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Terrier by Tamora Pierce
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Description: Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character that they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises--and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.

Thoughts: While not as engaging as The Protector of the Small quartet, I'm liking the story of Beka and her experiences as a commoner in Tortall. There is a lot of slang that gets tiring after a while, even if I'm sure it's how the characters would probably speak.

I wish Pierce hadn't relied so heavily on the Dog metaphor so much. It's probably the weakest aspect of the book and I think the story would have worked just as well without it.

Otherwise, a pretty good installment.

Rating: 3.75

Liked: 3.5
Plot: 4.5
Characterization: 4
Writing: 3.5
Audio: 3.5

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  leahbird | Jul 20, 2015 |
First foray into the YA genre. I guess this book is not really aimed for me. But it was okay but not great. Writing fair to adequate and plot also fair. But not something I want to continue with. ( )
  charlie68 | Nov 18, 2014 |
Loved this, historical ancestor of George Cooper, Beka is an interesting character who becomes a member of the police and has to investigate a series of kidnapping and killings, Beka gets some help from her cat and from the pigeons who bring the spirits of the dead to visit her.

I'm very much looking forward to more in this series. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Oct 21, 2014 |
Really good book about medieval times and magic. (Like Valdemar with less horses and a teen-aged police Puppy.) Beka Cooper's character development was the part that kept me reading; she is an awesome female protagonist. The writing was fun and fast-paced. Given that it was diary style, that was also impressive. I'd recommend it for those who like magic and strong female protagonists. ( )
  pegasus.rose.99 | May 20, 2014 |
While I thought the start/frame of this was a little awkward, I got into it by the second chapter and stayed up too late zooming through it. On to the next installment. Wish there were more than just the three books. ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
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Tamora Pierce has been creating strong, appealing heroines for teen fantasy fans for years, creating 2 main universes to house her multiple series. With Terrier, Pierce returns to the Tortall universe (home to her Song of the Lioness, Immortals, Protector of the Small, and Daughter of the Lioness series). Want to learn more? Read an exclusive essay from Tamora Pierce below. --Daphne Durham

An Essay from Tamora Pierce

Sixteen-year-old Beka Cooper lives far removed from knights, palaces, and the nobility. Her world revolves around thieves, beggars, taverns, and the lowest of the low. She's a trainee for the Provost's Guard—a rookie cop, in a world where a cop makes her own name based on her personality, her attitude toward money, and her love of the law. Beka means to prove that she is out to make her mark in this hard and physical world.

She does face a large obstacle. She's shy. Painfully shy. Left to her own devices, she would have no friends. It's hard for her to talk to people she doesn't know. It's a problem for the Guards who train her, a real problem for Beka—unless she can figure out that a uniform is a kind of costume, one she can hide behind. One that will make her a more outspoken person. It will help a lot if people come to realize that under her shyness is a clever, determined young woman. It will help even more if she can make friends who can give her good advice. Luckily, she has one such friend living with her in her slum apartment: a purple-eyed black cat named Pounce. He can make himself understood in human speech if he wishes to. He's capable of doing weirdly intelligent things to help his young companion Beka. With Pounce to assist her, Beka cannot have an ordinary career.

Beka tells her own story in a journal that she keeps from her very first day as a Puppy. The Guards are dubbed "Dogs" in her time and their trainees are called "Puppies." In its pages she writes of her days with her training Dogs, the pair who are to teach her what they know of survival on the streets in the city's toughest slum. Both are veterans. Tunstall is an easygoing, funny man who can be a little crazy in a fight. Goodwin is a small, tough woman who is opposed to Beka's presence at the beginning, a hard Dog and a smart one. They take charge when Beka brings them word of two vicious sets of crimes. Like everyone else in Beka's life, her partners find out that once Beka gets a case in her teeth, she hangs onto it like a terrier until it's been solved.

I have all kinds of reasons why I went to the past of the Alanna books. In part I wanted to show how present-day Tortall came to be. I also knew George's fans would welcome any kind of return to the Lower City, even if it wasn't the Lower City of his time. I wanted to get away from the courts and nobility, the setting for so many of the Tortall books thus far. Since I didn't want to show any of the characters I've come to love as being old or even dead, I couldn't write books in the future of the current Tortall. I turned to the past, and I'm pretty sure my readers will be glad I did! --Tamora Pierce

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When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.

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