The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alex E. Harrow is a novel where secret doors lead to different worlds, and the girl that can open them. Ms. Harrow is a writing living in Kentucky, this is her debut novel.
- 384 pages
- Publisher: Redhook
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316421995
My rating for The Ten Thousand Doors of January — 4
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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alex E. Harrow is a delightful novel, with great plot and characters. The first thing I noticed was the rich writing which sets the tone of the book, and the clever way the author weavers her tale.
I enjoyed the narrative and the descriptive language very much, while the pacing is a bit slow I do appreciate the author taking her time to tell a good story. The prose is whimsical, and while the story leaves several unanswered questions, sometimes they’re best unanswered or left to the reader’s imagination.
The author touches a lot of aspects of today’s society, racism, oppression, coming of age, and more. But I appreciated her not beating me over the head with her allegories, they’re there if you want to find them but they can be easily just be part of the story.
I could not put my finger down on who the books is meant towards, could be YA, but could just as easily be for adults who understand the underlying complex themes. I certainly hope Ms. Harrow will continue writing, she is talented and imaginative.
January Scaller is the ward of Mr. Locke, a wealthy collector who employs her father to bring him artifacts from around the world. January finds a strange book with tales of secret doors, adventure, and love.
Reading the book, January discovers that it is not fiction, but somewhat of a manual to get to different worlds.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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