Book: The Starless Sea
Author: Erin Morgenstern
This is my 68th read for the year
This is the story of Zachary Ezra Rawlins. He is a graduate student who one night stumbles upon a mysterious book in his college library. As he begins to read the book, he stumbles upon a story that seems very familiar to him. A story from his own childhood. Confused how he has become the part of a very old book, he returns to the library in search for more clues about the books beginnings. This leads him to a masquerade party in New York, a secret club, and a library hidden deep in the earth. Here Zachary meets Dorian and Maribel, and as he continues to read Sweet Sorrows - the book that contained a piece of his path - it takes him on an adventure filled with danger and wonder. Zachary finds himself deeply wound in the world he has discovered through books and the one he lives in as he tries to figure out where he belongs.
The Night Circus - Morgenstern's first book -is one of my all time favorite reads. I was so excited to see that she put out a second book because she is an incredibly talented writer. I always know I am going to enjoy a book when I am hooked on chapter one. Magical Realism is one of my least favorite genres but Morgenstern's writing pulls me in.
This one wasn't QUITE as good as The Night Circus. I don't think I can give it 5 stars because I didn't find the story as good as her first novel. Expertly written? YES. The story just had some parts that I didn't love, and didn't tie quite as nicely as I was hoping it would in the end. But it came so very close to a 5 star book for me. I did really enjoy it. Plus - it didn't hurt that she mentioned one of my other favorite books - The Shadow of the Wind - within the first few pages. Scored some points there.
If you loved The Night Circus, or you like Magical Realism - don't miss this one. Truly. It is a story that will suck you in as you picture the world that Morgenstern creates.
Stars: 4 1/2