Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1)
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Hundreds of years before Alanna first drew her sword in Tamora Pierce's memorable debut, Alanna: The First Adventure, Tortall had a heroine named Beka Cooper - a fierce young woman who fights crime in a world of magic. This is the beginning of her story, her legend, and her legacy....

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, commonly known as "the Pro...more
Hardcover, 584 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Random House
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Fran
The first time I read Terrier I thought it was some of Tammy's best writing in years and it quickly became one of my favourite Tortall books. I still feel that way after my latest re-read (in preparation for Bloodhound). Terrier feels fresh, and I attribute this reinvigoration of the Tortall world to several factors:
- Firstly: Terrier is written in first person, which is the first of Tammy's novels to be written thus (Note: Tammy has written short stories in first person).
- Secondly: it is writ...more
Gail Carriger
Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper series, Book One: Terrier.

Pierce is back in form with this book. Thank goodness!

My only gripe, and it's nothing to do with the author, is that you can't get Terrier in Mass Market Paperback. I hate trade, it's just too big and heavy and floppy for my carpel tunnel. I'll wait patiently and perhaps someday rebuy these books in MM, but until then I guess I must read them this way; because you better believe I can't wait to start Book Two!

I'm beginning to, finally, recog...more
Cara
What is one word I can use to sum up the book hmm... probably AWESOME ! Seriously there isn't a lot of books that can do that (at least for me). Beka Cooper is the most kick butt, cool heroine I've encountered in all my reading days.

The book was just as good the second time around. At first I was wary of reading it again thinking it might not be as enjoyable this time around. Obviously I was wrong. I even caught myself looking ahead to see what happened, and then I would remind myself that I al...more
Jennifer
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Elias
I'm about a quarter of the way through this one, and I have to admit that I'm not enjoying it as much as I've enjoyed the rest of Pierce's bibliography. I don't have any specific complaints, except for the constant emphasis on the Dog/Puppy thing, which I find a little weird.

7/29 - Still trucking through. The story is good, but something about the narration is slowing me down, perhaps because it's in the form of a diary, and that seems cumbersome. Not only that, but here are the epistolary laye...more
Cinda
I loved this book, kind of a combination police procedural/high fantasy. Set in the Tortall world, with a light touch of magic. I read while I work out and this is the first book in a long time that made me forget where I was and what I was doing and wish the workout session could go on longer...
Samantha
May 26, 2008 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Recommended to Samantha by: nada
Shelves: favorites
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Caroline
This was the last "for fun" book I got to read before I started teaching last winter. Ever since I arbitrarily grabbed the first of Tamora Pierce's "Circle of Magic" books off the library shelf two years ago, I've been hooked on the ways Pierce plays around with definitions of magic, power, heroes, and humanism...all within a medieval-ish context.

This isn't great literature, but it is an imaginative world that kept me entertained for several months. Tamora Pierce likes to write books in couplet...more
Valerie
Terrier is just another example of how great an author Tamora Pierce is. The writing is very detailed and although it is hard to believe that a girl would be so diligent in writing a journal it didn't really faze me. Beka is a great kick-butt, female protangonist. She is smart, caring, dedicated, and tough. It's because of this why Beka is called a Terrier.

The imagination of Pierce proves to be limitles as she decribes Tortall. It has knights, magic, beggars, Dogs, slaves, mages, etc. There is...more
Caroline
This is the first Pierce novel I've read and there were a few hurdles I had to get over (the heroine is the best at everything, omg, but she's totally shy and self-deprecating and doesn't realize how great she is; she has a super-intellgent cat as a sidekick; 'just because the author has invented a handful of world-specific slang that does nothing to expand or enrich the story, these words will be repeated endlessly to the point that they become verbal tics.') I suspect a lot of that is par for...more
Aubrey
Aug 08, 2008 Aubrey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tamora Pierce Lovers and good fantasy & crime lovers
Recommended to Aubrey by: Tamora Pierce
Another installment in the mythology of Tamora Pierce's fictional land of Tortall and I am not disappointed. I am impressed with Pierce's foresight and love enough of her characters that she instead went back in time to give a base to the well-known and beloved characters of her series. Had she done otherwise we would have had to accept a few deaths of main characters. By telling an ancient legend of an ancestor the stories remain alive and Tortall's characters expand.

