Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
So, I actually read this book a number of months ago and I’ve started writing a review for it at various points since but I could never really get my head in the right place to talk about it properly. There is something so incredibly difficult about writing a review for a book that you absolutely love and this was one of those books for me.
The novel tells this tale of January, a young girl whose story we follow from the ages of 7 to 17. January is the ward of Locke, a wealthy antiquary who provides for her during the frequent absences of her mysterious father. When she is a young girl, January finds a mysterious door which is swiftly destroyed and not spoken of again. At the age of 17 she discovers a mysterious book which has the power to transport her other worlds.
As well as being a rip-roaringly good adventure story, as the mysteries of January’s past unravel, we discover that this book is also an achingly beautiful love story. The prose is gorgeous, sumptuous and lyrical (think Strange the Dreamer/The Night Circus/The Starless Sea) and January is a charming and dynamic heroine who chafes against the chains put upon her by Locke and society. We see her grow for a rambunctious tomboy into a sophisticated, daring and intelligent woman. Bit of a segue here but she reminded me of Miss Abbott from the Webtoon Miss Abbott and the Doctor.
The novel had a whimsical and dreamy feel to it at times and I really enjoyed the glimpses of the different worlds we got to explore. I’m really keen to read more of this author’s work, if it is anything as good as this book then it will be an absolute delight.
Quite simply, this book provided the perfect magical world to let yourself get lost in.