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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  428 ratings  ·  269 reviews
In the summer of 1901, at the age of seven, January Scaller found a Door. You know the kind of door–they lead to Faerie, to Valhalla, to Atlantis, to all the places never found on a map.

Years later, January has forgotten her brief glimpse of Elsewhere. Her life is quiet and lonely but safe on her guardian’s estate, until one day she stumbles across a strange book. A book t
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 12th 2019 by Orbit
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
Make sure that you are adequately hydrated before you read this book!!!!! So you can CRY when it's over!!!!!

I just finished reading and I feel like the world had just shifted a few degrees on its axis. I'm snatching at something to say, grasping for anything to make you wanna read this book, and sentence by sentence it all evades me. I feel that with every word I put down, I'm writing myself further from what I meant to say.

Just. Please read this book, open its door, step on its threshold—I prom
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

Gorgeous and magical; it’s not a stretch to call The Ten Thousand Doors of January a magnificent physical manifestation of a grimoire.

Orbit did it again. The Ten Thousand Doors of January has shot to the top of my TBR since the moment I saw the cover and heard about the premise; I was charmed and can safely say that I don’t think I’ve read many books as beautifully written as this novel. I’ve been saying this over an
If there is a part of you that has always felt there is magic in the world ever since childhood, despite voices to the contrary, and have a penchant for the whimsical, then Alix Harrow has written the perfect novel for you. It is a story of doors, portals if you will, existing in places of particular resonance, stepping through the void, into fables, folklore, adventure, love and sanctuary, and the infinite power of words and stories. In 1901, at the age of 7, the red skinned, wilful and cantank ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i mean, it’s a perfect book.

that should be the alpha and the omega of this book review, because you’ve probably already read the synopsis, and if it takes more than that to convince you of this book’s desirability, i’m sure i don’t have the words to do it.

if you like seanan mcguire’s wayward children series, you will probably enjoy this. obviously, they both involve doorways to other worlds, young(ish) protagonists, and adventure, but their more significant shared characteristics are tonal—haun
Seeing the cover? - Want it!
Seeing the synopsis? - Need it!
Realising it is about escaping the reality? - Well, run a DNA test cuz I and this book relate for sure
Nilufer Ozmekik
5 thousand stars first for wonderful, amazing illustration on the cover and five thousand stars go for rest of the heart throbbing, one of the most creative, colorful, joyful journeys to many different imaginary portals you can never imagine to visit!


This is amazing combination of McGuire’s Wayward Children Series and Stephen King’s Dark Tower series!

BLURB: Seven years old January’s revelation of finding a door opens to Faeri
Emily May
In the summer of 1901, at the age of seven, January Scaller found a Door. You know the kind of door–they lead to Faerie, to Valhalla, to Atlantis, to all the places never found on a map.

These portal fantasy premises get me EVERY TIME. This sounds a bit like McGuire's Wayward Children series, which I love. Also exciting that this comes highly recommend by Josiah Bancroft 😍 Can't wait!

ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🔑
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Absolutely gorgeous writing, great characters, true friends, a loyal dog, a twisty plot, social issues and diversity. And who can resist a good portal fantasy? Not I!!

January Scaller is a teenage girl in the early 20th century, raised by Mr. Locke, a wealthy collector of unusual items, while January's father travels the globe in search of said unusual items for Mr. Locke. And perhaps, searching for something more. Because January and her father are both aware that there are Doors - portals to di
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

Actual rating: way more than 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Orbit/Redhook) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
“Listen, not every story is made for telling. Sometimes just by telling a story you’re stealing it, stealing a little of the mystery away from it.”

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is quite possibly the most achingly beautiful novel I’ve ever read, a
Josiah Bancroft
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow is a beautifully written and absorbing tale of lost love, stately prisons, ghastly villains, and terrible secrets. It’s a smart and roving adventure that has a full and thumping heart.

Harrow has created a mythology that is both tangible and tantalizing, and has injected that vision into turn of the 20th century America. The historic details greatly enrich and never distract from a narrative that spans generations, continents, and worlds. This i
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOLY SH*T. This book was like a drug to me. Portals and the multiverse and word magic and fascinating women and crisp, textured prose I wanted to fold and unfold like a letter. It's truly one of those books that's bigger on the inside, a house with countless rooms.
Emer (A Little Haze)
Well that was a joy to read! Definitely one to add to your TBR!
As per request from the publishers I will not not be posting my full review until two weeks before publication.


Sometimes I really do like NetGalley... Gosh I hope this is as good as I'm expecting it to be. Gorgeous cover please don't let me down!!!

*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
“Sometimes I feel like there are doors lurking in the creases of every sentence, with periods for knobs and verbs for hinges.”

Imagine being a child again, running through an overgrown field beneath a blue sky. Letting your hands trail through the tops of the wild grains when suddenly
you notice a raggedy blue door standing in the open. Would you open it?

That is exactly how The Ten Thousand Doors of January begins. In the early 1900s following a young deeply imaginative girl named January who most
Doors to other worlds?
I'm knocking.
Let me in!

