Natasha's passion for reading was kindled by her parents and the local library that allowed her family to checkout 50 books at a time. She first fell in love with fantasy through Arthurian retellings whereas her love for science fiction began with Star Wars novels. Nowadays, she still spends her free time reading but also gaming, running a blog (natrosette), and obsessing over TV shows. Maybe if she spent as much time reading as she does looking for books to read, she'd actually make a dent in her TBR.
After how much I enjoyed (SPFBO 6 semi-finalist) Spit and Song by Travis Riddle, I was excited for the chance to read his newest novel Flesh Eater, which is the beginning of the Houndstooth trilogy. This series takes place in a new world in which the characters are sentient animals (think Redwall) but retains the unique world-building and adventurous tone that I loved so much in Spit and Song and have come to expect from Riddle's writing.
Thorben Paulson is an ordinary man who has put his past behind him to provide for his family and raise his children well. But when the tax collectors come and demand most of his family’s earnings and food, leaving his children to go hungry, he grows desperate enough to accept a job from his old friend. A job that requires him to once again ignore the Council’s order and delve into the underground crypts of the ancient dalan in search of priceless relics.
Diana Smythe was born into the nobility, but after a tragic accident she ends up living as a streetrat named Diver. Her exceptional ability to calculate mathematical trajectories gives her an advantage as a pickpocket, but it will never be enough for her to achieve her dreams of escaping Earth. Or so she thinks, until things take an unlikely turn when she helps to avert a terrible disaster at the Spaceport.