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The Starless Sea

By Erin Morgenstern
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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a 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 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.

636 Reviews

Thinking Face“This book was hard for me to get into. It’s creative but super out of my interest. The audio book did not catch my attention and I found myself rewinding a couple times. I made it halfway through book 2!”
Original charactersOriginal writingComplexCreative settingMagical settingMysticalDense writingDidn't grab my attentionSlow plotToo long
Thinking Face“Audio does not do this book justice. I honestly need to read it a second time in order to fully understand what happened to the characters and all of the side stories.”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenCreative settingDescriptiveImmersive settingMagical settingDidn't grab my attentionSlow plotToo long
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Beautiful book. Loved it.”
Characters change and growColorful personalitiesMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenWhimsicalMind-bendingCreative settingMemorable
Slightly Smiling Face“I can’t believe it took me this long to read Thai book! It was AMAZING! It made my dreams come true. Literally. A world full of books and stories that people walk into and choose to stay or go. Stories within stories and intertwining plots. A bee a sword a key a crown a feather and a heart. <3. Everything I could ever want in a book.”
Colorful personalitiesHeroic figuresBeautifully writtenFast-pacedBeautiful settingImmersive setting
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Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingMagical setting

About Erin Morgenstern

ERIN MORGENSTERN is the author of The Night Circus, a number-one national bestseller 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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