I have no idea how I am going to review this book. It is indescribable. To me, it was a perfect book. I have read all of Harrow’s other novels. The Once and Future Witches was my favorite book I read last year, and this will probably end up being my favorite of this year.
January Scalla is a mixed-race 19-year-old girl who has practically been raised by her father’s wealthy, white employer, Mr. Locke. It is set in the early 20th Century, so January’s race definitely is a defining characteristic. She doesn’t fit in with Mr. Locke’s fancy hotels and restaurants, but neither does she fit in with the servant class. When she is a young girl, she discovers a Door. Not a door, a Door to another world. When she tells Mr. Locke, he is horrified, and January later finds the door destroyed. He punishes January by taking away anything fantastical in her life and hiring a severe nursemaid to help police her imagination.
I don’t want to give anything else away. Harrow’s writing is lyrical and beautiful and just amazing. I am a fan for life. I just saw she has a new book coming out on Halloween of this year, and I am about to go pre-order it. This book was just magic set on a page, and I cannot stress enough how much I loved it. I cried when I was finished because it was over.
The narration of this audiobook was top-tier, and I find it amusing the narrator is also named January. There were times I almost had to pull the car over because this book made me cry.