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4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  28,790 Ratings  ·  923 Reviews
Beka Cooper is no longer a Puppy. She's a Dog now - a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, which keeps the peace in Corus's streets. Beka's natural skills of observation and tenacity are augmented by her unusual magical talents, which allow her to gather information both from pigeons are from the eddies of dirt and dust that swirl on street corners. But even her mag ...more
Hardcover, 554 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Random House (first published January 1st 2009)
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Gail Carriger
Mar 09, 2016 Gail Carriger added it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
The second book in the series takes Beka away from Chorus and her friends and puts her on a case in a strange city giving her a new love interest. This book didn't hold me as much as the first (or third) but it's still worth the slog to know what happens to her there. I suggest it also because of the presence of one of the first instances I know, in YA fantasy, of a transgender woman. There is a beautiful little scene where Okha Soyan explains what this means to a confused but sympathetic Beka.
Mar 20, 2009 Fran rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, own-tammy
I was filled with glee when I got my advance readers copy of Bloodhound. I tore my way through Terrier as quickly as possible (and I’m glad I did), before I started on Bloodhound as soon as I was able.

Whilst waiting for Bloodhound to come out (and it has been a long wait) I would eagerly read all the news from Tammy about the progression of the book. I was a little dismayed to learn that Beka would be out of Corus and in Port Caynn, therefore away from all of those much loved characters from Ter
Sep 20, 2009 Cara rated it liked it
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Shelves: series, fantasy
Uhhhh..... What should I say? I loved it and didn't at the same time. Does that make any sense? I'll have to explain myself.

We get to see the same great action sequences and heart that Beka has. Though we only stay in Corus for probably a fourth of the book and I thought the change of scenery did the series good. There is a trickle of new characters that come in. The most notable her new dog, Achoo. This comedian of a dog really made you love dogs even more.

Ok what I didn't like. I'm pretty sur
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Took me twice as long as it ought, but I've FINISHED IT. I have to wonder if Tammy ever finds Beka's Lower City slang creeping into her daily speech -- I've been using it to insult the cats when they piss me off lately xD Another great adventure for Beka. I liked the change of scenery that was Port Caynn (although I will say I called it in regard to certain people being involved in certain unsavory things possibly the second or third time his name cropped up). And it was really interesting to me ...more
Apr 16, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Apr 10, 2009 Roxanne Hsu Feldman rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 6-8grade
really liked the first one and have been waiting for the second installment for a long long time. The second book still works. My initial quibble of not believing Beka able to write all of the stuff down in her journal still stands -- even with the explanation of ciphers and reports and how events are chopped down into several installments. Still seems a bit far-fetched. However, I guess if one believes in ghost-carrying pigeons and a young woman talking to street dust winds, one has to somewhat ...more
Libby Ames
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Oct 28, 2015 Caroline rated it it was amazing
I don't think I was ever so excited to get my hands on an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) of anything more than I was to get this. I'd already been waiting years for this to come out, and even waiting a few months until the release date at the end of April was making me fidgety. I loved the first in this series and had devoured it and had been looking forward to more Beka Cooper ever since. I've been selling the first Beka Cooper novel to anybody that will listen to me ramble about how great it is, ...more
S.N. Arly
This is a fair sequel to Terrier, a YA novel about a young woman who enters what is effectively the police force in the capital of a pre-industrial kingdom. As with all Pierce's books, there are wonderfully strong female characters. She does a good job with realistic characters, which is well since they're the ones who carry this particular novel. It's also nice to see positive depictions of a variety of lifestyles and sexual orientations in a YA book.

From the acknowledgments, it's clear Pierce
Aug 13, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Beka Cooper is now a full member of the Provost's Guard, who are charged with keeping the peace and upholding the King's laws. But after a terrible injury, she's sent to Port Caynn, to keep out of the way of her enemies and find out where the counterfeit silver coins flooding Tortall are coming from. At the port, she finds that the guards are led by an ineffectual and cowardly man (Alanna's ancestor!) and the port's Rogue is greedy and selfish, even by criminals' standards.