I greatly admire that each...more
Wealhtheow
Worried that her son George is hanging out with criminals, Mistress Cooper shares with him the journals of their long-gone ancestor, Beka Cooper. Centuries before George became King of the Rogues, she was one of the Provost's Dogs: the city's watch, charged with keeping the peace. Like her descendant, Beka is tough, with a prodigious memory and fierce sense of loyalty. After years serving the Dogs as a runner, she's finally allowed to tag behind two well-respected veterans, Tunstall and Goodwin....more
Misti
This is the most recent of Tamora Pierce's books, and possibly the least hyped, and I think I know why. I can't say I was particularly enthralled by the plot (which was transparent and overly complex) or by the writing style which is Diary format and street slang which seems a hypocritical combination. I found out yesterday that the book is to be the first in a series of three. Oh Tammy, say it ain't so! I can't take too much of this style, and may skip the next two in the series if they're anyt...more
Sienna K
THE. MOST. BORING. BOOK. I. HAVE. EVER. TRIED. TO. READ.

^^If don't understand that sentence ^^, 'I'D RATHER WATCH PAINT DRY'


Do not get out this book unless you are looking for torture. The chapters are a million pages long, and most of which are boring. I reckon I got up to about page 30 and then I had to stop, for the story was doing my head in. Whoever told me that was a good book, don't tell me anymore, cuz' obviously your eyes have incinerated and all that's left is the eye socket. SERIOUSL

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Ajax
Spoilers for all Tortall books follow:

I have a love-and-hate relationship with Tamora Pierce's Tortall books. I found the Alanna quartet poorly written, enjoyed The Immortals, absolutely adored Protector of the Small ( so much so that Kel is now one of my favorite fictional characters ever), liked the Trickster's duo but also found it extremely problematic in certain respects. And then I moved onto Terrier which I'm sorry to say is my least favorite Pierce book that I've read so far. Pierce depa...more
Naomi
I'm on the fence with this book, quite literally. Terrier is a GOOD book, but it is not a great book. Some parts are really good, while others fall flat. Sometimes I don't see things coming, while other I expect after the first few pages of Terrier. The fact is, this is a good book, but it's not amazing. It's just missing something that would give it that awe factor.

I read this book at work, and at work only. I only read the last 50-80 at home. I just couldn't pick up this book at home for some...more
Dichotomy Girl
Naughty Naughty Michelle, here I go to update my review of a previously read book only to find that I never reviewed it!

I am a big fan of Tamora Pierce, I love that she writes about strong female characters, and I love how her stories are NOT focused on romance and sex. (though they may contain them).

I originally read this book several years back along with it's sequel, and am now rereading both of them as the third book in the series has been released.

