Vlog: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Vlog: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern


Hiya, welcome back to the Waterstones vlog,
it’s Imie here I hope you’re all doing really well. So today I’m really excited to talk
about this book because it’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year and
possibly ever and I read it back in April and I’ve had to stay quite quiet
about it and I’ve been given special permission to talk about it today
because it’s not actually out until November 5th. So this will also be
a spoiler-free review so I won’t ruin it for anyone. I just want to talk about why
I loved it so much and why you should be excited for it. So if you remember back
to my first video for Waterstones I talked about one of my favorite books
which was the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
and I kind of briefly mentioned that she was finally bringing something out after
seven or eight years and that book is the book I’m talking about today. And
that book is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and your copy will look very
different to this because this is my advance reading copy. And if you haven’t
seen the Waterstones exclusive please go check it out because it’s one of the most
beautiful books I have ever seen. They’ve done so well with it, it’s just
absolutely gorgeous. I’ve already ordered my own copy to have on my shelf because,
yeah, it’s so beautiful – just kind of like the contents of this book. This book is
very much a book for book lovers. So if you’re a bibliophile, a book nerd or
whatever, you will adore this book. It’s about the power of stories and the way
they connect to us. So it follows the main character Zachary Esra Rawlins, who is
a game student who also classes himself as a Ravenclaw, he’s a bit of a book
nerd. And he’s spending time in the library when he finds this very old book
where it probably shouldn’t be. So he pulls it out to look at it, he’s kind of
intrigued and whilst he’s skimming the pages about pirates and love stories and fate
and time he finds a little chapter that he recognizes a bit too much and that’s
because it is a story from his childhood about him. And he kind of takes the clues
that he can find which is a bee, a sword and a key. And he ends up in
New York at this masquerade ball where he meets some people who lead him into this
other world of this library. And from there I don’t want to spoil any more. But
it’s a magical adventure, it’s full of stories and books. And the way she’s
actually structured this is almost like little stories connecting the stories.
It’s really clever and very Morgenstern it’s just intelligently beautiful. And it
kind of emphasizes this power of storytelling and the stories that she’s
writing are just gorgeous and I know I say gorgeous a lot, but this book is
really gorgeous. It’s probably one of the most gorgeous books I’ve ever read. It’s
absolutely stunning and the way she brings the characters in and the way she
does character building in this is just marvellous. It’s very much like the Night
Circus, you will fall in love with the characters. There is so much depth to
them and so much secrecy to them which unfolds through the story and just
leaves you guessing. Every time she brought in something new I was totally
shocked, I had no way of guessing that was gonna happen. And yet it’s just so
beautiful and visceral and emotional and evocative and it will just transport
you to this library, to this story and all the stories within it are just
really clever. And you can see inspiration from some brilliant fables
from everyone knows to games such as Dragon Age Inquisition which is one of
my favorite games by the way so that was pretty exciting to see. And yet it’s just
a story that celebrates stories and it’s so beautiful and I really do recommend
it to everyone because there will be something for everyone in it. It’s got
mystery, it’s got romance, it’s got fantasy, it’s got some literary
elements to it so if you love reading then you will probably love this book
because it’s just absolutely stunning and beautiful and, yeah, gorgeou. So I
hope you enjoy reading it. Please let me know what you think about it when you do
read it because I’m really interested to hear what everyone else thinks
and I’ve posted a full review on Waterstones.com if you wanted to know bit
more. It’s still spoiler-free but I’ve pretty much read this and fangirled
about it for ages and my review kind of reflects that. So yeah I hope you enjoyed
reading it and if you haven’t read the Night Circus you don’t need to read it
first but I recommend you read it at some point cuz it’s also amazing. I think
Erin Morgenstern is just one of those writers that just brings out brilliant
books. I mean I wish it didn’t take seven years but it was definitely worth the
wait so thank you Erin Morgenstern and I’ll see everyone next time.

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