The Starless Sea – 5 Star Review

“Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.”

-Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

The Starless Sea is a book about storytelling, a book about adventure, and a book about finding what you’re not even sure you’re looking for. Morgenstern states in an interview that she views her book as a “love letter to storytelling” and she absolutely nailed it. The Starless Sea ended up being not only my “top book for 2019” but definitely in the top 5 selection of my favorite books ever.

This book will not be for everyone, and that is okay. Morgenstern introduced us to very luscious writing and beautifully descriptive scenes in her debut book “The Night Circus”, and she creates a whole new world (or maybe underworld) for us in The Starless Sea. We follow a young man named Zachary Ezra Rawlins, who happens to stumble upon an archaic book that has a childhood memory of his. That’s right, not a similar situation, HIS childhood memory about finding a painted door on a brick wall. Zachary begins what can only be described as an adventure to find the origin of this book and stumbles into what can very loosely be described as an underground library. The library is also filled with cats, which is a major positive point of and in itself. I also have a new profound respect for bees.

The Starless Sea tells many stories in the book, which at first can be a little disorienting, but I truly loved all the “side stories”. This book is heavy with metaphors and descriptive writing, so if that is not your cup of tea I would advise you to steer clear, but maybe give it a go anyway. Just in case. You never know. I personally could not soak up enough of the stories that circled around Time and Fate. All the different and seemingly individual stories in this book were so good, so unique, so interesting.

This probably will not come as a shock to you, but I rated this book five stars. I would rate this book ten stars, but the traveling star-salesman in the book would only let me have five.
We will be reading The Starless Sea and I am hosting the discussion for it at the end of March with my book club on Facebook and I can’t wait to chat about it with other people and get their outlook on it.

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