To the ones who seek and those who find – continue exploring. This is for you.
Tales lurk in a space somewhere deep. Was it a library, cavern, gilded ballroom, castle or the dark woods? Or are they all in someone else’s mind where all the pieces were molded together and the whole obscures, transforms the parts into something new. Zachary Ezra Rawlins finds himself in this discourse upon reading a tale of his younger self, inked in an untraceable story book.
On a door is a bee. Below the bee is a key. Beneath the key is a sword. And just like the nudging claws of hunger, Zachary Ezra Rawlins embarks on a quest to finding those that hold answers to his questions. In the twisting turns of time and fate, he meets a girl who is made of many things and a man that walks diverging paths. In these doors he might also find love or love might just find him.
The Starless Sea is both poison and wine. It is bitter and sweet and yet it is necessary. There are not many books that can render me speechless and it’s been so long since I am muted, gobsmacked after waltzing through the very last pages. It is unrelenting and pleasantly satisfying. This book is simply OUTSTANDING!
Erin Morgenstern is nothing but a conjurer, an alchemist, and a historian in the world she created defying the laws that was and will be. Her pen held me in trance. I was ravenous, wanting to devour more, faster, but not wanting the sensations to cease. There are many courses navigated here and yet I am left feeling empty. It’s as if there are more uncharted routes, waiting to be explored and I want in.
To borrow Morgenstern’s words, “A book is made of paper but a story is a tree”. Indeed, stories are living and amorphous. It is up to the reader to forge and re-forge. Yet, the same stories aren’t all the same in the end. The nested stories painted in this book are exquisitely malleable, woven and rewoven into different meanings. There are messages hidden in the forlorn tales of Fate and Time, of master story-tellers, of crowned owls and bunnies, of sailors and maidens, and but more. Familiar elements of so unnumbered stories nicked and tangled, meandering and yet destined to meet at one point. There are many riddles folded in this telling and not all have answers. Perhaps, not now.
"As soon as there is unquestionable truth there's no longer myth."
The acid test of a tale is when it moves you silently like the finding of time and the realization of fate and in this motion you pursue to move others. The Starless Sea is an ode to storytelling and a tease to portal fantasies withstanding unfathomable ages. It is a universe in its own universe. I will not say more but I urge you to read this masterfully-crafted novel and let you discover your own meanings to the enigmatic harbors of the Starless Sea. I hope that you find yourself in it, too.
To seeking. To finding.
To the meanings that matter and matters that bring meanings. Step into your doors .
I was gifted a finished copy by Penguin Random House International in exchange of an honest review. I also thank them for including me in the International Blog Tour.
- FORMAT: Paperback
- PUBLISHER: Doubleday / Random House LCC US
- ISBN-10: 0385545363
- ISBN-13: 9780385545365
- RATING: 5.0 stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ERIN MORGENSTERN is the author of The Night Circus, a number-one national best seller that has been sold around the world and translated into thirty-seven languages. She has a degree in theater from Smith College and lives in Massachusetts.