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Mastiff (Beka Cooper) Hardcover – 25 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 593 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375814701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375814709
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,406 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By White_tiger_lost_angel on 30 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Firstly my new book that arrived on Friday I have to say, it is a good job i don't judge a book by the cover because the cover art for this book was nothing short of abysmal. Heavily and poorly computerised, the main character fair enough looks like the main character, but the way she's stood makes her look like her back and both arms have been broken. The dog fails to look mongrel enough for me, looking like a kid has cut it out of a magazine and just stuck it there. I'm sorry person who did it, but really? Couldn't you at least have looked at some of the fantastic book covers that have been done for Tamora Pierce and gotten inspiration from them? From owning other books I know there are some good one. (Yes at one point i wanted hair like the one from the cover of Trickster's choice).

Moving onto the book itself. I loved it. No spoilers here but it was brilliant, the flip back into Beka's life at the beginning, new and old friends, more information about Pounce which explained a lot of things. The ending was wonderful and actually answered some questions I had from all the Alana/wild mage/protector of the small series. I think some things you will suspect, but will still be a shock when they happen. The book is just about the right length to be a days read for me at 608 pages. If you've read Terrier and Bloodhound I think you'll enjoy it. You could possibly read it without reading those two first - but you'd miss a lot of the back story and some of the parts of the book just wouldn't be as powerful without that back story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Q on 28 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
With another colourful adventure "Mastiff" brings us to the end of Beka's story and right back to George and Eleni.

Once again we are introduced to the world of the Dogs as we watch Beka track the missing Crown Prince. We get more history on the kingdom and the Conté family, and we get a rich insight into the use of slavery in Tortall.

I've always enjoyed Pierce's characters, and this is no exception. She brings both major and minor characters alive. And I appreciate that she doesn't take "the easy way out". The relationships between the major characters are not always straighforward, and I have to say that Mastiff provides one of the more surprising betrayals in the Tortallan universe.

I had to break it up over two days because my eyes just wouldn't stay open anymore, or I would have gladly read it in one go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ilovebooks on 23 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having waited a while for this book to be released I finally got it and yes it was worth the wait. Beka is one of my favourite characters and this wraps up her story nicely. The writing is similar to the other two in that its like a diary entry. I found it very hard to put down and finished it in 3 days. The ending also answers alot of questions I had about Faithful and George!
All in all I loved it.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Beka Cooper series of books are brought to life by Susan Denaker's narration. Unfortunately none are available as audio downloads in the UK so, buying the CD set is particularly expensive. Having been fortunate enough to buy Terrier and Bloodhound before Random House decided not to permit UK downloads, I was hooked on the character, and was willing to pay the exorbitant cost to acquire the third book in the trilogy. I was delighted with the book, the narration and the production, but I cannot recommend this to listeners outside the US simply because of the prohibitive cost of building the collection on audio discs. its a shame as I have several nieces around the world that I would like to send download copies to.
To listeners in the USA I can wholeheartedly recommend the audio version of the book.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent read and well in keeping with the previous two books in the series. Beka Cooper is a wonderful character and this book brings in some of the old favourites and introduces a few new ones too. There is less interaction with dust spinners and less reliance on pigeons but they still feature. Mostly the story is about an extended Hunt outside of Corus but it reads well and is a real page turner. My only disappointment is that this is the last in the Beka Cooper series as I thoroughly enjoyed the characters as well as seeing Corus in the past.
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