Book Reviews

#12ReviewsOfXmas #BookReview The Starless Sea By Erin Morgenstern

Hey Book Dragons! Today is Christmas Eve!!! Wow! It is a pre-last post in my little series. 😀 For the eleventh day of 12 Reviews Of Xmas, I have something unique, poetic and very strange indeed. 😀 Enjoy!

Publisher: Harvill Secker
ISBN13: 978-1910701454
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 05 11 2019
Price*: Kindle £4.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £7.37 (GBP)
Kindle $11.99 (USD)/ Paperback $8.48 (USD)
Pages: ~ 512
My rating: I liked it.
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
What I learned from this book: If you see a strange door, open it! 😀

Description of the book: 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.

How this book made me feel: I saw this book everywhere, and I really wanted to read it because everyone kept praising it. After reading it, all I can say, it is a proper mind f**k. I enjoyed it, but at the same time I thought to myself, “What a hell did I just read???” This book was the strangest thing I read in a while. 😀

The protagonist of this book is Zachary, a university student, who finds a strange book in the library, which leads him to an underground world full of stories. I really liked Zachary, he is intelligent, nerdy and adventurous, and I really liked him as a protagonist of this story. All the characters in this book were mesmerizing, mystical and magical. The world that the author created was something unbelievably beautiful and surreal. 🙂 I really liked the relationships between the characters, it was interesting to watch their interactions. Another thing that I found great is the diversity of the characters, and I liked that the protagonist was gay. 🙂

The narrative of this book is what left me confused. The narrative is a mess of million stories. It is a story upon a story about a different story that is somehow connected with another story from a different story, and it should make absolute sense. For me sometimes it did and sometimes I had no clue what in a world is going on. 😀 There is so much information in this book, so many different stories that it was hard to grasp it all. This book raised many many questions in my head, and I do not have the answers to them. The book is pretty philosophical, but I liked the balance between the actual adventure that Zachary was on, and all those thoughts about time, space, existence etc.

I simply can not describe the writing style of this book. The author is truly gifted to deliver something like this. I can’t imagine what has been going on in her mind to write something like this. As I mentioned before, to create such a world, where all those stories mentioned in the book makes sense in one way or another, it is just WOW! The chapters have a decent length, and together with constant changes between different stories, this book did not leave me bored. The ending of this book was pretty weird to me, but I liked how this book finished.

So, to conclude, it is hard to describe this novel. It is a very strange book, that is filled to the brim with characters that are incredibly well-crafted and the plot that is truly something special. However, it was way too much stuff going on for my liking. I really would love to see a film based on this book, I think it would be quite amazing to see this world coming to life. 🙂 I think everyone should give this book a go, I can see why people love it so much. But I will remain on the less enthusiastic side for now. 🙂

Thank You for Your time! ❤

About the author: Erin Morgenstern is the author of The Night Circus, a bestseller that has enchanted readers around the world and has been translated into thirty-seven languages. She has a degree in Theatre from Smith College, an ever-growing collection of jewellery made from skeleton keys, and a cat on her lap. She lives in Massachusetts.
Website: / Facebook: @erinmorgensternbooks / Twitter: @erinmorgenstern / Instagram: @erinmorgenstern

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