Daughter of Hounds Paperback – 18 Jul 2008
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About the Author
Caitlin R. Kiernan is the author of nine novels, including "Silk, Threshold, Low Red Moon, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds," and "The Red Tree." Her award-winning short fiction has been collected in six volumes, including "Tales of Pain and Wonder; To Charles Fort, With Love; Alabaster;" and, most recently, "A is for Alien." She has also published two volumes of erotica, "Frog Toes and Tentacles" and "Tales from the Woeful Platypus." Trained as a vertebrate paleontologist, she currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Top Customer Reviews
Although different from previous works, long-time fans will enjoy it and newcomers will suddenly wake to her rich and strange dreams. It makes an excellent starting point to travel them.
live or die, and it becomes quite a chore just to keep on reading this book, but I persevered to the end.
If you are hoping for a whiff of Lovecraftian horror, you will not find it here. I would much rather recommend The throne of bones by Brian McNaughton, for those readers looking for( pardon the Pun ) ghoulish horror.
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I'm reluctant to categorize the novel, because Caitlin R. Kiernan is an author that defies the constraints of genre. The best that I can do is to call this a mesmerizing fairytale that is both dark and light, ugly and beautiful, classical and modern, and all the things in between and beyond. If you're looking for intelligent fantasy, please do yourself a favor and purchase this book.
Now, it's eight years on, and the precocious yellow-eyed Emmie is pursued, among others, by a huntress named Soldier (their tales are told in alternating segments) and haunted by dreams.
After a scene-setting prologue, the action picks up in Providence, where Emmie is about to take a train trip to New York (on the way she's warned to stay away from horses) to stay with her stepmother, Sadie, who's married to but separated from Deacon. That's where the story gets kick started, as Emmie indeed does her best to avoid horses.
As always, Ms. Kiernan's beautiful prose style never gets in the way of the action. Her writing is clear, poetic, and often witty; but it's never showoff. Even the occasional typographical tricks--usually the sign of a bad author not know quite what to do--work well here. You'll admire the author's cascading sentences (a woman's tattoo is described as "very bright beneath the afternoon sun, all those shades of ink shining from her skin like a beacon, like a warning"), but you'll probably never think "get on with it!"
The author freely acknowledges her debts to H. P. Lovecraft's work, and, in a New England state of mind (she's from Atlanta by way of Birmingham), she sprinkles in Emily Dickinson's poetry as epigraphs here and there. But this gaspingly terrifying but gaspingly beautiful book is all her own. Make it yours.
Notes and asides: you need not have read "Low Read Moon" to enjoy this book, but of course it's better if you have. As always there's a reference to Lewis Carroll's poem "The Lobster Quadrille," but only one, I think. Violence and strong language make this book unsuitable for preteens.
Daughter of Hounds has changelings, hounds, demons, beings that may or may not be ghosts, and magick. Time goes in its circular motion--not backwards and forwards as most believe; different options--different realities--occur at the same instant. As with Threshold, Daughter of Hounds doesn't stay in one time or in one reality. It endeavors, at the least, to expand your understanding of time and reality, and the wormholes therein. CRK's worlds, as in reality, don't always make sense or have answers.
If, at the last page, you're expecting everything to be resolved, neatly labeled and boxed, then you're mistaken and obviously haven't read CRK's works. One thing I love about her is that her stories don't necessarily have endings--or if they do, they're very open-ended and not necessarily good ones.
She makes you think, instead of solving the puzzle for you all at once. And she does it so beautifully. Every book of hers that I read changes me indefinitely, opening my mind up to other worlds.
"Words are magick", indeed, Caitlin. You, above all others, have taught me that. I am forever in your debt.
I took nearly ten years to read this sequel to "Low Red Moon." I had become annoyed with Kiernan's habit of creating spunky heroines only to kill them off and feared that I was going to have my heart broken again. On the other hand, I didn't expect or want a traditional happy ending from Kiernan, and I didn't get one. I did get an ending I could accept psychologically.
Kiernan in this novel and her Siobhan Quinn series fuses dark fantasy, urban fantasy, and noir. While reading it, I was one moment enjoying Emmie's visit to a dark woman in an Henri Rousseau desert, the next gritting my teeth as Emmie and Pearl tried to escape assassins in a blizzard, then I was wincing as Soldier was tortured and raped in an underground hell. I also got more profanity and scatological references than I've read or heard in ages. I must insist here that I am not a great prude, that it takes a lot of that to bother me. That stated, I got more than I wanted here.
A fine read, otherwise. Kiernan has complained about the trouble she had finishing it, which may be one reason why she hasn't written a sequel. I can and will hope for one.