Catch-Up Reviews: The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Ascent to Godhood & Ancillary Sword

The end of the year is near and since I’m a bit behind on reviews, I have decided to write three mini-review of books I really liked this year! I don’t necessarily have enough to say about them to write full reviews but, I still want to share the love and gush about them! πŸ˜€


The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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January Scaller has a special power: she is able to open Doors that lead to other universes. One day, a mysterious book appears in her drawer and January realizes that it may hold the answers to some of her questions, what are the Doors and why are they being destroyed?

I read this book during Wyrd & Wonder and I adored it. I fell in love with Alix E. Harrow’s writing, her prose is rich, detailed and a treat to read. It’s also definitely a book for book lovers, it has stories within stories and it’s about the power of reading and being transported into different worlds.

I had a wonderful time reading this book and following the adventures of January as she traveled from Doors to Doors. It was the ultimate comfort read and I know I will re-read it over and over in the years to come. (And to think that it was Alix E. Harrow’s debut, I’m mind blown!)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Ascent to Godhood by Neon Yang

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I have been gushing about Neon Yang’s Tensorate the entire year and here I am again with a review of the final novella: The Ascent to Godhood.

Yang loves to switch the narration style of each novella and this one is narrated in a unique format, it is a long dialogue where the reader is only allowed to read the answers of one speaker, Lady Han.

Lady Han is the leader of the resistance and she was the Protector’s former lover. The novella opens up right after the death of the Protector and Lady Han gives a bittersweet account of her time fighting for and then against the Protector.

I thought nothing could surpass The Black Tides of Heaven, the first novella in the series, in my heart but I was apparently wrong. The Ascent to Godhood is my new favorite child!

It’s beautiful tragic story about love and grief and it follows two of the most intriguing characters of the series: Lady Han and Hekate, the Protector. It was fascinating to learn more about Hekate since she is the villain of the series. I love reading about villains and morally grey characters because learning why and how they became the way they are is always fascinating. Lady Han was also a great character and at the end of the novella, I felt like I knew and understood her completely.

I hope Neon Yang will revisit this world someday because I still have many questions about this universe and I want a novella following Sonami!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ancillary sword by Ann Leckie

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I liked Ancillary Justice when I read it a few years ago. However, I’m notably terrible at continuing series so it took me way too long to read its sequel, Ancillary Sword. Since I have read the first book in the Imperial Radch trilogy so long ago, I was afraid that I would be completely lost and confused, but it was not the case at all!

I flew through this book and it was great to be back in this world. It was also an oddly comforting read for a book about intergalactic conflicts. (Maybe because the characters spend all their free time drinking tea and discussing politics?) Anyway, I had a blast revisiting the Radch Empire and learning about new planets and cultures.

Also, if I liked Breq in the first book, I loved her in Ancillary Sword! She has become one of my favorite characters of all time. She’s so clever and she’s always ten steps ahead her enemies. She’s also a kind marshmallow in the inside (even if she acts all cold and badass on the outside). I can’t wait to read Ancillary Mercy next year!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

It was very fun for me to gush about three books that I loved this year. I am not usually the best at organizing my thoughts about books I enjoyed this much so, I think this shorter format suited all the fangirling better than my usual reviews! πŸ˜€

Merry Christmas if you celebrate it and, if you don’t, I hope you will have a great day as well!

14 thoughts on “Catch-Up Reviews: The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Ascent to Godhood & Ancillary Sword

    1. Yay, I’m happy you adored the Tensorate novellas, they are all amazing!! πŸ˜€
      I usually have the memory of a goldfish so I usually re-read books before reading their sequels but, I tried not doing that for once and I wasn’t confused! :O 2020 is an odd year indeed! πŸ˜‚

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  1. Oh I’ve not heard of Neon Yang before but feeling very much like I want to investigate further. I love a good morally grey character too (and I’m also looking for more novellas to read in between all the chonky grimdark reads I have planned) so these sound like excellent candidates.

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    1. I HIGHLY recommend their books!!! The Tensorate novellas are all set in a historical Asia-inspired steampunk fantasy world, I recommend starting with The Black Tides of Heaven (the publisher said that the first two novellas can be read in any order but it’s not true, The Red Threads of Fortune deals with the consequences of The Black Tides).
      And it’s a great idea to read them between bigger books! πŸ˜€

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