The Orphan's Tales by Catherynne Valente
In the Cities of Coin and Spice: 2

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Catherynne M. Valente enchanted readers with her spellbinding In the Night Garden. Now she continues to weave her storytelling magic in a new book of Orphan’s Tales—an epic of the fantastic and the exotic, the monstrous and mysterious, that will transport you far away from the everyday….

Her name and origins are unknown, but the endless tales inked upon this orphan’s eyelids weave a spell over all who listen to her read her secret history. And who can resist the stories she tells? From the Lake of the Dead and the City of Marrow to the artists who remain behind in a ghost city of spice, here are stories of hedgehog warriors and winged skeletons, loyal leopards and sparrow calligraphers. Nothing is too fantastic, anything can happen, but you’ll never guess what comes next in these intimately linked adventures of firebirds and djinn, singing manticores, mutilated unicorns, and women made entirely of glass and gears. Graced with the magical illustrations of Michael Kaluta, In the Cities of Coins and Spice is a book of dreams and wonders unlike any you’ve ever encountered. Open it anywhere and you will fall under its spell. For here the story never ends and the magic is only beginning….


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About Catherynne Valente

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Catherynne M. Valente was born in the Pacific Northwest, grew up in California, and now lives in Ohio with her two dogs.
 
Published October 30, 2007 by Bantam. 530 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The second and concluding volume of Tiptree Award–winner Valente's Orphan's Tales (after 2006's In the Night Garden ), structured as a series

Aug 20 2007 | Read Full Review of The Orphan's Tales: In the Ci...

Fantasy Literature

She explains that there are wonderful stories written on her eyelids and that a spirit has told her she must read and tell the stories;

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