Thank you for the ARC, Redhook Books!
Dannii Elle
“It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”

Alix E. Harrow just wrote the story of my heart. This follows January, a lonely girl who only finds solace inside the pages of books. She also finds a family inside of one too, when a mysterious book about strange people and stranger worlds is given to her in a similarly mysterious and inexplicable fashion. Through both this book, and the segments of the other, we find doorways into worlds, the w
Ova - Excuse My Reading
3.5 stars rounded to 4. It felt unfair to score this book 3 stars!
This book is really a well-written fantasy. It has the feel of a classic. The start was so compelling. I was drawn into January's world, feeling her isolation, loneliness, "unable to fit" mind state at heart. I think this was incredibly well written. But the more I read, the more I found it difficult to concentrate. I wanted to know more about the Ten Thousand doors, but it was revealed really slowly for my liking. I was expectin
Amy Imogene Reads
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
4 stars

The Ten Thousand Doors of January comes out on September 10, 2019.

A girl writes herself a door to another world...and it opens.

Concept: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★ 1/2
Plot: ★★★★
Emotional feel: ★★★★

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a book that sits precariously on the edge of multiple genres, just like its protagonist sits on the edge of multiple worlds. It's a heady blend of fairy tale, spoken parable, historical fiction, letters, and fantastical portal fantasy.

I was coming for the portal fantas
wanderer (Para)
ARC received from the publisher (Redhook) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Absolutely stunning and a strong candidate for the best book of 2019 for me, Ten Thousand Doors of January combines gorgeous prose with equally compelling characters and story. It's a book about books, a story about stories that hooked me in the first paragraph. It couldn't be more my type if it tried.
Reason and rationality reigned supreme, and there was no room for magic or mystery. There was no room, it tu
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
guess who scored a copy of this book at BookCon???

I am so excited for this!
Once upon a time magic filled the air and there were dragons and wizards and all matter of fell beast sailing through the air. But, the creak and groan of modern civilization has tamed even the darkest most remote places and nothing is left unexplored, unmapped, unwritten. And those that insist on seeing magic when there is none will be hailed as crazy and perhaps locked away.

Magic and fantasy has returned with a vengeance. Don't believe those reports that say it's all been seen and observed. T
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a rare thing to relate to a book’s character in such a way that similar situations evoke empathy across your lives. Enough parallels can be drawn to feel almost as if the book is catered specifically toward you in some existential way. I have not read much portal fantasy, but I have always felt a feeling of smothered repression through my youth that has tamped down my will to explore. Instead, my portals to elsewhere revealed themselves in books and stories at an early age, and they’ve bee ...more
The Ten Thousand Doors of January is about a girl named January that as a child finds a door to other worlds. Years later when she becomes a ward to the wealthy Mr Locke because her father has gone missing that when secrets start to get revealed when she finds a book that tells a story of secret doors, love and adventure.

There was some beautiful quotes in this book.

"Let that be a lesson to you: if you are too good and too quiet for too long, it will cost you. It will cost you, in the end."

"I c
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautiful and magical, and most importantly it made me believe. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this book's release and got an ARC. My full review will be posted closer to publication!
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gah, I adored this book so much! I’m in the process of putting my gushing thoughts together and writing up a review. I’ll post it soon!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stunning debut, The Ten Thousand Doors of January is exactly the sort of book that my Narnia-loving teenage heart would have been obsessed with and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is not to say that it is a YA book, but it is a lushly written coming-of-age story and portal fantasy set in early 1900's America with a lyrical writing style that is reminiscent of Victorian literature, yet with thoroughly modern sensibilities. Thematically, this is a book about love, about the importance of change, a ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
Jul 09, 2019 marked it as up-next-arcs  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Stoked to get an ARC for this! It sounds so great. I hope it has some of the fantastical tones that Seanan McGuires ‘Every Heart a Doorway’ has.
Watch for my review closer to publication date!
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have just finished the TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY and christ, the ending feels like coming home after a journey of a thousand years. I've got a lot of Feelings about this book.

It feels like a run, like a journey, like a chase, like a downhill rush through the shadows into a sun-dappled glade. I kept whispering to the book 'please' as I worried about it breaking my heart.

But it gets me home.

It's a book enamoured not just with the act of writing, not just with the idea of words, but also the c
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from the publishing company Orbit in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Somehow, this book managed to plunge a hand deep into my childhood, root around, and pull out all that nostalgia-inducing wonder exactly.

January Scaller is a young mixed-race woman in early 1900s America. Her father travels the world collecting wondrous curiosities for his wealthy patron Mr Locke, a member of the New England Archaeological Society. While her father is away, January lives in
Megan C.
An absolutely brilliant work - I was hooked from the moment I read the first paragraph and found myself attached to my Kindle almost constantly until I could finish it. The story was gripping, the characters engaging, and I loved the ties to my home state of Kentucky.

I think this would be enjoyed most by readers who loved The Bear and The Nightingale, Once Upon A River, or The Rules of Magic.
keikii Eats Books
Absolutely beautifully written story. This contains so many of my favourite things, it makes me wonder if Harrow can read my mind. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is going to be one of those special books I'm going to think about for years.

Longer review to come closer to release.

In the meantime, to read other reviews, check out keikii eats books!
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