2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow @AlixEHarrow @orbitbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #TenThousandDoors

Oh boy have I got a special book to share with you today, Tbe Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. I’m sharing my review on the blog tour today and I’d like to thank Tracy Fenton for the invite and Orbit Books for the gifted copy.

About the book

EVERY STORY OPENS A DOOR

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.

But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across 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 reveals more impossible truths about the world, and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

To be perfectly honest I haven’t a clue where to start with this review. I’ve sat for ages waiting for the right words to come to me but each time I type something I instantly delete it. It’s not because I didn’t enjoy this book, in fact I loved it and I could probably write an essay about it but I want you to love it just as much as me so I don’t want to spoil one little bit of this magical story. I didn’t read any reviews before hand and went into The Ten Thousand Doors and fell in love.

I’m not sure what it is about this book, maybe it’s the beautiful writing or the powerful and engaging characters or maybe it’s the stunning settings within the story or maybe it’s just everything about this book that made me fall in love with it. It reminded me of the feelings I used to have as a child when I read a book, the feeling of escapism, of believing, the feeling of words wrapping themselves around you and pulling you into the story and everything else, the whole world disappearing as you read.

The story isn’t fast paced but it flows steadily and with each page turned it draws you in more and more. It’s almost like building bricks, you start with one and slowly build them up to reveal a beautiful and satisfying creation and that’s how I felt about this story. It is a beautiful creation and also very unique.

I won’t say too much but with The Ten Thousand Doors you get to read a story within a story (it will make sense when you read it) and I really enjoyed the two narratives, both equally engaging and totally fascinating.

The Ten Thousand Doors is almost like stepping inside a tardis, it doesn’t look too big and in fact it comes in at under 400 pages but oh boy it is so much bigger and absolutely filled to the brim with beautiful words that absolutely absorb you. It’s a story that will stay with me for a very long time and I’m not one to re-read books often but I do believe I will go back to this one again.

If you love reading, if you love a good story and even if fantasy isn’t your usual cup of tea I highly recommend this book. Pick it up, forget about everything that is real in this world and believe, believe in the written word, believe in different worlds and imagine, just imagine there is more out there and enjoy.

I truly enjoyed The Ten Thousand Doors of January and like I said previously this was such a hard review to write without spoiling it. I devoured this book and I’m actually bereft it’s finished, I didn’t want it to end and when I finished the last page I felt so full yet so empty, a real book hangover. I want more (stamps feet).

This is an incredible debut and I am super excited to see where Alix E. Harrow takes us next and hopefully it won’t be too long until I get to enjoy more beautiful and exciting writing from this very talented author.

Can I also just add that I know you should never judge a book by its cover but with this book oh my days, the cover is just as beautiful as the story. I’d frame this and put it in my wall, it’s gorgeous.

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