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THE ORPHAN'S TALES
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
This gorgeous and lyrical book is a series of interconnected stories that flow seamlessly together to make a truly astounding whole. Valente's prose is lush and evocative, strewn with vivid descriptions and compelling characters. Inspired by the tales of Scheherazade, this volume is a thousand and one tales for our time.
In the sultan's garden, a little girl survives on the leavings of the residents because she's been exiled because of her strange birthmarks: layers upon layers of stories inked upon her eyelids that she laboriously reads to learn her history. She tells her tales to a curious prince who comes back night after night to listen to wondrous stories about shape-shifting witches, horse goddesses and stars that take the shape of beasts. (Bantam Spectra, Nov., 496 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Published: November 2006