The Ten Thousand Doors of January
by Alix E. Harrow (Orbit, 2019); audiobook read by January LaVoy (Hachette Audio, 2019)
It’s hard to put a finger on why this doesn’t quite satisfy. Harrow’s world-building is convincing; the characters are strong and without artifice; even the apparently meandering diary entries prove part of the weave. Yet the journey and destination aren’t fully commensurate.