Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway

By Seanan McGuire

  • Release Date: 2016-04-05
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4
From 132 Ratings


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
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

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


"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

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  • These kids resonated

    By First_Fire
    I started this morning thinking I'd read a couple chapters, then get a start on my day. Instead I read the whole thing through, utterly spellbound. Stories about children who travel to other worlds were a mainstay of my childhood, from Narnia to Oz and Winnie the Pooh to A Wrinkle in Time. This, though, is a story about kids I recognize, kids I knew. Queer, morbid children who don't feel like they quite fit right and can't leave their stories behind. Aspects of the story that were really amazing included the emphasis on respecting people's identities as valid and the way self-determination provided the happy ending.
  • My favorite book from on of my favorite authors

    By amberfox
    Very possibly the best thing she's ever written, and there are at least two more on the way!
  • Don't waste $10.

    By Chuck_ML
    Like a creative writing project for a 6th grade honors class. Trite and typecast. I don't know how this story got such rave reviews.
  • Aaaaagh

    By Ish1126
    As always, seanan's story was fantastically screwed up. I want a sequel.
  • For all the Girls Who Came Home

    By Groblek
    Seanan McGuire is amazing as always. I admit my first thought in hearing about Every Heart was but I want more Toby or Antimony, but I still knew it had to be good. And I wasn't disappointed! I could have happily read a coming of age story for Nancy. The characters were exciting and compelling and the school as a setting is one I'd love to sink my teeth more deeply in to. But the plot twist that drives it into intrigue brought the book to a new level. This book is full of surprises, and creates a universe ripe for future adventures.