Release Date ~ 2/5/2013
Format ~ ARC
Publisher ~ HaprerTeen
Source ~ Publisher
An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.City of a Thousand Dolls is an entertaining, fast-paced, exciting read riding the high fantasy wave, tough it does suffer from a few
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.
In City of a Thousand Dolls, Nisha, the heroine of the story, is a character that takes you a while to warm up to. In fact, some might not be able to warm up to her at all, because she is a character you can often be annoyed with, although at the end of the novel I liked her, she is definitely a hit or miss character.
Forster creates a really excellent, unique mythology where you don't really no what to expect from it. It's so original and different, even for high fantasy. It's built up very elaborately and extraordinarily. I's layered, developed, and very, very interesting.
When it comes to pacing, Forster is a genius. There is hardly ever a dull moment in it and there's plenty for everyone... romance, action, betrayal... when it comes to keeping an audience entertained, few can do it better than Meriam Forster.
Despite a few flaws, City of a Thousand is still an entertaining, enjoyable read.