Updated: May 20, 2020
The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern
He believes in books.
A magical place that worships books? I thought that was bookstagram! Few authors can exude magic the way Morgenstern can. Her books live and breathe fantasy, effortlessly tangled in the world. Reading her books makes me believe that maybe, just maybe, magic does exist, and all I have to do is look under the right secret hiding place to find it.
Morgenstern's books are like windows into this remarkable woman's soul. I had stated before that I wish Night Circus would be made into a movie for all the beautiful visuals, but I take it back. Nothing can replace my imagination when it comes to these fascinating works. She doesn't publish often, either, and a part of me is happy for that. This kind of magic should not be overused, I don't think I could handle it. I will happily wait another decade for another one of Morgenstern's creations, if that's what I must do.
In The Starless Sea, we follow Zachary Ezra Rawlins on his journey past and through magical doors that lead through fairy tales and enchanted worlds. Story after story is unspooled before us, and they tangle together in fascinating ways until all is revealed to be connected. This is a love story, and a love letter to books, and stories, and those who spin them and those who keep them.
I felt an especial love for Kat in the story, and I love how things end for her. In truth, I fell in love with her at "Harry Potter knitting class."
I always have a strange and wonderful reaction to reading Morgenstern's work. The Night Circus evokes a feeling in me, like a forgotten dream that I have longing to be in for all my life. This book reminds me of the children's picture book Journey, by Aaron Becker. Which has no words whatsoever but pictures that are so dynamic and evocative they raise a level of emotional longing and poignancy in me I also wonder if it is actual magic.