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Beyond the Black Door

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn't listen ...

Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people's souls while they sleep.

But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never,
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: October 29th 2019 by Imprint
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Feb 27, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey all! Now that the cover is out in the wild, I figured I’d share a bit more insider-info about BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR. This is a YA dark fantasy with court intrigue, assassinations, fancy dresses, twisty romance, evil love interests, a fair bit of blood, and cool stuff like bottomless staircases in endless dark castles. It should appeal to fans of Beauty and the Beast retellings (though it’s not a retelling, itself), Phantom of the Opera, and Labyrinth. Also, there are lots of queer characters ...more
May 04, 2019 marked it as most-anticipated
A main character who is asexual? Set in a fantasy world?? With a stunning cover like THAT????

*breaks down door*
Who do I have to bribe to get my hands on a copy of this?
Apr 24, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
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May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

Beyond the Black Door follows Kamai, a Soulwalker that can enter people's souls or Nehyn, a representation of one's soul.
Every time Kamai visits someone's Nehyn there's a Black Door that follows her. Kamai's mother is hiding secrets and tells her never, never to open that door. However, like a good old fairytale, circumstances lead the heroine to open it.
What's beyond the Black Door? Kamai will find out.
This book was so addicting and so good. There were times where I couldn't pick it up because I knew I'd never put it down. I stayed up way later than usual last night to finish it. The world building and the mythology and so intricate and unique and well built. Asexuality is beautifully explored. The relationships are complex and incredible. There is a trans character who realizes on page that they're trans, but still asks to be referred to by the gender and name they were assigned at birth, so ...more
Elise (TheBookishActress)
okay this visiting other people’s souls thing was at a 20/10 and apparently it's also queer and i'm just?? god i'm so blest
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc
Unlike anything I've ever read before. The mythology of the world in Beyond the Black Door is so interesting (three gods representing the sun, moon and earth) and woven into the story beautifully.

I love a good romance in my fantasy books, so I wasn't sure how the story would play out with a asexual main character, but I really appreciate how the author presented Kamai's feelings - especially in all the ways being biromantic asexual is nuanced.

All the twists and secrets kept me on my toes. I jus
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
*tagging this as it has an ace mc I believe?
Jun 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Jun 26, 2019 marked it as anticipated-releases
Book *has an own voices asexual rep*

Me, crying: Everything I am. Everything I have. Just take it.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
So. This book was a LOT. I picked it up for the asexuality rep bc hello it is I an asexual person! And I want to say first off - the ace rep was FLAWLESS. I loved seeing my sexuality in a fantasy book. However, as someone critiquing a fantasy book (ace stuff aside)...I actually had some issues with it. And I want to be honest about it all because I think people should know.


One of my FAVORITE things about this book was the little moon chart that explained gender identity and sexual
Rachel Strolle
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GAH so good
Feb 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
dark fantasy with a beautiful cover that has an ace/ace romance and several queer side characters?? GIVE ME

(it does have a couple of trigger warnings that I'm not sure about, but I think the pros outweigh the cons for me.)
Sep 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: db, q
I don't know anything about it but it's ownvoices asexual rep and I want to read it.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the darkling, fans of villain love interests,
5 stars. enchanting, aching and thrilling. I loved every part of this, adrianne strickland really gave us villainfuckers everything we wanted and needed (this is everything I thought cruel beauty was going to be)!! a beautiful, romantic journey into the soul with a biromantic, asexual protagonist. full rtc.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The least I could do, in the meantime, was honour myself, as I was.

3.5 stars! This was really cool, with a fabulously dark premise. It was really clever with its worldbuild and its many (many, many) secrets, beautiful, and, especially, very impactful.

I don't really like overshadowing the overall construction of a book by focusing only on its rep, but I feel less weird about it here considering how vital it was to the story and the MC. This faces its ace representation head on, and pulls no pun
Margaret Adsit
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So glad I got my sticky fingers on this ARC. Finished the book. It was really incredible. It was vulnerable and suspenseful and heartbreaking and soo not typical of the genre. The ending ruined me. I couldn't fall asleep till almost 3 am because of it. So yeah, I think this beautifully written and delicate. I’m in love with the heroine and her honesty and insight. To be honest, the book made me feel like a vulnerable teen again trying to grapple with my own self identity and sexuality and what t ...more
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
May 02, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
Thank you Macmillan for providing me with an ARC of this book
Amanda Danii Reads
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
"a main character coming to terms with her asexuality"
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads, arcs, fantasy
This book is everything I didn’t know I wanted and just look at that cover!

“Beyond the Black Door” follows Kamai who has walked with her mother through souls always finding herself looking to the mysterious black door that she was forbidden to touch, but with time her curiosity builds and she finds herself spending most of her nights wondering what’s inside and when a series of events rip her from everything she’s ever known, she must decide if her mother’s threat is more dangerous than the mon
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

The suspense, the mystery and this thrilling tale of a soul walker that will see through every soul imaginable only to be followed by this black door and when it's mistakenly opened, chaos reigns forever! Such a strikingly sweet story that was a thrilling edge of your seat plot that was a real page turner. I felt like I
Kathryn Speckels
May 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
An asexual protagonist? IN A FANTASY NOVEL?? As an ace who frequently laments the lack of ace characters, especially in my favorite genre, I need this book, and I need it now.
Apr 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
This sounds epic.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars in between putting in at a 4 or a 5 right now. Full review to come closer to publication. Gorgeous world building and amazing diverse characters. I think Holly black , leigh bardugho and Stephanie graber fans will love this
Aless {thegirlwhocapturesmidnight}
I need to read this now!!!!

An asexual main character and soul walking???

No need to tell me anymore. Take all of my money!!!
Chelsea Pitcher
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wickedly dark and wonderfully unique. I couldn't put it down!!!
Jun 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
'a main character coming to terms with her asexuality' HELLO!
how did i not know this had an ace spec. mc??
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ace-tbr, e-arcs
I can’t say enough about this book. I picked it up because of the asexual rep (in fantasy!), but the mythology and the characters Strickland created were what held me in Eopia. And it’s magical. The kind of magical that’s in between the swirling folds of a dress with pockets, or hiding in the spaces between souls. It's a truly dark gem of a fantasy. It had me swooning and cursing and biting my nails in the same sentence. Kamai comes into her own so beautifully, with a little help from her friend ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t expecting to love this, but I did. Its a slow and quiet fantasy, filled with twists and turns and so much emotion. Plus super duper queer! My heart feels so full after finishing it.
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