The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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  • Hardcover
  • 374 pages
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January
  • Alix E. Harrow
  • English
  • 11 October 2014
  • 9780316421997

10 thoughts on “The Ten Thousand Doors of January

  1. chai ♡ says:

    I almost didn’t write this reviewI felt that to speak of this book would be to contain what it did to me to diminish it somehow And I didn’t want to do that The Ten Thousand Doors of January is almost less a novel than an experience never have I felt like I was part of things moved by the same current like my soul had disconnected from my body and drifted among fictional souls in a mist somewhere between fantasy and reality It seemed hardly credible when I finished reading that I couldn’t follow the words back to a world where this wasn’t mere fiction Of course the sensible part of me informed me patiently that none of it had any bearing on real life than a dream yet in the surreal fuzziness of the night I felt—on a bone deep irrational completely unshakable level—the possibility that I might turn a key open a door and unlock the mysteries of the world Even the morning’s clarity couldn’t snatch that awayYou see—to read The Ten Thousand Doors of January is to fill your whole life with it Those minutes—hours—that my gaze was connected to the page were the only moments in my day that I felt anything at all Which is why I feel that to share this account or give anything away would do a disservice to a reader just coming to this novel but suffice it to say thisIt all started as great tales often do with a book The rush of turning a page and a story beginningBut that isn’t the true beginning of this story Perhaps it is apt to say that it all started with a Door Really though SemanticsJanuary Scaller grew up uneasily lodged with the immensely wealthy Cornelius Locke her childhood a half painted picture without her father in it while he disappeared for days months to buy off with Locke’s gold coins— often plunder—marvels and oddities that emerged every day from rumors and fables carried by travelers across oceans and deserts to fire the imaginations of rich folk around the world For years January was as molten glass in Locke’s hands to be spun into the dutiful docile un temerarious shape he liked and with the pall of every goodbye what once used to be fluent between January and her father soon became incomprehensible and far difficult to translate Now consumed by a sense of dreary imprisonment within Locke’s sprawling mansion and suffering an undimmed longing for an absentee father January’s spirit grew feeble as though some river within herself had long since driedUntil one day January Scaller stumbles upon a book and she is suddenly lost and found and wandering all at onceFollowing the threads of history through its tangle January reads about locked Doors that opened at your knock if you put enough faith into the turn of your key about young girls who wished for surprises around each road’s turning and yearned for adventure with a hard physical longing like a craving for air underwater and young boys who could never really step back from brinks no matter how perilous was the drop and whom the world almost no longer held a place or a Door for that matter to hide from Stories that made January feel that the world went on so much further than she could see and carried with them the faint scent of—if not freedom then the coiled charge of its possibility When one enters a door one must be brave enough to see the other side Like a lighthouse at sea drawing us to safety The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a tonic for anyone who feels the world is too much sometimesHarrow has written a jewel of a novel that grips readers from the opening sentence and the author’s gifts as a writer are unmistakable as keen as an unsheathed blade She delivers a pleasurably devoured piece of prose but placed within a novel about people who all have a whiff of the unwanted silently hovering about them and a forlorn wish for belonging lodged within them finding each other across worlds guided by nothing but the small sickly faith they keep between them she creates a story saturated with so much yearning and acheAnd even than the plot the characters the astoundingly uniue turns of phrase and the skill with which the author brings the intersecting storylines to a resounding ending that was both healing and fraught with pain what I loved most about this book—and what I will remember most ardently about it—is the way the author succeeds in giving the desperate earnestness of her storytelling the uality of a memory so that her words ring as resonantly as aged wood And although I knew none of it was real I also knew it wasn’t not real and the two knowings drunkenly chased circles in my mind dizzying me And therein I think lies the book’s biggest triumph in its ability to convince and compel to conjure up the indescribable—the unfathomable—through language to make you believe To show you a door and hand you a key and invite you to embrace the thrilling and sickening lurch of the dropSo if you ever wondered how it would feel to stand on the threshold of a living dream I promise this book is your key My long years of research have taught me that all stories even the meanest folktales matter They are artifacts and palimpsests riddles and histories They are the red threads that we may follow out of the labyrinth It is my hope that this story is your thread and at the end of it you find a door ☆ ko fi ★ blog ☆ twitter ★ tumblr ☆

