City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

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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.

 

About Miriam Forster

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Miriam Forster wrote her first story at seven and has been playing with words ever since. Miriam works at the independent bookstore Rediscovered Books in Boise, Idaho. Visit her online at www.miriamforster.blogspot.com or on Twitter @miriamforster.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by HarperTeen. 373 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her unknown parentage and unique status (working as “Matron’s shadow” rather than training in a House) render her a predictable fantasy archetype.

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Publishers Weekly

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Forster makes a strong debut with a fresh South Asian–inspired fantasy/mystery crossover. Abandoned as a child, 16-year-old Nisha Arvi has grown up within the private walled estate known as the City o

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Just as her wish seems within reach, the deaths of several girls make Nisha a valuable pawn, now destined to be sold as a slave.

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Teen Reads

Instead, Nisha became the eyes and ears of the head Matron of the City and as such, gets wrapped up in finding the killer stalking the city before the annual Reedeeming, a ceremony at which Nisha's best friend will become princess of the land.

Mar 08 2013 | Read Full Review of City of a Thousand Dolls

A Patchwork of Books

Perhaps the only revelation was how much time is invested after writing the first draft (I blogged about it because I found it really interesting), even though it was the fourth manuscript I’d written.

Mar 21 2013 | Read Full Review of City of a Thousand Dolls

A Patchwork of Books

Perhaps the only revelation was how much time is invested after writing the first draft (I blogged about it because I found it really interesting), even though it was the fourth manuscript I’d written.

Feb 02 2013 | Read Full Review of City of a Thousand Dolls

Project MUSE

Established as a safe haven for the orphaned girls of the Bhinian Empire, the City of a Thousand Dolls transforms casteless, unwanted infants into highly skilled young women to serve as wives or apprentices to the highest bidder.

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Gr 8 Up—Nisha has lived in the City of a Thousand Dolls for 10 years, ever since her parents abandoned her there. Unlike the other girls there, she was never placed in one of the city's Houses to be trained. Nisha's only status comes from her position as the assistant to the Matron, a placement t...

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