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The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice Library Binding – 22 May 2008
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- Language : English
- Library Binding : 516 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1435289536
- ISBN-13 : 978-1435289536
- Dimensions : 3.18 x 15.88 x 23.5 cm
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I won’t even try to trace all the stories found in this volume, though I do remember a few: coins made out of bones, stars bearing children, a city inhabited almost entirely by artists, a young woman made out of tea leaves. All of this eventually ties into the story of the Sultan’s son and the girl with the dark-lidded eyes (their relationship grows nicely over the course of “Cities,” by the way, not to mention the development of the boy’s sister Dinarzad).
However, I wish this book wasn’t just more of the same. For as much as I loved the first book, more of the same should be a godsend, but somehow the stories in this volume took longer to grab me. I got confused more easily, wished more often to return to characters I liked rather than listen to yet another story. (But that was mostly in the first half; the second was an improvement.) And after all this intricate storytelling, the conclusion of the frame story felt a little unsatisfactory. It made sense, but it just seemed too simple . . .
But I won’t spoil the rest for you, because this book is worth a read. Most people seem to like it as well as they liked the first, so maybe I’m just crazy for preferring “Night Garden.” Ah, well. It’s worth it anyway.
This is one of the most enthralling reads I've enjoyed in a long time, the descriptions and the messages and fantastical lands were so amazing to read, I very much enjoyed this book.