Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Series: Beka Cooper #2
Source: Random Buzzers
Rating: 4.9 stars
Beka is officially a Dog, but she isn't having much luck. She can't seem to keep a partner, Pounce is acting mysterious, and counterfeit silver nobles are showing up all over Corus. The coles seem to be coming from Port Cayn, a place Beka has only been to once or twice before. But now she's off to find the leader of the colemongers and stop them before all of Tortall falls to ruin.
I love this series. Seriously, why did I wait so long to read Tamora Pierce books?? Her writing feels like a favorite jacket, something that you can just fit into so easily that you don't have to think about it. And the characters are fantastic. I felt just as homesick as Beka does, not seeing Rosto, Aniki, Kora, Ersken, or Tunstall, for most of the book! But the new characters introduced are also fantastic, and a certain new character is almost as swoon-worthy as Rosto. Almost. And the antagonist in this book is much better than the one in Terrier.
Naturally, the action is awesome; all of the fight scenes make me wish the Dog program was real so I could sign up! It's just so intense and exciting. One of the few problems I have, though, is that because the book is written as a diary, it's pretty obvious that Beka didn't die or even get a hand chopped off in a fight. That takes away some of the suspense, but there are ways Pierce might get around that in Mastiff. (I don't want Beka getting hurt, though! She's one of my all time favorite characters!) Another tiny issue is the slight predictability of the plot, but the high caliber of the rest of the novel makes up for it. Plus, the intrigue around Pounce is, well, very intriguing and will leave you wanting to know more about Beka's mysterious god-cat. I can't wait to see what will happen to Beka next.
Other Books in This Series: Terrier (Beka Cooper #1)
Are you a Tamora Pierce fan? What other books have you read by her?