The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

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The House in the Cerulean Sea
Cover of The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Author(s) T.J. Klune
Published March 17, 2020
Publisher Tor Books
Genre(s) Fantasy
Age group Adult

The House in the Cerulean Sea is an adult fantasy novel, originally published on March 17, 2020.

Trigger Warnings

  • Abuse (mentioned)
  • Anxiety (trauma-related)
  • Bigotry
  • Body shaming
  • Bullying
  • Child abuse (backstory)
  • Fatphobia (internalized)
  • Homophobia
  • Microaggressions
  • Queerphobia
  • Violence (against children)


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Fat main and side characters
  • Gay main character
  • Black character
  • Queer side characters*
  • MM relationship
  • FF relationship



  • T.J. Klune has stated that The House in the Cerulean Sea was partially inspired by the Sixties Scoop, in which Indigenous children were removed from their homes by the Canadian government and relocated to white middle-class families. Klune expressed that he wanted to write a story which explored positive effects of giving children a safe and supportive environment. As a result, many readers have expressed feeling like the novel is trivializing trauma experienced by indigenous children by romanticizing and profiting off of the history of residential schools.[1][2][3]