Book Talk: CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS by Miriam Forster

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.

Even in an city of orphans, Nisha is an outcast. Unwanted girls have always come to the City of A Thousand dolls to find a place to belong in the world. Trained as musicians, courtesans, artisans and healers, the world’s unwanted little girls have a chance to grow into sought-after positions. Except for Nisha. She is an assistant to one of the Matron’s – a head of house within the City – and her closest friends are the large cats who always shadow her footsteps.

Feeling useless in the presence of all these well-trained girls, Nisha doesn’t find her true calling until a series of murders within the city lead to a mystery that none of the Matrons can puzzle out – or maybe they simply don’t want to. There have always been rumors of a hidden house within the City where female assassins are trained. Following her senses and using her brains, Nisha tries to discover who is trying to destroy the only home she’s ever known.