I had been looking forward to beginning this series because I love animals, and I thought this would be a unique series. Anyway, the writing is poor, and there are no plots or characterizations really to speak of. I also made the mistake of reading this book right after I finished an escellent book by a terrific writer, so it made this one seem even more nonsensical. I won't bother to even outline the story, but suffice it to say that pigs do appear briefly in the story, but they have absolutely nothing to do with the plot. I'm finished with this series. I can't read anymore.