Stories Upon Stories Upon Stories | The Starless Sea | A Review

Hullo internet!

We’re nearly through July. In the UK this has meant a month of easing restrictions, more meet-ups and unruly weather (we had one week of living in cloud and rain to the next week full of summer sun and heat!) It’s also been a month of audio books for me, with finishing The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern last week – a magical book that’s been on my radar since being released last year…


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 a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.

A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.

Star Rating – 5 Stars

As I mentioned above, I listened to the audio of this whilst reading along with the proof. This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and it looked like a book I would enjoy – it was!

The book is filled with twists and turns and never-ending characters whose story twists and turns. It’s like a never-ending maze filled with loops and bends through endless tress. It’s well-written, imaginative and magical.

It’s a bit of a chunk, so make sure you carve out a good couple of weeks to read it. It’s also got a bunch of stories that overlap each other so make sure you don’t stop halfway through a chapter – although if you are able to do that – kudos to you!

It’s also made me want to read Night Circus, Erin’s first book, which is supposed to be just as magical and fantastical – I can’t wait!

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR pile?


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