After loving Flesh Eater, I had solid expectations for the sequel Mother Pig, but also very little idea of where it would go. My expectations were happily exceeded, and the scope of the story significantly expanded. Now, instead of just Coal’s survival and freedom, the whole of Ruska is at stake, and Coal has five new companions to try and get along with, while trekking across the majority of the kingdom.
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.