Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Taste of Marrow (River of Teeth, #2)” as Want to Read:
Taste of Marrow (River of Teeth, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Taste of Marrow (River of Teeth #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  949 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
A few months ago, Winslow Houndstooth put together the damnedest crew of outlaws, assassins, cons, and saboteurs on either side of the Harriet for a history-changing caper. Together they conspired to blow the damn that choked the Mississippi and funnel the hordes of feral hippos contained within downriver, to finally give America back its greatest waterway.

Songs are sung o
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Taste of Marrow, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Dan Schwent
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, 2018
In the aftermath of The Harriet operation, the crew is scattered. Hero and Houndstooth think one another dead. Adelia has baby Ysabel to contend with... until she doesn't. All roads lead to Baton Rouge and the gang may find themselves on opposite sides...

This one had been on my wish list since I finished River of Teeth. Fortunately, Richard rode to my rescue on the back of a hippo steed yet again.

Set months after River of Teeth, the gang is scattered to the four winds. Ysabel is kidnapped and Ad
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

Actual rating: 2.5 stars and a half.

DNF at 72%. Because I'm strong willed like that.

Before I begin what promises to be yet another scintillating review thing, let me quote the blurb for this book, just for kicks:

"Campbell finalist Sarah Gailey's hippo mayhem continues in Taste of Marrow, the sequel to rollicking adventure River of Teeth."

"Mayhem?" "Rolicking?"

Sorry, couldn't help it.

So. Given how delightful I thought book 1 in this series was, I wasn't going to read this one. But: 1/I am a
Montzalee Wittmann
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great follow up

Taste of Marrow continues the story of the hop riders (hippo riders) and the plot twists, characters, and feral hippos is an amazing story line! I think this series is great!
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I'm seriously tempted to re-read the first novella in this series after finishing Taste of Marrow. This novella had everything that I hoped River of Teeth would have, a compelling story and characters that I cared for. I had some trouble getting to know and keep apart all the character (and hippos) when I read River of Teeth. But, this time it went fine. So, perhaps it was just me and not the story?

Anyway, this novella is a fast read, a what if story about what would have happened if hippos was
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

An amazing sequel to River of Teeth, A Taste of Marrow deals with the physical and emotional fallout each of the characters must deal with in the aftermath of the devastating events of the first book.

Sarah Gailey shows her true strength as a writer as she explores the emotional depths of her characters with incredible skill and finesse. If you have access to these books on audio, I would definitely recommend listening to them, as the voice acting adds an additional layer to an already
Cathy (cathepsut)
I like this more than the first book. It is more character driven. The first book was so much set-up, it bugged me. This though gets right into the story. We know the characters and there is more going on with them emotionally.

The plots is pretty simple and the resolution feels a bit rushed. But overall it was a satisfying read. I would pick up another book in this setting.

Apparently Gailey will publish a full length novel with Tor in 2019. So there is that to look forward to.
K.J. Charles
I loved the first book, a hippo-packed bloody romp with great characters. In this sequel we still have the fantastic characters and murderous feral hippos but the plot's gone awol, at least for the first half. It's basically the characters in two groups hanging around not being able to find each other, which is not dynamic. It all kicks into gear once the plot mechanics start moving, and then lots happens very fast, but it's hard not to feel the structure is underdeveloped and this is really mor ...more
Richard Derus
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This quote about sums up the basic operating principle of this follow-up to River of Teeth:
"Alone and lonely ain’t the same thing at all," Hero said, shaking their head.

At the end of River of Teeth, the dramatis personae are forcibly scattered when the pardon me, operation...reaches a satisfying if not successful conclusion. I say "not successful" because Winslow Houndstooth's carefully planned...operation, all perfectly aboveboard, not a caper at all...for the elimination of feral hi
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't have much to say about this one.

I didn't even dislike it - it's just that I will forget everything about it in a few days, if not hours. It's that forgettable. And the main reason this didn't work for me was the pacing, which was terrible.

