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

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...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    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 dark-throated bliss of it is like what all the books you’ve ever read have been asp...
  • Regan
    loveddddd 4.5
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • emma
    i wanted this to never ever ever end ever.the fact that it did is my biggest to come / 5 stars-------------currently reading updatesi hope someday i love something as much as erin morgenstern loves comma splices-------------me: i need to finish my reading challenge!!!also me: (picks up 500-page book)-------------tbr reviewwait.........MULTIPLE beautiful covers????someone take mercy on me-------------COVERCOVERCOVERCOVERCOVERCOVER...
  • 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...
  • 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 |
  • 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 for you, it's not for you. Normally, I try to make some so...
  • 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 becaus...
  • 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! DNFed @ 56%THE DISAPPOINTMENT...
  • 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...
  • Merphy Napier
    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...
  • 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 tired and just kept falling as...
  • 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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Lucy Langford
    ”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 because they are.”5*****This was beautiful and lyrical and poetic. It was filled with adventure, myth and fairytale- an ode to storytelling, story lovers and creating your own stories. Erin Morgenstern has the unique ability to transport me to another place with her writing; it was magic.This book had mystery and t...
  • Beata
    The confession first. I finished this novel some time ago, but was unable to decide how to rate it. For this was just a good book which I finished for its beautiful prose, however, fantasy has never got deep into my heart, hence I can't rave about The Starless Sea. I think I belong to the readers who enjoy some fantasy plus a plot, and while reading I received very little of the latter, which was why it took me a long time to read this novel and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
    It’s difficult to sum up a novel that has made a home in your heart and mind and will reside there for a lifetime. I began The Starless Sea, thinking it would be another whimsical and atmospheric novel written by Erin Morgenstern but quickly fell head over heels for its likeness to The Shadow of the Wind, another favorite novel of mine. Both of these stories share a deep love for words and the stories created in our minds, and the love for book...