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by Miriam Forster


in the. City of a thousand dolls. Despite its grand name, there wasn’t much that was citylike about the City of a Thousand Dolls. In fact, it wasn’t really a city at all, but a large private estate ringed by a high stone wall.

in the. The six Houses-Flowers, Beauty, Pleasure, Combat, Jade, and Music-each had their own grounds arranged loosely around a central point. A variety of gardens filled the grounds between them. In the city’s center there was a large round hedge maze with six different points of entry and a hidden fountain at its heart.

Miriam Forster learned to read at the age of five . Discover new books on Goodreads. See if your friends have read any of Miriam Forster's books. Her debut novel, CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS is being published by HarperCollins.

Miriam Forster learned to read at the age of five, wrote her first story at the age of seven and has been playing with words ever since. In her daily life, Miriam is a wife, a terrible housekeeper and a dealer of words at the local bookshop. In her internal life, she imagines fight scenes, obsesses about anthropology, nature shows and British television, and reads far too many books.

City of a Thousand Dolls book. Perhaps because writing is my There's something quite nostalgic about Miriam Forster's CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS

City of a Thousand Dolls book. An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical. Perhaps because writing is my There's something quite nostalgic about Miriam Forster's CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS. I've always been a reader - a rather voracious one - but I remember a span of years in my early teens when reading was pretty much all I did. I read at school, my books hidden between textbooks.

Nisha has no past, and even her future is unclear. But she has lived fairly well in the City of a Thousand Dolls since she was found and brought there as a young baby.

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Nisha has no past, and even her future is unclear. She can speak with the sacred cats in the city and seems to hear things she shouldn't around the city. As the Matron of the city's eyes and ears, she has a special place in the city, but still, she has no House to call her own.

City of a Thousand Dolls. Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a little girl. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. The girl with no past, and no future, may be the only one who can save their lives. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. She makes her way as Matron's errand girl, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow.

But the Mistress of Shadows is convinced that the novice Aarya stepped into the path of that dagger on purpose.

But the Mistress of Shadows is convinced that the novice Aarya stepped into the path of that dagger on purpose ansferred to another House, calling herself a monster. I and no other bear the guilt for her death, but what could I do? Aarya was raised in the ways of the Black Lotus. It would have been too dangerous to put her with the other girls. My concern is the City as a whole. If the novices knew all the things we trained girls for, knew the dark requests we are sometimes called upon.

City of a Thousand Dolls - Miriam Forster. The only exception to the rule was the City of a Thousand Dolls. If Devan spoke for her at the Redeeming, their relationship could be recognized as legitimate. But if they were caught before then, it was Nisha who would bear the brunt of the punishment. Set in a magically isolated Empire, Forster’s well-crafted story and confident prose are rich, packed with small details that immerse readers in her sumptuously imagined world. A fantastical murder mystery with a creative premise, heart-pounding pacing, and characters with secrets to keep. Cinda Williams Chima,author of the best-selling Seven Realms series. The mystery here is a fine one, and the concept of the City is well executed.

THE CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS is an exotic treat with an entirely original, fantastical world, forbidden . Nisha has lived in the City of a Thousand Dolls for almost as long as she can remember.

THE CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS is an exotic treat with an entirely original, fantastical world, forbidden romance, heart-stopping adventure, and a deadly mystery. Abandoned at the city gates with nothing but a mys. City of a Thousand Dolls (Bhinian Empire, by Miriam Forster. City of a Thousand Dolls (Bhinian Empire, City of a Thousand Dolls book.

The girl with no past, and no future, may be the only one who can save their lives.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a little girl. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. She makes her way as Matron's errand girl, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city's handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls' deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but also her life.

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When a country puts a limit on how many children are allowed per family, what happens to the "extra" kids? And when one gender is preferred over the other, the treatment of the lesser orphans can be horrifying. We have seen this in our own world, but Miriam Forster takes a real issue and places it in a fantasy world where real solutions were created in City of a Thousand Dolls.

Nisha has no past, and even her future is unclear. But she has lived fairly well in the City of a Thousand Dolls since she was found and brought there as a young baby. She can speak with the sacred cats in the city and seems to hear things she shouldn't around the city. As the Matron of the city's eyes and ears, she has a special place in the city, but still, she has no House to call her own. Each house takes the orphan girls left by their families who prefer boys in the world where how many children you have are limited. They take the girls and train them so they may be Reclaimed when they are ready, and returned to society with a House and a life. Without being claimed, they will never be accepted into society. Nisha knows her talents are limited, but she desperately hopes her romance with the second-born prince will lead him to Reclaim her.

