Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
7033313,474 (4.21)54



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 54 mentions

English (32)  Danish (1)  All languages (33)
Showing 1-5 of 32 (next | show all)
Loved the audiobook version of this (the voice acting was great). It's a worthy addition to Beka Cooper's story, especially the very final resolution. Like many others, I didn't love the big plot twist -- not so much because I thought the idea was unbelievable (it actually made a lot of sense) but something about the delivery of it rang so hollow that I spent chapters waiting for there to be some sort of secondary reveal with magic or something to tie it back together. Still, I enjoyed the book immensely even if it made me want to construct some sort of headcannon so that the twist made more sense. ( )
  terriko | Jun 20, 2015 |
I get the problems, but I liked it. Beka Cooper, the ancestress of George Cooper of later books, deals with the problems of love that wasn't, losing a partner, finding love, being betrayed and rescuing a prince. She's a great character and I liked how it was done. Yes I would have liked to know how Holborn played with her but it's almost irrelevant. I am somewhat sorry that she didn't make it with Rosto, but this was a nice change from the insta-eternal-love that often over-populates fiction.

I could see how Farmer worked for her, how he challenged and accepted her. And that will lead to a longer healthier love.

There were times when it lagged a bit and I did spoiler myself, and I do think that the treachery was understandable, regrettable, but understandable; tragic and heartbreaking but understandable. ( )
  wyvernfriend | May 8, 2015 |
aaaaaah can't wait ( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
Beka Cooper is an easy heroine for young women to identify with - especially those who might be shy, awkward or saddled with low self-esteem. Over the course of the series, we see Beka grow from just such a withdrawn young woman herself, into a fiercely loyal, determined and tenacious cop who yearns to protect the helpless from those who would abuse them - most often those with power and privilege. This character model is one that Pierce has used frequently and to great effect in her previous work, and it works well here, too.

The heart and charm of Pierce's writing is as evident in Book 3 as it was in Book 1, and I enjoyed the journey just as much. But I felt a slight unravelling this time around. Perhaps it is because Beka's journey is coming to a close, but I felt that too many of the story lines felt like they were being forced to a sudden resolution.

And I was decidedly not pleased with the twist ending, that seemed to run against well established character principles from previous books for the slim benefit of having a suspenseful climax in this one. The thin explanations offered did not justify the choices made, IMHO, so I wasn't held in suspense - I was disappointed. But still, it wasn't a huge disappointment, so a decent conclusion to a fun series. ( )
  Jefficus | Apr 25, 2014 |
I love the worldbuilding and most of the characters. I was a little confused about the time-jump between the prior book and this one-- three years is a long time. but... some things began to make sense about the intervening years as Beka told her story.
As I posted previous updates about this series, friends warned me, obliquely, about the ending.
They were right- I do not think I liked the ending of the book/series.

It was like what happens when a TV actor has contract problems and they have to get rid of the character quickly and clumsily.
How/why would you have to do that in a book, though??? ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 32 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tamora Pierceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Denaker, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Whether it's for debt, for work, for sex:
For the slaves,
in the hope that one day your freedom comes not through
purchase, illness, or death,
but because slavery and the slavers have been sought out and stamped out
in every home, business, warehouse, ship, quarry,
bar, factory, and nest they inhabit.
First words
We buried Holborn today.
Beka and Pounce's dialog, when Beka observes separate seating for men and women during dinner:

How do they expect folk to understand each other if they're separated when they aren't rushing about their work?

They aren't expected to understand one another, he replied.  The women will learn to flirt over a friend's shoulder, instead of close.  The men will see the women as distant and unknowable.  Their friends will be only men.  The women will see men as strong and unknowable.  Their friends will be only women.

COPYRIGHT PAGE NOTICES (for the Random House hardcover first edition):

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data are included.

Visit us on the web! randomhouse.com/teens

Educators and librarians, for a variety of teaching tools, visit us at randomhouse.com/teachers

Random House Children's Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read.

First printing of first edition line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Beka and her friends will face their greatest and most important challenge ever when the young heir to the kingdom vanishes. They will be sent out of Corus on a trail that appears and disappears, following a twisting road throughout Tortall. It will be her greatest Hunt—if she can survive the very powerful people who do not want her to succeed in her goal
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Beka, having just lost her fiance in a slaver's raid, is able to distract herself by going with her team on an important hunt at the queen's request, unaware that the throne of Tortall depends on their success.

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
224 wanted1 pay3 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.21)
1 2
2 5
3 19
3.5 10
4 69
4.5 17
5 72


An edition of this book was published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 97,929,600 books! | Top bar: Always visible