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Bloodhound (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 2) Hardcover – April 14, 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Beka Cooper Series

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Grade 7 Up—Fans of Pierce's medieval fantasy police-procedural series will love this book as much as Terrier (Random, 2006). Beka, 17, is serving her first year as a Dog (police officer) in the Provost's Guard. She and her mentor and old partner, Goodwin, are sent from Corus to Port Caynn to try to discover the source of the counterfeit silver coins that are flooding the region, causing soaring grain prices and riots in Corus. Beka is accompanied by Achoo, the scent hound she rescued from its abusive handler. While in Port Caynn, she and Goodwin tangle with Pearl, Queen of the Thieves, and her crew. Beka falls for Dale, a handsome and charming gambler and bank courier who may be in league with Pearl. The action drags a bit in the middle to focus on the romance but makes up for it in the end. Pierce vividly imagines this world in which police procedures are different, yet similar to those of today. Ponce, Beka's wise cat, who is also a God, is mostly absent but Beka's other unusual magical sources of information-pigeons inhabited by talking ghosts of the dead and spirits in spinning dust funnels—continue to add to the series' appeal. Beka is as headstrong and feisty as ever and frequently makes errors in judgment but is willing to learn from her mistakes. She truly earns the nickname Bloodhound as she faithfully narrates her story through journal entries.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
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Readers unfamiliar with the first book in the Beka Cooper trilogy, Terrier (2006), will be temporarily confused by this follow-up’s cast of characters and colorful slang, such as “cove” for man and “mot” for woman, but this teen police procedural stands on its own. Sixteen-year-old rookie policewoman Beka and her temporary partner, Clary, are sent to Port Caynn to investigate the source of counterfeit coins that have begun to appear in the markets and taverns. The wealth of detail, shared in diary format, occasionally threatens to overwhelm the book’s pacing and action, but quirky, endearing characters save the story. Grades 6-8. --Cindy Welch
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Beka Cooper (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375814698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375814693
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll start by saying that I normally don't like 1st person narratives and avoid them whenever possible. It took me a few months before I finally picked up Terrier, the first book in the series, and flipped through it in the bookstore. I ended up buying it, even though it was still in hardcover, which is another thing I normally don't do.

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.
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I've been waiting for this book for three years. I loved Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1)--the first book in Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper trilogy and I looked forward to spending more time in her company. I've been a Pierce fan for a long time now and with this series it was literally like coming home being back in Corus, the capital of Tortall. It was also a nice change of pace to have the story set a few hundred years before Alanna's time, and revolve firmly around the lower classes. Unlike Alanna's day, Beka's Tortall is a place where lady knights roam the countryside freely and girls can grow up to be part of the city guard if they want. That is exactly what Beka's alwasy wanted and, thanks to the Lord Provost's benevolence, she's able to escape the city slums and help support her mother and siblings on a Dog's salary.

In BLOODHOUND Beka finds herself typically partnerless. When one of the senior Dogs is laid up after a riot, Beka is temporarily partnered with her idol Goodwin and the two of them are sent to Port Caynn to run down the source behind a forgery ring that's been pouring silver plated copper "coles" into circulation throughout the realm. Transplanted out of her natural habitat, Beka is literally forced to step far, far outside her comfort zone in order to pass herself off as a flighty Dog who slides by on others' coattails and uses her womanly wiles to take credit for others' successes. Pretty much the polar opposite of her reserved, forthright, and honor-bound self. Going about her task with her standard single-mindedness, she doesn't expect to meet a young gambler who takes a romantic interest in her.
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Wow! Once again Tammy has done an incredible job of bringing us back into Beka's life and enfolding us in the sights, smells and ambiance of Corus and Port Caynn. There are many fascinating new characters and the fun of seeing what has happened in the lives of old friends. Above all, there is the hunt for a menace that could ultimately destroy the entire economic structure of the kingdom. As always, you're left waiting anxiously for the next book... Hmmm, maybe I'll have a Kindle 2 by then. :D
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Beka, no longer a puppy, has been having difficulty finding a partner, largely because she wants to do her job and her temporary partners are not up to her standards. After she rescues a scent hound from an abusive handler, she adds Achoo to her menagerie of a cat and many pigeons. When one of her training dogs is injured and removed from work for a couple of months, she partners with her other training dog, Goodwin, and they are sent to another city to find information about a counterfeiting plot that threatens the security of the realm. When Pounce, her cat/constellation, leave to attend to his duties in the sky, Beka must learn to work independently in a new, threatening city. This is a thrilling sequence to the first book! May Tamora Pierce write many more.
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By Rywn on September 30, 2011
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The second book in the Beka Cooper universe, Bloodhound picks up just over a year after Terrier leaves off. Now a full dog, Beka struggles to find an adequate partner and is going through them left and right. Tossed back to Tunstall and Goodwin between partners, everything changes when Tunstall is injured and someone is producing far more counterfeit money then ever before. Desperate to get more information about what is going on, Goodwin and Beka are sent to Port Caynn to find more information. Typically for Beka however, nothing even goes as planned and Beka finds herself in far deeper than she'd planned for...

Bloodhound is an excellent continuance to Beka's story and intriguing to see Beka continue to grow as a Dog. While I was sad to miss out of the majority of the characters from Terrier, it is a great opportunity to delve into Port Caynn as we haven't before in the Tortall universe. Bloodhound also brings us Beka's first real love, and along with it its ups and downs. While I was disappointed to see Beka stray from Rosto, who I've cheered for all along, Bloodhound's new character Dale is almost as fascinating. Dale is close friends with some of the very people who Beka is worried about being involved in the conspiracy, and I felt as torn as she was about her relationship progressing.

One of the things I love about this series is watching Beka learn from her mistakes. Rather than just being one of those heroines that continually make the same mistake over and over, Beka changes over time. Reading through Bloodhound I could see Beka growing even from the beginning of the novel to the end. Bloodhound introduces Achoo, Beka's scent hound into the fray and it's really funny to see her work with such a menagerie of animals.
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