“City of a Thousand Dolls invokes the colors, flavor and mood of Southeast Asia, while being a lushly sculpted world of Forster's own playful mind. Half murder mystery, half fantastical adventure, this book introduces readers to an empire, a caste system, and a city where unwanted girls are groomed as healers, wives, courtesans, entertainers, and guards for the wealthy.
There are mysterious beasts lurking at the edge of the known world and faceless assassins at the center of every shadow. There are a many stories to be told in Forster's world, and I'm looking forward to reading every one of them. If that isn't enough to convince you that you should pick up this brilliant debut, did I mention there are talking cats?” —Laura “Wally” Johnston, Rediscovered Books, Boise, ID. Discovered at NW Book Lovers, now buy City of a Thousand Dolls from Rediscovered Books.