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.
I was told if I loved The Starless Sea then I would also love this book, and so when I finally found a copy, I dropped my entire currently reading list to be taken in by this story.
Wow, no review could do the book justice. The whimsical nature of this tale is breath taking. It and The Starless Sea are in a genre of their own. Books within books, stories about worlds unknown, and characters with an untapped sense of adventure and discovery.
I’m overcome with emotion after finishing this book. The words are woven so elegantly, a fable written to the reader with the purpose of opening their eyes to endless possibilities.
I want more, the many adventures of January, but yet, I am also left with a satisfying feeling of undying happiness. What a magical ride this book was. A comforting, odd, story that will take you into the unknown.
As with The Starless Sea, this book is unconventional, and if you have a hard time with whimsy and loose story lines, it might not be the right book to read. But, if you are looking to get lost in a tale of heartache, determination, and love ever lasting; throw caution to the wind and let this book lead you. It’s a must read. One that I will certainly revisit.