Book 1 of 2023 complete.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

What a blessing it was to receive this book as a birthday gift. I devoured it. It is everything I love about fiction and reads like a love letter to storytelling. I need to sit with it for a bit, but at this moment in time, it is in my top five favorite books.

If you like urban fantasy mixed with myths—ancient and ageless stories intermingling with our modern lives—read it.

During my initial read, I often thought of both The Sorcery Hall Trilogy (urban fantasy about a young girl using a violin to save Manhattan from an ancient evil) and A Wrinkle In Time (it is directly referenced, but I could see similarities well before). Both are stories that have stayed with me long after I read them. Of course, The Neverending Story kept nagging at my mind throughout, as well. The way Morgenstern connected familiar elements from these ancient and familiar stories we love with a world so entirely new was intoxicating.

I will read this again. And again.

And again and again and again.