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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, read-2015, own, tor-com-publishing, portal-fantasy, read-2019, read-2020, queer, signed, read-2021
Read 4 times. Last read January 10, 2021.

This is such a fantastic idea for a story: a "home" for those who have come back from a portal world (think Wonderland, Narnia, or Oz), but can't accept that they are unable to go back to that portal world. Eleanor West (who has a portal all her own, and knows where it is, and is just biding her time until she can return) runs such a home, taking in the children who can't cope with the normalcy of the "real" world and who yearn to return to their true "homes." Some do find their way back, but many don't, and are in constant turmoil as a result.

Nancy is one of those children. When she found her door to the Halls of the Dead, she thought she'd found her true home. But when the Lord of the Dead sends Nancy back to the real world so that she can be certain that she wants to stay in the Halls of the Dead, she is unable to re-acclimate herself, and her parents send her to Eleanor West's School as a last resort.

As the new girl in the school, Nancy feels immediately out of place but is able to make friends with her roommate Sumi, Kade, a young man banished from his portal world, and Jack, who was apprenticed to a mad scientist. After one of the students is found murdered, suspicion immediately falls on Nancy as the newest arrival, but through the help of her friends they are able to discover the identity of the true murderer.

This is the fourth time I’ve read this book, as I do a complete reread when a new book is released in the series, and I’m still struck by the power of McGuire’s writing. The books are sinister and dark and beautiful and I can’t recommend them enough.
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Reading Progress

September 17, 2015 – Shelved
September 17, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 17, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 13, 2015 – Started Reading
October 17, 2015 – Shelved as: read-2015
October 17, 2015 – Finished Reading
April 5, 2016 – Shelved as: own
May 20, 2016 – Shelved as: tor-com-publishing
January 7, 2019 – Started Reading
January 7, 2019 – Finished Reading
January 8, 2019 – Shelved as: portal-fantasy
January 8, 2019 – Shelved as: read-2019
January 6, 2020 – Started Reading
January 6, 2020 – Finished Reading
January 13, 2020 – Shelved as: read-2020
February 15, 2020 – Shelved as: queer
February 15, 2020 – Shelved as: signed
January 10, 2021 – Started Reading
January 10, 2021 – Finished Reading
January 11, 2021 – Shelved as: read-2021

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