  2. megs_bookrack says:

    me prepares for awkward silence due to unpopular opinion confirmed sound of cricketsI'm sorry everyone but I have to be honest I did not enjoy this book At allI really wanted to I was so hyped for it I saw early reviews coming in and they were fantastic I couldn't wait to get into itMy initial impression was that even though the writing style was uirky my interest was still high Then it seemed to go nowhere I wasn't feeling anything I honestly do not think I have ever been less engaged with a storyThe writing was flowery and beautiful but I felt like the plot got lost in all of that I dreaded picking it back up and really struggled almost the entire way through For a book that is under 400 pages it felt like an 800 page tomeThere was a sweet spot for me between 50% and 80% where I briefly felt connected but sadly that's just not enough If you read through the reviews I am clearly in the minority opinion I have read the reviews I know When I first finished I contemplated giving this a 25 star and rounding up to 3 but then I slept on it and came to the conclusion that I would just be doing that to appease people I genuinely did not enjoy this and must rate it accordingly With this being said I can understand why so many people have loved this and I am happy that they found something in here that resonated with them Unfortunately I didn'tI love portal fantasy Great examples would be The Dark Tower or the Wayward Children series but this one fell so flat for me The characters seemed one dimensional and I had zero connection to any of them I don't need to like characters but I do need to actually care about what ultimately happens to themThe only character I cared about was the dog Bad I was so worried about that dog and traumatized by things that happened to him that I was never able to relax into the story That is 100% a personal preference and it has spoiled books for me in the past see my review for The Deep by Nick Cutter but yeah there's not much here to save this story from that pitfallWith all of this being said I would never want a personal review from myself to keep people from picking up a book that really interests them If you think this sounds intriguing please pick it up and try it for yourself There is a book for every reader and a reader for every book This just wasn't my cuppa teaThank you so much to the publisher Redhook Books for providing me with a copy to read and review I truly appreciate the opportunity and know that many many readers are going to absolutely adore January's story

  3. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    5 thousand stars first for wonderful amazing illustration on the cover and five thousand stars go for rest of the heart throbbing one of the most creative colorful joyful journeys to many different imaginary portals you can never imagine to visitFASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT OPEN YOUR EYES READY TO COUNT TO 10 THOUSAND This is amazing combination of McGuire’s Wayward Children Series and Stephen King’s Dark Tower series BLURB Seven years old January’s revelation of finding a door opens to Faerie Atlantis Valhalla and the places never found on a map Of course I’m intrigued and wanted to learn HEROINE January is definitely; brave witty sarcastic loyal gifted young heroine It’s enjoyable how she compares herself with regular book heroines with her great sense of humor FAVORITE CHARACTERS Of course the badass loyal brave dogSUPPORTING CHARACTERS Mr Locke blood freezing teeth grinding nerve bending villain who deserves to be putted on a dart chart so you can be concentrated to hit the target Jane is memorable woman Straightforward tough protector Samuel sweet loyal romantic impossible not to love and care for And January’s parents and their love story are definitely heartbreaking I sighed so many times when I’m reading their parts WRITING STYLE Pacing was not fast but not too slow It keeps your attention alert and hooked you from the first page you don’t want to stop want to learn and till your head starts to turn because you passed your sleep time five hours ago and you start to see the sunrise and you realize it’s too late to go to the bed so you’d better finish the bookENDING When I close a book and see my smile like Cheshire cat cover my face all night it means I’m so satisfied with the ending So yes It’s the best emotional joyful smart ending to this unconventional creative well crafted remarkable story FANTASY LOVERS GOOD STORY CHASERS PORTAL TRAVELERS this book is highly recommended for youbloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  4. karen says:

