Friday Friyay: 'The Starless Sea' by Erin Morgenstern
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth.
What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction.
Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
Book Beginnings is at home on Rose City Reader, hosted by Gilion Dumas, and Friday 56 at Freda's Voice, hosted by Freda. I'll also be joining the Book Blog Hop, hosted by Charlie over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
'There is a pirate in the basement.' p.1
Omg, can I just start reading now (time of writing: Thursday evening)? I think this is probably be the shortest BB I have ever posted but I am completely and utterly on board with it!
'Zachary Ezra Rawlins sits on a train bound for Manhattan, staring out the window at the frozen tundra of New England, and begins, not for the first time today, to question his life choices.' p.56
In my copy this is the start of a new chapter so it felt perfect for sharing. I'm honestly not too surprised that having a pirate in your basement might require some reconsidering of choices made, but then I can't be entirely sure it was Zachary who had the pirate in his basement.... I can't wait to start reading!
Book Blogger Hop:
This week's question was suggested by Nicco from Sunny Buzzy Books:
Do you have a monthly/yearly budget for books? Or are you a "what's a book budget?" kind of reader?
I'm a big impulse shopper when I'm actually in a bookstore, like a magpie with a fondness for everything. This is especially the case when I'm in a second-hand bookstore. When I buy books online, which I try not to do too much, I am much more picky because I usually have something in mind already, and then I will actually consider the price more.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!