Tuesday, 12 February 2013

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Goodreads Summary : An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. 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. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, 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 her own life.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Enriched with cultural details and patterned with vibrant descriptions, City of Thousand Dolls was an exotic fantastical story mingled with murder, mystery and ancient cults.

An isolated estate that gave refuge to orphan girl, abandoned after birth, and trains them in various arts such as music, dancing, combat etc. Sixteen years Nisha never belonged to any one particular house, making her way as Matron’s assistant. But when she began flirting with a handsome young courier, she dared to dream about a life outside the city walls. But when one by one girls were stared being murdered, she found herself within a chaos that would simply shatter hey hope to be free.

The book was brilliant and Miriam’s world building was vivid and richly detailed. I instantly liked the idea of different houses that trains young girls in different skills. The world building eerily resembles to the Indus Valley civilization, and it was really fascinating. There was another thing I would definitely mention, that was their costumes or asars. The author subtly designed in rich Indian style in a very stunning and perplexing way. The whole world of City of Thousand Dolls was exotic and mysterious.

The murders were planed and well executed. They created a fog of mystery with elaborated actions and adventure. When Nisha slowly started digging inside, she discovered long buried truth about her origin.

Nisha was pretty striking, marked by individualism with eyes full of hopes that once dared to dream of life outside city wall. She was also a telepathic too with an ability to talk to cats, and I personally loved this part. Taking to a cat??? Pretty cool.

Overall City of Thousand Dolls was well paced and a very engaging read that kept me hooked. A mystery on which I pondered for long and in the end I found a satisfying answer. If you want a taste old South Asian culture, CoTD is definitely the one book for to quench your thirst.

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1 comment:

  1. I was not impressed by the summary when I heard about this book a while ago and thought it wasn't going to be very popular, but after seeing it in Barnes and Noble and glowing reviews like this one, I am reconsidering it! So thank you for giving it a good review otherwise I wouldn't have even thought of it again! Sounds like a super well done book. Excited to maybe read it!

    Marie @ Marie's Bookworm Blog