Read In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan's Tales, #2) Online Free - Catherynne M. Valente enchanted readers with her spellbinding In the Night Garden. Now she continues to weave her storytelling magic in a new book of Orphan’s Tales—an epic of the fantastic and the exotic, the monstrous and mysterious, that will transport you far away from the everyday….
Her name and origins are unknown, but the endless tales inked upon this orphan’s eyelids weave a spell over all who listen to her read her secret history. And who can resist the stories she tells? From the Lake of the Dead and the City of Marrow to the artists who remain behind in a ghost city of spice, here are stories of hedgehog warriors and winged skeletons, loyal leopards and sparrow calligraphers. Nothing is too fantastic, anything can happen, but you’ll never guess what comes next in these intimately linked adventures of firebirds and djinn, singing manticores, mutilated unicorns, and women made entirely of glass and gears. Graced with the magical illustrations of Michael Kaluta, In the Cities of Coins and Spice is a book of dreams and wonders unlike any you’ve ever encountered. Open it anywhere and you will fall under its spell. For here the story never ends and the magic is only beginning….
|Title||:||In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan's Tales, #2)|
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January 14, 2008
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture," or so the old quote says. I can't help but remember this saying as I attempt to write down some of my fragmented, all too feeble thoughts regarding Catherynne Valente's masterwork, The Orphan Tales: In the Night Garden and In the Cities o...
February 26, 2010
I found this second book of "The Orphan's Tales" less engaging than the first one. This is probably why I so easily put it down after reaching the middle and didn't pick it up until weeks later.
"In the Cities of Coin and Spice" was much darker and less enchanting than "In the Night Garden" and i...
March 11, 2015
The stories continue in this second volume of The Orphan's Tales, and I am so ambivalent about what I'm about to say. I love Catherynne Valente as a writer, I do so very much, and yet. There is beautiful prose in this book, intoxicating stories, brilliant twists, interesting characters. And yet....
September 23, 2017
In the Cities of Coin and Spice is the sequel to In the Night Garden by Catherynne Valente. The books share the same structure, with stories nested inside of stories, up to seven levels including the framing story. As for that framing story, it continues in this book and finally gets a satisfying...
August 17, 2016
This review encompasses my feelings about both books, as they really belong together.
I have read so many hundreds of fairy tales in my life, but these are the ones that have stuck with me the most. Catherynne Valente tells dozens of stories in dozens of voices that weave in and out of one another...
April 04, 2017
This duo of books (but really just one incredible labyrinthine tale) are without doubt one of the highlights of my entire reading life.
Clearly writing a review for such a story is near impossible; I will attempt it eventually - but not yet.
April 25, 2012
The second part of The Orphan Tales is every bit as enchanting as the first one. Similar to In the Night Garden, this book is comprised of two major story arcs, one about a special brand of coins and a journey to the desolate shores of the lake where lost souls go; the other in and around Ajanahb...
July 09, 2011
It's hard to review this book separately from In the Night Garden, because ultimately they're one book in two volumes. And so star ratings are somewhat arbitrary.
Like In the Night Garden, In the Cities of Coin and Spice is a lovely book made up of nested, interconnected stories. The stories are...
April 16, 2009
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.
I haven't read any fantasy quite like Catherynne M. Valente's The Orphan's Tales duology. This is the story of a young orphan girl who is shunned because of the dark smudges that appeared on her eyelids when she was a baby. She lives alone in a sultan's gar...
June 22, 2015
I loved the first book. The intricate interweaving of the stories looping back and integrating with the previous threads of story like a three dimensional tapestry (I have just blanked on a suitable simile - maybe one will come to me later). This book, on the other hand… this story is a continuat...