I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I had to go back to book 2 to see if I had missed something. The story starts off with Beka's dead fiancee. His family is very upset with her. I couldn't understand where he came from and why he is added. He adds little to the story. The words would have been better spent on the betrayal of Beka, friends and country by a strong character that has been present from book 01. The reason for the betrayal seemed to me to be very weak and poorly thought out. It went counter to all that this character's personality as presented. It made a poor end of series novel. Book 1 starts out giving a family background to George Cooper aka The Rogue in the Lioness series. It would have been helpful to restate that George's mother was disowned by her family and kicked out of the temple. In the Lioness series, George is remarked upon has having a magical talent. Nothing is really said about what it is or how it works. I was left wondering if he had inherited Beka's talent. It was stated throughout the series Beka had many ancestors with this talent. The purple eyed cat wiped George's memory of it and its actions at the end. I felt that this was a waste. The time could have been spent giving a little insight if George inherited his famous ancestress talent and how he plans to use it. Maybe setting a foundation on how Beka's story helped George in his actions to become honest. There were long periods where the story just dragged on and on saying little or repeating things already said. If this had been the first book of this series, I wouldn't have interest in any sequels. The first 2 books of this series and other books of Tamora Pierce that I have heard are excellent. This one doesn't come up to those standards.
This is a great book! I love this series and I think that Tamora Pierce finished it up well. She is always throwing twists and surprises in her writing, so you aren't sure exactly what the outcome is going to be.
theses books are really great. as tamora pierce continues writing her style is really evolving. I love what an egalitarian society tortal is turning our to be. although, shouldn't there traditionally be a forth book??? I'm waiting lol.
What a wonderful trilogy! I've been listening to it all the way through from Terrier to Mastiff and I fell in love with Becca, Pounce, Achoo and everyone else too. If only there was more to her story. Sigh
I don't really review often, but this series is worth reading AND hearing! All of Tamora ' s books should be read, but this narrator is truly talented. I listen to this trilogy and Aly cooper's duo over and over. if you like beka cooper, be sure to give her descendent Aly a try as well.
The ending was difficult for me to buy, but I adore the characters and style. I'm willing to forgive a lot from my favorite childhood author. I especially love the way Susan Denaker does the voice of Pounce.
As always Tamora Pierce knows how to captivate you. You laugh you cry. It is a perfect ending to the book.
I love Susan Denaker and I personaly love the way she says Bekka's name. Thanks for bring her to life.
It made me do both laugh and cry.
Tough question. I read the first part of the book, but ended up buying the audio one simply because I don't have time to sit down and read. The writing for the story is outstanding, but the narrator brings a little something extra to it.
There was a part in the story where Pounce brakes the rules. No spoilers, but I cried a little bit at that part.
Her voices. It is easy to tell who the voices belong to. Some narrators just have male and female voices and don't change it up for each characters tone or personality. Susan did it was flare and it was a pleasure to listen to.
I loved this book. I am a huge fan of Tamora Peirce and this book has to be one of her best ones yet!
I discovered Tamora Pierce when my daughter was a tween and found her "sheroes" and story lines fresh and engaging. I especially appreciate the world she's created in such detail -- the language, geography, cultures, magic and its rules -- and how she's woven the various stories together over time. I had forgotten until the Epilogue of Mastiff how this series connects to her very first. Made me smile and made me want to go back to re-read Alanna.