My Rating ~ Four stars
RELEASE DATE: 10 September 2019
Source: Hachette Australia
In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.
Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, in exchange for an honest review.
January Scaller has grown up in a mansion full of curious artefacts, while her father travels the world collecting treasures for the rich owner, Mr Locke. After she stumbles across a door in the middle of a field, that seems to lead to a foreign place, she starts to wonder if there’s more to this world than the confines of the house walls. As she searches for a glimpse of the magic that door promised, strange things start to happen, and when she finds an old leather bound book in one of the houses treasures, she’s elated to find it might contain information on the very doors she has been so eager to find. As she settles in to read the story of Adelaide Lawson and Yule Ian Scholar, two people who met on one side of a magical door and were separated before they could meet again, the story starts to fill in more and more of the blanks in her own life. But as she learns more about the world she never knew existed, she also discovers those she thought were on her side may have a very different agenda.
I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy Ten Thousand Doors of January at the start. It seemed very slow and my mind kept wandering, but the beautiful writing kept me going and I’m so glad I stuck with it. Told in alternating chapters between the current time and the stories January reads from the discovered book, the narrative cleverly weaves a roving adventure that slowly ties together clues before the end. Part historical fantasy, part magical realism, this book is not an action packed story, but more of a slow unravelling of a mystery. I really enjoyed the promise of unlimited possibilities for worlds beyond our sight, accessible from right within our world. This was such a magical and unique journey and I loved watching Adelaide and Yule’s story unfold most of all.
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