Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

Characters: 18/20
Setting: 8/10
Plot: 17/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 9/10
Overall: 89/100 or A-
The Dust of 100 Dogs tells the story of Emer Morrissey and Saffron Adams, which are really two of the same people. Emer was born in the Seventeenth century and saw her parents get killed. She then lived with her uncle till she was old enough to get sold. She escaped that to go to the Caribbean, she becomes a pirate and starts stealing Spanish galleons. When she decides to return to her normal life with her with her beloved Seanie. She is cursed to live the lives of one hundred dogs. A few cnturies later Saffron Adams is born. She knows where the treasure is. She just has to wait and find a way to get to Jamaica, when she is 18.
This is one of those books that it is impossible to describe or label it, yet amazing it is. I loved the setting. It felt that I was in Ireland, the Caribbean, and America. I really loved the characters and the many dimensions that they had. I like that is both contemporary and historical, without a touch of Sci-fi. The characters were amazing. To be born with such knowledge would be both a blessing and a curse in it's self. Saffron's family is interesting. I also felt for Seanie and Emer and was rooting for them the whole way.
I also love the writing. The dog facts were really cute and made the read more interesting. King is also gifted to give both Saffron and Emer such a lovely voice. Check this book out. It is amazing and I don't think it will disappoint.
The Book Trailer is:here.
Take Care, Sarah.


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