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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Tamora Pierce, 6 May 2009
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V. Nicholl (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, 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. Dale becomes more than just someone to help the women learn about the gambling places, and the eating houses that could help aid them - he becomes someone Beka really begins to like. He is handsome, buys her fine gifts, and becomes a bedmate for her, all in a matter of days. There is just enough romance that you almost want to root for him, but personally I am still rooting for her and Rosto, the Rogue of Corus.

With the help of the adorable Achoo, Beka's new scent hound, Slapper, a hilarious pigeon that carries the voices of the dead, and their new friends from the riots, they have just the aid they need to get their investigation started. Things finally start falling into place when Goodwin goes to Corus to report what they have found so far. Once Goodwin is gone, things come together rather quickly for young Beka, and it is up to her alone to keep it all from blowing up before help arrives. And it is up to Achoo to teach Beka that there is more to finding a criminal than the chase, and sometimes you have to sniff them out of their hiding places.

I love this story! It's told very well - everything you read is written through Beka's journal and, despite the length of the book, the entire story covers just under three weeks. I didn't read TERRIER, the first book in the trilogy, but BLOODHOUND seems to stand on its own, with only a slight temporary confusion. Some of the terminology is quite different, but there is a dictionary in the back, along with a few other things that are quite helpful when it comes to keeping things straight. The cast of characters is quite colorful, and very interesting, particularly when Dogs, mages, thieves, and the Rogue not only live in the same lodgings, but also dine frequently together and intertwine themselves in each others lives as they do. It's easy to see that despite what they all do for a living, they all care and respect each other as friends.

There are some aspects of the story that could become a little much for younger readers and I think I should state that Beka may only be 16 or 17, but in her time, that is classified as an adult. She deals with adult situations: there is crime, gambling, adult relationships, and violence, but nothing is told in explicit detail or anything like that. This is a story that I could totally recommend for almost anyone, male or female, teenager or adult. Either way, it is a good story and I, for one, am eagerly waiting for the next book, MASTIFF.

Reviewed by: Samantha Clanton, aka "Harlequin Twilight"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodhound - T Pierce, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars terrier / bloodhound / woofer?, 24 Oct 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm, 5 Jun 2009
This review is from: Bloodhound (Beka Cooper) (Hardcover)
I think this was a good continuation to terrier. I wish I'd seen a bit more between rosco and Bekka (especially after she got back from her mission)
Aside from that, the story was good, we learnt more about Bekka's partners in crime!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Aug 2014
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better, but not the best, 18 May 2009
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It's a great book, and a much easier style to read than 'Terrier' and I actually enjoyed the pace of the story much more, but sad to say, it's still not a patch on her earlier series... We need a return to 'Lioness' world!!!
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