The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea


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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.

Title:The House in the Cerulean Sea
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  • chai ?

    Reread 10-15/05/21: Just as soul-mending the second time round. I think these days more than ever, with a pandemic ravaging every corner of the world, I understand more keenly how absolutely necessary...

  • Kas

    Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.I'll be honest, I read it, and I loved it, writing was great and everything. Then months after reading it I discovered that his book was inspired by Canada's Sixties Scoop...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Hands down. This is one of the best things I’ve read this year! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I fell for the world building, creative-crazy-unique ideas, character development! This is not only a regul...

  • T.J.

    Updated 12/29/20The House in the Cerulean Sea is now out in paperback! Return to the island where everything is happy, and you'll only be threatened a little bit by a gnome with a shovel and the Anti...

  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    I really enjoyed this! It was filled with charming characters, children and adults alike, so much whimsy, a hint of romance, and was just an overall sweet read. However, I can't help but wonder how I ...

  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    IM FUCKING SOBBING. S O B B I N G . This shit hit different and I too, want to live in the House in the Cerulean Sea.Reading Vlog : | Bookstagram | Yo...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    So... this was unexpected.I'm not sure if it's 2020 or the Holidays getting to me but this was very wholesome!This definitely felt a bit like a children's book but the characters were attaching and I ...

  • mina reads??

    This book made me cry over a button so clearly it’s a five star read 🥺...

  • Regan

    omfg this was so cute I am DYING...

  • jessica

    i have actively avoided this book. even with all the hype its gotten over the past year and half, the story just didnt interest me in the slightest. but then i read TJKs ‘under the whispering door...