The Book of Doors

Morrow. Feb. 2024. 416p. ISBN 9780063323988. $30. FANTASY
DEBUT Cassie Andrews lives a quiet life in New York City, working evenings at a local bookstore and crossing paths with her energetic, day-working roommate Izzy when time allows. When Cassie’s favorite customer dies, she’s left with a strange book filled with symbols and pictures, called the Book of Doors. She soon discovers that the book can take a person to any place and time, if they can visualize it. Cassie is delighted to travel wherever—and whenever—she wants, but Izzy fears the immense power the book holds. A mysterious man named Drummond Fox tells Cassie the truth about her book and the others that exist with delightful and disturbing powers, but she finds herself on the run from power-hungry collectors. When Cassie ends up trapped beyond her friends’ help, she must find a way to escape and secure her future. The multiple points of view develop each of the characters, creating a fully realized and magical world.
VERDICT Brown’s debut is an immersive and enchanting story of friendship, defining one’s future, and the mystery that life can hold. Fans of Alix E. Harrow will find this novel delightful.
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