Book Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Series: (I wish!)
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Release Date: 09/10/19
Star Rating: Beautifully written
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
I find it hard to describe this book. So first of all, let’s take a minute to look at that cover. Just absolutely gorgeous right?
This book was a slow burn for me. It seems like the more I think about it, the more I realize how much I really like it. I think this is going to be one I re-read often. Truth is, I’ve actually read it twice since I got the ARC. The second time through, I started out thinking I’d just skim it as a refresher before I wrote this review. Within a few pages I felt like I sank into it like a stone dropped into a still pond. It’s a wonderful feeling, being able to immerse yourself in a story like that.
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. – Goodreads
The book is beautifully written. It is a love letter to books, to writing, to language and to love itself. It features the kind of love story that is of the Ages. A love that transcends the limits of our known universe.
It’s also about doors. Physical doors … supernatural doors … emotional doors. Doors that can either open us up to new possibilites, or keep us from moving forward and living life to the fullest.
I love the main character of January. She is a realistic portrayal of an orphaned, deeply lonely young woman who finds herself in a fantastical setting. The language of the book is evocative and sensitive and she is someone I wish I could be friends with. I really enjoyed her, and this book. I would recommend it to anyone.
Song for this book: Manchester – Kishi Bashi
(omg this song is just *chef’s kiss* for this book!)