Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #1) ★★★★☆
Genre: Fantasy, Thriller
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
I was excited by the concept of Every Heart a Doorway, and it didn’t disappoint!
I really enjoyed the descriptions of the many different worlds the children visited, and how each brought out their real personalities. The organiser within me also loved how the worlds could be categorized and grouped together.
Around half way through the book, the tone shifts from fantastical to have more of a thriller edge. It’s worth knowing that before going into this book in case that’s not your thing, but I really loved how it was done. It was woven really well into the story, and I didn’t see the resolution coming!
The only negative about this book, is it’s length. It’s less that 200 pages, I would have loved to see the story expanded a bit more. Although it didn’t feel rushed, it’s just a sign of how much I enjoyed the plot.
This is the first in the series of companion novels – the next is set in the world visited by the twins. I’m very excited to see beyond the doorway!