The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea Book Summary

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
Edition Language:English



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  • chai ?

    ✧ find this review & others on my blog ✧I think these days more than ever, with a pandemic ravaging every corner of the world, I understand more keenly how absolutely necessary it is to find t...

  • T.J.

    At last, at long last, my first book with Tor has released!The House in the Cerulean Sea is a love letter to those who should be allowed to feel small and cared for when the world seems dark. Today, M...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    An extraordinary treat for both T.J. Klune fans and those new to his writing, The House in the Cerulean Sea is a heart-warming, wholesome, diverse, ridiculous, and completely lovable fantasy story. As...

  • Riley

    this book is instant serotoninIt is a perfect magical escapist story filled with whimsy and enchantment. If you want a book that will make you happy from the first page to the last, look no further!...

  • Hollis

    This book was a delightfully sweet and lovely cup of heartbreak, melancholy, and wonder. Which sounds almost awful, or hella sad, and probably contradicts the vibe the cover is putting out, but I don'...

  • Larry H

    OMG, this was so good! It really gave me All. The. Feels!“The world is a weird and wonderful place. Why must we try and explain it all away? For our personal satisfaction?”Linus Baker is a quiet m...

  • Shaun Hutchinson

    This is a special book that I loved immensely. Sometimes you find a book right when you need it, and I needed this book. It's endearing and heartfelt and just wonderful. ...

  • Gail Carriger

    I was given an advanced reader of this book and have been waiting to crow about it. I ADORED it. It’s basically 1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in. It’s what ...

  • amy ??

    Torn between wanting this book all to myself & wanting to scream "I LOVE THIS BOOK FURIOUSLY" at the top of my lungs. This gentle thing healed my entire fragile soul. RTC but for now: PLEASE please pl...

  • Fran

    For seventeen years, Linus Baker had been a caseworker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth [DICOMY]. His job as a mid-management bureaucrat was to investigate government sanctioned orphanage...