REVIEW: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern is BACK!

The most breathtaking book I've ever read was without a doubt The Night Circus, so receiving an ARC of The Starless Sea left me excited and apprehensive: what if it didn't match the beauty of TNC?


It didn't, but I think that's only because I had ridiculously high expectations, and TSS had a MUCH different atmosphere. Zachary, our main-main protagonist (there's a lot of characters, and a lot of perspectives), was a serious grad student whose curiosity sucked him into another world. It parallels some aspects of TNC but is without a doubt a new and unique storyline.


I'll break it down for you:


1. This book had multiple perspectives, just like The Night Circus, but it mostly stuck with Zachary, the main character.


2. The majority of the magic in this book was "underground," and it was a bit difficult at first to grasp the reality of this book, but that's part of the intrigue of reading!


3. Every character felt so wildly different and somehow unconnected to each other, though I knew they were all intertwined. My favorite "story" that coincided with the book yet also completely changed it was "The Ballad of Simon and Eleanor." I was on the edge of my seat throughout my time reading it, and I had to force myself to read everything else before I got to new points in their story instead of just flipping ahead!


4. The Night Circus had more whimsy. This book was beautifully written (no surprise there), but it seemed darker and more serious. Part of me is OBSESSED with that, but the other part wanted to go back and read The Night Circus just 'cuz.


Overall, Erin Morgenstern's writing is so unique, so intoxicating, that any book she writes will have my attention. I loved The Starless Sea less than The Night Circus, but don't get me wrong: this was an incredible book by an incredible author.


That's all for today, folks! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy The Starless Sea as much as I did.

Let me know how you felt about The Starless Sea by leaving a comment down below or DMing me (@maevesbookshelf)! I'd love to hear from you.


Disclaimer: I received this as an ARC from Doubleday Publishers pre-publication in exchange for an honest review.

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