We gave it a B+
In the Cities of Coin and Spice is a complex, engaging collection of fantastical ”Orphan’s Tales”— featuring manticores, djinn, and girls made of tea leaves and twigs — that stack up like Russian nesting dolls.
For Fans of…
Smart, surrealistic fairy tales steeped in Arabian Nights lore and the gnarled fables of Hans Christian Andersen.
Catherynne M. Valente’s dense imagery and heavy use of metaphor can overwhelm, but the overall effect is intoxicating. B+