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Bloodhound: The Legend of Beka Cooper #2
Beka Cooper, the heroine of Terrier, is no longer a Puppy.
She's a Dog now—a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Tortall. But there's unrest throughout land. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the capital city of Corus, and the nation's economy is on the brink of collapse.
The Dogs discover that the counterfeit money seems to originate in Port Caynn. So Beka heads upriver to investigate, traveling with her mentor, Goodwin; Achoo, a hound whose nose is as sharp as her claws; and the pigeon Slapper, who carries the voices of the dead.
In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won't let anything—or anyone—jeopardize her mission. From the Silversmith's Guild to the Provost's House to the city sewers, it won't be enough for Beka to be her usual Terrier self. She'll have to learn from Achoo how to sniff out the criminals—to be a Bloodhound. . . .
Bloodhound: Book 2 in the Legend of Beka Cooper series
By J. Hyde "Vorpaks"
- April 17, 2009
I'll start by saying that I normally don't like 1st person narratives and avoid them whenever possible. It took me a few months before I finally picked up Terrier, the first book in the series, and flipped through it in the bookstore. I ended up buying it, even though it was still in hardcover, which is another thing I normally don't do.
The second book, Bloodhound, is equally absorbing. I won't summarize the plot, as that is covered elsewhere, but I will mention a few things that I love about this particular series (note that these are geared towards current fans of Pierce's Tortall universe):
1.) Since the heroine of Bloodhound lives so many years before the time of Alanna the Lioness, there are key differences between the two timelines. In Beka's time Tortall has slavery and in Alanna's time Tortall does not. Beka's time has Lady Knights and Alanna's time does not. These differences make me anticipate reading how these changes come about.
2.) Beka... read more
By Angela Thompson "Angiegirl"
- April 30, 2009
I've been waiting for this book for three years. I loved Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1)--the first book in Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper trilogy and I looked forward to spending more time in her company. I've been a Pierce fan for a long time now and with this series it was literally like coming home being back in Corus, the capital of Tortall. It was also a nice change of pace to have the story set a few hundred years before Alanna's time, and revolve firmly around the lower classes. Unlike Alanna's day, Beka's Tortall is a place where lady knights roam the countryside freely and girls can grow up to be part of the city guard if they want. That is exactly what Beka's alwasy wanted and, thanks to the Lord Provost's benevolence, she's able to escape the city slums and help support her mother and siblings on a Dog's salary.
In BLOODHOUND Beka finds herself typically partnerless. When one of the... read more
Well worth the wait!!
By Joan "Voracious reader"
- April 17, 2009
Wow! Once again Tammy has done an incredible job of bringing us back into Beka's life and enfolding us in the sights, smells and ambiance of Corus and Port Caynn. There are many fascinating new characters and the fun of seeing what has happened in the lives of old friends. Above all, there is the hunt for a menace that could ultimately destroy the entire economic structure of the kingdom. As always, you're left waiting anxiously for the next book... Hmmm, maybe I'll have a Kindle 2 by then. :D
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