Cover of The Starless Sea.

The Starless Sea

author: Erin Morgenstern (2019)
date read: 22 November 2020
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This was recommended by both Fiona and kaberett, and given to me by Mum for my 27th birthday. It’s by the same author as the The Night Circus, which I very much enjoyed.

I very much enjoyed this. It intersperses a variety of stories and books, with different strands that gradually draw together. It’s a bit meta, in a way – the magic of this place is about stories and myths and narratives, and it’s exactly the sort of surrealist magic I really enjoy.

I don’t fully understand all the different strands, and I probably missed some detail on the first readthrough (at nearly 500 pages, it’s not exactly “light”) – but I got the gist of it. I’ll definitely be re-reading to understand it more fully soon.

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