About the product A book in which reality and fiction intertwine to tell a story. A new novel from the author of the bestselling Night Circus. The Starless Sea is a novel written in the tradition of Umberto Eco’s In the Name of the Rose and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Safon. This is a mosaic, fragments of which are scattered in space and time, which waits for the reader to put together all the pieces of the puzzle and tell the story. The story of the underground Harbor, standing on the shores of the Starless Sea, of the lost cities, of bones and honey, of the owl king waiting for his death, of love and fidelity, conquering death. A story as old as the world — about how Time fell in love with Destiny. «The boy at the beginning of the story cannot know that the story has already begun»: returning from school, in the depths of the alley, where the rays of the sun do not reach, the son of the fortuneteller finds a door painted on the wall with a strange pattern: a bee, under it is a key, and under the key is a sword. The door is drawn, but if the boy turned the knob, he would be where he was destined to go. He won’t, at least not now. But the story will surely return for its hero — an enchanting, mesmerizing novel, each page of which is imbued with love for books. Abstract A young graduate student at the University of Vermont, Zakeri Ezra Rawlins, who is working on a dissertation on Gender and Narrative in Modern Video Games, discovers a mysterious book in the campus library. Turning over its pages, he finds himself in a world full of amazing stories, balancing on the brink of reality and fiction, about pirates in love and selfless young maidens, keepers of keys that appeared before, guards moving unnoticed, and mysterious doors leading to the shore of the Starless Sea, there, where is a place called the Harbor — an intricate web of underground corridors, tunnels and rooms where stories are kept. And in one of these stories, he suddenly recognizes himself: the book tells about a boy who, returning from school, saw a painted door on the wall in an alleyway near the house, but, not believing himself, did not open it. And as a result, he did not get to where he was destined to be. Didn’t get it — but it will definitely get it.