Lion Forge’s Caracal imprint, aimed at Middle School readers aged 8-12, has announced plans to publish a trilogy of original graphic novels called The Underfoot by Ben Fisher, Emily S. Whitten, and Michelle Nguyen. The first of the three planned stories will be released in April 2019.

The press release describes the first book, subtitled “The Mighty Deep”, as such:

“The valiant Hamster Aquatic Mercenaries must soon set sail on a journey to save their badger allies from dangerous flooding; but first they’ll need new recruits. Only the best of the best can join the ranks of H.A.M., and the colony’s most ambitious young hamster pups compete for their chance at glory and prestige. Those who succeed, however, soon discover that life outside their burrow is not the grand adventure they imagined, but instead find a world of deadly threats and conflicting stories about their species’ origins.

It has been untold years since the Giants-That-Were disappeared, leaving behind their relics and strange science… and the animals forever changed by both. But it will fall to the smallest of these creatures to forge an unlikely alliance among the survivors when a new, terrible threat arises.”

I do enjoy an aquatic hamster mercenary from time to time. The first book of the trilogy will be released by Caracal next April.

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