Every Heart a Doorway

Seanan McGuire

Shelfie Score: 58%

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Publisher: Tor.com
Pages: 176


Winner: 2017 Hugo Award Winner: 2017 Alex Award Winner: 2017 Locus Award Winner: 2016 Nebula Award Nominated: 2017 World Fantasy Award Nominated: 2017 British Fantasy Award 2016 Tiptree Honor List "A mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy — a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics" —NPR Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children No Solicitations No Visitors No Quests Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the sh...

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Mark Housley

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan Maguire Fantasy Published April 2016, 3/5

EHAD is the ultimate portal novel. In it, the author posits that all the myths about finding doorways to other worlds are true and that sometimes the person who’s found the door comes back to reality. These people are generally damaged and require support. There is a school that hosts these people and there are a series of murders there one semester that need to be solved.

There’s not a lot of character development. The author also keeps the reader confused about what is happening. There’s very little exposition, just event after event driving the story.

Thematically, there is a feminist note and an inclusive arc. Several points are made about modern society’s treatment and expectations of women and the need to resist. There is an asexual character well represented. She states in the book that just because someone is asexual doesn’t mean they are aromantic. There’s also a trans character. These themes are stated plainly, without hyperbole, which is refreshing, although becoming more commonplace than ever.

I liked this novella. I didn’t like the constant presentation of ideas without explanation. It felt as though the reader is kept in the dark solely for the purpose of keeping the reader in the dark. I’ll probably finish this series. It took me a week to finish which means that it was pretty meh for me.

Ann Fernandez

This story was great, amazing, just so good, I'm really excited to read Down Among The Sticks And Bones soon. My only problem was with the length of the book. I genuinely could've done with about another hundred pages of these characters, not even the world really, but the interactions between all of them, and the bonds they grew.


Bookaxe Characteristics for Every Heart a Doorway

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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