Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune


Rating: ☆☆☆☆1/2
Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: T.J. Klune
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Daniel Henning
Length: 12 hours
Publisher: Tor Books; Macmillan Audio
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Source: purchase
Recommended for fans of: whimsical fantasy


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.


SO CUTE! This is whimsical and magical and heartwarming. It gives you all the warm fuzzies of your favorite childhood, middle grade books, but it’s written for adults.

Linus lives a blah life, but a special assignment investigating a magical orphanage helps him find something worth living for. Linus’s relationships with the children and with Arthur gave me all the feels.

This book has so many positive messages. Be authentically you! Don’t hide what makes you special! Stand up to bullies! Find magic and love! This is a breath of fresh air in a world of dark, epic fantasies, and I really enjoyed the audiobook narrator. I am so glad I gave into the hype and picked this up; it was worth it!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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