Novellas often have pacing problems, that's nothing new; some of them feel like rushed novels and others like watered-down short stories. But Taste of Marrow - or, I have to say, the whole River of Teeth series - takes "bad novella pacing" to a whole ne
María Alcaide
4.5*s Full review to come soon
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

I rounded up with my rating because of Hippos! I think book 1 and 2 should be read together. Right from the start, the reader is required to be immediately emotionally invested and I just wasn't. It felt like I had to play catch-up with the narration. I love the setting though. It almost makes up for the characters feeling off. The characters themselves are amazing, but to me, seemed overly emotional. Could just be a me problem though. Will still read the next one though,
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This didn't go over with me as well as River of Teeth did. I'm actually not sure where the title "Taste of Marrow" comes from, and that is symptomatic of my other issues with the book.

In this book, Houndstooth and Hero are separated and believe one another to probably be dead. Houndstooth is obsessed with finding Hero and is an utter ass to Archie, who has stuck loyally by his side. Why? I don't know. Why is Houndstooth, who was portrayed as a smooth operator at first, so very useless? Hard to s
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

Along the same lines as book one. It was an entertaining enough plot although very simplistic but what brought it down for me was that the actions of one characters seemed a bit ridiculous to me. Again I think the book needed to be a bit longer so everything could be developed a bit further. Still it entertained me for a couple of hours and the concept is so unique.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sarah's follow up to River of Teeth, with its gender fluid characters and feral, man-eating hippos. A delightfully gory story of what would have happened if America moved forward with hippo farms - breeding them as an alternate source of meet on the riverfronts.

Taste of Marrow picks up where RoT ended, following our main characters Houndstooth and Archie, and Adelia and Hero, from the point where they forced to separate after the damn broke and the ferals were introduced to the main population.
“And not a soul escaped alive, and not a soul escaped alive, hi-ho hop-whoa! And everybody died.”
Not everybody, asshole, she thought tartly.

The devastation may have been severe, but our ragtag bunch of hoppers did, in fact, survive despite the songs now sung about the Harriet catastrophe. The only problem is, they’ve been split up and remain uncertain about who survived and where they could possibly be. Houndstooth and Adelia remain together and are both searching for lost loves. Archie and He
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Needs more hippos tbh
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Taste of Marrow has nearly no hippos. I’m not sure you need to read it. *pouts*

Maybe I went into this with too high expectations? I adored the first book, River of Teeth, but talk about being underwhelmed and disappointed…

The first half of the book is really more or less boring and is completely missing the charm of the first installment in the series. While the first book appealed very much by introducing the characters and setting and the adorable interactions with the hippos, this one drags a
Received to review; publication date 12th September 2017

Yay! More of Hero!

In a sense, I didn’t like this quite as much as the first story — because there’s a lot of dark stuff going on; Houndstooth is totally blinded in his search for Hero, and he doesn’t mind what he does (or who he does it to) along the way. In parallel, Adelia and Hero have to deal with Adelia’s baby being kidnapped, and Adelia doesn’t mind what she does (or who she does it to) along the way. That does give us some interestin
The Captain
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! So apparently there was a meat shortage in the United States in 1910, so this dude Robert F. Broussard introduced what was known as the "Hippo Bill" or H.R. 23261 to Congress. In it, he proposed to import hippos from Africa and let them loose in Louisiana! These hippos would eat the hyacinth that polluted the swamps and in turn be eaten by the American meat-loving people. Anyone fancy a hippo steak?

