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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Reviewed by L. Bennett

There are places where parallel worlds nearly touch and at these points are doors. They are hard to find and sometimes disappear, but through the doors a lucky person can travel among the parallel worlds. That is what January's father did for his employer, Mr. Locke, a wealthy collector of artifacts obtained from other worlds. The truth of her father's employment and his history are hidden from January until her father sends Jane to protect his daughter.

This fantasy novel by Alix Harrow is entertaining and intriguing, and includes romance, chases, mystery, and misdirection. But what I found particularly interesting was the manner in which Harrow told the story. It was like experiencing a literary fractal. No matter how far back, forward or sideways the plot moved it had been seen before. Not in any boring and repetitious way, but like a change in the scale of the reader's perspective. What was revealed in the changing perspectives was how the story unfolded. It was a unique read.

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