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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing again!, 8 Feb 2008
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This review is from: In the Cities of Coin and Spice: 2 (Orphan's Tales) (Paperback)
I was a bit dubious as to whether this would be as good as the prequel but it was! i love the way every single story between the two books connect in some way.
The main story is again about the girl in the garden telling stories from the tatooes on her eyes to the prince(and future sultan). she starts by telling a story, and a character from it starts telling the protagonist a story and so on, so the stories unfold like a set of Russian dolls.
And the best thing about the book is you discover who the girl in the garden is, and why she has the tatooes around her eyes; it is a very satisfying revelation.
You will be thinking about this book and it's predecessor long after finishing them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The conclusion to a masterpiece, 20 May 2011
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This review is from: In the Cities of Coin and Spice: 2 (Orphan's Tales) (Paperback)
It always takes me forever to read through Cat Valente's books. Maybe because I don't really ever want them to end.

The second and last volume of the Orphan's tales is identical in structure to its predecessor but different in its tales: the stories seem to lose their 'high adventure' quality to become more personal, intimate, dirtier, and the sense of loss permeates the very cities whose intertwined stories we are told.
At the same time, the story in the garden is itself rushing towards its end, with Dinazard close to her wedding and the words on the orphan's eyes reaching their end...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only out preformed by its predecessor, 23 Mar 2012
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Valente's Oprhan's Tales are simply amazing. Continuing with the same theme as The Orphan's Tales Vol. I in the Night Garden: 1, In the Cities of Coin and Spice: 2 (Orphan's Tales) follows the tales spun from the inked eyelids of a displaced Orphan. This book oozes imagination and creativity. It permeates it in much the same way as the that a rich spice flavors your favorite dish. Make-believe creatures spring out at you on every page, winged skeletons, loyal leopards, hedgehog warriors, sparrow calligraphers, firebirds, djinns, manticores, unicorns, and glass women. The book kept me turning the pages fast enough to risk paper-cuts. The prose is beautiful, the writing fluid, and the stories unforgettable.
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In the Cities of Coin and Spice: 2 (Orphan's Tales)
In the Cities of Coin and Spice: 2 (Orphan's Tales) by Catherynne M. Valente (Paperback - 30 Oct 2007)
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