The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Reviewed by Sam!
**We got an early copy of this from Bookcon. We’d like to thank Erin and Doubleday Books for the opportunity (seriously). This book comes out on Nov 5th and you can get it here**
What I drank prior: THE NATS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!! I drank a bunch a wine after a fancy dinner. The Dem debate was on and so were the Nats and holy SHIT we’re going to the World Series.
From the New York Times 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 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.
Drunk Overview: I really and truly believe this book needs to be undertaken blind. I’m not gonna give you much plot but there’s Zachary and Mirabel and Dorian and cats and a library and it’s Erin Morgenstern and that’s all you need to know.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: THIS BOOK IS PERFECTION AND I ALREADY WANT TO REREAD IT.
Characters: so our main character is Zachary, an introverted media studies grad student who I love and adore so much. He learns and grows and makes mistakes and is smol and I heart him. There is Dorian who… I have like zero words for. And Mirabel…. she’s so cool. So fuckin cool.
Plot: guys, I texted Sam from Thoughts On Tomes and was like “Make character x and character y kiss already 2k19” the ANGST is so real. It was not a fast paced-plot but you can ask Ginny… at one point I finished a chapter and took a GIANT breath (that I didn’t know I was holding) because it was so good.
Writing Style: it’s everything I wanted and more. Even now, I want to reread it because I don’t think I got everything I should have out of it. It was so damn good.
World Building: I WANT MY LIBRARY
What to pair it with: A sidecar… or a bees knees… both referenced in the book and they FIT DAMNIT.
Rating: 6/5 shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,