Book Review : The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix. E Harrow

I didn’t even know this book exist. Not until just recently. 

I happen to find this book by chance and I love the sounds of it!

Genre : Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Page : 374 pages
Published : 10th September 2019

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. 

“May she wander but always return home, may all her words be written true, may every door lie open before her.”

I am so looking forward for this book!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January—  Focused on January as she stumbles upon the beautiful secrets of doors.


I’m shocked.

In a good way.

Because I don’t even know where to start.

My expectation, this book will probably bring tears to me. A touching stories that I’ll keep forever inside my heart.

This book does just that and WAY MORE than that.

I’ve never expected this book, for putting in such important topic inside and I definitely never expected to find how serious this book is.


1. Freedom

This book itself smells like freedom. January has been under the care of wealthy Mr. Locke for almost all her life. Except, all she feels are caged and trapped. The desire to break free is so thick and she happen to come across a book, full of the secrets of door.

This book has a way with words. The feelings of being trapped, wanted to be free and tasting the taste of freedom in a book is so beautifully written and it left such a deep impression for me. 

It’s not downright about freedom, but this book talks a lot about the desire to be free and the struggles that might follow.

2. Love and Sacrifice

This is my favourite point in the book. It does not pointedly stated or written out directly sentences full of love or sincerity. But this book wins my heart with their way in building up unconditional love and sacrifice by the characters action. 

This book is not just mere words. I think this book teach readers a lot about what love truly is and by reading how comforting, admirable and beautiful their love is, warmth my heart. 

3. Magic and Beliefs

I think I’ve read quite a lot of books of magic that I think I feel tired by it already (because lately it’s so hard to find a great book of magic) 

This book proves me wrong. There are no magic wand or magic spells but weirdly, this book feels magical. Just by reading the word “Door” I think it gives me the same jittery feelings when one’s read about magic.

I also think this book remind us to believe again, in whatever we want. Because according to this book, the power of beliefs is not to be messed with.

4. Imbalance of Power

This is where it all got serious. And not only in the book, we feel it right now in society. This are not to be said often and there are no studies or written paper to teach us, but deep down, we all know the society is so very clearly divided.

Just like in the book where there are huge imbalance, advantages and disadvantages between the wealthy and the poor.

5. Racism

I left this last because it’s worth the spotlight. I have never ever expected this book might talk about racism. For me, probably this book has the most subtle way in telling stories about racism.

Subtle yet hard.

This book cleverly blended in racism aspect in the magical story. It’s not a book of racism because this book discussed a lot of other stuff and for sure, other issues. But at the same time, it is. 

This book does not always right away pinpoint the word “racism” big and hard and it does not always talk about racism but it’s clear as day that racism play quite a part in the characters fate.


℘Stories Within Stories℘

Let me be honest. I’m not the type to obsessed over stories within stories concept. I think it somehow prolong the story in an unnecessary way. But if it has a good way to deliver the stories, I might like the concept.

As much as I remember, I think I have never obsessed over stories within stories concept. 

Until this book.

Oh my god. I am clearly and helplessly obsessed!

At first, I feel tired already just by looking at the next chapter, where I’ll start diving in the stories within stories flow. But oh my god.

This is the first time I am loving more the stories within stories part more than the actual plot line. It’s so enchantingly captivating and the more I read, the more beautiful the story become. 

I think this stories within stories is my most favourite part in the book!

More About This Book

First time reading, it’s not hard for me to love January. I love her almost immediately. The rest of the good characters are also not hard to love. 

But the thing that excites me to continue reading this book, is how beautiful the way they crafted the words, the paragraphs, the chapters. I also love how this book does not take the easy route to solved the issues.

I love how the magical premises do not take every pages of the book but it’s more than enough to made me feel satisfied and lost in the wanders of magic and doors.

However, as much as I love this book, I find it hard to read and absorb all the beautifully crafted words at once. Everytime I finished two or three chapters, I need to take a short break from the book.

Personally, I think this book has a classic vibe to it. And for those who’ve read classic, might know the process of finishing a classic might take some time despite we’re already loving the book and story with all our heart and soul. We can’t take in everything all at once. A portion a day.

This book is one of them. I love and admire the story but I can’t read more than two or three chapters. If the story piqued my interest and I’m not ready to let go, I’ll binge reading for several chapters more but if I don’t find anything that highly interest me, I might stop reading after two or three chapters.

It takes so long for me to finished this book. A week or two perhaps? I love the story and I love how anticipate I am for what’ll happened next. However, there are parts that take longer time to finish.

Especially after I’m halfway through. I’m not saying this book lost it momentum but it slows a bit despite having such an intense issues. And rather than motivation to read because of the beautifully crafted words, I read to finish the book, to find what’ll happened next and to reach the ending.

This is the book that has to be read slowly, to be savoured each and every words from the book. It has a steady plot line with sweet lovable characters. Also, despite being a historical fiction, this book didn’t discuss much on it. If you didn’t understand and are not interested with the history, don’t worry. it does not affect much the story. 

Overall, it’s a decent read for me. It’s good and beautiful but it’s not way over the top and it’s not bad either. I am fairly satisfied with this book and I think this book is worth the read. 

“It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”

Author: Celine

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