• The Bossy Bookworm

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

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

Harrow explores the wondrous bravery and the sometimes dark and destructive forces surrounding collectors venturing through worlds and the wanderers desperately searching for home.

January has lived with Mr. Locke as his ward since her beloved, offbeat father disappeared during a trip to acquire artifacts for the wealthy man’s collections. Her father has since been presumed dead, and Locke keeps her safe and cared for, if without affection.


But she is growing older and is looking for answers about her father’s disappearance. When she finds a mysterious book her father had acquired, it shows January unlikely possibilities about her existence and the world at large that it’s difficult to process. When she uncovers unwelcome truths about Locke and her circumstances, she has no choice but to forge into the frightening unknown.


Alix E. Harrow has crafted a lovely adventure through different wonderfully imagined worlds (including the early 1900s home base). The Ten Thousand Doors of January also explores the wondrous bravery but sometimes dark and destructive forces surrounding the explorers and collectors venturing through worlds and the wanderers desperately searching for home.


Also, let's all please stop and admire this gorgeous cover for a moment.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


What did you think?

I love the explorer setup, and Harrow doesn't shy away from exploring the cruelties and cutthroat selfishness of white men acquiring treasures from other cultures and places.


Harrow has another amazing-sounding book coming out in October 2020, The Once and Future Witches.


This book is part of my Greedy Reading List Six Riveting Time-Travel Escapes.


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