I enjoy Seanan McGuire’s writing style very much- it’s probably one of my favorite things about her novels.
Ultimately I was left intrigued but a bit unsatisfied. I think the author probably could have combined all the novellas into one longer story, added more descriptive writing and details, and been much more successful.
This novella takes off at a fast pace right out of the gate, and we were thrown right into the action from page one. There is imminent danger hanging over the humans, but thankfully they have Murderbot to protect them from whatever comes their way.
I’d definitely recommend picking up The Emperor’s Soul if you’re in a reading slump; it’s super short, but packs a punch with an impressively fleshed out story for such few pages.
When children in storybooks find a secret door/hole in a tree/etc and find themselves in a magical world for a time, we never get to see what happens after. After they return, when they are reunited with their parents and have to face the real world again. In Every Heart a Doorway, we get to see how they cope with this change.
I recently finished watching the Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House, which is based on a novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. Having really enjoyed the show, when I stumbled upon We Have Always Lived in the Castle and noticed that it was written by Shirley Jackson, I absolutely had to try it out.