City of a Thousand Dolls

The girl with no past, and no future, may be the only one who can save their lives...

Release Date: Febuary 5th, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN 13: 978-0062121301
Audio ISBN: 978-0385361392
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.

A Bankstreet College Best Children's Book of the Year

Finalist for the 2013 Compton Crook Awards.

Publishers Weekly starred review

"Forster makes a strong debut with a fresh South Asian–inspired fantasy/mystery crossover. Set in a magically isolated Empire with a strict caste system, a two-child limit, and telepathic cats, Forster’s well-crafted story and confident prose are rich, packed with small details that immerse readers in her sumptuously imagined world." (Ages 13–up.)

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Or see a map of the City of a Thousand Dolls

There are also these pretty quote cards. (One for each House!)

"A fantastical murder mystery with a creative premise, heart-pounding pacing, and characters with secrets to keep."
--Cinda Chima, author of The Gray Wolf Throne

“A truly unique treasure, Forster's debut is storytelling at its best. With a chilling mystery, a forbidden romance, and delightful characters I fell in love with, I wanted to spend more time in the City of a Thousand Dolls.”
—Elana Johnson, author of Possession

"I'm not sure what delighted me most about this book: the likable heroine, her charming feline friends, or the detailed and creative world. But I know one thing: City of a Thousand Dolls is a stand-out debut!"
--Jaclyn Dolamore, author of Magic Under Glass

"With fantastic world building and a wonderful heroine, City of a Thousand Dolls intrigued me from the first page. Forster took me on a fascinating journey full of twists and turns--I can't wait for the sequel!"
--Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix
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