Author: Tamora Pierce Novel: Bloodhound Release date: 2009 Category: fantasy
Blurb: Beka Cooper is finally a Dog–a fully fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus. But there’s unrest in Tortall’s capital. Counterfeit coins are turning up all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. To avert a looming crisis, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, and she won’t let anything–or anyone–jeopardize her mission. To succeed she’ll have to learn to sniff out the criminals–to be a bloodhound...
Review: Tamora Pierces most recent book in her Beka Cooper series was wonderful. I loved the way Beka struggled with herself, especially in regards to her relationship with Dale. While she didn’t always chose the path I would have, the first person diary entries let me into her mind and I always understood why she did what she did.
Also, Beka’s attitude towards the animals was reassuring and being a animals rights activist I loved the way she always stood up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own. While this concept isn’t anything new, especially within Pierce’s novels, for her characters almost always share specially relationship with animals, it is still refreshing.
The story line too, was good. I didn’t guess the ending, which is always a plus. I liked the change of scene and the introduction of new characters. I wait on tender hooks for the final installment, Mastiff coming out in 2010.
While this series, Terrier, Bloodhound and Mastiff, can be read as a single, they do follow on from Tamora Pierce’s others works. You might like to try The Song of the Lioness series, The Immortals series, Protector of the Small series and the Trickster’s Choice Trickster’s Queen series first.