The Starless Sea

The Starless Sea

Book - 2019
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Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues a bee, a key, and a sword that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
Publisher: London :, Harvill Secker,, 2019.
Branch Call Number: FANTASY
Characteristics: 498 pages ;,25 cm.

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'The Starless Sea' blends fable and fairytale elements in this imaginative, epic quest that's rife with symbolism. After discovering a mysterious book as a young boy, Zachary, now a graduate student, recognises a story from his own life and follows subsequent clues to discover a magical undergrou... Read More »

Otherworldly, tactile, subversive

I spent my precious Xmas book voucher on this and had a good time reading it. I found the first 2/3 more enjoyable than the ending but it's still a lushly described good time. A great escape from the everyday world.


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Jan 30, 2020

It took me about 200 pages to really get into this book. The short stories intertwined with the main story begin to make sense after awhile. I loved the descriptions of the settings and magic-like world but I felt this book could have been about 100 pages shorter.

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