    oooh goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST FANTASY AND BEST DEBUT NOVEL 2019 what will happen?i mean it’s a perfect book that should be the alpha and the omega of this book review because you’ve probably already read the synopsis and if it takes than that to convince you of this book’s desirability i’m sure i don’t have the words to do it if you like seanan mcguire’s wayward children series you will probably enjoy this obviously they both involve doorways to other worlds youngish protagonists and adventure but their significant shared characteristics are tonal—haunting and yearning and saddish; themes of displacement and otherness and an aching inability to fit into the world how it feels to be “an in between sort of thing”it also made me think of The Book of Speculation and Saga with how it handles its themes of fate family and separation and in its use of books and letters to carry the narrative all of these books have given me a very specific and rare kind of sadness shiver and i’m always gladdened to encounter another sourceit is a formidable debut—the concept the characters the language; she’s got it all on lock; there’s a richness to her prose that sparkles up off the page and there’s a VERY GOOD DOG named bad even the romantic subplot which ordinarily activates my eyeroll muscles was perfect and understated and my eyeballs remained unrolled there are enough unfinished edges and unexplored territory that this could easily expand into a second book or series but i kind of don’t want it to i definitely want her to write words for me to read but the bittersweet ambiguity of the ending is perfect and i want to just close the book and leave them to work the rest out unobserved i mean it’s a perfect bookit's some top notch book schwag when even the mailing envelope is fancythis is the debut novel by the woman who wrote Autobiography of a Traitor and a Half Savage which i LOVED and is one of those free tor shorts you can read here while you wait for this book to come outoh and now MORE a bookmark handmade by alix e harrow herself am i charmed? i AM my TBR stack might just kill me but i will die happy and suashed happy and suashedcome to my blog

  5. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    All the stars Final review first posted on Fantasy Literature along with my co reviewer Marion's excellent review The Ten Thousand Doors of January is perched at the top of the mountain of portal fantasies that I’ve read in my life It’s set apart by Alix E Harrow’s intelligent and truly gorgeous writing uniue characters ― including true friends and a fiercely loyal dog ― and a complex and twisty plot combined with thoughtful consideration of racial and class prejudice powerful men who make rules to benefit themselves and other social issues January Scaller is a young girl in early 20th century America living in the mansion of Mr Locke a wealthy collector of rare and uniue items January’s mother is missing and presumed dead while January’s father Julian spends months on end traveling the globe in search of Mr Locke’s rare items And perhaps searching for something Because January and her father are both aware that there are Doors ― portals to different worlds ― and Julian a black man has a particular reason for searching out these DoorsMeanwhile January is being raised by the mysterious Mr Locke a man she both loves and fears though she tries to convince herself that the fear is unreasonable With her cedarwood colored skin January has never entirely fit into the world of wealth and privilege that she inhabits with Mr Locke But she has a strong willed companion Jane Irimu sent to her by her father and a protective dog Bad short for Sinbad and it’s clear that both versions of his name are appropriate though he’s bad only to the hidebound or evil characters given to her by her eually loyal friend SamuelJust before her seventeenth birthday January finds a strange book titled The Ten Thousand Doors that purports to be a monograph on passages and portals between worlds Primarily though it’s about the life and adventures of a young woman named Adelaid Lee Larson Ade who finds some Doors of her ownBooks can smell of cheap thrills or painstaking scholarship of literary weight or unsolved mysteriesThis one smelled unlike any book I’d ever held Cinnamon and coal smoke catacombs and loam Damp seaside evenings and sweat slick noontimes beneath palm fronds It smelled as if it had been in the mail for longer than any one parcel could be circling the world for years and accumulating layers of smells like a tramp wearing too many clothesIt smelled like adventure itself had been harvested in the wild distilled to a fine wine and splashed across each pageAnd then one day January makes the mistake of mentioning Doors to Mr Locke I loved Harrow’s meditations on the nature of doors that she weaves into the text they’re portals of course passageways to adventure or love but also a symbol of healthy change and openness And occasionally doors are books or even words “Sometimes I feel that there are doors lurking in the creases of every sentence with periods for knobs and verbs for hinges”Characters’ names have power in this book Mr Locke is unsurprisingly antithetical to open magical doors and passageways; the irimu is a creature of African legend sometimes called a were leopard The unprepossessing name Scaller might be I conjecture here derived from “scall” a scabby disorder of the scalp or the sculling of a rowboat or perhaps something that’s initially hidden from both the reader’s and January’s understandingThrough January and other characters Harrow warns of the dangers of being too good too uiet and too accepting of the status uoThe will to be polite to maintain civility and normalcy is fearfully strong I wonder sometimes how much evil is permitted to run unchecked simply because it would be rude to interrupt itThe entire book is an encouragement to take action If I have any complaint at all it’s that sometimes the narrator is overtly preachy where I would have preferred a subtle approach footnote 6 I’m looking at you But the overall message to have the courage to do what needs to be done and to “run through every open Door and tell stories when you return” is an overwhelmingly positive one The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a magical entry to a wondrous universe Don’t miss the chance to walk through this doorwayBonus On the Fantasy Literature website at the link there's a truly fascinating and insightful interview with this author Alix HarrowInitial post Cheers I finally got the NetGalley ARC for this book I was beating the bushes on this one because I really wanted it I emailed the author and the publisher last week as well as putting in a NetGalley reuest which they had ignored for a couple of months One of those methods finally worked

