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

Let me start off by saying that I had no clue about the plot before reading The Ten Thousand Doors Of January. I had seen a few bloggers rave about it online and when it did show up on my NetGalley feed while I was browsing for books, the cover instantly caught my attention. So I thought why not? Did I think I’d get accepted to read the early copy? Not at all. Am I glad that I did? Read on to find out.

About The Book

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 Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Alix E. Harrow
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit Books
Date Of Publication: 14th May 2020
Pages: 374
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

The Ten Thousand Doors Of January is a brilliant debut novel by Alix E. Harrow. Each page is written beautifully, and it’s very easy to get absorbed into the plot. The language was extremely descriptive and each page effortlessly blended into the next. I completely enjoyed this book from start to finish.

Like I mentioned earlier in this post, I had no idea what this book was about. I went into it expecting it to be a typical portal fantasy. You know the kind where a girl sees a door and walks through it into another world. A few pages in I thought it would be just like The Secret Garden but was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be something different.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January tells us the story of January Scaller, a young girl who lives with her guardian while her father travels the world looking for artefacts and lost treasures. One day, while searching through the house she comes across a book. This book tells her tales of faraway lands and changes her life or rather, brings clarity and meaning to her life. What happens next is a story that takes us on an adventure across lands and different worlds.

Each page got better and better. I found myself awake at night wanting to go back to the book because I wanted to know what happens next. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is the kind of book that will keep playing in your mind over and over again. After crossing the 30% mark I couldn’t put it down and tried to finish the rest in a single sitting.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I felt this book had a certain depth. The plot had many layers to it which brilliantly folded into the other to make it a great story. This book has a certain charm that I’m finding a little hard to put to words. There is mystery and thrill, love and drama and a whole lot of suspense.

Several scenes had my heart racing in anticipation. A few had me shed a solitary tear. Would I recommend this book? Definitely. The story was perfect from start to finish.

About the Author

Source: Goodreads

Alix e. Harrow has been a student and a teacher, a farm-worker and a cashier, an ice-cream-scooper and a 9-to-5 office-dweller. She has lived in tents and cars, cramped city apartments and lonely cabins, and spent a summer in a really sweet ’79 VW Vanagon. she is now a full-time writer living in with her husband and two semi-feral kids in Berea, Kentucky.

Liked my review and want to read this book? (Which you should). You can find the book for pre-order here: Amazon | ChapterOne Books

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

18 thoughts on “Book Review: The Ten Thousand Doors Of January by Alix E. Harrow”

  1. I agree with your thoughts one hundred percent! The story was about more than fantasy. I felt like it touched on the relevant topics of racism, elitism,and classism. I kind of want a part two because I really want a back story into Mr. Locke’s life.

    1. That would make a great prequel! I also need to know whether Samuel gets his memories back.

  2. Bossylibrarian

    Gorgeous book! One of the best I’ve read this year! Thanks for the review!

  3. Such a lovely review, I loved reading your thoughts about this book and I definitely want to try it out now. Would already do that for the gorgeous cover, but now I will also do it for the story.

    1. Thank you so much! I loved the cover as soon as I saw it. The story was amazing and I hope you love it as much as I did.

  4. This is such a well-written review – I bought this a while ago because of the lovely cover so it’s great to hear it lived up to your expectations! (and I’m glad I’m not the only one who was attracted to it because of that ha!).

    1. Haha I’m guilty of judging a book by its cover all the time. I’m so glad you loved this review! I hope you love the book as much as I did.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: