Linus lives to work and works to live, and he’s really good at his job. So good that the Extremely Upper Management at the Department In Charge of Magical Youth sends him to Marsyas Island to make sure the orphanage is up to code. What he finds is nothing anyone could have prepared him for. The son of the devil, a garden gnome and a forest sprite, all children, are only a few of the surprises Linus found at The House In The Cerulean Sea. Then there is something about the man who runs the orphanage, Arthur Parnassus, that Linus can’t quite figure out.
I really enjoyed this book! I had so many laugh out loud moments while reading. The world needs more people like Arthur Parnassus in it. He sees the good in everyone when everyone else sees the bad. I highly recommend this book!
Book Rating: 4.5/5
Wine Pairing: St Supéry Sauvignon Blanc
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.