Whispers of Forgotten Worlds—The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Published 28 Mar 2024
by Anca Antoci

Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Released: 10.09.2019
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The Ten Thousand Doors of January is not just a novel; it's an immersive journey that transcends the boundaries of reality and fiction. From the first page, I found myself swept away, feeling as though my spirit had untethered from my body and wandered through a misty realm where fantasy intertwines with truth.

Book description from the back cover

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.

My review

The story revolves around January, a young girl who embodies the essence of being an outsider. Motherless, with an unusual skin color, and a father often absent, she finds solace in the company of a guardian who collects curiosities. But her life takes a remarkable turn when she stumbles upon a door leading to another world. Encouraged to dismiss it as mere fancy, January's world transforms when she encounters a mysterious book and a woman who propels her into a grander narrative.

To avoid spoilers, I'll refrain from delving into the intricacies of the plot. Suffice it to say, I was enraptured by every twist and turn. The narrative flows effortlessly, weaving a tale of mystery, humor, and depth. While some plot twists may be anticipated, they are executed with such finesse that it only adds to the brilliance of the storytelling. Moreover, unexpected revelations leave a lasting impact, keeping the reader on edge throughout.

The characters are exceptionally crafted, each with their own complexities and depths. It's easy to form a connection with them, to empathize with their struggles and triumphs. The world-building is equally impressive, seamlessly blending the fantastical with the plausible.

From the captivating title to the enchanting cover art, every aspect of the story captivated me. I found myself utterly engrossed, unable to tear myself away. Harrow's prose is nothing short of enchanting, infused with emotion and longing. But beyond the lyrical language and compelling narrative, what truly sets this book apart is its ability to evoke the essence of memory, imbuing the storytelling with a poignant sincerity.

In conclusion, The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a literary gem that will grip you from the very first sentence. It's a testament to Harrow's skill as a storyteller, leaving a profound impact long after you turn the final page.

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