Now obviously this did not happen. At least I never saw hippos running aroun
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The River of Teeth series is way, way more fun than "...what if Westerns were less racist and sexist and homophobic and also had HIPPOS" should be. And that already sounded pretty damn fun! There is rollicking adventure, there is epic romance of all sorts. (Frankly I wanted more of that, there's like whole romance novels here that are IMPLIED!) The main characters are effortlessly varied in outlook, feelings, and demographics, even while fitting into a fairly traditional Western-style group of o ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
When I first heard about River of Teeth, I was so intrigued by the premise and the story concept. I loved the idea of an alternative United States with hippos and the diverse cast of characters was jst great to read about. So of course I was very excited for Taste of Marrow.
In this book we follow our main characters after the events of River of Teeth and I don't want to tell you more because it is only a novella and if this sounds at all interesting to you, you should definitely pick up bot
I liked the first book more but I love these characters too much to not give 5 stars. MOST PRECIOUS SHIP EVER.
Danika at The Lesbrary
SO GOOD. So queer. I will now read everything Sarah Gailey writes. (Err, "publishes," I should say. I won't ferret out her grocery lists.)
V. Larkin Anderson
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, fiction
Sarah Gailey has done it again. Just goddamn gave me everything that I've ever wanted out of a book, and done it while all the characters are riding hippos. You heard me. They're riding hippos. In the Mississippi river. Hippos on the Mississippi, both being ridden by people, and running feral and killing and eating everything that moves. And along with the hippos come non-binary characters that fall in love and get to live happily ever after, characters that are lauded for looking amazing while ...more
Madeline O'Rourke
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, own-read
Unfortunately, I didn't love Taste of Marrow quite as much as its predecessor. Where River of Teeth was all excitement and thrill, Taste of Marrow is far more character-driven. And that's fine, the characters stood well to the test, it just wasn't what I expected.

Also, where I didn't have a problem with the length in the first novella, I suppose I would have liked a bit more content in Taste of Marrow. It's just that suddenly there's these characters, Acadia and Gran and Parrish, and I would ha
Liz Jacobs
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm so sad to write this, but this disappointed me. I'm so sad! I still love the characters, but I thought the plot was very much all over place AND non-existent, and it made for an inconsistent, jerky sort of read. The language was just as beautiful and evocative as in the first book, but there was very little cohesion - I think it could have used a hell of a developmental edit to bring all the threads together. I thought the characters were fascinating and compelling as hell, but in the end, i ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Even better than book one. I got a little misty eyed at points. Characters that I liked in the first volume were extra amazing here, especially Archie, Hero, and Adelia.

Fantastically hippo-tacular! :)
Hannah (Peevey) Way
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
First book of 2018. First book for my BookRiot Challenge! :)
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: llegits-2017
Muy decepcionante segunda parte de una historia con buena ambientación pero poco interés.
Kenya (ReviewsMayVary)
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
Nice bow at the end of a great story about man-eating killer hippos. Well, it's really about a group of criminals who are trying to clear out the hippos and get distracted by revenge. But both of those story lines are great.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Other books in the series

River of Teeth (2 books)
  • River of Teeth (River of Teeth, #1)

Fantasy & Science Fiction Deals

  • Son of the Dawn (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1)
    $2.99 $1.49
  • Sanctuary (Nomad, #2)
    $4.99 $2.49
  • Genome (The Extinction Files #2)
    $5.99 $2.49
  • The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Mechanica (Mechanica, #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Wired (Wired, #1)
    $6.99 $2.99
  • Bandwidth (An Analog Novel Book 1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic (Arcane Ascension, #1)
    $3.99 $1.49
  • Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Bees
    $12.99 $1.99
  • The Land: Founding (Chaos Seeds, #1)
    $2.99 $1.49
  • The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
    $12.99 $2.99
  • Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Gone (Gone, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Friday
    $6.99 $2.99
  • Dhalgren
    $17.99 $1.99
  • Conjure (Hoodoo Apprentice)
    $5.99 $0.00
  • Moon Chosen (Tales of a New World #1)
    $8.51 $2.99
  • Homeworld (Odyssey One, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Recurve (The Elemental Series, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Deviants (Dust Chronicles #1)
    $4.49 $0.99
  • Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles, #1)
    $6.49 $1.99
  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
    $7.09 $2.99
  • The Kill Society (Sandman Slim, #9)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Out of the Black (Odyssey One, #4)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Acacia: The War with the Mein (Acacia, #1)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • The Menagerie
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone #2)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)
    $8.99 $2.99