  6. Petrik says:

    ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review 455 stars Gorgeous and magical; it’s not a stretch to call The Ten Thousand Doors of January a magnificent physical manifestation of a grimoire Orbit did it again The Ten Thousand Doors of January has shot to the top of my TBR since the moment I saw the cover and heard about the premise; I was charmed and can safely say that I don’t think I’ve read many books as beautifully written as this novel I’ve been saying this over and over again for a while now; when it comes to modern SFF debuts just read everything that Orbit publishes SFF books published by Orbit these days has a strong chance to satisfy your reading preferences and this novel amplified that notion I would also like to give a shout out to Emily Byron who made sure this book reached me for my review and Maddie Hall the one in charge of the design behind the ARC packaging of this book; easily the most beautiful ARC package I’ve ever received Picture My ARC of The Ten Thousand Doors of January The Ten Thousand Doors of January revolves around January Scaller January was seven years old when she first found a Door Years later January starts forgetting about her brief encounter with that Door until one day she stumbles upon a book Reading the book changes everything as she begins to discover the truths and revelations surrounding her worlds and the Door she found when she was a kid This is not an action packed book; if you read this book expecting warfare and intricate battle scenes you’ll be sorely disappointed Instead of filling the pages with action and brutality Harrow opted for dazzling readers with everlasting stories of wonder brimming with a nostalgic and elegant atmosphere This is a novel about a book about stories and about escapism “How fitting that the most terrifying time in my life should reuire me to do what I do best escape into a book” I truly believe that escapism for me is not only a want but a necessity Whether this is in the form of video games movies or reading; they’re all a form of art that makes our harsh realities saner and livable The Ten Thousand Doors of January felt like a letter written by a voracious reader to another reader From the very first page I was immediately struck with the notion that this book will resonate a lot with me and each page gradually continued to strongly enhance that early impression I just can’t help but say that this is a book that must be read by most readers as long that you’re okay with not having battle scenes in your stories “He consumed books as if they were as necessary to his health as bread and water but they were rarely the books he had been assigned” Harrow implemented the importance of stories into the plot wonderfully Family love and adventures were also some of the main themes contained in the novel A book has the power to change a reader’s perception; to be open minded and knowledgeable; to experience adventure and transport us to a different world; reading or writing is magic and many of us are capable of it “Books can smell of cheap thrills or painstaking scholarship of literary weight or unsolved mysteries This one smelled unlike any book I’d ever held It smelled like adventure itself had been harvested in the wild distilled to a fine wine and splashed across each page” As someone who’s born in January I found the main character and the meaning behind her name to be a huge plus of the book This doesn’t mean that you HAVE to be born in January to appreciate it Names have a power a meaning and life of its own; these were discussed within the book and I enjoyed reading them all Most importantly January is a heroine that resonated with me There weren’t a lot of characters but I found the characterizations splendidly written Each character has a distinctive personality and attitude that felt genuine and flawed “It’s a profoundly strange feeling to stumble across someone whose desires are shaped so closely to your own like reaching toward your reflection in a mirror and finding warm flesh under your fingertips If you should ever be lucky enough to find that magical fearful symmetry I hope you’re brave enough to grab it with both hands and not let go” If you’ve seen reviews of this book before you’ll probably notice that the majority of them—whether they loved the book or not overall—agreed that the prose is beautiful; I definitely agree with this statement with all my heart Seriously Harrow has a highly polished prose that totally didn’t feel like a debut effort The prose was lush lyrical enchanting gorgeous and immersive This novel marks the dawn of a new fantasy author with immaculate prose that’s very rare to find in the genre The contemplative and philosophical nature of the writing made me wish I can tell you all the resplendent phrases I’ve stumbled upon Words easily translated into imagery; every locale and scene were visualized in my head I’m in disbelief that this is a debut the author has such an immense subjugation over the structure of words I can’t wait for you to find out how spectacularly written this book was “Words and their meanings have weight the world of matter shaping and reshaping realities through a most ancient alchemy Even my own writings—so damnably powerless—may have just enough power to reach the right person and tell the right truth and change the nature of things” Alluring passages comprising meticulously chosen words were conjured and evident in every page; Harrow exhibited storytelling skill that gives justice to the saying that the pen is mightier than the sword The Ten Thousand Doors of January is one of the most beautifully written debuts I’ve ever read; a big contender for the new tale as old as time and a must read fantasy book for every reader who loves books and enjoys reading a superb elaboration of stories and escapism Every story opens a door and every door opens a story Once you opened the door behind the cover of this book you’ll be happily compelled to search every nook and cranny of the story before you’re able to close the door again An eternal charm lies in January’s adventure and believe me when I say that you need to get the key to open the magic door called The Ten Thousand Doors of January as soon as possible “Let that be a lesson to you if you are too good and too uiet for too long it will cost you It will always cost in the end” Official release date September 12th 2019 UK and September 10th 2019 USYou can pre order the book from UK | US | Book Depository Free shipping The uotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions

