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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
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Tor Books
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T.J.
Sep 22, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine
On March 17, 2020, a new adventure begins.

From my new publisher, Tor, comes a queer fantasy romance, The House in the Cerulean Sea.

Blurb:

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
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This sounds super queer and wild as hell and boy if that doesn't sum up my entire taste in books I don't know what does
Renée
Sep 27, 2019 marked it as maybe
$13.99 for the ebook???!!!!

Ummmmm, maybe I won't be reading this.
Silke
Jun 16, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OMG SO THIS IS REALLY A THING YASSS I CAN’T WAIT
Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew
Kindle edition - 18.13 ($22.66)
I think it's fair to say I don't quite get this pricing model.
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Leo
Hello, I'm here for the queer and definitely not for the six dangerous children: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist, and the found family trope. Nope. Definitely not here for unidentifiable green blobs or found families.

TJ Klune disclosed the names of the children!
Sprite: Phee (girl)
Blob: Chauncey (boy-ish | I hope this kid uses they/them pronouns just because. And the little blob isn’t my favourite. Shut up.)
Gnome: Talia (girl who
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Sara
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you kidding me? This was so amazing, I loved every minute of it. It's like Howl's Moving Castle + Bear, Otter and the Kid + The Sound of Music all wrapped up into its own truly unique and fucking heartwarming package! I am dead.
Josy
I have to admit the price for the ebook was quite shocking but I guess that was to be expected from a big publisher? Good thing I'm totally in love with the cover so that's why I pre-ordered the hardcover. Still a steep price but not that uncommon for a physical book. Not sure yet if I will buy the ebook as well.

Speaking of the cover, did you know that the artist built a model and photographed it? So awesome! Here you can have a look at the model complete with sky and everything:
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Martha
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
RTC but holy shit you guys. It's sentimental and weird and the antichrist is there and he's heartbreaking and it's just completely, utterly wonderful.

Thanks to NetGalley and Tor for the ARC.
Em
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, sweet, gentle, hopeful book, part Good Omens, part Harry Potter, part Miss Peregrine’s, part Gashlycrumb Tinies. It’s a gorgeous piece of uplifting wish fulfillment and it made me cry.
The Artisan Geek
28/11/19
Thank you so much Tor/Forge for gifting me a copy of this book! Both the premise and cover are STUNNING! I can't wait to dive into it!!


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Flora ❀
Nov 11, 2019 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-be-released
"Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist." eXCUSE ME WHAT?!

Imagine Yeontan as a were-pomeranian ... that would explain why he acts like he's a big dog sfjkdfgdg
♠️ TABI ♠️
why does this have the cover art of a middle grade book?? tis very misleading
Jennifer
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
A beautifully written book full of hope and heart!
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Kate Thomas
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that this comes out on my birthday. I read it last night and finished it this morning, and for once I agree with all the blurbs. It is a kind book, it is very sweet, and it will definitely appeal to fans of Douglas Adams. It’ll be my spring staff pick at the bookstore for sure. I even came on to an amazon site to say so :)
Sana
Jun 20, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
This 'queer contemporary fantasy' about investigating 'the caretaker of six children who are unlike anything the world has ever seen' BETTER deliver
Molly Ringle
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fae, lgbtq
Aw, this story stole my heart!
Linus Baker has a dreary bureaucratic job in a rather Orwellian city, evaluating orphanages for magical youth. But his special assignment to an idyllic island changes it all: an island housing nobody except a charming orphanage master, his six unusual charges, and a spunky sprite. It turns out that even though one of the children is, if reports are to be believed, the Antichrist himself, they're all basically GOOD kids. (And they're all unique and delightful, but
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Debbie Gascoyne
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fantasy, netgalley
This is a thoroughly delightful book and I enjoyed every word of it. It is slightly old-fashioned in tone - refreshingly so in the way it focusses on a single 40-year old viewpoint character, far from the current vogue for multiple POV, young narrators - but in a good way, in the sense that this is one of those gentle, almost domestic, fantasies that it seems no one writes any more. I was sold by Linus, the shy, lonely, middle-aged hero, and stayed for the delightful assortment of wild children ...more
McCutsinger
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to get this book while on vacation, so I had long uninterrupted reading times. This book is both entertaining and heartwarming. The characters are beyond endearing - I wanted to give the protagonist a noogie at the beginning of the book, and by the end wanted to cheer him. While some may find the story predictable or heavy handed at times, I loved the characters too much to care. And, given the current environment, a bit of heavy handedness may be called for anyway. ...more
Mimi
I'm not usually a fan of cutesy, whimsical book covers, but there's something about this one that I can't help but be drawn to.
Lauren
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am deceased.
Sandy
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just a wonderful, heartwarming story. I fell in love with the characters and feel like they will stay with me for a long time.
Danielle Chambers
This book is so good! Full review to come.
Alexandra Santos
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't envy the job of marketers having to try and describe this sweet little book; it's got dry humour and an adult main character (planting it in adult fantasy), but the subject matter (an "orphanage" on a idyllic island, populated by children that are each some kind of magical being) means it's also quite light and gentle, with a simple message about the importance of family and love. At certain points, I felt like it could even be a young adult/middle grade book, but then there would be a ...more
Jen
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** I read an advance reader copy of this book. **

This book was amazing. Just that, amazing. Definitely one of my top ten books of the year and I've already completed my Goodreads Challenge of reading 350 books this year. I cried (but not 'oh my god they killed the dog' crying (I swear, no dogs die!!) but 'wow. that is just so f***ing beautiful crying'). I laughed (surprised laughter, which for me is the best -- if I see the joke coming that takes something away, the humor snuck up on me in this
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Charlotte Bayley Westcott
*Arc recieved from Edelweiss*

This book was different from the other TJ Klune books I have read, but that doesn't make it at all bad. It was sweet and made me think about many things in a different light. I really enjoyed that the romance was there and still not the main focus. That was all spent on the main character and the children. It took me only two days to finish this book because I just couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it for people who love fantasy and want to see a different
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Cherei
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The House in the Cerulean Sea is delightfully fun and entertaining! Folks love magical kingdoms. It doesn't matter if it's Hogwarts or if it's an orphanage in the Cerulean Sea! I totally enjoyed reading the story! Very imaginative! Somewhat reminded me of Ronald Dahl's stories. (Matilda, The house with the clock inside, etc...) I love when an author writes what is running around in his head and doesn't write to the public. That in itself is so rare these days! Fun read!! Five stars ALL THE WAY!! ...more
Lisa
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers, YA readers, everyone
Recommended to Lisa by: ARC from publisher
I would give The House in the Cerulean Sea 10 stars if I could. Hands down the best book I've read in 2019! Well written, lovely characters, beautiful setting, an absolute delight to read. If I ever get to meet T.J. Klune, I will thank him repeatedly and give him a brass button. I very much look forward to handselling this book!
Tina
Simultaneously absurd and heartwarming. Reminded me of Diana Wynne Jones’s writing at times, which is one of the highest compliments I can give a story. Gorgeous writing and a fun cast of characters, as I’ve come to expect from TJ Klune. Full review to come.
Karma♥Bites ^.~
oooohhh... something shiny & new!

perfect to tide us over until Brothersong?
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When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only ...more