Monday, March 30, 2009
The Dust of 100 Dogs by AS King - Review
This is an incredibly difficult book to describe. Part historical fiction, part swashbuckling pirate tale, part romance, and part modern day teen fiction. And how can I forget all those wonderful dog facts? I love the dog facts!
Imagine watching Cromwell’s troops ride through your small Irish town and kill all they encountered, including your family. Imagine getting away only to be sold into marriage, escaping, running away to Tortuga, escaping again, and ending up captaining a pirate ship.
All this happens to Emer Morrisey and so much more. She almost escapes the pirate life with her true love, Seanie, but is stopped and cursed with the dust of 100 dogs, which means, yes, she has to live one hundred lives as a dog before she is reincarnated as a modern teenager, now Saffron Adams, with all her memories intact. And with the knowledge that she buried treasure all those years ago and it could still be there waiting for her.
This is unlike any other book – utterly original. King manages to draw all these strands together beautifully and leaves you wanting more. This is an author to watch.