The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Reviewed by Ginny
**We received an advanced copy of this book from BookCon! We’d like to thank Alix and Redhook for the opportunity. This book came out on Sept 10th and you can get it here or at your local independent bookstore**
What I drank prior: Beer. Happy Oktoberfest! I was at a delightful party hosted by our wonderful Linz and partook in the pony keg of Oltoberfest beer provided.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Spoiler-free Overview: i love a good Portal book. January, Mr. Locke’s ward keeps finding doorways that take her to other places. Locke is clearly a creeo from the beginning and at some point January wants to find her father who is employed by Locke. Things dont go to plan becaide L0vke is a creep an January goes on a grand advemtire
Spoiler-free Thoughts: i so love Portal fantasy. I love worlds living nexy yo each other with slight overlap (Every Heart A Doorway and the following series is amazing). I enjoyed January ad a characyer through she reads as cery naive in places. Her caretaker and best friend both coulf have played larger roles which I think I would hace enjoyed seeing but in generallt this book had amazing descriptions and a fun plot.
Characters: watching January discover her past and plan her future was delightful. I do wish the minor players were a little more filled out. January and Locke feel fully realized but Januarys dather, best friend, and nursemaid all felt like they could have used a little more action or fulfillment.
Plot; I liked the plot. Doors are starting to close and January doesnt know why. She’s enamored with traveling through the doors and also wants to dind her father and getting from point A to point B is fun. I enjoyed the ways that consequences rippled out. I thought a fre things were too simplified and that January may have been a lo ittle too naive tor a little yoo long
Writing Style: fun.
World building; Im always most impressed when an author has many different worlds to create and this was one of those. Yhe different worlds were both unique and believable, which was delightful. There were worlds I wantrd to study and worlds I wanted to avoid bu6 most of all this book reminded me of reading Harry Potter and desperately wanting to receive an owl so I could be a part of the world.
What to pair it with: a kamikaze shot. Tasty and fun but didnt last nearly as long as you would like.