The House in the Cerulean Sea: Special Edition (Cerulean Chronicles #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Cerulean Chronicles series.

Staff Reviews

I now understand why this was the number one recommended book when I began bookselling. I entered this fantasy world and I never wanted to leave. There was so much love, warmth, and joy wrapped up in this unconventional family. The children were hilarious as much as they were lovable. Their unique qualities shined on every page. Additionally Arthur and Linus were wonderful both in their chemistry with each other and as a family. Every now and then you just want a happy read and this is it.

— Jacey A.

This book was lovely (and I mean this in the most flattering and sincere manner). It was a sweet and gentle read that was an amazing and pleasurable experience page after page. Klune's characters are tangible, distinct, and lovable. They embody the good in the world that we all want to see--they are brave, hopeful, kind, compassionate, and funny. They are human (or not). They evolve. They grow. This book was laugh out loud in places and brought tears to my eyes in others. It has been a long time since I read something that was so engaging and so healing in such an angry, confused world. TJ Klune's messages (subtle or not) resonated with me and have kept me thoughtful and giggling since I finished the last page. I will be sharing this book with many people!

— Rebecca G

If you still have not read The House in the Cerulean Sea, what could you possibly be waiting for?

— M.C. Lord

April 2020 Indie Next List

The House in the Cerulean Sea is a heart-swelling wave of sweetness and hope. Mild-mannered government caseworker Linus Baker is sent on a secret assignment to an island orphanage he’s never even heard of. The astonishing inhabitants he gets to know there will change his life and make him reassess everything he thought he knew. This book will leave you believing in the good in everyone — even those society has given up on — and contemplating how huge changes have to start somewhere.”
— Haley Stocking, Phinney Books, Seattle, WA


An Alex Award winner! An Indie Next Pick! A RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!

A beautiful new hardcover edition of one of the best-loved and best-selling fantasy novels of the past decade, New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea, featuring aqua sprayed edges!

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

—V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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.

About the Author

TJ KLUNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, Under the Whispering Door, In the Lives of Puppets, the Green Creek Series for adults, the Extraordinaries Series for teens, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

Praise For…

One of Buzzfeed's "Best Books of 2022"!
A 2021 Alex Award winner!
The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!
An Indie Next Pick!

A Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee
One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “Best Books of 2020 So Far”

"I loved it. It is like being wrapped up in a big gay blanket. Simply perfect." —V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

"It will renew your faith in humanity.” —Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series

“It’s a witty, wholesome fantasy that’s likely to cause heart-swelling.” —The 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. It's a beautiful book.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless

“Sweet, comforting, and kind, this book is very close to perfect. The House in the Cerulean Sea is a work of classic children's literature written for adults and children alike, with the perspective and delicacy of the modern day. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” —Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart a Doorway

“Is it possible to fall in love with someone’s imagination? If so, consider me fully smitten. TJ Klune creates worlds where fear and threat can be conquered by kindness, and a tender, queer heart is more valuable than any weapon or power.” —David Levithan

“Quirk and charm give way to a serious exploration of the dangers of complacency in this delightful, thought-provoking Orwellian fantasy from Klune.... This tale of found family is hopeful to its core. Readers will revel in Klune’s wit and ingenuity.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Lambda Literary Award-winning author Klune (The Art of Breathing, 2019, etc.) has a knack for creating endearing characters, and readers will grow to love Arthur and the orphans alongside Linus... fans of quirky fantasy will eat it up. A breezy and fun contemporary fantasy." —Kirkus

“This is a sweet narrative about the value of asking questions and the benefits of giving people (especially children) a chance to be safe, protected, and themselves, regardless of what assumptions one might glean from, say, reading their case file.” —Booklist

“This inclusive fantasy is quite possibly the greatest feel-good story ever to involve the Antichrist.... The House in the Cerulean Sea will delight fans of Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series and any reader looking for a burst of humor and hope.” —Shelf Awareness

“A beautiful little gem of both irony and, yes, kindness.” —Fantasy & Science Fiction

“TJ Klune is a master storyteller.” —The Mary Sue

"A delightful tale about chosen families, and how to celebrate differences." —Library Journal

"This contemporary fantasy can satisfy any sweet tooth with its found family story and its gentle queer romance." —Book Riot

“If ever there was an author to watch out for, [Klune] is definitely that author.” —Culturess Daily

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250357243
ISBN-10: 1250357241
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: September 10th, 2024
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Cerulean Chronicles