Hi everyone, I’m back with a book review!
The review is mostly Spoiler Free, only at the end I fangirl and rant about some stuff in the book, but I’ll put a warning so don’t worry about getting spoiled.
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.
“Everyone wants the stars. Everyone wishes to grasp that which exists out of reach. To hold the extraordinary in their hands and keep the remarkable in their pockets.”
Where do I start with this book? Like The Night Circus, I can understand why this books is not for everyone, but I personally fell in love with it. Somewhere I read people saying that this books was for storytellers, passionated readers and just an homage to stories in general, and I couldn’t agree more.
Erin Morgenstern has a way of telling stories that is very different from the typical ‘’format’’ that we are used to. The story is not told in a straight narrative or timeline. We follow our main protagonist in the present, but also through small tales, myths, journal entries or even dreams. So, as we go, the answer may not be in the main story, but we get to understand it thanks to the small stories that accompany the book, which I think was amazing and just made the whole experience so much better.
Some of these small tales were so beautiful and captivating that made me wish that these ‘’books’’ inside The Starless Sea were real, so I could reread them and memorize the words as some of the characters in the book.
Speaking of characters, Erin Morgensten builds this well rounded unique characters, that you don’t get tired of reading about and that fit perfectly in the story. I have to admit that my favorite was Dorian because of the way he would speak about books, but I could honestly related to most of the characters. The way they talked about how they felt while reading books and stories, getting lost inside the pages. It just felt nice to find the words that describe perfectly how you feel while reading a book.
“Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are. It’s nice to finally have someone read stories I know so intimately.”
Again, Erin Morgenstern managed to create a place that I wish could be real. The Starless Sea and The Harbor are now the places I’m going to dream about, the places where any booklover would love to be. Of course, reading the descriptions of these magical places did nothing but grow my desire for The Starless Sea and The Harbor to actually be real, because if I closed my eyes I could just picture it: the smells, the dances, the books and the lost interminables libraries.
In general, I think the writing was beautiful, it did leaned more in the descriptive, but I think it was fitting to the story, the character were just great and if you enjoyed The Night Circus then I highly recommend this book.
“We are all stardust and stories.”
Okey, how cute were Zachary and Dorian? I’m usually against ‘’instalove’’ but I think it worked perfectly, it did’t felt rushed. I saw it more as finding that person that just fits with you, that person that you met at the right time and at the right moment.
Anyone else got chills while reading about Dorian Storytelling skills? I mean, in the party when he starts telling the story about Fate and Time to Zachary in the dark? Gosh, If that happened to me, I would marry that person that same day. Also, the vibes of when they travel to the party in the Harbor, with the gold paint, the ballroom and people writing stories, it was just perfect.
Also, the whole Fate and Time thing was beautiful! As, was the story about the Moon and her lover, I was so happy when we got to meet them at the end.
I hated Allegra, but I can honestly understand why you wouldn’t want that place to be destroy, if it were real I would have never wanted to leave.
Anyway, I’m done fangirling. Just needed write it out. Now, I’ll go back to try find my door to the Harbor.
*END SPOILER ZONE*
“Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.”
Hope you enjoy it! Let me know all your thoughts in the comments.