The House in the Cerulean Sea
by T.J. Klune
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.
But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.Taken from book blurb
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes
Genre: Fantasy. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.
Read as an: eAudiobook
The House in the Cerulean Sea had me messily sobbing while driving on the freeway.
Thank goodness it was always on my way home from work, otherwise I would have spent the day an emotional and red mess. The emotions that this book inspire are so wholesome and loving yet so cutting and sharp.
The feels, people!
The emphasis of this beautiful book is family. However it also looks at hate and how the fear of the unknown can foster contentious and angry feelings which breed to hate and violence. The fact that the books is about an ‘orphanage’ of magical children too dangerous to be housed in normal facilities only adds to the poignancy.
My god the feels, people!
“Just because you don’t experience prejudice in your everyday doesn’t stop it from existing for the rest of us.”
Lucy. So much.
Linis and Arthur.
The narrator of the audio book was on point throughout! Daniel Henning narrates each character with such love and attention to detail. Henning uses voices to portray each character and shines in bringing to life all the emotion of the novel.
It was a little slow getting into the main action of the story but once you were, I was hooked. I enjoyed this book so much! I have always seen T.J. Klune’s books around but now I will 100% have to look into his back catalouge.
“We should always make time for the things we like. If we don’t, we might forget how to be happy.”
I loved The House in the Cerulean Sea.
I don’t think of this book as being too much of a romance novel, the focus is on the story and the cast of characters on the island. Indeed the romance itself is a beautiful slow burn encapsulated in small moments and loaded looks. So for romance fans, be prepared for the slowest of slow burns.
For fantasy fans, strap yourself in for an urbanesque fantasy, ensemble cast that will teach you all about love, acceptance, difference, hate, fear, and overcoming life’s hurdles to stand up for whats right.