Author(s): Erin Morgenstern
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library 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 a subterranean 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, searching for understanding, both of the mysterious book and his own life.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
When Zachary Rawlins finds a mysterious book in the library he is intrigued by how indistinguishable it is, marked only by three symbols; a sword, a key and a bee. When he begins reading he is enthralled by its fantastical tales. Things take a turn for the stranger when one of the stories appears to not be a story at all, but rather a memory of his very own from childhood. A precious memory, one kept unshared and held close. To unravel this puzzle Zachary embarks on his own magical quest to find the starless sea and unlock the secrets held deep within its depths. Just as she did with The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern has woven another wonderful fairy tale for grown ups. For those willing to suspend their disbelief, get ready to enter the most delightful dreamscape of a world. I was captivated! Emilie