The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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"A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers, and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting." --Christina Henry, bestselling author of Alice and Lost Boys

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER! Finalist for the 2020 Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards.

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 await in Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding debut--step inside and discover its magic.

Praise for The Ten Thousand Doors of January :

"One for the favorites shelf... Here is a book to make you happy when you gently close it. Here you will find wonder and questions and an unceasingly gorgeous love of words which compasses even the shape a letter makes against a page."― NPR Books

"Devastatingly good, a sharp, delicate nested tale of worlds within worlds, stories within stories, and the realm-cracking power of words."―Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author

"A love letter to imagination, adventure, the written word, and the power of many kinds of love."― Kirkus

For more from Alix E. Harrow, check out The Once and Future Witches .
Publisher: New York, New York : Redhook, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316421997
Branch Call Number: HARR
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 10000 doors of January


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Oct 14, 2021

A fine, romantic fantasy as well as a tale of a young woman finding her strength, with a good dose of social commentary.

Sep 23, 2021

Reminiscent of The Night Circus, albeit not as dark.

Sep 15, 2021

I am completely amazed that the author was so successful in her endeavors. Given where the plot goes it is so appropriate that hard hearted people would be turned off and walk away. I am not an easy person to please, but this book was fun, interesting, and entertaining. Not saccharine but playful. And, compared with most of what is offered out there as fantasy, original, fresh and well worth the read.

Aug 28, 2021

The writing. 🤮 So flowery, so saccharine, so ... aware of itself. The premise is strong, but the delivery is hot garbage. I'm almost embarrassed that I read it.

Jul 29, 2021

Plowed thru 25 pages and just couldn't go any further. Maybe good for someone who loves fantasy novels, but not for me.

Jul 24, 2021

Exciting premise. Beautiful cover. Disappointingly small story. You promised us TEN THOUSAND DOORS Ms. Harrow. Ten thousand! This read more like a beautifully worded, extended origin story instead of the epic trek across worlds that it promises us.

sonja_m Jul 14, 2021

Have you ever wondered if there are other worlds? And if there were, would you visit them? January Scaller, a semi-orphan raised by a wealthy benefactor, has the gift of opening the doors between worlds, and so does Adelaide, a young woman raised in Kentucky at the turn of the 20th century.
Initially, they explore their gifts in parallel, but independent stories. Eventually, these tales merge into one as they discover their true histories and the ties that bind them.
As January leaves her childhood behind, she learns whom to trust and whom to fear and discovers that she is far stronger than she imagined.
The author’s use of language is vivid, evocative and almost poetic, with every word carefully chosen in order to wake all of your senses in this voyage into the unknown.

Jun 29, 2021

Fantasy. Lots of twists and turns. Surprise endings. Recommend for Book Club.

Jun 19, 2021

If my book group wasn't reading this, I wouldn't have finished it. When the 10 of us met to discuss it the comments ranged from very positive to very negative, and everything in between. I had to read over 100 pages before the plot kicked in. And even then, I kept falling asleep as I was reading. While main character January is influenced by several early-twentieth-century fiction: boys’ adventure stories, serialized novels, and story papers, I felt that the author could have included "The Wizard of Oz," "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," "Alice in Wonderland," and "Peter Pan" as stories January would have read and alluded to in this Young Adult fantasy that takes place primarily in 1911.

It's funny how I wanted to help the author with this book. I would have organized it better so it wouldn't be so confusing. And edited it to avoid the repetitive descriptions. This was a debut novel and maybe her next one will be better.

I was disappointed. I expected to like it but it just didn't work for me. Didn't like the characters, the concept, the writing. The best thing about the book was the cover art. I can't recommend this.

Jan 20, 2021

I loved this almost as I loved The Starless Sea. I loved the characters and their journeys, and desire more than anything to find a Door. I thought it was really well done and really well put together, with just the right amount of mystery. I wish it had been longer.

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Jun 16, 2021

“If we address stories as archaeological sites, and dust through their layers with meticulous care, we find at some level there is always a doorway. A dividing point between here and there, us and them, mundane and magical. It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”

Jun 16, 2021

“They always end up alone in the stories—witches, I mean—living in the woods or mountains or locked in towers. I suppose it would take a brave man to love a witch, and men are mostly cowards.” He looked directly at me as he finished, with a kind of raised-chin boldness that said: I am not a coward.”

Jun 16, 2021

“When I was younger I cried over everything from sneers to sad endings, and even once over a puddle of tadpoles that dried up in the sun, but at some point I learned the trick of stoicism: you hide. You pull yourself inside your castle walls and crank up the drawbridge and watch everything from the tallest tower.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“Sometimes I feel there are doors lurking in the creases of every sentence, with periods for knobs and verbs for hinges.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“I hope you will find the cracks in the world and wedge them wider, so the light of other suns shines through; I hope you will keep the world unruly, messy, full of strange magics; I hope you will run through every open Door and tell stories when you return.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”

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Jun 24, 2020

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