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  • Hardcover: 551 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (14 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375814698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375814693
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 4.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania and her parents were originally going to call her Tamara, but the nurse who filled out her birth certificate had never heard of that name before and accidentally misspelled it. However, Tamora likes her name and in case you're wondering how to pronounce it, it sounds just like camera. She was a passionate reader from an early age, devouring encyclopaedias, Dr Seuss books and J.R.R. Tolkien. Writing helped Tamora get through her parents' divorce and in her junior year at college she sold her first story and went on to publish The Song of the Lioness, originally with adult readers in mind, but found success when she turned it into a quartet for teenagers. The rest, as they say, is history! Tamora lives in New York with her husband.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jan 2010
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Rebekah "Beka" Cooper is now a Dog, a fully qualified member of Provost's Guard, which is basically the police force in Corus, the capital of Tortall. Beka is a natural at Dog work - she's observant and persistent, but her magical traits set her apart from the rest. She has the ability to gain information from the spirits that attach themselves to pigeons and the dust and dirt that swirl on the ground called dust spinners. These skills, along with the help from the company she keeps, make Beka a skilled Dog.

Beka has been a Dog for five months at this point, and her fourth partner has just decided to leave her, which sends her back to her (amusing) training Dogs, Tunstall and Goodwin. One her first day back with them, they learn of counterfeit silver coins being used throughout Corus, which begins their investigation on the subject. On the second day, the merchants raise their prices in order to cover their losses, which causes a riot in the Lower City. During the riot, Tunstall is injured and in trying to get him to safety, they meet a group of men from a security caravan, who turn out to be quite useful to them.

After the riots, it's found that the counterfeit coins are being brought in by gamblers from Port Caynn and the Port Caynn Dogs don't seem to be doing anything about it. With Tunstall on bed rest, Cooper and Goodwin are sent undercover to Port Caynn to try and locate where these fake coins are coming from - and who is sending them out into the mainstream. Beka and Goodwin must explore the deep world of gambling and find the root of the problem, all in a strange city.

Along the way, Beka sees Dale Rowan, a bank courier who sometimes works on the caravan whom she met in the riot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. Nicholl VINE VOICE on 6 May 2009
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I've been reading Tamora Pierce's books since my teens (I'm almost 30 now) and, if anything, she writes better books now than she did when I first got hooked. She puts a huge amount of thought into her characters: what they want, what they are capable of, how they would react in a situation. This really pays off, because while there are plenty of surprises in her books, she remains true to her characters - no odd behaviour to help the plot along, as with some authors! Bloodhound is a fantastic second book in the Beka Cooper series. I read in an interview that Tamora had had trouble making sure she got the details right for the money forging aspect of the book, but that doesn't come through at all, and, as usual her research is well done, and woven into the plot. I had a slight panic as I neared the end of the book, because I'd forgotten this was a three book series (I thought it might be a two book series, like the terrific Trickster set) but phew, Mastiff is due in 2010!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nikow on 24 Oct 2011
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Tamora Pierce is best known for her heartwarming stories about troubled young people overcoming adversity in a nasty (but magical) world. The stories are good, rather as Jacqueline Wilson's stories are good, because she writes credibly about difficult topics - abandonment, cruelty, prejudice and suffering.

My children haver enjoyed her books about young mages, wild magic and Tortal and so too have their father.

These stories about Becka Cooper are about growing up. They are about decency, sexual awakening and the relationship between crime and policing. They concern a young gixie called Becka Cooper and her struggle to become a Dog (police officer). The first book appeared a good while ago. This is the second. The third is due out any minute.

Becka is a distant ancestor of George Cooper, who married Alanna the Lioness, for those who know the other stories.

I'm not going to give you any spoilers. It's well written, a good story. My children, both in their 20s, will doubtless read it, partly because they are good stories and easy to read. They are aimed at teenagers, I spose, but could be read by younger children if they have already read the protector of the small or the Daine stories. Good stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 May 2009
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Bloodhound is a well written account - the language used aids in the construction of the atmosphere. The author has maintained a fast pace throughout. It is easy to identify with the main character.
I can't wait to order and read the next instalment...
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