Hardcover: 386 Pages
Historical Fiction/ Fantasy
By: Alex E. Harrow
“How fitting, that the most terrifying time in my life should require me to do what I do best: escape into a book.”
🌟 Disclaimer: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review!
🌟 I am not a big fan of history in general and it was always my least favorite subject in school. I found that the same applies to the bookish world and that I am not a big fan of historical fiction. I saw someone describing this as historical fantasy and I was intrigued! Like one of my most favorite things combined with my least favorite subject. Where would this combination lead to and it looks like there are a ten thousand doors that it can lead to.
🌟 I was seeing 5 stars after 5 stars for this book and that made my curiosity peek even more! I requested an ARC from the publisher and I was provided with a hardcover!!! I still can’t get over that! The level of attention to details and aesthetics in this book is astounding. From the cover design to the chapters headers and more.
🌟 The first thing that I noticed when I was reading is the writing style, Alex definitely has a magical prose that is fitting for a story of this kind! I was bored at some points and I will explain more on that later but the prose was what made me continue and I did not regret it. There was a change in the narrative voice at some points and it was intentional and I like how the characters pointed it out!
“It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”
🌟 All the talk about doors and portals made me -and other readers- get the “Every heart a doorway” vibes which is a great hit by Seanan McGuire. I like that series but I assure you that this is totally different and they may share only few superficial similarities. I said at the beginning that I am not a fan of historical fiction and that’s because I am usually bored while reading it. There were like 2 stories in one here and they fuse into one bigger story at the end. I may have been bothered a little bit by this because there was a difference in my interest between them. One of my friends was enjoying the book but when the second story began he lost interest and DNF the book!!
🌟 The characters are well written and I liked how things turned out toward the end and I felt that I should have made connections earlier in the story but I missed them and was surprised in a good way!
“Books are Doors and I wanted out.”
🌟 Summary and Prescription: This is a book with a very beautiful prose for those who like magical writing. I would say the fantasy parts were not large and it reads more like an interesting historical fiction. I still like the description Historical Fantasy so if it sounds like something you would enjoy, don’t hesitate to give the book a try.