time of this writing, I’m about 10% of the way into the book, and while I have little idea what’s going on, I’m confident that it will make sense at some point. In the meantime, I’m reveling in the writing.

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