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

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I’ve had The Ten Thousand Doors of January, a 2019 Fantasy novel, on my kindle NetGalley tbr for a while and finally dove into it recently.

I adore the cover of this novel and that heavily influenced me to pick up this adult fantasy title.

Alix E. Harrow’s writing style was beautiful and fantastical, it reminded me of Laini Taylor or Erin Morgenstern. I felt that Harrow did a great job of crafting the world/worlds within the novel. However, I would have liked to see even more of the “doors” or other worlds.

My favorite aspect of the novel was the characters, our main character January, the interesting side characters, and even the villains were all well-written.

I ended up not completely loving it. I felt that the pacing was slow for me. I also struggled with the whole book within a book format.

I recommend checking out this well-written Fantasy novel.


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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