cover image The Book of Doors

The Book of Doors

Gareth Brown. Morrow, $30 (416p) ISBN 978-0-06-332398-8

Brown debuts with a riveting tale of adventure, magic, and the long process of grieving. Cassie Andrews, a mild-mannered bookseller in New York City, inherits the mysterious eponymous volume from a deceased customer. Discovering its magical ability to transport her to any place she envisions, Cassie, accompanied by her spirited roommate, Izzy, embarks on an adventure. However, as they realize the perilous potential of the book, they find themselves entangled with an enigmatic man known as the Librarian, who protects a collection of similarly magical books, and pursued by malevolent forces seeking the power of the Book of Doors and all the other volumes like it. Brown conjures a magical atmosphere that filters through even the plot’s more mundane moments while also expertly handling difficult themes of loss and pain. With an endearingly quirky cast and a lightning quick pace, this is sure to suck readers in. Fans of Alix E. Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January will be especially hooked. Agent: Helen Edwards, Rights Agency. (Feb.)