Book Review: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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Published on the 5th November, 2019 by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Australian RRP: $32.99

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Angus & Robertson:

Genres: Adult Fantasy Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction.

Page Count: 512

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Sypnosis from Penguin Books Australia:

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.

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.

My Review:

I recieved an Uncorrected Proof and a final copy of The Starless Sea from Penguin Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

To put it plainly, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, did not disappoint me! This had long been an anticipated read ever since I read and loved The Night Circus and if it’s possible, I think I love The Starless Sea even more!

To me, The Starless Sea is an ode to those that have felt lost, hopeless and helpless, to wanderers and lovers of the written word alike. To those that recognize themselves in stories and to those that love to immerse themselves in stories. The blending of reality and fiction in this book was executed PERFECTLY, in my opinion.

There were fairytales interwoven after the chapters about the present day, where Zachary Ezra Rawlins starts his journey when he stumbles across a beguiling book, one which in fact mirrors his own childhood! These fairytales just added so much intrigue and magic in equal measure to The Starless Sea, where stories are saved and cherished and shared, yet equally fractured at times, pages torn out and scattered, only to be forgotten.

But is a story ever forgotten? Do we ever finish a story?

The Starless Sea took me on a ride of a lifetime, I kid you not. This book is utterly spellbinding, there was no way that I could not be pulled into the depths of this story and every turn was an utter joy and more often than not, purely heart wrenching. I didn’t even try to guess what would come next, truthfully – it was just perfection going along with Zachary Ezra Rawlins as he tried to piece the stories together, literally. What were the hidden meanings of the three symbols that kept popping up, the bee, the key and the sword?

Honestly, if I could go back and read The Starless Sea all over again for the first time, I utterly would. Erin Morgenstern’s second, hotly-anticipated novel was everything that I had anticipated! I feel like I’m at a loss for words, I’m still processing it all! For 512 pages, I was right there, exploring the labyrinth of stories, the enigmatic characters that Zachary Ezra Rawlins meets, from a talking kitchen to a very wise Mirabel, to Dorian….

Oh, Dorian. Mirabel. The Labyrinth. The stories, oh, the stories! The fairytales from time long ago, from the pirate and his lover to young Simon and Lenore….there wasn’t one ounce of this story that wasn’t memorable! At the helm of it all, Zachary Ezra Rawlins, the son of a fortune teller – I think, no, I know that I can safely say that The Starless Sea is one of my new favourite books. Ever!

Happy Reading,


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