Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Portal Fantasy
Source: Bookcon, NetGalley
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In the summer of 1901, at the age of seven, January Scaller found a Door. You know the kind of door–they lead to Faerie, to Valhalla, to Atlantis, to all the places never found on a map.
Years later, January has forgotten her brief glimpse of Elsewhere. Her life is quiet and lonely but safe on her guardian’s estate, until one day she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds in its pages, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure, and danger. A book that might lead her back to the half-remembered door of her childhood.
But, as January gets answers to questions she never imagined, shadows creep closer. There are truths about the world that should never be revealed.
*Huge thank you to Orbit for providing me with an advanced copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.*
Okay, so it took me WAY too long to actually get this book read, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this one.
This book was not what I was expecting from the synopsis. There were some aspects we did get, but this book takes on a life of its own and it was such a fun ride.
January – January was such a compelling main character. The narrative style of this book takes a minute to get used to, it’s revealed why this is later on in the book, but having January recount her early years helps add so much depth to her character.
Mr. Lockhart – I actually really enjoyed Lockhart’s character. You could tell he always had an agenda and that every action was a move on a chessboard, with him planning 10 steps ahead. But that made his character work so so well. Every time I questioned him or his motives, I still found myself giving him benefit of the doubt, but still suspicious and wow I did not piece where they were going with his character together right away, but once it clicked, it CLICKED.
Samuel – TALK ABOUT LOYALTY TO A FAULT. Samuel was so sweet and a character that reminded us what a true friend looks like. Samuel always seemed to do his best when January needed some extra love and he was such a sweet character to read about.
Bad – Dog best friends are the best. Sorry Samuel, but you’ve been outdone by this sweet good boy. I can’t talk too much about this character without spoilers, but let me tell you, dogs in not swell situations gets me too into my feels.
Jane – We stan a badass who can hold her own. I loved how independent and sassy she was. I loved her backstory and motives. I loved what she brought to the climax. I just loved Jane a whole heckin’ ton.
This plot is actually a bit deceiving compared to the synopsis and frankly, I don’t want to give too much away. But we do have a unique take on portal fantasy and I loved it so much. I will say, some of the parts that didn’t surround the portal fantasy bits were a bit dry, but I was compelled for a majority of the story.
I did want to see more portal worlds, but I’m hoping they’re coming in a potential sequel.
I really enjoyed the second half of this book. There were some things that got turned on their heads, plot points I thought I had nailed that completely surprised me, and final reveal that opens the door for a continuation of this story that I can’t wait to read.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January take the classic portal fantasy and does something so new with it. Fans of the Wayward Children Series will probably enjoy this one as many themes are similar, though of course there are noticeable differences in execution.
I genuinely think this story will take YA Fantasy lovers by storm and will be a must-read of the fall!