Dimensions:9.52in x 6.5 x 1.5 in | 1.91 lb
Page Count:512 pages
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER: Erin’s debut novel, The Night Circus, is a phenomenon with over 150K copies sold in Canada. Translated into thirty-seven languages, it won an Alex Award and is currently in development with Lionsgate as both a feature film and stage play.
BACKLIST PUSH: Anchor will have The Night Circus front and centre leading up to pub with an ad and excerpt of The Starless Sea at the end.
FAN FAVOURITE: Erin is beloved by critics, fellow authors and fans. She toured extensively for The Night Circus, has built a wide network of supportive fellow authors, and has a deeply engaged fan base that she keeps up with on social media.
A PERFECT FOLLOW-UP: The Starless Sea takes much of what fans loved about The Night Circus—the imaginative world-building, the magic, the mouth-watering detail—and brings these elements to a new realm. The Starless Sea is a big, ambitious, rich, layered, smart, meaty novel full of Easter eggs for literature lovers, video gamers and fantasy fans.
New York Times Bestseller
A TIME Must-Read Book of 2019
A Guardian Best Book of 2019
An E! News Best Book of 2019
An NPR Best Book of 2019
A Real Simple Best Book of 2019
A Good Housekeeping Best Book of 2019
A BookPage Best Book of 2019
A Bustle Best Book of 2019
"A sprawling tale bursting with books-within-books and a multi-level underground fantasy space that's basically a bibliophile paradise come to life. In The Starless Sea, Morgenstern finds magic within the pages of books and climbs shelves of the most mesmerizing of libraries. . . . The Starless Sea is a door to another world—one just waiting for readers to open it." —Entertainment Weekly
"A mystical adventure in an enchanted universe. . . . The novel is not simply a quest narrative—it’s also a meta-examination of stories that demands the reader's patience—and then rewards it. . . . Morgenstern's elegant, poetic prose keeps the pages turning as she begins to draw connections within a web of tales that reads like an ode to stories, themselves, and celebrates the distinct pleasure that comes from engaging with a text." —TIME
"Assuredly beautiful. . . . The novel reads like panel after panel of mythic illustrations." —The Guardian
"A high-wire feat of metatextual derring-do [and] a stunning array of linked fables, myths and origin stories. . . . It is exquisitely pleasurable to watch the gears of this epic fantasy turn once they're set in motion. As in The Night Circus, Morgenstern is at her best when she imagines worlds and rooms and parties in vivid detail. . . . This novel is a love letter to readers as much as an invitation: Come and see how much magic is left in the world. Fans of Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab, Kelly Link and Susanna Clarke will want to heed the call. An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Morgenstern's new fantasy epic is a puzzlebox of a book, full of meta-narratives and small folkloric tales that will delight readers. . . . Morgenstern uses poetic, honey-like prose to tell a story that plays with the very concept of what we expect and want from our stories. . . . She trusts her readers to follow along and speculate, wonder and make leaps themselves . . . giving the book a mythic quality that will stick with readers long after they put it down. The massive legion of readers who loved Morgenstern's debut will be clamoring to recapture the magic of that reading experience." —Booklist, starred review
"A magnificent quest, a sense of unfolding adventure and danger, gold-wrought fantasy, and endless provocation on what storytelling really means." —Library Journal, starred review
"Enchanting. . . . Morgenstern's tale has shades of detective fiction, magical fantasy and even Gothic mystery . . . but her ambitious 512-page novel is really an ode to stories and storytelling itself, and the joy of reading. . . . Once fantasy fans open its covers and let their eyes rest on the sparkling words inside, they are in for a treat." —Independent (UK)
"This love letter to bibliophiles is dreamlike and uncanny, grounded in deeply felt emotion, and absolutely thrilling." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A page-turner. . . . It's unlikely [The Night Circus fans] will be disappointed by this sweeping follow-up, which unfolds an epic romance within a secret underground world of lost cities, handsome pirates and endless puzzles to be solved." —Entertainment Weekly
"[A] gorgeously written epic love story, filled with magic and mystery." ?—Popsugar
"Deep . . . wholesome . . . moving. . . . You'll float away on the warm waters of The Starless Sea. . . . It's a book that's a pleasure to dwell in, a delicious experience." —NPR
"Extravagantly imaginative. . . . The intricate world-building is nothing short of fabulous, the prose lush and filigreed." —Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Starless Sea functions as both an ode to those who love books and an engrossing fantasy epic. Morgenstern balances multiple stories, some of which are set in an entirely fantastical universe, others in a world that is very familiar to our own." —Bustle
"A timeless love story" —The Nerd Daily
"A spellbinding novel. . . . I could not put it down, and when I finished, I turned immediately back to the first page so I wouldn't have to leave this magical world. If you believe in the power of stories to transcend time and space, to marry love and fate, read this book!" —Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek
"A wildly fanciful lark that has all the hits: mystery, love, libraries, Harry Potter references and pirates. It's a complex, darkly beautiful story with some of the most inventive storytelling we've read all year." —Good Housekeeping