The House in the Cerulean Sea
by T.J. Klune (2020)
Linus Baker is 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 summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside and determine whether or not the orphanage should continue.
This book was read for the Sword and Laser book of the month.
It immediately draws the reader in with it’s narration and slowly unfolding explanation of its world. Linus is an interesting character and changes as to travels to the island, interacts with the children and returns.
It’s not until halfway through that you realize that this is not a fantasy book, but a story about abandoned children and their care givers. So it surprised me that I read to the end of this 115k work story.
It could have been improved and made more appealing to its youth market with some editing down to 70-80k words.
But in the end there is not much to the story, so only gets a 3/5 from me.