When a girl has died falling from a roof, the entire city is rocked. But when a second girl is found dead by the fountain, the stench of foul play looms over the city. With her mysterious talents and perceptiveness, Nisha offers to quietly investigate the murders for the Matron. What she uncovers, however, is a murderer who specifically targets certain girls, and Nisha hasn't figured out the pattern. But when the murderer goes after her only true friend in the city, the girl who is training to marry the prince and become princess, she knows she will have to take risks in order to prevent another murder. What she didn't realize was that there are even bigger and deeper secrets surrounding her own life. As Nisha digs deeper, she unravels webs of lies she never thought existed, and those lies will change her life forever.

This was such an intriguing book and interesting world, I am almost sad that I think it is a stand-alone. Some of the world-building was too slow for me, and left me struggling to understand the story, but on a whole, this was a really brilliant world Forster created! It really ended in a way where it doesn't seem like there will be another story, but maybe that will change! I really wanted to hear so much more about the city, the world as a whole, the wandering tribes, etc. Especially the cats! It seemed like such a strange side story to have Nisha able to speak to the cats, but the story behind it (which I won't divulge and you have to get to the end for) was SO interesting! And I want MORE!

But Nisha was the real story for the entire book. She was so integral to the mystery surrounding the world, as she belonged but didn't even in a city full of outcasts. I loved the intrigue that surrounded her and in the end, she proved to be such an honorable and amazing young woman. I would love to see more about her as she continues through the world, learning more and more about who she was. It was amazing to see a young woman who had almost no past, present or future still fight to live and fight to protect those she loved. Nisha was the kind of character you want your young women to read about!

This book also delves to the heart of the issue of limiting children to families, as has been the case in China. They have the same problems of infanticide and female orphans China has faced in the rash solution to overpopulation, but the way the City of a Thousand Dolls has chosen to protect those orphan girls is amazing and controversial at the same time. Many are married off or taken as mistress to the highest "bidder", while others become healers and musicians. It isn't a perfect system, but the Matron is doing the best she can for girls who would otherwise never have a future. The idea of sacrificing a few to unhappy lives to save the many comes up more than once, and it is discussion-worthy. I would definitely have a student read this book and research China's practices and consequences when we were done. Sometimes a fantasy world can help you see more about your own world than you thought it could!
Gholbirius
First off, i want to say that the best thing about this book is that there was a complete story arc with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The ending was even well done and satisfying. I gave the book four stars because there were times when the writing was a little rough and it became difficult to suspend my disbelief enough to really fully enjoy the story. Part of the problem was that there was just too much world building that happened at the end of the story instead of the beginning, so there were things that just didn't make sense till the end of the book. However, I enjoyed it enough that I would recommend it, and I would definitely read other books by this author.
Andromajurus
This book was a good enough read that I finished it all in one sitting. I enjoyed the flaws of the main character as she felt very adaptive and emotionally believable. The reason I would not give it a full five stars is that the secondary characters all felt a bit flat and one dimensional. All of the main character's interaction felt very one sided and this made me feel as though the story was not fully realized. That being said I loved the idea of the world the story is set in. The whole story is filled with wonder and mystery and is built one chapter at a time. I never felt that there was the information dump that tends to happen in some fantasy novels when setting up worlds. It is a world I could by and large see functioning and we learn about it bit by bit as the character comes to understand her surroundings. So all in all I would say the City of a Thousand Dolls comes out to solid 3.5.
VizoRRR
I loved this! It's definitely younger YA, almost MG with a narrative style similar to Janice Hardy's Shifter series. That said, the story got quite dark and depressing at one stage but the ending more than made up for it.

I loved the setting as it borrowed from Chinese and Indian culture. So different albeit misogynistic and quite sexist - that's just how this world works and despite that, the female protagonist proved a strong character, independent, resourceful, smart and charming in equal measure.

Also, the cats! Loved them.
City of a Thousand Dolls ebook
Author:
Miriam Forster
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Literature & Fiction
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HarperTeen (February 5, 2013)
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368 pages
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