  7. Cindy Pham says:

    I liked the writing style and adventurous concept it's fun to think about all the different worlds that you can escape to especially ones that are accepting of POC compared to our world I appreciate the decision to make the protagonists POC and have a feeling of not belonging to add another layer of wanting to escape to other worlds I couldn't find myself attached to the characters though and the “book within a book” execution dragged the story a little too long making my interest dwindle I also found the antagonist to end up being cartoonishly power hungry especially with the monologues making their motivations flimsy for the sake of having conflict

  8. Paromjit says:

    If there is a part of you that has always felt there is magic in the world ever since childhood despite voices to the contrary and have a penchant for the whimsical then Alix Harrow has written the perfect novel for you It is a story of doors portals if you will existing in places of particular resonance stepping through the void into fables folklore adventure love and sanctuary and the infinite power of words and stories In 1901 at the age of 7 the red skinned wilful and cantankerous January Scaller lives with her guardian the enormously wealthy white and powerful William Locke on a sprawling estate in a house crammed full of stolen treasures in his collections mostly acuired by her black father on his global adventures occasionally returning whilst she stays behind in Vermont January is in Kentucky when she encounters her first door but Locke does not believe her and she is punished In her efforts to please him she grows up trying to be a good girl curbing her natural instincts and desires to conform to his stringent expectationsJanuary is a strange oddity only tolerated by the outside world riven with racism because she accompanies the man of substance that is Locke the Chairman of the Archaeological Society on his business trips He informs her ' Power my dear has a language a currencyand a color' as she grows up lonely with only one below the radar non fictional friend Samuel Zappia who gives her a beloved dog SinBad Until Jane arrives a brave and courageous woman sent to protect January by her father A griefstricken and drunk January responds with unpalatable truths to Locke and his much vaunted Archaeological Society an act which is to shatter the world as she knows it In the gripping narrative the lives of Adelaide Larson and Yule Ian Julian are outlined culminating in a meeting that triggers adventures journeys through doors and dedicated scholarly research that results in a remarkable book The Ten Thousand Doors which falls in the hands of January with its shocking revelations As January is ferociously hunted and facing grave dangers will she be able to find the inner resources to fight the deadly threats?Harrow writes a bewitching story about powerful underhand forces that are determined to eliminate all threats to the existing political establishment about family loss grief and a coming of age tale The characterisation is stellar a January facing life altering challenges and her poignant battles to fight the ingrained responses instilled in her from childhood and I adored Jane Samuel and the loyal Bad This is an enchanting read lyrical full of charm that manages to connect with our inner desires and belief that there is magic and hope out there although perhaps it is unlikely to appeal to those who have a sceptical nature An unmissable read for those who adore this type of fantasy brilliant colourful vibrant with echoes of the darkest of fairytales and infused with the grim realities of our contemporary world when it comes to issues of race Highly recommended Many thanks to Little Brown for an ARC

