Series: Bhinian Empire #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 5th 2013
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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.
In a world once surrounded by magic, exists the City of a Thousand Dolls. The only safe place for unwanted girls. A place where they can change their fortunes. Trained in one of six houses, a girl can be transformed from being unwanted to desired, respected, or even admired. All except Nisha. A foundling who was too old upon entering the city to join a house. But when girls suddenly start dying mysteriously, Nisha may be the only one who can uncover the truth.
Ever since I was a young teen, books like those by Tamora Pierce have always struck a chord with me. From their intense characters to beautiful settings, I have always been fascinated by those types of reads. City of a Thousand Dolls was exactly what I was looking for, and I didn't even know it.
City of a Thousand Dolls has a world that is hard to place. Based on the house system and other factors, I believe City of a Thousand Dolls to have an Asian influence. But I could be wrong. Either way, City of a Thousand Dolls has a lush world that I fell instantly in love with. Sure, the back story of the world could have been explored more. But I am happy overall.
The characters, the romance(s), and the felines really make City of a Thousand Dolls a stand-out. Although it took me a while to warm up to this read, once I did, I was hooked. I did not want to put down City of a Thousand Dolls for nobody or nothing. I just had to know who-done-it. And was really surprised to see how it all turned out. Now, I am not going to tell you, you will have to read City of a Thousand Dolls for yourself. But I did not not see any of the twists coming.
There is something quite special about City of a Thousand Dolls. It was a read that snuck up on me. One that, in the beginning, I wasn't too sure if it was going to be the epic read that I had hoped it would be. But, in the end, City of a Thousand Dolls had earned a special place in my heart and on my shelf.
Will there be more?
At this time, City of a Thousand Dolls seems to be a standalone, but I really, really hope that I will get to see more of Nisha and Jerrit. I adored every moment of City of a Thousand Dolls and sincerely hope there will be more.