Review - The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Publisher: Redhook
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
Date Read: October 18, 2019
Length: 384 pages
Source: Purchased
★★★★★
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.
My Review

What a fantastic book!  I knew that this book was going to be special on the very first page.  There is just something about the way that it is written that really pulls the reader into the story.  I was completely captivated and didn't want to put the book down for any reason.  I am so glad that I took a chance and decided to give this book a try.

January lives in the home of a wealthy businessman, Mr. Locke.  Her mother is gone and her father works for Mr. Locke searching the world for treasures which means he is rarely around.  She doesn't quite fit in but tries to be what Mr. Locke wants her to be.  Her only friends are a local boy named Samual and eventually, a big mean looking dog, she names Sinbad but always addresses as Bad.  January finds a book, The Ten Thousand Doors, which she knows is meant for her.  The book alternates between January's story and the story told in her book.  Both stories were completely compelling.  I was completely amazed by the story January's book held as its true origin was revealed. 

I loved January!  She was tough and resourceful.  She tried really hard to do what was expected until she realized that may not be her best option.  She never gave up and she cared greatly for those around her.  I also really loved how her dog, Bad, was a big part of the story.  Bad had great instincts and was fiercely loyal to January.  I was really impressed by how completely his personality was developed.

This is a fantasy and one that was very well done.  I loved the idea of these magical doors that allow individuals to travel from one world to another.  The descriptions were so well done, I almost felt like I could smell the air along with the characters.  I thought that the author did a fantastic job of incorporating fantastical elements into a historical story in a manner that seemed completely plausible. 

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I loved the journey that I took with January in these pages.  There were surprises, some heartache, a few moments of pure joy, and some precious hope.   I will definitely be looking out for future books by this incredibly talented author!

About the Author

Alix E. Harrow is an ex-historian with lots of opinions and excessive library fines, currently living in Kentucky with her husband and their semi-feral children. She won a Hugo for her short fiction, and has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy awards.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

Comments

  1. Oh, this sounds really good! I love that the dog has a big part and he's created well. January sounds pretty awesome too.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. I have this on hold at my library but don't know when I'll get to it so it may have to wait. I'm also trying to figure out what books to ask for at Christmas and I think your review, and Sinbad, may have put me over the edge!

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  3. great review. i do love a book with fully developed critters. adds a little extra
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  4. I'm glad it was such a good one for you! Fantastic review! I love the cover.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  5. Oh wow, this sounds wonderful! I can see why you enjoyed it so much!

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  6. I have had my eye on this one. I sounds great! Thanks for sharing your review. 👍✨

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  7. Bad the dog sounds like a really interesting part of the book.

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  8. Ohh lovely :D I would read this, I want a door too

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  9. Ahhh I am so excited for this one and you have me all the more intrigued! I love the cover and I am a bit biased because January is my birth month as well :D But she sounds like a wonderful strong lead character. And the magical doors... everything pulls me toward this book.

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  10. This is such a gorgeous cover! I love the use of design and colour. The book sounds a bit different from anything I usually read. For some reason I'm intrigued by it but it's out of my comfort zone!

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  11. This sounds so good and I am glad you loved it so much! Great review!

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  12. Oooh, I've been meaning to dig into this and your review definitely makes me feel enthusiastic. Awesome!

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  13. This book is everywhere! But it sounds like it's worth the hype.

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