- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (7 January 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765399318
- ISBN-13: 978-0765399311
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.1 x 21.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 286 g
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"With Every Heart a Doorway, McGuire has created her own mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy -- a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." -- NPR
"Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain." --Charlaine Harris
"One of the most extraordinary stories I've ever read." --V. E. Schwab
"This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting." --Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing
"So mindblowingly good, it hurts." --io9
"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." --Library Journal starred review
"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." -- Publishers Weekly
"Seanan McGuire once again demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the human heart in a powerful fable of loss, yearning and damaged children." -- Paul Cornell, author of London Falling and Witches of Lychford
"The broken doors are open, and you should come and enter. Every Heart a Doorway feels like home." --B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
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The series continues to have the same punch and impact on book five as the previous books did. Highly recommend the entire series.
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There were still a number of interesting and poignant moments, but overall, the feel was a little off for me. I'll see how I feel when I re-read it later.
Right. So I’ve been counting the days until I was finally able to spend more quality time with my fellow Waywards and today we went to the Moors! Who’s ‘we’? I travelled with the girl with the “perpetual sugar buzz”, the “Goblin Prince in Waiting”, the girl “with the ocean in her hair”, a mad scientist, the boy with the bone flute and the girl “with the lightning-powered heart”. Travelling by lightning hasn’t been this much fun since I hitched a ride in a Delorean!
Having completed my most anticipated read of 2020 less than a fortnight into the year I now feel like I’ve wandered into a bittersweet limbo. I’m absolutely elated that, after a year of anticipation, my expectations (which were skyscraper looking down on clouds high) didn’t overshadow my enjoyment. I’m proud of myself for savouring the experience, appreciating every sentence rather than bingeing the entire book in one sitting. I’m sad that I can never read this book for the first time ever again. I want to gush to anyone who will listen to me about every sentence I highlighted, every character, plot point, what I hope will happen next, what I fear will happen next … but spoilers.
“But I warn you, this isn’t a tale for the faint of heart. It is a story of murder, and betrayal, and sisterly love turned sour.”
I will tell you though, although this was not her story, Sumi was the standout wayward for me in this book. She somehow kept managing to snag the best lines and I don’t know which one of us this says more about but I understood every piece of Nonsense she uttered. I love that she gets to the heart of the issue and asks the truly important questions, like “Why is the village of scary fish-people where you get your chocolate biscuits?”
One of the first things I tell anyone about me is that ‘Every Heart a Doorway’ is my all time favourite book. I don’t care that I’m an adult; I will be searching for my door for the rest of my life and if you are also seeking admittance to your door, regardless of how different our true worlds look, I will consider you a kindred spirit.
Usually when I read a new addition to a beloved series there’s an anxiety that accompanies me. I’ve often found that the shine of the first book can be smudged when follow up books don’t meet my expectations. I’m aware that the pedestals I place books I love on can be difficult to reach and that’s part of the problem. So you’d think I’d be especially nervous whenever I begin a new ‘Wayward Children’ book but I have absolute faith that my hopes, no matter how seemingly unrealistic they are, are safe with Seanan and she’s never let me down.
“New things are the best kind of magic there is.”
I don’t want this series to ever end. I want to visit every world. I want to secure a room at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children while I wait for my own door to open. So far, none of the worlds I’ve visited with my fellow waywards have been my own, although I’ve caught glimpses of it in several. I fully expect that one day Seanan will write about my world and while I’m reading that story my book will magically transform into my very own door. I’m sure!
If you haven’t already read the first four books of this series, please remedy that ASAP before reading this one. Then you can join me as I begin the interminable wait for January 2021.
Since I highlighted so much of this book that I probably should have just gone ahead and highlighted it all, it’s practically impossible to choose a favourite sentence. This is the one that spoke the loudest to me when I reread all of my highlights:
“No one should have to sit and suffer and pretend to be someone they’re not because it’s easier, or because no one wants to help them fix it.”
If anyone needs me I’ll be reading the sixth book in the series.
[But it’s not released yet.]
“Hey! Don’t you go getting logical rules on my illogical life plans”
[I’m serious. You must wait for another excruciatingly long year before you are allowed to continue this journey.]
“This is the awful sprinkles on the sundae of doom.”
Every installment of the Wayward children just drags me in more.
In CTD, we return back to the Moors at Jack’s behest to help her save the world that she loves. Kade, Christopher, Sumi, and Cora rush off to help their friend in need, breaking Eleanor’s “No Quests” rule. Again.
A mix of old monsters and new, friends who love and somewhat fear you, pony & bones.
I think almost every book in this series has had me in tears and smiling, sometimes at the same time, and CTD is no exception in that regard. Jack is one of my favorite wayward children and getting more of her and her world is a treat.
I’d have read it in one sitting if allowed.
Jack had been forced to kill Jill in a previous book (Down Among the Sticks and Bones) as it was the only way to keep her murderous sister from killing the rest of their classmates. Jack had taken Jill's body back to the Moors, a new doorway having opened for them. This picks up after that. Christopher has taken over Jack's basement room and is startled by lightning heralding a door. Through that door comes a large mute young lady holding the limp body of one of the twins.
Other classmates gather to gawk. Sumi insists that while the body is dressed as Jill, it's really Jack. She's right. Once back on the Moors, Jack and her mad scientist resurrected Jill. Jill plotted with her master to force the mad scientist to body switch the twins so that Jill, in Jack's never-dead body, could be turned into a vampire. Then they killed the mad scientist.
Jack's girlfriend, Alexis, had brought Jack back to her friends in the hopes that they would aid her in reclaiming her rightful body before it was turned into a vampire and she was stuck forever in Jill's. This is that story.
I admire the creativity of McGuire in the doors to the various worlds these characters have been living in. Jack and Jill's is the world of old horror movies - Frankenstein and Dracula, complete with villagers with pitchforks and howling wolves in the distance. This one is very familiar to American audiences. We've seen Lundy's door in In An Absent Dream, Rini's in Beneath the Sugar Sky - which was also Sumi's home. And Nancy's in the original Every Heart a Doorway.
We haven't seen any of the boys' doors yet. Christopher's door led to a world of bones, and he still misses his skeletal girlfriend. I'm curious about Kade's world as he is referred to as a goblin prince a couple of times in this book.
This series is being developed as a series for the SyFy network. We don't get that or I would definitely watch it.