When I first read and fell in love with Duncton Wood it was through Horwood's first book of the series, and the romantic tale of Bracken and Rebecca. This book has moved on a LOT since then, both in plot, religion, and meaning.
Whereas Duncton Wood felt like a beautiful romance to me, with a hero and a heroine, conflict in the middle but a good resolution in the end, this book brought closure in a much harsher way. So many books today end happily and are quite predictable, but not Duncton Found. The twists and turns of this story made it un-putdownable, and I found myself in tears at several unexpected parts of the story. I daren't give away too much of the plot, because I feel that even giving away some of the characters' names might spoil it for any that hasn't read the first two books in the series!
It did feel in this book that it was harder to really fall in love with any of the new characters. My favourite characters had made their first appearance in the first two books, but then this book is about the sweeping change of moledom, and times were hard, and it was hard to be mole in those times. So maybe my difficulty in connecting with the new characters reflected moledom's difficulty in connecting with eachother? I don't know!
Whatever the case, I highly recommend this book, but only after you've first read Duncton Wood and then Duncton Quest!