Plot: Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.
There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again.
It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
And it isn’t as safe.
When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.
She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming…
Goddammit that book was amazing and also a novella so short and why isn’t there moooorrrreeeeee
Whoo. Okay, ready to be a grownup again. Ish. This is the latest in Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway series and if you can’t tell already, I liked it. It’s more serious then the previous entries, following Cora as she goes to the other school for kids who have fallen through doorways in an effort to escape some trauma from a prior book. This school focuses on forcing the children back into who they were before they went on their adventures, found their doors.
This is also the first book in the series that gives me the sense that a larger plot is getting set up. The previous books have interconnected of course, except for a few stand alone ones (but we see Regan again!). But this book definitely feels like it’s setting up Plot. On the one hand, yeeesss give it to me, I love it. On the other hand, I’m worried that means Seanan is winding this series down to a conclusion, which while I’m sure will be fabulous, means an end to these books which would be the worst.
At the end of the day? Read this book. Read this entire series! They’re all amazing and short so it won’t take much time stop reading this review and go read these books!