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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
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it was amazing
bookshelves: netgalley-books, fantasy-all, read-have

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. There are ten thousand doorways to other worlds, each one stranger than the last.

Told in a narrative from a precocious child who finds wonder in an amazing world, abandoned by her traveling father who sends her trinkets, and given the special name of January, she has her mother's wanderlust and a great big monster of a dog to protect her, more John Carter's faithful beast than Dorothy's mutt toto.

The prose is like candy in your mouth, like everlasting gobstoppers. The writing takes you back to another century where proper British kids flew off to Neverland. There's good guys and bad guys and the chase is on, but this story is complex. Completely unlike anything I would normally read, but such a treat to read.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
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Reading Progress

July 9, 2019 – Shelved
July 9, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 9, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley-books
July 17, 2019 – Started Reading
July 18, 2019 –
6.0%
July 18, 2019 –
23.0%
July 18, 2019 –
32.0% ""Let that be a lesson to you: if you are too good and too quiet for too long, it will cost you. It will always cost you, in the end.""
July 19, 2019 –
44.0%
July 19, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy-all
July 19, 2019 – Shelved as: read-have
July 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

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