From the Book description: Beka Cooper is a...more
Amanda
I love Beka Cooper! And I love how Tamora Pierce always writes such strong and independent female protagonists. Beka has dreamed of being a Dog (policewoman) for most of her life. Now she is a Puppy, and being assigned her first watch with two senior Dogs. She just happens to get the best on Night Watch, Tunstall and Goodwin, and is eager to learn more about upholding the law. Beka is also special; she hears ghosts on pigeons and can talk to dust spinners. And when trouble starts brewing, Beka s...more
Deva Fagan
Loved this! My favorite Tamora Pierce yet. I think my enjoyment was considerably enhanced by the excellent reader for the audio book, who did a marvelous job with all the accents and voices. It was also a treat for me to read a Tortall book where the female main character wasn't struggling just to get taken seriously because she was a woman, but was instead fighting to be true to her own ideals as a human being. I appreciated the Alanna books as a girl myself, but Beka is a heroine I can love at...more
Lauren
This was the book that I bought at the Borders in the city on my first day of marriage after eating my first romantic breakfast with my husband. I got a lot of treasured moments out of it in early mornings while hubby slept in.
This book is so different to any of Tamora Pierce's other books. When I first opened it and saw that it was told in first person like a journal I didn't really know what to expect. But it was TP, so I had to buy it.
One of the best things about this book was its length. It...more
Crystal
(OK, maybe more like 4.5 stars. it's not rocket science. but it's really good!)
I grabbed this book at the library because some friends on here love Tamora Pierce and recommend her often, and because it had a cool cover. I was also intrigued by the concept of a police procedural/ young adult/ fantasy magical novel. And I was not disappointed! This book was terrific. Yes, I did guess (accurately) who the villainous person was about halfway through. But there are lots of twists and turns and red he...more
Squeemu
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Amanda
Apr 28, 2013 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Thank you Overdrive from the local library. My first foray into "loaned" ebooks. I hope it goes well. Wow. For those people who read in bed and don't have at least one dictionary near at hand, here's one reason why you should say shame on yourself. On the surface it's a fabulous story, but if you have built your vocabulary and learn to read what's just below the surface, there are some seriously bawdy sections that had me back flipping pages to find out if it really said what had just sunk in! H...more
Kathleen
This book veers away from being a typical fantasy novel by--well--being a police procedural instead. Becca Cooper is a cop. She is a cop with a nightstick facing swords, and she can hear the voices of the dead and rumors on the wind, but at the end of the day she collars bad guys to make sure they stand trial. Underpaid, a rookie idealist, and a burgeoning detective she is more interesting to me than most characters in a police story. Moreover, her world has everything one could want from the be...more
Gem
As always, Tamora Pierce delivers strong prose with excellent and well-rounded characters. Beka is a physically strong female character who is so shy she can barely speak in public for her job. I loved Goodwin and Tunstall as well, the Dogs who train Beka. They could have been very stereotypical characters; but Goodwin is a rough-and-tumble kick-ass woman who goes home to her simple man every night, and Tunstall has a gentle side to him and falls for a lady knight. The cast of characters is vari...more
Sbuchler
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy-Mystery/crime novel mix

This book is written as a diary of a cop-in-training (in a fantasy setting), the audio version (by Susan Denaker) had a very strong vocal personality, but I got used to it very quickly - and the entry that Becca (the herioine) writes while drunk is made extra hilarious by Susan Denaker's wobbly rendition of Becca's usually strident voice.

I enjoyed the audio version very much, though I found the book itself didn't hold up as well on a re-read as i...more
Trice
initially wasn't liking the journal format, but as it gets into the story, it feels more like any other story, simply told in 1st person. Perhaps this is the effect of the audio format, but I only notice on the rare occasions when Beka says/writes something like 'I've barely managed to stay awake to write down here what happened today.' And I agree so far with what another reviewer notes, that Beka seems much more complex, more layered, more fully developed, than Pierce's earlier protagonists, a...more
Benjamin
I first heard of the Beka Cooper series from Alyssa Rosenberg (formerly Culture Editor at ThinkProgress, currently at Washington Post), who praised the series as an interesting alternative to George Martin's Song of Ice and Fire (which she also likes a lot). And since it happened to pop up at my library for digital download, I decided to give it a try.

And I'm glad I did: Beka Cooper is a shy but tough girl from the poor quarter of this sprawling and cosmopolitan city who has decided to make prot...more
Wendta
Tamora Pierce has proved, once again, that she is an amazing writer.

The diary format of the book was a little strange, but I think it worked for what needed to be accomplished.

The book starts off with diary entries from three different people, not the protagonist. They introduce the main character of the story. One entry is from a descendant of Beka, the main character, and tells of how she was a hero of the time. The other two are from when she was a young girl and show that she is very skill...more
Dee
I love everything Tamora Pierce writes. She is the best, absolute best, a favourite reread of mine. Thus following yet more personal bad times - this year is proving to be pretty damn awful and not even 6 months in - I naturally went to comfort books. This series https://www.goodreads.com/series/4453... being both my least reread and the earliest Tortall-set (in case things don't perk up I may need lots of reading!), it won.

Even though this is written as an epistolary novel and thus my two leas...more
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“The Lower City is MINE, Its People are MINE.
If I Find Them That's Doing All This Kidnapping
And Murdering, They'd Best Pray For Mercy,
Because Once I Get My Teeth In 'Em
I Will NEVER Let Them Go. ”
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