The House in the Cerulean Sea

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What to expect

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place – and realizing that family could be yours.

‘I loved it. It is like being wrapped up in a big gay blanket. Simply perfect’ V. E. Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

He expected nothing. But they gave him everything . . .

Linus Baker leads a quiet life. At forty, he has a tiny house with a devious cat and his beloved records for company. And at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, he’s spent many dull years monitoring their orphanages.

Then one day, Linus is summoned by Extremely Upper Management and given a highly classified assignment. He must travel to an orphanage where six dangerous children reside, including the Antichrist. There, Linus must somehow determine if they could bring on the end of days. But their guardian, charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, will do anything to protect his wards. As Arthur and Linus grow ever closer, Linus must choose between duty and his dreams.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is an uplifting, heart-warming fantasy tale that’s become a New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestseller.

‘Likely to cause heart-swelling’ – Washington Post

‘A modern fairy tale . . . It’s a beautiful book’ – Charlaine Harris, number one New York Times bestselling author

‘Touching, tender and truly delightful’ – Gail Carriger, author of Soulless

Critics Review

  • I loved it. It is like being wrapped up in a big gay blanket. Simply perfect

    V. E. Schwab
  • A witty, wholesome fantasy that’s likely to cause heart-swelling

    Washington Post
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea is a modern fairy tale about learning your true nature and what you love and will protect. Its a beautiful book

    Charlaine Harris
  • 1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in. Touching, tender and truly delightful, The House in the Cerulean Sea is an utterly absorbing story of tolerance, found family and defeating bureaucracy

    Gail Carriger
  • Sweet, comforting and kind, this book is very close to perfect . . . I cannot recommend it highly enough

    Seanan McGuire
  • This tale of found family is hopeful to its core. Readers will revel in Klunes wit and ingenuity

    Publishers Weekly

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