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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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Fran
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...more
Cara
Sep 20, 2009 Cara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Shelves: fantasy, series
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...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
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
Amanda
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Libby Ames
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Caroline
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
Wealhtheow
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...more
Anne Osterlund
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
Claire
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.
Valerie
Oct 06, 2009 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Kendra
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
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...more
Josie
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
Ashley
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...more
Corrie
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
Kat
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...more
Anna
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
Melissa
Jun 01, 2009 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Lexie
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...more
Dorothea
(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...more
Ms.Larkin Larkin
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...more
Angie
Apr 30, 2009 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I've been waiting for this book for three years. I loved Terrier--the first book in Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper trilogy and I looked forward to spending more time in her company. I've been a Pierce fan for a long time now and with this series it was literally like coming home being back in Corus, the capital of Tortall. It was also a nice change of pace to have the story set a few hundred years before Alanna's time, and revolve firmly around the lower classes. Unlike Alanna's day, Beka's Tortall...more
Mary
May 06, 2009 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
god, you would not believe how many due dates this thing has!
and it looks like nobody realy has a clue which ones true.
im hoping for the soonest one (obviously), but im not getting my hopes up.

ok, this is really confusing, so try to keep up.


Publishing deadlines already past:

Original date: 10-28-07
Next date (on amazon): 12-23-07
library binding at borders: 1-__-08


Publishing deadlines not yet proven right or wrong:

product.half.ebay, barneandnobel: 4-__-09
chapters.indigo: 4-28-09

Amazon now has no cl...more
Tompkins Mcgee
Jan 10, 2012 Tompkins Mcgee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who read Terrier
Terrier, in my opinion, was a 5 star book. Compared to that, Bloodhound would be more around 4.

Terrier was a great book because it had great characters and an intriguing plot. The mystery moved kind of slowly, but that was okay because we were introduced to a new world. Bloodhound is also a great book, but in the end I was left with the impression of "Oh. That was cool." I'm not going to reread this book.

One problem I had with this book was the lack of my favorite characters. I adore Rosto, even...more
Korynn
Keeping to the diary style and linking in directly to the first book we find Beka a 6 month Dog and still with a nose for trouble. Like most Pierce heroines she attracts animals like a magnet but there is an interesting departure as some of her pets step off the playing field. The story is that Beka is removed from the familiar streets of Corus to Port Caynn to track down counterfeiters. For the Pierce faithful some of the new characters are intriguing because of their associations, such as Treb...more
Katarina Bambina
Having been hooked to the Tortall books since I was eleven (yikes-- 17 years ago), I've been faithful by following up on the latest Beka book. I think that Pierce's writing has improved in terms of figurative language (they are certainly getting longer and longer), and I like the characters and the setting.

Someone else posted that Beka was too perfect, but there were some obvious clues that her canine instinct failed to pick up before the reader. I'm sure many would disagree and declare that the...more
Elizabeth
Nov 28, 2008 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
Beka Cooper is finally a Dog—a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus’s streets. But there’s unrest in Tortall’s capital.

Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may...more
Tim
I no longer recommend this book. When you get to the third book, Mastiff, you find out that something that was key and wonderful in the first two books was an absolute lie. I hated how things went in Mastiff and it has completely undermined and poisoned the story in the first two books. The author has led you into a trap and then thoroughly betrayed the emotional investment established in the first two books.

Furthermore, I recommend you not read any of Tamora Pierce's books since I now know she...more
Rachel
The only reason that this gets 4 stars instead of 5 is that the main mystery was not as compelling to me as the one in Terrier. Still, I adore these books. Beka Cooper is fantastic, and I'm so happy Pierce took us out of the nobility of Tortall, to the Lower City, the poor, the Dogs, the Rogues. It's wonderful.

We met a new cast of characters in this book, all of whom were as engaging and developed as the ones in Terrier. I was a little bummed not to learn the fate of a few of those characters at...more
Karthi
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