The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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 bo...

Details The Ten Thousand Doors of January

TitleThe Ten Thousand Doors of January
Release DateSep 10th, 2019
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews The Ten Thousand Doors of January

  • chai ♡
    I almost didn’t write this review.I felt that to speak of this book would be to contain what it did to me, to diminish it somehow. And I didn’t want to do that. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is almost less a novel than an experience: never have I felt more like I was part of things, moved by the same current, like my soul had disconnected from my body and drifted among fictional souls in a mist somewhere between fantasy and reality. It s...
  • megs_bookrack
    ((mentally prepares for awkward silence due to extremely unpopular opinion))((confirmed sound of crickets))I'm sorry, everyone, but I have to be honest. I did not enjoy this book.I really wanted to, I was so hyped for it. I saw all the early reviews coming in and they were fantastic. I couldn't wait to get into it.I started reading... First impression, the writing was a little quirky, but my interest was still high. Then it seemed to go nowhere. ...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    5 thousand stars first for wonderful, amazing illustration on the cover and five thousand stars go for rest of the heart throbbing, one of the most creative, colorful, joyful journeys to many different imaginary portals you can never imagine to visit!FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT, OPEN YOUR EYES, READY TO COUNT TO 10 THOUSAND! This is amazing combination of McGuire’s Wayward Children Series and Stephen King’s Dark Tower series! BLURB: Seven years old...
  • karen
    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST FANTASY *AND* BEST DEBUT NOVEL 2019! what will happen?i mean, it’s a perfect book.that should be the alpha and the omega of this book review, because you’ve probably already read the synopsis, and if it takes more than that to convince you of this book’s desirability, i’m sure i don’t have the words to do it. if you like seanan mcguire’s wayward children series, you will probably enj...
  • Petrik
    ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.4.5/5 starsGorgeous and magical; it’s not a stretch to call The Ten Thousand Doors of January a magnificent physical manifestation of a grimoire.Orbit did it again. The Ten Thousand Doors of January has shot to the top of my TBR since the moment I saw the cover and heard about the premise; I was charmed and can safely say that I don’t think I’ve read many books as beau...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    All the stars! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Marion's excellent review):The Ten Thousand Doors of January is perched at the top of the mountain of portal fantasies that I’ve read in my life. It’s set apart by Alix E. Harrow’s intelligent and truly gorgeous writing, unique characters ― including true friends and a fiercely loyal dog ― and a complex and twisty plot, combined with thoughtful co...
  • Paromjit
    If there is a part of you that has always felt there is magic in the world ever since childhood, despite voices to the contrary, and have a penchant for the whimsical, then Alix Harrow has written the perfect novel for you. It is a story of doors, portals if you will, existing in places of particular resonance, stepping through the void, into fables, folklore, adventure, love and sanctuary, and the infinite power of words and stories. In 1901, at...
  • jessica
    ‘words and their meanings have weight in the world of matter, shaping and reshaping realities through a most ancient alchemy.’ and the words in this story shape a most delightful world - filled with imagination, wonder, adventure, and love. any story that focuses on the importance of words and stories is one that i will always find comforting. i appreciate how january is a character who also finds comfort in books and the power of words and a...
  • 🌻darmera🌻
    Well written, but a tiiiiiinnny bit draggy for my taste. Bonus points for the way challenging themes were handled though - definitely a ya book with a message and a punch. However, not a good choice if you are in a reading slump, but if you were pondering over it - do pick it up, it is an eye opening book, and if you can dedicate the adequate attention and time to it's details - it is worth the read.
  • Amalia Gavea
    ''Maybe you've even seen one for yourself, standing half-ajar and rotted in an old church, or oiled and shining in a brick wall. Maybe, if you're one of those fanciful persons who find their feet running toward unexpected places, you've even walked through one and found yourself in a very unexpected place indeed.'' January is a young girl torn between two worlds. Her parentage makes her special, yet people see what they want to see, dictated by t...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
    Bewitching, creative, & magical!THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by ALIX E. HARROW is an imaginative, enchanting, intriguing, and unique story that wasn’t the easiest book for me to read. I was a little bit bored in the beginning and almost called it quits quite a few times. I am so glad that I persevered because at approx. 58% in is when things started to get a lot more exciting and come together for me. The writing is quite beautiful but ext...
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    NOW PUBLISHED The blurb from NetGalley:EVERY STORY OPENS A DOORIn 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 wor...
  • Mayim de Vries
    “It is at the moments when the doors open, when the things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”Ten thousand doors no’s. Twenty thousand doorways no-way’s.Sometimes I shamelessly fall for those hyped bestsellers, but most often I cannot stand them. Funnily enough, I loved what most people hate about this book: the flowery, flowing prose. I admired the writing style so much that I wanted to rate the book with full five stars, a pr...
  • Josiah Bancroft
    THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow is a beautifully written and absorbing tale of lost love, stately prisons, ghastly villains, and terrible secrets. It’s a smart and roving adventure that has a full and thumping heart.Harrow has created a mythology that is both tangible and tantalizing, and has injected that vision into turn of the 20th century America. The historic details greatly enrich and never distract from a narrative th...
  • Celeste
    You can find this review and more at Novel Notions. Actual rating: way more than 5 stars.I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Orbit/Redhook) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.“Listen, not every story is made for telling. Sometimes just by telling a story you’re stealing it, stealing a little of the mystery away from it.” The Ten Thousand Doors of January is quite poss...
  • Spencer Orey
    Really good! Beautiful and precious prose. Somehow I didn’t expect it to be so YA, but I ended up liking that too. There’s a lot of clever treatment of imperialism and rich collectors. Really the whole book feels deeply grounded in critical history, which for me also made the magic of doors and their fantastic worlds feel fantastically grounded too. I loved that. There are some fierce antiracist and anti-imperialist politics woven in here, an...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Upon reading the first few pages of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, it is pretty clear that Alix E. Harrow has a way to write most eloquently and organic, a whimsical tale reminiscent of childhoods' past imaginary wonders, curiosities, and secrets. The most beautiful, exquisite passages of words strung together so naturally, they elude to the calm and quiet brilliance within, ever so gently evoking the reader's attention wrapped around in ever...
  • C.G. Drews
    reading this book was like experiencing something gorgeous and beautiful and aching. I fully admire the writing and wanted to save half a million quotes. It also gave me strong flashbacks to things like Narnia (my whole childhood was Narnia so this story was such an adult homecoming) and also Strange the Dreamer, utterly and fully. If you love Strange, do try this. I think the strength of this book was the prose first, characters second. And it a...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    3 stars. A spellbinding, imaginative, unique journey!This novel is a creative, haunting and original story. The main character, January, is a young girl who finds a magical book that takes her on a journey through hidden doors into other worlds. In search of her family and of herself, January tries to piece together her past.Based on the synopsis, I knew this was a bit of a risky read, but I wanted to take the plunge and try something outside of ...
  • Hamad
    This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 “How fitting, that the most terrifying time in my life should require me to do what I do best: escape into a book.” 🌟 Disclaimer: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review!🌟 I am not a big fan of history in general and it was always my least favorite subject in school. I found that the same applies to the bookish world and that I am not a big fan of...
  • Larry H
    "There's only one way to run away from your own story, and that's to sneak into someone else's." The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a wild, magical, fascinating story about incredible journeys, love, family, loss, and loyalty.At the turn of the 20th century January Scaller is a young, curious girl whose father travels for business, hunting the world for antiquities and oddities, so he leaves her in the care of his employer, the eccentric col...
  • Adam
    It is a rare thing to relate to a book’s character in such a way that similar situations evoke empathy across your lives. Enough parallels can be drawn to feel almost as if the book is catered specifically toward you in some existential way. I have not read much portal fantasy, but I have always felt a feeling of smothered repression through my youth that has tamped down my will to explore. Instead, my portals to elsewhere revealed themselves i...
  • Em Lost In Books
    4.5*Absolutely stunning and gorgeous! 💕
  • TS Chan
    ARC provided by the publisher, Orbit, in exchange for an honest review.Incredibly lush, exquisite and enchanting, The Ten Thousand Doors of January has all the makings of a classic. One which I'm certain will be well-loved and much-read. And I dare say not only by those who enjoy fantasy, for this novel is pure joy in literary form that is a tribute to almost every reader out there.Do you love books? This book is for you.Do you love the written w...
  • Fran
    Locke House was "an immense red stone castle" in Vermont. William Cornelius Locke, Chairman of the Archaeological Society, had amassed an impressive collection of objects "of particular unique value". These magnificent treasures were pilfered from around the world by employees like Julian Scaller. Globetrotting for Mr. Locke, arguably a less than desirable occupation, afforded 'motherless' January the privilege of learning proper etiquette and mi...
  • Melissa
    HOLY SH*T. This book was like a drug to me. Portals and the multiverse and word magic and fascinating women and crisp, textured prose I wanted to fold and unfold like a letter. It's truly one of those books that's bigger on the inside, a house with countless rooms.
  • Bradley
    Like the cover to this book, the innards are lush, romantic, and adventuresome. Beautiful prose, much better story, and ten thousand open doors to other realms awaiting us.Eventually. The first part reads mostly like a Secret Garden type story, complete with the right time period. This may be a bonus to a lot of you, but to me, it was quite simply okay.When we get word of her father's demise, however, everything picks up pace. I particularly love...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. January Scaller is an oddity. A ward of the rich and powerful Mr Cornelius Locke, her father's employer, with skin the colour of cinnamon, she spends her childhood trying to be a good girl and conforming to the society of 19th century America. Until, aged 7, she finds a Door that opens onto a world smelling of sea brine and possibilities and is changed forever. Scattered among her w...