October 11, 2019

#BookReview: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by @AlixEHarrow @orbitbooks


Synopsis: In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. 


Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow’s spellbinding debut–step inside and discover its magic.
 


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About the Author: Alix E. Harrow has been a student and a teacher, a farm-worker and a cashier, an ice-cream-scooper and a 9-to-5 office-dweller. She's lived in tents and cars, cramped city apartments and lonely cabins, and spent a summer in a really sweet '79 VW Vanagon. She has library cards in at least five states.

Now she's a full-time writer living in with her husband and two semi-feral kids in Kentucky. Her short fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Apex, and other venues, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January is her debut novel. Find her wasting time and having opinions at @AlixEHarrow on Twitter.


Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: I almost DNFed this one with how it started. I was getting to the point that I never wanted to hear the word door again.  Or excuse me Door.  After the few first chapters this one started pulling me in so fast I was sucked in and I didn't want to leave. The cover is just so gorgeous it's what made me want to read this one.  And although I had issues with the opening it started picking up just fine after that. 


The writing style was very well done after that first chapter and the pacing worked well.  The characters were fully fleshed out and complete and I loved January! That was such an interesting name and how it tied into the title was genius. 

This is definitely one of those titles that you kind of go into not knowing what your going to get and not having a lot of expectations only to come out on the other side amazed that you ever thought that this story was going to be bad. 

Must Read! 



"Many worlds, vanishing doors, mind-cracking magic: I clung to each page, searching for answers. This is one of the most unique works of fiction I've ever read!"―Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

"The Ten Thousand Doors of January begins as a simple adventure, but like its mysteriously transportive doors, leads deeper and deeper the further you read. Each page dazzles with things to be discovered: a mansion of priceless artefacts, a secret journal, a tantalizing quest through strange and beautiful places, and a love story that spans time, worlds, and magic. I couldn't put it down."―Peng Shepherd, critically acclaimed author of The Book of M

"A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting."―Christina Henry, national bestselling author of Lost Boys and Alice

"Harrow has created a gorgeous world of magic that is at once familiar and startlingly new. With lush writing and a sense of wonderThe Ten Thousand Doors of January examines power, progress, and identity. It is an adventure in the best and grandest sense."―Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation 

"The Ten Thousand Doors of January is devastatingly good, a sharp, delicate nested tale of worlds within worlds, stories within stories, and the realm-cracking power of words."―Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

"The Ten Thousand Doors of January healed hurts I didn't even know I had. An unbearably beautiful story about growing up, and everything we fight to keep along the way."―Amal El-Mohtar, Hugo Award-winning author

"A love letter to imagination, adventure, the written word, and the power of many kinds of love."―Kirkus

"A gorgeously written story of love and longing, of what it means to lose your place in the world, and then have the courage to find it again. This book is a door I'm glad to have opened."―Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians

"The Ten Thousand Doors of January is both whimsical and smart, using engaging writing and a unique plot to touch on serious topics. Harrow's debut reads like a love letter to the art of storytelling itself, and readers will be eager for more from her."―Booklist

"The Ten Thousand Doors of January is rich and poignant, angry and beautiful, by turns. Alix Harrow has written a stunning, unforgettable debut."Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author









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