The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea

Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows ...

Details The Starless Sea

TitleThe Starless Sea
Release DateNov 5th, 2019
PublisherDoubleday Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Adult, Audiobook, Magical Realism, LGBT, Romance, Writing, Books About Books, Adult Fiction, Magic

Reviews The Starless Sea

  • Lisa Lynch
    "How are you feeling?" Zachary asks."Like I am losing my mind, but in a slow, achingly beautiful sort of way." (p.288)Funny, I felt the exact same way while reading this book. So, Erin Morgenstern's The Starless Sea is the highly anticipated follow up to The Night Circus (which, I admit, I haven't read). I won an ARC of this book from my library's summer reading program and, after reading the synopsis, I could not wait to jump in. I think that mo...
  • chai ♡
    ✧ find this review & others on my blog ✧It’s a profoundly strange thing—to feel as though you are wading through mildly entertaining novels that pass through you like falling smoke, always searching for the one that reaches into the back alleys of your soul and settles to the bottom of you like fallen leaves.And then there it is, like a faint spark bobbing on a dark sea, calling you, beckoning.The bliss of it is like what all the book...
  • emma
    my apologies to my copy of this book (i keep jumping on it in the hopes its pages will suddenly open up and i'll find myself in the Starless Sea).full review: PLEASE procure me a striking, modern, big-city apartment with lots of windows, where I can hold a glass of expensive wine and gaze unseeing over the skyline at night, because apparently I’m going to feel melancholy for the rest ...
  • Samantha
    This book is a love letter to stories and storytelling, myths and fables, symbols and imagination. This was haunting and magical, foreboding and whimsical in a way only Erin Morgenstern can achieve. This is a story in which something new can be discovered every time you read it. Breathtaking.
  • Regan
    loveddddd 4.5
  • jessica
    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO THIS LITTLE COCKTAIL OF MAGIC AND WONDER!i know for a fact that this book wont be everyones cup of tea (morgensterns writing style is an acquired taste), but it sure is mine. this quenches my thirst for a story that was meant to be told, a love letter to the art of storytelling, as well as the stories we find ourselves in. it is an ode to those who write their own paths in life. and there is an aromatic intimacy to this t...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    I waited the book for months and months, also named myself as Vladimir who is waiting for Godot forever! Of course my request stays at the NetGalley limbo space with other thousands of my requests doing boogie dance together. (I don’t want to visualize them dusted, positioned at the bookshelves kind of purgatory!) So as a patient reading, high five-d myself for releasing day (actually I slapped my nose, I couldn’t do a proper high five for ye...
  • Katie.dorny
    I did not enjoy this at all. Pretentious, confusing and jumping through time to make no sense whatsoever..I feel like I wasted a reading week. All my anticipated releases have been flops this year.Now what is this book about? Honestly your guess is as good as mine. There was a hint of some love stories but they were so muddled into everything else that was pointless and made no sense so who knows. The plot got lost, the writing style was so satur...
  • Sean Barrs
    This is a review I did not want to write because this is a book I so desperately wanted to love. The Starless Sea is a book written for true readers. I’m talking about the kind of person who spent their childhood in and out of libraries and bookshops; the kind of person who sits and imagines adventure and an escape from the mundaneness of every single endless day without magic: the kind of person who lives for books and reading. As such it is ...
  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    Finishes book. "I'm getting this book tattooed all over my body, mind and soul." 2019 really saved the best for last. 8 years was fucking worth it. Full review to come. ____UPDATE APRIL 30THWE HAVE A COVER AND IT'S FUCKING BEAUTIFUL._____a bee, a key,and a sword."I thought I was writing a book about books, but as it turns out I was writing a book about stories."No words. Nothing. I just—Twitter | Bookstagram | Youtube | Finishes book. "I'...
  • Alienor
    I am SO disappointed.Bee. Sword. Story. Door. Doorknob. Someone doing something somewhere but loses someone. Owls. Honey. Sea. Bees. Swords. Cats. Stories. Fragments. Smart literary references haha. Bees. Swords. The moon. Clueless boring gay character gets lost, does nothing, stumbles, regrets everything, has no spine. Insta-love - why? He took my hand then lost it. Sea. Trinkets. Books, ribbons, lost, what, maim someone randomly. Hate for no re...
