Author Seanan McGuire, who also writes under the pseudonym Mira Grant, is the author of the October Daye and InCryptid urban fantasy series among many other works. In 2010, she was honored with the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and she is the first person to have appeared five times on the same Hugo ballot (in 2013).
Her latest novel, Every Heart A Doorway (Tor, 2016), is a page-wolfing coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding yourself while conquering self-destructive categories. Seanan McGuire creates queer and gender-bending heroines and heroes who casually destabilize any ideas of normative. It´s a tale where virtue has wicked layers and virtuous wickedness is paired with non-binary logic, but get ready for deception: glorious, dark humored, baffling “oh come on”-esque deception.
The prologue introduces us to an antagonist too good to be true, the first chapter makes us believe in the overarching (and overused) mental-health metaphor, and shows us that we have been inside a nebulous fantasy story since the beginning. That is the beauty of deception: you can never be ready. Continue reading “Book Review: Every Heart a Doorway”