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  • Paperback: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (18 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451461258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461254
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,427,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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First, I agree with the author that this is not a horror novel. Yet it certainly is a "dark" brand of fiction. I am sure it stands alone well, but it also takes a good deal of the cast and settings from Ms. Kiernan's earlier works. Those familiar with her work will have noticed a tendency to be more "accessible" in recent novels. The very good news of this new book is that she manages this without losing anything of her amazing use of language and literature or serious twisting of characters already known to us. Her telling has become a lot "clearer" in the sense that more issues are explained and/ or resolved. While it has been said about her earlier works that her characters in the dark struggle for the light, the reader can now actually see that there is a light - somewhere. However, the dark, the mysterious, and the brutal tones of her vision have remained. Still, if you are into clinical, graphic descriptions of gruesome bloodshed, explosions etc., you are wrong here despite a good deal of these processes going on. In addition to the developments mentioned, she also took on the challenge of writing a large proportion of a rather adult book from a child's perspective, holding the tension in two narrative threads for a good part of it and delivering a plot with numerous twists and turns (turnarounds, really). And she comes out the winner.
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.
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Just cant get into this as her other books, dont know if its me or just not up to her usual wickedly wonderful fiction
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I bought this book expecting a good read, instead I found it to be both dull and uninvolving. One doesn't care a bit whether the main protagonists
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x986a97f8) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992a3390) out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful 14 Jan. 2007
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Daughter of Hounds is a finely crafted novel that contains stories within stories, and it's beautifully and skillfully written. Objects and places that would normally be considered mundane become the pillars of an intricate mythology that can instill feelings of both wonder and revulsion. It's the kind of writing that works all of the emotions at once and plants itself deep within the reader so that Kiernan's mythology quickly becomes your own.

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.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992a33e4) out of 5 stars "Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail" 8 Feb. 2007
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The Queen of Darkness is back triumphantly. Caitlin R. Kiernan's dream of a novel, the sequel to her "Low Red Moon," picks up the story of Emmie Silvey, daughter of Deacon and the late Chance, born as the sun set and the full moon rose on Halloween, 2001.

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.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992a36c0) out of 5 stars not kiernan's best by a long shot... 30 Jun. 2007
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I am a huge fan of Caitlin Kiernan's work, but this may be her weakest novel; she says in her introduction that she's never struggled with a book the way she did with this one, and unfortunately it shows. The story tells of the intersecting paths of Soldier, a woman who has forgotten her past and is slaughtering her way around New England on errands for the ghouls, and Emmie, a stubborn 8-year-old who is only now (for no clear reason) being hunted by forces who need her power. There is a *lot* of talking in this book, and much of it is repetitive and off the point. Emmie in particular spends most of the book insisting, constantly, repeatedly, that everything happening to her is all a dream and just stupid; this gets a bit exhausting by page 300, and makes her dialogue remarkably repetitive. Soldier's amnesia means that her character is not grounded in the way that Kiernan's characters usually are, by their past or other ties. The truly creepy sequences that Kiernan produced in Threshold and Low Red Moon are missing here, traded for less-than-subtle action or drawn-out dialogue, and instead of the vulnerability of a Chance Matthews or Deacon Silver we are left with Soldier and Emmie, both of whom are resistant to the reader-- Soldier because of her ur-competence, and Emmie because she simply doesn't want to be in the book. The reasons for Soldier's and Emmie's experiences, and the timing of them, are never resolved, nor does the end make much sense. Altho' readers of the first two books in this series will probably read this just to find out what happens next, anyone looking for an introduction to Kiernan will find much better work by her in her other novels.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992a35b8) out of 5 stars CRK continues her unparalleled reign as my favorite author EVER. 9 Jan. 2007
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I first fell in love with Caitlin, her words and her worlds, with Silk (my paperback copy of which is now sadly tattered and much-loved; I first heard of it via Poppy Z. Brite's The Crow: Lazarus Heart). Daughter of Hounds continues her legacy, and hasn't disappointed me yet--nor do I expect it to.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992a37a4) out of 5 stars A Good Sequel 1 Feb. 2015
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Emmie, the yellow-eyed eight-year-old daughter of Deacon Silvey, and Soldier, an alcoholic young woman who is a changeling assassin for the ghouls of Providence, learn in a very hard way of their strange connection.

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.
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