The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Hello and happy weekend everyone! Today it’s my stop on the #blogtour for The Ten Thousand Doors of January and I’m really looking forward to sharing my thoughts on it with you!

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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.

My Thoughts

First of all can we please just take a moment to marvel at this stunning cover!  This is quite possibly one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t influence my decision to read and review this book!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a captivating read.  It is oozing with gloriously descriptive prose and there is even a peppering of footnotes throughout for those who want to be fully immersed in this truly Nania-esque world.

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot but the writing in this book is exquisite.  I marvelled at the breadth and creativity of Harrow’s imagination as I turned each page and I was enchanted by her tantalizing and glorious details.  The images that she manages to conjure up are so vivid and luminous I could almost reach out and touch them.

With fantasy not being my normal genre, I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything quite like this before.  The story of the Doors is indeed compelling, but (for me) it is the calibre of the writing which sets this book aside from others; it is both enchanting and dazzling; a bewildering and multi-faceted journey of true escapism.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is out now in hardcover and you can buy it here.  My thanks for to Tracy Fenton and Compulsive Readers for the invitation to the #blogtour and to Nadia Khatun of Orbit for a stunning proof copy in exchange for my honest review.

If you enjoyed my review, please do check out my other posts, and also the other stops on the #blogtour (see below).

Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks

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