21 May 2019

1.    The wait is finally over. Fans of The Night Circus have been waiting seven years to see what Erin Morgenstern will write next, the wait is nearly over with the publication of The Starless Sea on 5th November 2019. 

2.     It’s the perfect read for booklovers.The Starless Sea is all about the power of stories. It begins with the main character, Zachary, finding a story from his own childhood in a strange old book and uncovering a series of clues that lead him to a hidden subterranean library.

3.     And gamers will love it too! Erin Morgenstern was inspired by RPGs (role playing games) when writing The Starless Sea. Keen-eyed readers will notice references to the video games Skyrim, Bioshock and Dragon Age: Inquisition in the novel.

4.     Books within books. The novel is divided into six ‘books’ named after fictional stories read by the characters, such as Sweet Sorrows, Fortunes and Fables and The Ballad of Simon and Eleanor.

5.     A glimpse at Erin Morgenstern’s bookshelf. The real books mentioned in The Starless Sea give a clue to Erin’s influences when writing the book. They include The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (a gothic mystery), the Harry Potter series (magical fantasy), The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (detective thriller) and The Princess Bride by William Goldman (fantasy love story).

  • The Starless Sea

  • The magical new novel from the bestselling author of The Night Circus.

    Are you lost or are you exploring?

    When Zachary Rawlins stumbles across a strange book hidden in his university library it leads him on a quest unlike any other. Its pages entrance him with their tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities and nameless acolytes, but they also contain something impossible: a recollection from his own childhood.

    Determined to solve the puzzle of the book, Zachary follows the clues he finds on the cover – a bee, a key and a sword. They guide him to a bibliophile masquerade ball, to a dangerous secret club, and finally through a magical doorway created by the fierce and mysterious Mirabel. This door leads to a subterranean labyrinth filled with stories, hidden far beneath the surface of the earth.

    When the labyrinth is threatened, Zachary must race with Mirabel, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, through its twisting tunnels and crowded ballrooms, searching for the end of his story.

    You are invited to join Zachary on the starless sea: the home of storytellers, story-lovers and those who will protect our stories at all costs.

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