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Mastiff (Beka Cooper #3)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  19,896 Ratings  ·  1,363 Reviews
The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want—a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City—while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.

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
ebook, 608 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Courtney The Rogue of Tortall (and later has other important roles, I won't spoil them here). He shows up in the first Tortall book, Song of the Lioness, and…moreThe Rogue of Tortall (and later has other important roles, I won't spoil them here). He shows up in the first Tortall book, Song of the Lioness, and in just about every Tortall book thereafter. He's a descendant of Beka - and that's all I'm going to say about him, as it appears you haven't read the other Tortall books.(less)

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Oct 28, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, I finished this a couple days ago, and I'm *still* upset about the 'twist' that both completely blindsided me and threw me out of the story altogether. The only reason I can really give this book as many stars as I did is Farmer, sad to say (I have finally found a character to rival George Cooper in my affections). The cheap shock value of the twist is going to color my subsequent re-reads of the series. I just...I think Ms. Pierce did the character in question a huge disservice, and I ...more
Is it just me or is there something wrong with Beka's head?
Right there! On the cover.
It looks like something you'd see in a horror flick...
Gail Carriger
Mar 09, 2016 Gail Carriger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
The final Beka book is probably my favorite. Oddly it begins with Beka mourning the loss of her Dog lover. And goes on to become a true classic quest. There is Beka (shall we call her the ranger?), a mage, a paladin, and a rogue. I didn't realize this until this most recent reread. Pierce has fun with the tropes and delves once more into the horrors of the common folk in medieval times (basically). It's nice to see a fantasy that doesn't glorify nobility to the expense of all reality. For those ...more
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

In the first book, we see Beka learning the ropes alongside Goodwin and Tunstall. In book two, she goes on a Hunt with Goodwin, and by this book, she's partnered with Tunstall since Goodwin (view spoiler). So it's familiar territory. And where, with Bloodhound, I'd wrangled a hunch early on, this kept me guessing up until the reveal (literally the last fifty pages, they were insane), aside from a few sneaking suspicions about a few secondary ch
Jan 14, 2012 E.L. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
**Update 2014** I was thinking about this book the other day, and realized that I neglected to mention something very important in this review: I loved Beka, and I loved her friends, and I loved this world and the stories Pierce was weaving in it. My disappointment wouldn't have been anywhere near so profound if this story had come from a lesser story-teller. Also, I think the message(s) Pierce was trying to convey in this story are tremendously important, and I do understand why she tried to fi ...more
Oct 25, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-ya-ya
UPDATE 2/16/11:
HALLELUJAH a release date has been set! OCTOBER 25 2011, I await you eagerly!

UPDATE 1/1/11: But wait- what's this? According to Tamora Pierce's website MASTIFF will be published in 2011 after all! November...hopefully! :D

UPDATE 10/19/10: OH NO just read an Oct 2010 interview with Tamora Pierce and she says the release date has been pushed back to Spring 2012! Why oh why? If 2012, then when's the book after MASTIFF (different series, but still!) going to be released? Oh, the antic
Jake Rideout
Dec 17, 2011 Jake Rideout rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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James Beech
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Dot Hutchison
Oct 26, 2011 Dot Hutchison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: this book is the third in the Beka Cooper Trilogy, so if you haven’t read the first two books, reader beware of what’s below.

In the wake of a personal tragedy, Beka is called to a Hunt unlike any she’s known before, where not just a few lives but the well-being of the entire Realm depends upon her ability to find a lost child. Across miles and weeks, she’ll have to face slavers, raiders, nobles, mages, and fellow Dogs, memories and betrayal, hopelessness and injury, all with the same fierc
Nov 11, 2011 Telyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mastiff is a somewhat disappointing conclusion to Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper series. I liked this entry better than the previous book in the trilogy, but neither approached the quality of the first book. There are many interesting and entertaining elements here—I enjoyed seeing how magic can be used for detective work and forensic investigation and was charmed by the new member of Beka's hunt team, but the book feels somewhat slap-dash despite its length and it has a number of odd inconsistenc ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
The king's only son is kidnapped, and Beka Cooper and her partner Tunstall are charged with finding him. From the first, it's clear that this was an inside job, and as the case continues, more and more obstacles are thrown in the Dogs' way. They must battle through swamps, ambushes, and controlling nobles. But at least they've got help: Tunstall's lover, the lady knight Sabine, Cooper's scent-hound Achoo, her powerful friend Pounce, and a mage named Farmer.

