Erin Morgenstern became one of the more memorable authors to appear this decade when The Night Circus was published in 2011. The Night Circus was a mesmerizing, fantastical read that quickly became a best seller. And it was a debut novel, which thrilled audiences and left a lot of readers waiting for another book from a favorite new author.
That wait is finally over. Morgenstern's second novel, The Starless Sea, is set in a world as iconic and memorable as the one readers encountered in her first novel. In this new book, readers will discover a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea. And, as Amazon Senior Editor Seira Wilson tells it, the novel "is a love letter to books and readers, a masterpiece of stories within a story." She goes on to explains that our protagonist, Zachary Ezra Rawlins, "falls in love first with a book and later a person, both of which compel him to embark on a dangerous journey through time and place, lost loves, and lives lived again and again."
Where does an author as talented as Morgenstern turn when she wants to read a book? Find out below.
Steel Crow Saga by Paul KruegerSteel Crow Saga was already on my radar when my friend Chuck Wendig recommended it and happened to mention that it was a standalone. The word “standalone” is like catnip for me, because I don’t always have the patience for series and I love a self-contained fantasy. But I would happily spend more time in this incredibly vivid, masterfully drawn world. I burst into tears when I finished reading, just because the story was over.
The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet
I haven’t fallen into a book the way I fell into The Unwilling in years. I fell in deep and didn’t have any desire to come back out again. I was already a Kelly Braffet fan, so I was incredibly curious to see what she would do with a fantastical narrative, and this book exceeded my wildest expectations. I keep thinking about the world and the characters even weeks after reading, and I am certain that I will return to it again and again and again.
Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
I’ve only just started reading Underland with a combination of wonder and annoyance, because this is precisely the book I wanted to read while I was working on The Starless Sea. Alas, it wasn’t published until after I was finished writing. But even after the fact, I remain fascinated by how many mysteries remain beneath our feet, and I always love real life things that feel like magic.
Browse more celebrity picks: