Magical, compelling, adventurous, scary – and just plain fun – Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a book to take you out of your doldrums and into another world. I listened to this book on audilbe and the narrator’s clever changes in voice from villain to heroine, from young to old, from awe to terror – had me walking extra steps and driving an extra mile to continue the story. After a while, I just gave up and turned up the sound on my iPhone.
In the story you will follow January Scholar as she navigates her life through the beauty of the world and the ugliness of evil characters to find her true identity. January is left with her father’s wealthy employer in Vermont as he travels the world searching for old valuable pieces for his employer’s collections.
One of the most satisfying elements of the book is having the villains get their due – irrevocably beaten back and punished.
Words and stories are the catalysts, as each chapter reveals another piece of January’s life, from small girl to mature woman with the power to open doors into other worlds through her writing.
The book within the book is The Ten Thousand Doors, which tells of magical doors between worlds. When her father goes missing, January decides to leave Vermont to find him. As she travels to new countries through new Doors, January becomes fearless and learns to use her words to live a free and exciting life.
The stories are as mesmerizing as Scheherazade, and even if you are not a fan of fantasy, you will appreciate the magic and the possibilities in opening another door and hearing a good story. I did.