This was my least favorite of the Coop
Dec 02, 2011 Miss rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 22, 2012 Commodore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved Tamora Pierce since middle school. I've had issues with her writing every now and then (trials and hazards of out-growing the age group a favorite author writes for), but by and large I know I'm in for a good read every time I pick up her books. Which is why I was so surprised to read the last book in Beka Cooper's series. For starters, part of the reason Pierce's books are so great is because of their strong supporting characters. Mastiff kept very few of the characters we've come to ...more
With this final installment of Beka Cooper's story, I can confidently say that this series of Tortall books is equal to the Protector of the Small books, which had been my runaway favorite series of Tamora Pierce's (and given how much I enjoy all of her books, this is high praise indeed). The protagonist, Beka Cooper, is the medieval version of an inner city cop. We follow her from her probationary days in the slums of Corus in "Terrier" to foiling a counterfeiting ring in "Bloodhound," to preve ...more
Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness oh my goodness. Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. If I could give this more stars, I certainly would. It was just such a great end to the trilogy, and perhaps the best I've read from the fabulous Tamora Pierce herself (and this is saying a lot, because I will never ever ever think something could surpass my absolute love for the Song of the Lioness Quartet). But yes, she has definitely outdone herself this time.

Don't get me wrong, I think Alanna's story w
Jan 26, 2012 Rachael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I rated it a one star because of the way the traitor part was written. It made it unbelievable, and I got detached from the story because of that. The motives were poorly put together seeing as the character had been told time and again that he had already gained the love of the one he sought. If I would have written the book, I would have made it so that he was doing it out of anger from a betrayal, not for the love of someone he already had. It was so pointless. Also, anyone else notice that h ...more
Ergh. I sucked down all of Tamora Pierce's many books too quickly and I've been left with none to read for a while. I'm depending on you MASTIFF!
Zoe Clute
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nov 06, 2011 PF rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
The Beka Cooper series has proven to be my favorite of all the writings of Tamora Pierce. Except. This last volume of the series. It's hard to say this about a volume of this size, but it felt as if the writing was rushed. Publishers, give your writers a break. Pushing deadlines doesn't help either of you, and can blow up in your face like this one. Not up to her usual standards. I agree with other reviewers that the characterizations and use of characters, usually one of Pierce's strengths, goe ...more
I am really looking forward to this book!! I can't believe the release date has been pushed back yet again (2011)!! I know it will be worth it when I can finally read it but its been such a long wait!!
Kathy Davie
Jan 13, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
First read 3 December 2014.

Third and last in the Beka Cooper fantasy series (and third in the overall Tortall series) for middle grade readers and revolving around a young woman Dog, a policewoman of her day. This particular day begins with June 6, 249 H.E. — it's been three years since Bloodhound , 2.
My Take
This was absolutely brilliant! Pierce is such an excellent writer, you really can't go wrong in having your children read anything by Pierce. Trust me on this. There are, however, two thi
UPDATE 4/21/11: Ohmygoodness it has a cover! :)

Gotta read this!!! Can't wait!
Apr 29, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Anne Osterlund
Dec 04, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beka wants nothing more than to leave the city. And the fresh grave of her former fiancé.

When she is called on a covert mission, she is grateful.

But then she learns the truth about her mission. That the summer palace has been burned to the ground. The seeming perpetrators drowned and imprisoned via magic on their own ships. And that the crown prince has been kidnapped.

By slave traders.

If she fails, the entire kingdom will suffer. And if she succeeds, neither the kingdom—nor Beka—will ever be the
Oct 01, 2011 Divya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults Young At Heart.
Recommended to Divya by: Meryl Horesh
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Can't Wait! Can't Wait! REALLY want to read this!
Mike The Pirate
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Nov 20, 2011 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this one. The Beka Cooper books are my least favorite of all the author's books (the Trickster books probably edge out the others, though not by much.) I just haven't been feeling the love for most of this series. I think they are too long. I know the author has said in various interviews that with the success of Harry Potter and Twilight she is thrilled to be given the space to write longer works, but sometimes less is more. There were times I felt the narrative was draggi ...more
Amy Lignor
Oct 20, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans will be excited to receive this, and absolutely heartbroken that this amazing YA fantasy world has come to an end. The first book, Terrier, was brilliant, offering readers a look at a heroine named Beka Cooper; a young woman with a great deal of heart and soul who battled criminals in the depths of the hard-edged Lower City. Along came Bloodhound, where Beka moved her way up in the ranks as a truly amazing fighter and joined the Provost’s Guard (A.K.A. Provost Dog’s). That was the last anyo ...more
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