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I got the kindle version of this book a while ago but I only really started reading in earnest after I ran out of Kate Daniels books to read. The setups are actually fairly similar. Young female law enforcement in a world with magic. Though the magic in Tortall is both more pervasive and less problematic. Beka Cooper is a trainee "Dog", which is basically a police officer. She gets paired with the best Dogs in the business for her "puppy" year. It’s told in journal format, which is not my favorite, but allowed for some cool storytelling tropes.

Beka has some family magic that lets her hear ghosts and snatches of conversations from the past. Her skills are put to the test right away as she searches for both a child horror story come-to-life and a mysterious employer who murders their workers after they're done with them.

While I like the other Tortall books (Alanna, Daine, Kel) more, it was good to venture into the world again, especially with a heroine who is already competent. We didn't see Beka struggle through Dog training, which was a change from the following an 11 year old through knight training of the other books. It was more grownup to begin with and I liked that. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
I listened to Terrier as an Audio book. This was my first experience with books by Tamora Pierce and it certainly won't be my last. Beka Cooper's daily journal, read by her descendants in some future time, is the basis for the story line. I loved that Beka's a great kick-butt, female protagonist who travels with Pounce,her God Cat. Beka's smart, caring, dedicated, and one, tough Rookie Provo's Guard (Puppy), who wants to make a difference for the people in her old neighborhood. She has magic, she's tenacious and once she sinks her teeth into a cause, she won't give up. She's the first Puppy for her Seasoned team of Provo's Dogs. They protect their puppy, as she learns what it means to be a Dog. They're not mistaken in their decision to take on a puppy, as we learn why Beka is called a Terrier.

Tamora Pierce must have a limitless imagination. I loved her world building as she describes Tortall. It has knights, magic, beggars, Dogs, slaves, mages, etc. I really look forward to reading or better yet, listening to "Bloodhound" ,the second book of this series and see what happens to Beka next.
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  urph818 | Sep 2, 2016 |
What a way to start a series. Even through this is a re-read. I still love this series. ( )
  DaffiMere | Jun 18, 2016 |
Worried that her son George is hanging out with criminals, Mistress Cooper shares with him the journals of their long-gone ancestor, Beka Cooper. Centuries before George became King of the Rogues, she was one of the Provost's Dogs: the city's watch, charged with keeping the peace. Like her descendant, Beka is tough, with a prodigious memory and fierce sense of loyalty. After years serving the Dogs as a runner, she's finally allowed to tag behind two well-respected veterans, Tunstall and Goodwin. She hero worships them, and it's hard for her to learn that not even they can solve even half the crimes they come in contact with, let along all of them.

The 1st person diary style in which the story is told is a little clunky, but it serves its purpose. The action scenes maintain their immediacy, and Beka's personality comes through loud and clear.

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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
I liked Beka's story because it was one of Pierce's, but that was about the extent of my interest. I found some places to be tedious, as though it took Beka a very long time to find one little piece of information, but she discovered the whole plot in a moment. I understand that Pierce is working towards a trilogy, and so the things that bore me now are likely to be important later.

This book is written in the first person, and that must be expected before going into it. Traditionally Pierce writes in the third person, so the journal-reading experience is a new one for readers of hers.

There were many charming aspects. I liked Beka's friends - the rouges more than the Puppies and Dogs. You can tell from the start which are going to be important based on the way she writes about them, and I look forward to hearing all of their stories in the later books. I also loved Beka's cat, Pounce, and I remember Alanna's trusted cat-friend who turned out to be a deity and I cannot help but wonder if it is that same handing guiding Beka....

Pierce does not disappoint. I believe that Terrier is far from being her strongest work, but it is a good read nonetheless and should not be missed by any fan of her work. ( )
  Morteana | Jan 30, 2016 |
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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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