So I’ve just had a birthday, and one of the books I got – out of nine, if anyone was wondering – was House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. I just finished that book today, making it the second one I’ve finished since Saturday, and I loved it.
What does this have to do with anything?
Well, House of Salt and Sorrows is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses in the end, even if only eight girls are in any condition to dance by the start of the book. And while there’s not twelve siblings in this latest little project, there’s definitely eight. I don’t really think I could handle more than that, I’m only one of four myself.
Emery is the seventh child in the Starling family, a middle triplet, and #6 and #8 are a boy and girl semi-respectively – I’ve not quite decided which is which, but they are most certainly a boy and a girl, and that’s what matters. While these three are the main focus, their older siblings do exist. So…
The Starling Family:
#1 – Eighteen years old, almost nineteen. (B)
#2 – Seventeen years old, and the older twin. (G)
#3 – Seventeen years old, and the younger twin. (G)
#4 – Fifteen years old, though nearly sixteen. (B)
#5 – Fourteen years old, quite recently. (G)
#6 – Thirteen years old (as of ‘last week’), and the oldest triplet. (likely B)
#7 – Emery, thirteen years old and the middle triplet.
#8 – Thirteen years old, and the youngest triplet, as well as youngest overall. (likely G)
(#2 and #3 are identical twin sisters, whichever triplet ends up being the boy is effectively Emery’s ‘identical twin’ – if that makes any sense?)
It’s a rather well-known family of witches within the world of the story, if anyone was wondering, and while every Starling child is magical not every child wants that to be their whole future. The triplets are not among that group, though Emery is the closest to being part of it.
Unfortunately I don’t have time to fill in anything about appearances or personalities, so I’ll have to do that tomorrow… but there’s something, I guess?