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.
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.
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.
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.
I really like the story. I like that she doesn't fall into some of the traps that come with a strong female protagonist (weakening the men or making them idiots etc). It is engaging and entertaining.
I have listened to this book four times. that is a lot because I have almost all of Tamora Pierce's books and I have listened to those even more. Always a great read and informative. I learn so much and find a new perspective. Enjoy!
"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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