The writing is notica
Anne Osterlund
Jul 23, 2009 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
What I love about Beka is her insane method of dealing with trouble. Does she carefully and methodically pussyfoot her way around a problem? Oh no, she heads right directly into the source of the issue, whatever is the most dangerous, and then, when fleeing that inevitable catastrophe, she promptly heads into the next most dangerous situation, which by then, of course, has proven to be even more dangerous than the first. This is book 2 in the Beka Cooper books, but actually book 16, I believe, i ...more
Jan 20, 2009 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, rev, ya
This is the second book of a series set in Tortall's distant past (if you consider Alanna, Daine, and Kel to be the present). I'm impressed with how Pierce, whose books always seemed slightly formulaic to me even as I ate them up, has transitioned to the journal format and a more hardscrabble plot.
Kim Fong
Jan 06, 2015 Kim Fong rated it really liked it
I like the strong characters in this series.
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Oct 06, 2009 Valerie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mature young adults
Shelves: fantasy
I was really flip floppy on what to give Bloodhound. I still like Beka but felt she wasn't as "Go get 'em" as in the first book Terrier. I felt the hunt was interesting and its done it true Pierce style. It didn't have so many twists as the first. The first part of the book is all that I had expected from Pierce. Beka is in her element (the lower city) and she is still a Terrier. Then a sent comes of where the fake silver might be coming from and so Beka has to go hunt it out in another city. Sh ...more
May 07, 2009 Kendra rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Unfortunately, I did not think "Bloodhound" was nearly as good as "Terrier". I felt the book got off to a slow start and it took a while for the action to pick up. I also felt that compared to the Shadow Snake, that counterfeiters were a little lame. If anything, the counterfeiters should have been in the first book and then progressed to the Shadow Snake. Tamora Pierce set a standard for herself and then didn't meet it. I also felt that in "Terrier" I didn't know who the "bad guy" was until the ...more
Jun 26, 2009 Josie rated it liked it
If, like me, you're planning on reading this second installment without having re-read Terrier since it was first released... don't. Bloodhound relies too much on the knowledge you gleaned from the first book for it to be enjoyed purely of its own accord. I found myself often confused, especially as regards to characters and Beka's job routines, although once she had moved to another city on a special mission, where there were new things to discover and new characters to meet (rather than strugg ...more
Kathy Davie
Nov 04, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Second in the Beka Cooper fantasy series for middle-grade readers and revolving around Beka Cooper who has wanted to be a Dog since she was eight years old. The story unfolds in 247 HE and begins in Corus, the capital city of Tortall, but quickly moves to Port Caynn.

My Take
Beka's frustrated on two levels: lousy partners and dreaming of Rosto's kisses. Fortunately, she has her regular breakfast routine with Rosto, Aniki, Kora and Ersken, Phelan, and sometimes Tansy keeping her sane.

Yeah, I don't
ARGHHHH Person who has the next book on audiobook at the library and HASN'T TURNED IT IN YET SO IT'S OVERDUE. Get your life together. I NEED the next book!!

Sep 07, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
I'm enjoying this series better than I did the Alanna books, though the series have many similarities, mostly because it's written at a higher reading level (oriented towards middle grade/teen readers rather than 3rd-5th graders). One of the reasons that I find this series entertaining is that it's basically a teen coming-of-age fantasy version of a police procedural. The first volume involved tracking a serial killer, and this installment sees Beka sniffing out a counterfeit ring. I like the wa ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Gridcube rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, female
Well. This book was better than the first one.

Is not usual to find a series where the second book is so much better than the previous one, but this does it. I really enjoyed it. It's not the most perfect and fun book ever, mind you, but its pretty enjoyable.

Unlike the previous one, this didn't feel like a Diskworld Watch book, it felt like it's own thing.

I was particularly happy with the Okha character, how s/he was on a stable and happy relationship, I found that really charming, I liked the i
I suppose it was sort of inevitable that I wouldn’t like this one as much as I enjoyed Terrier, but I felt Bloodhound (the second book in Pierce’s Beka Cooper trilogy) had some structural and pacing issues that hampered my enjoyment.

