Set in a world where people and creatures with strange and supernatural powers are well known and regulated, Linus Baker is a case worker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. Linus is so perfectly ordinary that he is chosen to visit the most unusual orphanage under the departments care.
Six dangerous creatures live there, that’s what the department wants him to see. Except, they’re children. Strange children who could probably kill him with a thought but still just children. Not monsters, not something to hunt down or destroy. They’re cared for by Arthur, a man like no one Linus has ever met before.
In The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune has written a story of found families, justice, love and kindness even in the face of fear and hate. Linus is an overweight, anti-risk, middle aged man stuck in a rut but he’s so rich and wonderful as a character that he seems magical in his ordinariness.
His love for Arthur and the children grows slowly through the novel, becoming the family none of them have ever had before and didn’t realise how much they needed.
Plus, there’s tree spirits, little girls with beards, the literal antichrist, beautiful gardens and a mystery worth solving. I loved The House in the Cerulean Sea and look forward to seeing what else Klune has written both past and in future.