Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library 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 a subterranean 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 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.
Why I Am Excited About It:
I read The Night Circus about five years ago and I am still in love with the story. I loved Morgenstern’s writing and the characters have always stayed with me. So it was a no brainer that I was going to be psyched about this book. To be honest, I would have read it no matter what it was about but the synopsis makes me want to read it even more. I am a sucker for any book about books and/or set in a library, bookshop, etc. It sounds just as magical as The Night Circus and I can’t wait for November! Also, I love the cover that it has right now! I know it is not the official cover but it just looks so nice. I think that it reflects what the book is about properly as well as creating an aura of mystery because it tells you nothing.
Cover Image and Synopsis from GoodReads
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