When a book begins as the main female character is removing a Frenchman’s eye with a spike, you know you are in for a unique tale. Emer is killed in the first few pages of the book after being cursed to live the lives of 100 dogs before she can become human again. A. S. King weaves a spellbinding story in The Dust of 100 Dogs, alternating between Emer’s life in the 17th century and Saffron in the 20th century, with a few of the dog lives she lived mixed in.
The reader slowly learns about Emer’s life: childhood in Ireland and falling in love with her neighbor Seanie, travels around the world to escape being trapped in a loveless marriage before learning the life of a pirate. Saffron remembers her life as Emer and has one goal in life – to find where she buried her treasure centuries ago. King’s twists and turns keep you guessing right to the last page.
The Dust of 100 Dogs is the best adventure I’ve gone on in a while. There were a few dog moments that were hard to read as a dog lover, but they were short. I especially loved the dog Rusty and even now, my heart melts when I read the line, “It was 11:05 and there was no one on the beach but Rusty, making paw prints in the wet sand and watching them disappear with the tide.” (pg 174)
A. S. King has a website that contains her blog, a copy of the prologue, and lots of other fun stuff. Check it out, and read The Dust of 100 Dogs if it sounds at all interesting!