Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, released her second novel on November 5, 2019. The Starless Sea is about Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a graduate student in Vermont who finds a mysterious book that is a mix of short stories with topics varying from pirates, to love stories to intriguing acolytes. As he continues reading, one particular story catches his eye, one that appears to be about him. This unfinished story leads him on a whirlwind adventure as he travels through an underground world full of books, hidden worlds and a developed society. Along with Mirabel, the pink-haired protector of the world, and the mysterious Dorian, he sets out to discover the secrets of this peculiar world.
I came to The Starless Sea having loved The Night Circus, and I wasn’t disappointed. Morgenstern’s masterful way with words stands out on the pages and is woven beautifully throughout the plot. While it’s a long book, I was fully immersed in the story and was invested in the plot. The way Morgenstern details the different aspects and characters in the book allows the reader to feel as though they’re actually there in the mystical underground world. The different timelines and stories blend together to create a cohesive, stunning book that pays tribute to storytelling and books in general. The atmosphere of the book is warm and inviting, perfect for someone who wants to live in another world.