The Starless Sea by @erinmorgenstern

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 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.

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There is a pirate in the basement.

SWEET SORROWS

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(@vintagebooks, 5 November 2019, ebook, 488 pages, borrowed from @GlasgowLib via @BorrowBox)

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I loved The Night Circus and this has been on my TBR for ages. It’s hard to describe how I feel after reading this incredible piece of work. I’ve never read anything quite like it and that’s saying a lot coming for a book freak like me. The Starless Sea may be one of the best if not the absolute best books I’ve ever read. I had to force myself to put the book away after each reading session because I didn’t want to leave Zachary’s incredible world. The imagination behind this stunning piece of literature is quite incredible. I loved everything about it. This is stunning, just stunning. I need to lie down now and sigh happily into a jar of honey.

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