REVIEW: The Dust of 100 Dogs

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Dust of 100 DogsTitle: The Dust of 100 Dogs

Author: A.S. King

Series: none

Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Pages: 330

Edition Read: Paperback

Dates Read: January 27 – 31, 2023

Blurb: In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with “the dust of one hundred dogs,” dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body-with her memories intact.

Now she’s a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.


This book is really cute. It splits its story between Emer before the curse, showing how she became a legendary pirate, and current-day Emer, now named Saffron, as she attempts to find her lost treasure. Both sides of this story were very well told – definitely felt a Pirates of the Caribbean vibe to it, which I very much enjoyed, but also hearing the thoughts of a crusty pirate inside a “normal” American teenager was just fun to read.

Also interspersed in Emer/Saffron’s story are lessons that she has learned during her lives as various dogs. Some are really funny, some are a bit tragic, and all of them kind of make you think. Dogs have a certain bit of wisdom all their own!

There were several twists, especially towards the end, that I was not expecting and made the story even better. Obviously I won’t spoil them here, but trust me, this book does not disappoint. It’s very satisfying and just a really fun read.

GoodReads rating: 4 stars

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