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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Miriam Forster Narrator: Shannon McManus Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bhinian Empire Series Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9780062277282
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fantastical murder mystery with a creative premise, heart-pounding pacing, and characters with secrets to keep.”

    Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “With fantastic world building and a wonderful heroine, City of a Thousand Dolls intrigued me from the first page.”

    Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Pass | 2/4/2014

    " This is a gorgeous book - beautifully written with an unforgettable heroine. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cate | 1/27/2014

    " I was going to give this book 4/5 until I got to the ending. The climax/catharsis was so emotionally satisfying it surprised tears to my eyes. The author did a superb job of building the mystery and establishing a line of red herrings that draws the reader off the scent every bit as much as it does the heroine. Just when you think you know where the story is going along all-too familiar lines, its twists unexpectedly and takes you with it. Finished this book in less than a day and stayed up way, way too late, just to find out whodunit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elsa | 1/18/2014

    " Gave it 50 pages and just couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki (Fiction Freak) | 1/14/2014

    " Amazing. Loved. review to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookphilia | 11/29/2013

    " Definitely the book I anticipate MOST for 2013 (so far). :| "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 11/20/2013

    " This was a very cute book. It does have the "b" word in it once. I liked the characters and the mystery all lumped into a little fantasy as well. Letting my older girls read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqulyn | 10/23/2013

    " I wish there was more, I didn't want it to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melina | 10/17/2013

    " characters lacked development... imagery was nice. it wasn't horrible. But also far from exceptional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 9/28/2013

    " This was an enjoyable, quick read. I liked the main character and the description of the different houses within the city was quite interesting. The city is a place for orphan girls to learn a trade but the option for them to be purchased leads to some problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.J. Flood | 7/13/2013

    " I loved this book as soon as I began it. The world Miriam Forster creates is beautiful and mysterious and luscious, a wonderful place to lose yourself in. Lovely stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey (secsec1) | 7/8/2013

    " this is really a 3.5 book for me. it kind of felt like a big intro to the series but also a stand a lone, but I'm excited to live in this world some more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookworm1858 | 6/11/2013

    " Actually really enjoyed this one. "

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About the Author

Miriam Forster is a recovering barista and former bookseller who is obsessed with anthropology, British television, and stories of all kinds. She lives in Oregon with her husband and her cat. City of a Thousand Dolls was her debut novel.

About the Narrator

Shannon McManus, award-winning narrator, is a Los Angeles–based actor, writer, and voice artist. Her natural vocal abilities and extensive theater training have led to work in audiobook narration, commercial voice-over, and animation. Critical praise includes an Audiofile Earphones Award and a Publishers Weekly Listen Up! Award in children’s and young adult fiction.