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    This is a masterpiece. This is flawless. This is the kind of book that comes along once in a decade. This cracks the foundations. Imagery: ★★★★★ Concepts: ★★★★★ Writing: ★★★★★ Pacing: ★★★★Erin Morgenstern is not for everyone. Her writing is for those who love the story for the sake of the story. The lyrical, meandering, and existential prose is not the standard format, and it takes no prisoners. If it's not f...
  • amy ☂︎
    Reading an Erin Morgenstern book is like dreaming with your eyes open. There's something so profoundly beautiful about The Starless Sea that I don't really know how to put into words, but I'm going to try regardless, because if I can make even one person give this book a chance, I have accomplished my mission. “Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history beca...
  • Fares
    DNFed @ 56%THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR!The writing is so abstract that I couldn't take it anymore! And the problem is I expected that, I wanted that, but it was just SO MUCH!I'm so sad right now, I really wanted to love this 😭I feel this was a cheap copy of The Shadow of the Wind, even The Ten Thousand Doors of January to me was similar and better than this.I'm gonna crawl into a hole and cry myself to sleep now!
  • Charlotte May
    Am I confused as heck? Yes. But was this book the most incredibly magical, moving, imaginative and absolutely immersive gem I’ve read in a long time? Also yes. I enjoyed this so much more than The Night Circus! "We are all stardust and stories." Ok, where do I begin? I can honestly say I've never read anything like this book before. Zachary Ezra Rawlings finds a book in the library that isn't catalogued and becomes curious. Once he begins readi...
  • Justin
    When I started reading The Starless Sea, I was blown away. I read through stories of pirates and girls in forests, of key holders and sword sellers, Fate, Time, the Moon, and some dude named Zach. The stories were intoxicating, like I was floating around in some hypnotic, dream-like daze, breathing in all of these beautiful short stories. They were beautifully written, imaginative little pieces of art, all smushed together and delicately held in ...
  • Merphy Napier
    Here's my video review Here's my video review
  • Helena of Eretz ✰
    "An inn that once sat at one crossroads now rests at another, ... somewhere deeper and darker where few will ever find it, by the shores of the Starless Sea."I just think that perhaps Erin Morgenstern isn't the author for me. Does she write well? Yes. But do her books interest me? I'm sad to say that the answer is no. Both books that I've picked up from her had AMAZING synopses. But the plots just fell flat. Admittedly, this book has a much faste...
  • Melissa Buehner
    How I wish I could visit the Starless Sea.I wish I had my own magical door; one that would allow entrance to the labyrinthine libraries of this magical underground world that Erin Morgenstern has created, where I could wander aimlessly for a time and be surrounded by books, secret rooms, riddles, and CATS. Lots and lots of cats. It would be such a wonderful escape. And then once satiated, I could return to my beloved normal life and carry on . . ...
  • Danielle
    I’m so sad to have not liked this book. I’ve read so many amazing reviews of it and had such high hopes. But alas, this was not my cup of tea. Swords. Bees. Books. Keys. Painted doors. Sea of honey. Owl king. Fate. The moon. Fortune Tellers. Cats. Is it an alternate reality? Is it the inside of a book? Is it the inside of a crazed mind? Is it magic? Is it aliens? I. Don’t. Know. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I held out hope all the way through that som...
  • Matthew
    3 starsTime for those who have read my reviews before to see a bit of deja vu. I have from time to time mentioned books that are artsy for the sake of moving along the story in a unique fashion and they are wonderful. But, on the other side, there are books that are artsy for the sake of being artsy. Books where the weird and fantastic plot points feel forced in order to make the book seem edgy and trendy. This is, of course, in the eye of the be...
  • Amalia Gavea
    ''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. Stories written in books and sealed in jars and painted on walls. Odes inscribed onto skin and pressed into rose petals. Tales laid in tiles upon the floors, bits of plot hung from chandeliers. Stories cataloged and cared for and revered. Old stories preserved w...
  • Hamad
    This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷Actual rating: 4.25 stars “Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.” ★ I picked up the above quote because it sums up my experience with this book! This book is definitely not for everyone. It was initially not even for me, I picked it up at a bad time and I was physically and mentally t...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I don’t freaking know how I feel. I need to listen to the audio!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 I don’t freaking know how I feel. I need to listen to the audio!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