The latest book to get the fancy, illustrated treatment from Grim Oak Press is T.J. Klune’s beloved The House in the Cerulean Sea, which launches in a limited edition of 1,000 copies today. For those of you who are extra-super collectors, there’s also a lettered edition—but there are only 52 of those, so be quick!
Published in 2021 by Tor Books, The House in the Cerulean Sea was a bestseller and an Alex Award winner. Here’s the synopsis:
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.
The Grim Oak edition is illustrated by David Curtis, and signed by both Curtis and Klune. The jacket is foiled and embossed, and there are nine full-color interior illustrations—and, of course, a sewn-in ribbon for keeping your place.
Pre-orders begin at 2pm EST/11 am PST today; learn more here.