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

the ten thousand doors of januaryThe Ten Thousand Doors of January
Alix E. Harrow

Orbit, 2019
★★★☆☆

This book is like if Strange the Dreamer and A Darker Shade of Magic got together and had a baby that was then fostered by Margaret Rogerson with occasional visits from Seanan McGuire. I know that’s a completely nonsensical and likely very overwrought metaphor, but there you go.

I don’t quite know what I expected from The Ten Thousand Doors of January – I do know that I was initially very hesitant to read it, and that it was only the hype surrounding it that finally convinced me to pick it up. The summary is quite vague, so I wasn’t quite sure where the book was heading, and it’s certainly in no hurry to tell you. This is a very, very slow-paced book, to the point where I struggled with the pacing at several intervals, and it’s not really so much about adventure and portals and different worlds as it is a coming-of-age story about a lost young girl. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow”