Bloodhound (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 2) Hardcover – April 14, 2009
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- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Lexile measure : HL730L
- Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
- Hardcover : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375814698
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375814693
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.82 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition first Printing (April 14, 2009)
- Reading level : 12 - 15 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #957,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While each of these books (as well as the final one, Mastiff ) can be read as standalone novels, they are much richer if read in chronological order, especially with the help of the appendix of characters and a glossary.
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 works in the worst part of the capital city Corus. The world you see through her eyes makes the court world of Alanna and Keladry seem innocent and pampered. And yet, the book is not dark and gritty as you would expect. Seeing things through Beka's perspective gives color, humanity, and compassion to what could have otherwise been a very depressing atmosphere. I found that Beka's book gave the world of Tortall, overall, a greater richness and depth.
3.) From the very first few pages of Terrier, the first book in the series, I expected Beka to eventually end up with the Rouge (romantically). It seemed just perfect, considering Beka is the ancestress of the Rouge that Alanna eventually marries. It made me chuckle. However, Beka refuses to just fall in line with the inevitable plot mechanisms and continues to go her own way throughout Bloodhound, developing other romantic interests and growing as a character. If she ever does end up with the Rouge (which I still root for) it will be a relationship developed over time and requiring a lot of work from both parties - which is much more satisfying, I must admit.
I highly recommend this book to anyone age 10 to 100. It is an absorbing story that blends adventure, detective work, and fantasy. If you are like me, and don't usually like 1st person narratives, give this series a try - it might change your mind.
A note about adult content: Since the book deals with the criminal underworld (albeit a fantasy one) there is some adult content (example: murder), and Beka is involved in adult relationships. In my opinion this is no darker than found in the HP or Twighlight series, but if you are considering this for someone under 6th grade you may want to flip though it and determine your comfort level.
Top reviews from other countries
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.
I can't wait to order and read the next instalment...