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TJ Klune

The House In The Cerulean Sea

“A home isn’t always the house we live in. It’s also the people we choose to surround ourselves with." 

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.

 

Alphabet Team Review

“It’s the little things. Little treasures we find without knowing their origin. And they come when we least expect them. It’s beautiful, when you think about it.”

I love this book. This book is the reason this whole store exists and will forever be the first recommendation I will give to anyone.

It isn't about the main character being gay, he just is, and it's mentioned in the same way that it is described that he has brown hair. And yet the entire story is about being othered by society because of who you were born as. It's the epitome of the found family trope and because of this, the story feels like it hugs you and just holds you for a while. It's gorgeous.

It uses magic as an allegory for queerness and it focuses on 'dangerous' magical children that are in government care and those that care for them.

It's a wholesome fairytale about finding where you belong - who doesn't want that?

-Chelsea

 

 

Product Info

Publisher: ‎ Tor
Date: December 29 2020
Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 400 pages
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1529087949
Reading Age:   14+

Full Description

A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!
A 2021 Alex Award winner!
The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!
An Indie Next Pick!
One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”

Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s bestselling, breakout contemporary fantasy that's "1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in." (Gail Carriger)

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.

Content Warnings

Abuse (mentioned)
Anxiety (trauma-related)
Bigotry
Body shaming
Bullying
Child abuse (backstory)
Fatphobia (internalized)
Homophobia
Microaggressions
Queerphobia

 

 

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