The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern is a little bit Coville, a little bit Ende, a little bit Sendak, Carroll, and Lewis. It’s a lot of imagination, spirit, and wonder. You have to be prepared to undertake Morgenstern’s love letter to imagination, and that’s what it is. The kind of book you read through but can’t race through, love and cherish and keep. It’s beautiful for a display piece, but it’s meant be touched and highlighted and reread.
I started reading back when it was released but I wasn’t ready to undertake such an adventure. I’m glad I finally was.
The Starless Sea tells the tale of an underground labyrinth, housing a collection of stories only accessed through hidden doors around the world.
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is about to finish his graduate studies when he finds a mysterious book in his college library, and that moment subsequently changes everything. One literary party later he finds himself swept up in a centuries old battle where he gets knocked out more times than I could keep up with, finds his Written in the Stars person, encounters the true love story of Fate & Time, and there’s cats. Lots of cats. Please don’t feed them.
Erin Morgenstern paints the most beautiful pictures with her words. She weaves them back and forth through time, switching narratives as easily as colors on a brush. She’s written an ode to tale as old as time, missed opportunities, adventure, and second chances.
They say all stories must end, but do they truly end if someone’s around to tell them?