This is book number 1 in the Wayward Children series.
Imagine that you feel estranged from this world, that there must be somewhere, a far horizon, where you do belong. One day, a portal opens, and you enter. To a new world, your world, where everything feels like home.
This is the premise of Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway. The protagonist, Nancy, and her peers at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children have come back from their respective Underworlds/Netherworlds/Fairy Lands. And they are not happy. Their friends and loved ones think they have been abducted, or have run away, and are miraculously “home” again. But Nancy and the others have returned to our world against their wills, and their real homes are in the lands that once beckoned to them. They want to go back to the places where they truly belong, but can they? Once a portal, or door, is traveled through once, it won’t open again...or will it?
Compelling, inventive, and heartfelt, McGuire has written a story that speaks to the darkest corners of the reader’s soul. Once you open this book, you will want to enter its world and never return.— Rachel K.
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
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 things.
No matter the cost.
The Wayward Children Series
Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway
Book 2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Book 3: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Book 4: In an Absent Dream
PRAISE FOR EVERY HEART A DOORWAY
"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. We know this story isn't true, but it is truth." — Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series (TV's True Blood)
"Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is one of the most extraordinary stories I've ever read." — V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of A Gathering of Shadows
"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
"So mindblowingly good, it hurts." — io9
"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 is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.
Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.
She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.
"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
"This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting" —Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing
"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." —Library Journal starred review
"This amazing fantasy pierces the shimmering veil of childhood imagination by reminding adult readers that their own doorways still exist deep in the champers of their all-too-human hearts." —Booklist starred review
"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." — Publishers Weekly
"This gothic novel is ideal for fantasy fans who have longed for a world of their own, as well as readers looking for books with diverse casts." —Bookish
“Girl Interrupted meets Grimm's Fairy Tales. Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind.” —Geek Syndicate
"The broken doors are open, and you should come and enter. Every Heart a Doorway feels like home." —B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog