A Book Riot Best Fantasy Book of 2018
“A grand sweep of adventure and travel, war and romance—along with a generous amount of face licking—that will have dog lovers enthralled.… Tomorrow offers a rich exploration of love, life and loyalty, in a world whose sensory atmosphere is irresistible.” —NPR
Venice, 1815. A two-hundred-year-old dog is searching for his lost master. And so begins Tomorrow, a story of love that spans the centuries and of hope as the world collapses into war. Tomorrow is a dog who must travel through the courts and battlefields of Europe in search of the man who granted him immortality. His is a journey of loyalty and determination, as he befriends both animals and humans, falls in love—only once—marvels at the human ability to make music and despairs at their capacity for war.
Tomorrow is a spellbinding novel of courage and devotion, of humanity across the ages and of the eternal connection between two souls.
|Publisher:||Hanover Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.10(d)|
About the Author
DAMIAN DIBBEN is the creator of the internationally acclaimed children’s book series the History Keepers, translated into 26 languages in over 40 countries. Previously, he worked as a screenwriter, and actor, on projects as diverse as The Phantom of the Opera and Puss in Boots and Young Indiana Jones. He lives, facing St Paul’s Cathedral, on London’s Southbank with his partner Ali and dog Dudley.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Something for every one. History, Sci-fi, suspense, mystery, action, dogs and love.
A dog and his ‘Master’ witness two centuries of turmoil and wonders as guests in the royal houses of Europe. Meanwhile, they run from madness and obsession in the form of the Master’s archnemesis, a man as charmingly dazzling as he is volatile. Both, dog and ‘Master’, leave the lavish comforts of palaces to experience the horrors of war in an effort to atone for past mistakes. I liked Tomorrow very much, but with caveats. It almost made me cry twice, towards the end, which is when I felt the book got better—in character development and the revealing of secrets/mysteries—, which is a long time for a novel to finally find its footing. I liked the big reveals and some of the adventures—some of them weren't as fabulous as the narrator wanted us to believe. I feel that I didn't get much of a feel for the dog narrator and his ‘Master’, as I did for Sporco (the dog from Venice) and Vilder (the Master's archnemesis), probably because the dog was narrating and his perspective was limited to the conclusions he arrived at after much reflection and observation. Overall, I enjoyed it. I was expecting a grand adventure and got some of that, but I would have liked more historical fiction thrown into the mix. That element was a bit subdued; except the occasional battles (or their bloody aftermath) the 'Champion' and his ‘Master’ witnessed, and save the cursory mention of Renaissance masters and political figures of the centuries the characters lived in, there was not an actual ‘feel’ of those tumultuous (at times) or wonderful centuries. After some of the horrors of war—it does get graphic at times, particularly during Waterloo—, I was happy that the novel ended on a hopeful note. Disclaimer: I received from the publisher a free e-galley of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
The most extraordinary journey through the eyes of the most engaging of narrators, a 217 year old dog. The story is engrossing, a page turner, but also so rich in detail and 'color' that you want to slow yourself down so as not to miss out. The detail of the travels our champion takes from Venice through to the Battle of Waterloo (and far beyond) are so beautifully told and rich in historical detail. You can almost imagine being there through the descriptions of sense, smell and experience. The relationship between dog and master is incredibly special and will appeal to anyone who has ever looked into their dog's eyes. Also the relationship between the other protagonists which develop throughout the book. A very powerful book that captures the human spirit and the relationship with man and woman's best friend.
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed by this book. I went into this book with incredibly high expectations so some of that disappointment is of my own making. When I first saw this book's cover, I knew that I had to read it. Then I read the book's synopsis and knew that I would love it. I ended up liking the book but I didn't love it. This is Champion's story and is told from his point of view. Champion is not just an any dog. He is immortal and has lived for 217 years. Champion was separated from his master in Venice over 100 years ago and has spent that time waiting for him as he was told to do. He has made connections with others and even rescued another dog, Sporco, but he never stops looking for his master. The timeline of this story does jump around a bit. We see Champion after waiting for more than 100 years for his master before going to search for him and we also see different points in the past before they lost each other. I never found the time sequence to be confusing. It really seemed like the points in the past were important to the story and felt more like memories. I really liked the historical setting of the novel which spans from the 1600's into the 1800's which I thought added a lot to the story. I really enjoyed Champion's journey to find his master more than any other part of the book. Sporco was my favorite character by far and I enjoyed his love of life. I really felt like Sporco felt much more dog-like than Champion did. Champion has lived a very long time and is wiser than most humans. His most dog-like quality would be his loyalty to his master. The book felt a bit uneven to me with some parts falling flat. I liked the parts of the book that were focused on what the dogs were doing the most. During the last part of the book, the focus seemed to shift more to the humans as witnessed by the dog which wasn't as enjoyable for me. There were times that the book felt like it was longer than it needed to be and dragged at points. I think that a lot of readers will enjoy this one a bit more than I did. It is a really unique story set in a vividly described period of time. I didn't love the book as much as I had hoped I would but I am glad that I made the decision to read it. I would definitely read more of Damian Dibben's works in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Harlequin - Hanover Square Press via NetGalley.