Bloodhound picks up a year and a half after the events of the last book. Beka has been an official Dog now for almost a year, but she can’t keep a partner. They’re either incompetent or can’t keep up with her. And then she gets saddled with a scent hound named Achoo
Jul 25, 2009 Corrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I really enjoyed this sequel to Terrier. I had a bit of trouble buying Beka's powers (talking to dust spinners and speaking with the dead via pigeons) in Terrier, but Bloodhound was able to jump right in without so much explanation and it helped me enjoy the book a lot more. In Bloodhound, Beka, now a second year dog (term for police) struggles with lazy partners until she finds a great partner in Achoo (a scent hound). She goes back to her old partners of Goodwin and Tunstall as they attempt to ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Kat rated it it was amazing
Unlike most sequels (exempting the Harry Potter series, obviously), this book was even better than the first. I think that Pierce did an excellent job creating an absorbing overarching plot--and this time the climax was just as fantastic as the build-up to it, unlike the first (which was a little disappointing). I also appreciated the expansion of world-building as Beka learns her way around the Provost's Guard and around Tortall. Really made me get excited for Mastiff!

Unlike many, maybe, I enjo
Sep 29, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Response: It’s not easy to find the excitement in counterfeiting, but Pierce puts forth an admirable effort that pays off in the long run. The gradual yet uncontrollable effect that the coles (counterfeit coins) have on the Tortallan economy, beginning in the poorest neighborhoods and spreading outward, is truly horrifying, and Pierce does a good job of making the stakes understandable. Her cast of supporting characters is lively, and her descriptions of the Port Caynn docks, gambling dens, a ...more
Jun 01, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tamora Pierce fans, fantasy fans
I have to say this book was worth the wait. I have been a Tamora Pierce fan for years, but this book has to be one of her best. I have never been a fan of prequels, so when I saw that Tamora Pierce was going back in time to write about a relative of George and Alanna's, I was a bit apprehensive. However, when I first read Terrier, I was quite pleased and looking forward to what would come with Bloodhound. Although The Song of the Lioness Quartet will always be my favorite series, I believe that ...more
I still hold firm to the belief that Tamora Pierce is flawless.

This, like Terrier, was a reread. However, unlike Terrier, I have only read Bloodhound once before, and that was perhaps two years ago. So now, picking it up again? I knew nothing but the basic plot. There were many twists and turns that had completely escaped my memory. This is why I enjoy letting books sit for a while before picking them up again; the story seems a little new when you can't quite remember it.

Honestly, there isn't m
Jun 06, 2013 Dorothea rated it it was ok
(re-read on June 6, 2013, the occasion of this review)

I read this through steadily and am going to read the third right away, but I'm still not as thrilled as I feel I really ought to be. Maybe I am just growing old and boring and hard-hearted, and I don't have the unquenchable nostalgia for Pierce's more recent books the way I do for the Lioness and Immortals quartets. *sad*

My review of Terrier was short and trivial; I'm going to be more comprehensive with Bloodhound, but I'll save the analysis
Jennifer Ellision
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I was so happy that my library had a copy of Bloodhound available after I finished reading the first book in the series, Terrier. I couldn't wait to dive right back in and find out what Beka Cooper was getting up to this time around.

Despite having completed Puppy training and being a certified Dog (member of the Provost's Guard) now, Beka had just been turned back over to the Dogs who trained her, Goodwin and Tunstall because she can't seem to hold on to a Dog
Ms.Larkin Larkin
Apr 27, 2009 Ms.Larkin Larkin rated it really liked it
I was thrilled when my pre-ordered copy of this book arrived the day before my birthday. Perfect!

Like all of Pierce's work, this features a strong female heroine: Beka, a young Dog (police officer) in ancient Tortall. It also features Pierce's signature helpful animals, occasional magic, sensible approach to teen sexuality, and creative cast of lovable characters.

And, as usual, you get a comforting sense when reading it that the world has troubles, but they're solvable; that good will win out i
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