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Daughter of Hounds by Caitlín R. Kiernan
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Feb 15, 2010

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Soldier is a Child of the Cuckoo, stolen from the crib to be raised as a human servant to the ghouls; Emmie Silvey is a strange, yellow-eyed girl plagued by visions. The ghouls are threatened by an outside force, and now Solider and Emmie will come together in a looping road of intrigue and secrets. Ultimately this book has a simple premise, but its winding, looping storytelling complicates both the plot and the writing. Sometimes this style can be frustrating (many scenes end just on the brink of a big reveal), but most of the time it works: the reader is drawn into the mystery and the twisting plot always has a surprise in store. The looping storyline also allows for plentiful characterization, and so despite its otherworldy themes this novel feels realistic and alive. Daughter of Hounds is not my favorite Keirnan novel (that honor belongs to Threshold), but it is another strong offering by a skilled author. I recommend it.
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