  9. Teodora says:

    Seeing the cover? Want itSeeing the synopsis? Need itRealising it is about escaping the reality? Well run a DNA test cuz I and this book relate for sure

  10. Mayim de Vries says:

    “It is at the moments when the doors open when the things flow between the worlds that stories happen”Ten thousand doors no’s Twenty thousand doorways no way’sSometimes I shamelessly fall for those hyped bestsellers but most often I cannot stand them Funnily enough I loved what most people hate about this book the flowery flowing prose I admired the writing style so much that I wanted to rate the book with full five stars a priori before I even finished the second chapter How sensible of me — not The IdeaThis novel has two main cornerstones portal fantasy and a book in a book The first one is a sham and if you expect the main protagonist to gallivant around different worlds and have adventures there forget this book this instant This is not happening Oh we know the worlds are there the oozing transcendence of their realities somewhat influences the story but it is not a “butterfly effect” influence It is the very same influence that Cameroonian social housing policy has on me That is negligent and anecdotal Fantasy is a bi product of the tale not its pivot; an unwilling companion travelling in the same uite crowded compartment The second means that with each chapter the focal point of the story alternates and while it does not take long to see how both tales are connected this impedes the dynamics of the book and its pacing Most importantly because both histories are essentially retold by a narrator somewhere in the future it is difficult to engage because huge parts are just overtalked This is inevitable because January tells things as opposed to taking part in them everything is retrospective and I have had a feeling of looking into a uirky auarium not being a part of a grand adventureThe SettingAnd then there is the context in which both stories are immersed Have I written “the context”? Silly me I meant politics This book is inherently political to this extent that at a roughly 30% in I needed to check whether I am not reading the minutes from a Democrat rally The thing is if I wanted all this social justice posturing virtue signalling and other political gibberish on colonialism oppression and marginalisation I would read political novels You will notice sometimes I do that But the reason I read fantasy is because it allows me to escape the mundane realities of our world This book shuts this escape door straight in my face OuchBut then it gets worse because when the whole identity politics agenda exposition is done the narrative moves swiftly to preaching Now if I wanted to hear sermons and pay for them dearly I’d freuent some mega church or other And this is something I definitely do not do and do not appreciateIn short there is no world building in the novel; it is a world interpretation And I had a distinct feeling that the book has been written by somebody who does not like our world too much Which is a shame To the contrary the vision of an ideal world Arcadia any real or imaginary place offering peace and simplicity comes down to civilisational suat in a habitat that has been conveniently abandoned so that we can avoid those nasty colonial dilemmasThe Protagonist “January Scaller 57 inches bronze; purpose unknown”The main protagonist describes herself as an in between girl This is also a lie She is firmly and totally an out there girl with no room whatsoever for negotiation compromise or even adjustment Conseuently what you should understand as the “in between” is the fact that January Scaller is irrevocably dramatically and entirely uniue There is no other like her She does not fit in preconceptions conveniences societal structures systems or norms Now I don’t know what you call it but a special MC in a fantasy book is normally classified as a snowflake with everything that comes with this concept What we have is a classic YA drama a heroine who is trapped in a fancy house and lives a different life than what she would prefer she is practically fostered by her father’s wealthy employer while her father travelling for business purposes Essentially January is a young woman on a uest to reach her potential and discover Freedom Love SomethingPerhaps it all comes down to the fact that he wants to belong But don’t have an image of a puppy taken from a shelter in mind Those puppies are grateful for what they get and ready to love anyone while January Scaller has very precise ideas who might be worthy of being her friend her confidante and her companion Who is good enough to be accepted and tolerated Let me tell you there are not many of thoseAnd what disualified her from the list of favourite acceptable heroines is the fact that she is uite frankly not that smart In fact she is unaccountably stupid for an obviously educated girl and the narrative is both poetically abstract and acerbically snarky intermittently that is which reuires intelligence She messes all she can and then some How can an intelligent person do all the stupid things that January does is beyond me view spoilerif I was offered membership in a secret society by people I consider to be my enemies I’d accept already plotting how to proceed with a takeover and ultimate annihilation the evil overlord wannabe that I am hide spoiler

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