The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Blog Tour

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A huge thanks to Tracy Fenton from https://www.compulsivereaders.com/ for organising this tour and to Alix E. Harrow, Orbit Books and Netgally for a copy of this novel in return for a fair and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

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.

Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow’s spellbinding debut–step inside and discover its magic.

My Thoughts

This is not a novel to be skimmed, scanned or to fly through.  It’s a indulgent story that should be read and digested with the utmost joy and the attention that it deserves.  From the stunning cover until the very end, every word should be savored.  It’s also a novel that is just so brilliant that finding the words to describe it without revealing too much is difficult but here’s my attempt.

The writing is so vivid and it doesn’t take long before the reader is fully merged with the story and it’s wonderful characters.  Using a first person perspective works really well for this novel as it brings a child-like voice to the whole narrative and really helps to see the events through a younger set of eyes.

The world building and weaving  of characters and plot are extremely intricate and cleverly put together and the whole story is just spellbinding.

For me personally, the key elements of the story were the undertones, subtly threaded through the main narrative but highlighting important aspects of life.  To begin with there is the question of January’s heritage and how people perceive her.  Seeing the reactions of people around her, through her eyes really provokes thought about how others read us.  This theme is written typically of the time era of the book and really brings home how life was.  Another theme that was really heartbreaking was that of loss and the unknown for a child.  Having no mother and not knowing if her dad is alive or just working really is an issue that is still highly prevalent in many children’s lives today.  My absolute favourite aspect of January was how unique and quirky she was in a time when this was much less acceptable.  These themes are tackled through the places she visits and the people that she meets.

I cannot put into words how beautiful and eye opening this novel is to read.  Beautiful!

Author Bio – Alix E. Harrow

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I’ve been a student and a teacher, a farm-worker and a cashier, an ice-cream-scooper and a 9-to-5 office-dweller. I’ve lived in tents and cars, cramped city apartments and lonely cabins, and spent a summer in a really sweet ’79 VW Vanagon. I have library cards in at least five states.

Now I’m a full-time writer living in with my husband and two semi-feral kids in Berea, Kentucky. It is, I’m very sure, the best of all possible worlds.

My debut novel–a historical fantasy called THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY–will be out in Fall 2019 from Orbit/Redhook.

My writing is represented by Kate McKean at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

 

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