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”