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.
©2006 Tamora Pierce; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
I love Tamora Pierce's novels and Bekka Cooper's story has quickly become one of my favorite. The style in Terrier is somewhat different from her other Tortallian novels but it is very refreshing, written in the style of a journal, we see everything through the shy but determined eyes of Bekka Cooper. Although Bekka has the soul of all the Tortallian heroines from the previous series, there is something decidedly different about her in comparison to Daine and Alanna. Perhaps it is because Bekka grew up in the city slums and lived a completely different life that makes her views so much different to that of the noble-born Alanna and the outcast Daine.
Although the audiobook read with a one person cast, Susan Denaker does expressions, accents and voices very well. I could almost imagine Rosto the Piper or Mathias Tunstall read by completely different people.
I love the book and am waiting eagerly for the second novel in the Bekka Cooper series, Bloodhound (both the novel and audiobook versions)
Tamora Pierce really has done it again with the Beka Cooper series. I have just about every single one of her books and I'm of the 21 and over variety of fan. She has a way of spinning a tale that totally sucks you in every time. Be warned that because Pierce is writing within the constructs of a historically accurate "medieval time period" there will be violence, killing, and more adult situations for characters younger than you might think appropriate, but she keeps it clean for the most part. I keep coming back to the Beka Cooper series and Tamora Pierce's other work over and over again simply because I enjoy it. It's good Young Adult fiction and you can't underestimate it. I highly recommend this book.
Susan Denaker is fabulous with voices, and her basic narration style is rich and engaged. I love the story itself as a great find for gritty female role models, with a lot of 'the world isn't a perfect place, but you still try to be a worthy person in it.' Did I mention that Susan Denaker is fabulous with the narration? Total win for young adult fiction.
Down the road after I forget parts.
Everything just works together, its an easy listen.
I can listen to very few female narraters, Its not sexist, its simply I can't stand when they try and do male voices, Susan Denaker is a cut above the rest. I look forward to the rest of the series knowing there is a good narrater.
One last good twist at the end.
An excellent book brought delightfully to life by the narrator. The setting is detailed and complex, characters are never simple, and the mysteries are not straightforward. As Beka seeks to find her way and prove herself, we are swept along into a world of crime and friendship and complicated loyalties.
The narrator's use of accents and voices is spot on - we recognize the characters that populate the world at once.
This book doesn't sound too promising at first, but it picks up as it goes on. I thought that the main character's shyness was made a bit too obvious, but it was well done other than that.
I think it's a very good book and worth the download.
as wonderous as the first time, overall filled with many heart wrenching moments and a glorious finish, will read it again when time allows!
What to say, I am an avid reader who loves audiobooks because I can listen wherever and whenever!!!
I own both, and I love both. The audiobook is really nice because it allows you to read the book when it would otherwise be difficult (like crocheting, driving or walking the dog). I first read this as a hard copy and have since listened to it probably 3 times. One thing I love about audiobooks over hard copies is I can listen in bed and don't have to hold the book to keep reading. I can close my eyes and listen while I drift off.
Be warned if you do this you will be listening to the same spot a few times and sometimes it is hard to get past a point without passing out. I do not have a hard time picking up where I last remembered clearly, but that has to be done every night if you are listening to a book as you fall asleep.
Oh, that's a hard one. I think it is Goodwin, I know Beka is the main character and she is amazing, but there is something about the way that Goodwin sees the world that just makes me happy. She speaks her mind but doesn't hurt people when she does. She is both gentle and harsh. She is bada** and makes sure everyone knows it. But isn't kept from having a spouse because of these things, who knew a woman could be powerful and strong and still attract a spouse.
Honestly, when she earns the nickname "fish-puppy" while it isn't of much importance story wise, except to show how far she has come, it is still a favorite of mine.
Yes, but that isn't feasible.
This book does have more adult themes than previous ones (or at least the first books of previous series by Tamora Pierce) but I think that is because the main character is older when the books start. It can be hard to get through some of the more adult and violent scenes, but she has a way of telling it that is less gruesome and gets your attention focused on other things. That being said, it is the nature of the world that she lives in. Beka's world is violent and medieval, just like all of the others in Tortall, she must work through that violence and take it as a part of life, a life she choose for herself, because ultimately she is doing good.
Tamora Pierce has a knack for books about young women who prove that they are as good as or better than men at jobs that normally (both in the time period that the books take place in and now) would be relegated to men only. This book basically shows a young woman proving herself as a police officer, and while there are already women doing the job well, Ahuda, Goodwin, and countless others who appear, there is still a huge pressure for her to behave in the ways that a women is expected to behave.
The narrator dos a perfect job of capturing the emotions of this story, even down to choking up and crying where needed. I have loved this series for a long time and can't wait to hear the remaining two.
"Brilliant - again!"
I've loved Tamora Pierces books since I first discovered them years ago, now even though I'm probably getting a bit old for them they still provide me with huge enjoyment. This new series of books doesn't disappoint and I can't wait for the next.
Beka is the kind of three dimensional, well-drawn character that you'd expect from Tamora, and she has the same mix of strength and vulnerability that helped us to relate to Alanna and Daine. It's set again in Tortall but it's nice to go back and learn more about a different aspect outside of the upperclass, knights and riders. Beka is a trainee guard or 'puppy' and the book follows her through her first few weeks on duty where she deals with a few problems and solves a couple of mysteries with the help of her rather unusual 'birdies'.
The only thing I found slightly irritating was the slightly coy references to her 'peaches' etc... just come right out and talk about your breasts love!
Anyway, I thought it was excellent and eagerly await the next one.
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