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

Author: Alix E. Harrow
Published: Redhook
Released: September 10th, 2019
Received: Own (BOTM)
Warnings: Racism, kidnapping, abuse, cutting, animal injury

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January, written by Alix E. Harrow is a novel that I’ve been hearing about non-stop. Honestly, I’m a little upset with myself for taking this long to read it!

January Scaller knows what it is like to live in between. Raised by Mr. Locke, and the daughter of one of his employees, she knows wealth, and loneliness. She knows what it is like to be ignored, and to be looked down upon.

Little did she know what sort of family history she was missing out on. It all started with a book. Well, a book, and a doorway. Each door is a passageway to another world, and she is one of the few who can open them, and harness that potential.

“I hope you will find the cracks in the world and wedge them wider, so the light of other suns shines through; I hope you will keep the world unruly, messy, full of strange magics; I hope you will run through every open Door and tell stories when you return.”

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a novel that I’ve had on my TBR shelf for way too long. And I might just have built it up just a touch too much, for while I enjoyed it, I didn’t fall head over heels like I had fully expected.

So that probably wasn’t the fairest thing I could have done. Still, I did truly enjoy January’s series of adventures. Obviously, I loved the whole concept behind her doors and the worlds (and thus adventures) contained within.

Actually, looking back at it now, I think that’s the crux of why I didn’t love it more! I wanted to see more! More worlds, more doors. All of it. While we did see a few, they were limited. Both in number, and in details. (If you felt this way as well, go check out Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series – lots of worlds and even more descriptions!).

“May she wander but always return home, may all her words be written true, may every door lie open before her.”

Still, I can’t say that I didn’t like The Ten Thousand Doors of January. Far from it. I love a lot of the subjects that the narrative touches upon, including the way January herself doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere (a reason that is explained in detail).

I know that this is a long shot, but do you think there will ever be a sequel? I’d love to see what January got up to, especially after that hint at the end (I’m trying to be vague here, for obvious reasons).

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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