Hi bookworms! I am so excited be today’s tour stop for The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, which was organized by the lovely Tracy from Compulsive Readers and Orbit Books. Be sure to check out the other lovely bloggers involved (the second portion of the blog tour is below).
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Publication Date: 10 September 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit Books/Redhook
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.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a beautifully written and enchanting tale that follows the life of January Scaller, a mixed-race child of unknown origins who is the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke. January knows that she doesn’t fit into Mr. Locke’s world since people who are anything but white in the 1900s are considered inferior. She knows that she’s just another collector’s item to be gawked at in the Locke mansion.
With no mother and her father continually absent on business travels on Mr. Locke’s behalf, January yearns for a life outside of Locke mansion. Everything changes for January when she discovers a book about Doors that lead to other worlds. Behind these doors awaits both adventure and danger, as well as the secrets to her past and family. Behind these doors, she may finally understand where and why she belongs.
As far as characters go, I absolutely loved January because of her independence and resilience. She refuses to be tamed or to play into the hands of a society that clearly did not accept her father for his blackness. January’s dog, Bad, who was gifted to her by Samuel was also an incredible sidekick. Bad was January’s protector and made it so that no one could threaten January otherwise the person would endure quite the attack.
Another facet of this story that I was really impressed with was the story within a story narrative. The story of January and the story of Adelaide and Julian were perfectly executed in parallel as well as when the stories converged with several surprises along the way.
Overall, Alix Harrow spins a beautifully illustrious tale with this story. If you love stories that have rich descriptions and prose and a fantasy world sprinkled with magical realism then you definitely want to pick this one up.
Thank you to Orbit Books for gifting me a finished copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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