The Ten Thousand Doors of January Review

Hardcover: 386 Pages
Historical Fiction/ Fantasy
By: Alex E. Harrow

โ€œHow fitting, that the most terrifying time in my life should require me to do what I do best: escape into a book.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ Disclaimer: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review!

๐ŸŒŸ 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.

๐ŸŒŸ 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.

๐ŸŒŸ 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!

โ€œIt is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ 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!!

๐ŸŒŸ 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!

โ€œBooks are Doors and I wanted out.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ 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.


  1. You got a HARDCOVER ARC!? I have NEVER had enough guts to actually email the publishers for that! I TREMBLE AT THE THOUGHT! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    I agree! All these GLITTERING reviews about this book make me SOO FRUSTRATED because I donโ€™t have it yet AND I JUST…AAARRGHHHH!!!

    Seriously though, amazing review! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  2. Thanks!

    I should have mentioned that I got a HC finished copy but I got it in advance! That makes more sense!

    I did not get a reply but it just showed in my post office! I was so surprised and happy ๐Ÿ˜€

    I hope you get to read it soon!

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