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Mastiff (Beka Cooper #3)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  15,432 ratings  ·  1,168 reviews
The Hunt is on!

Three years have passed since Beka Cooper almost died in the sewers of Port Caynn, and she is now a respected member of the Provost's Guard. But her life takes an unexpected turn when her fiancé is killed on a slave raid. Beka is faced with a mixture of emotions as, unbeknownst to many, she was about to call the engagement off.

It is as Beka is facing these f
Hardcover, 596 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Random House
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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...
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
**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
Jamez Beech
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Jake Rideout
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Dot Hutchison
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
"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
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
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
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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
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
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Dec 08, 2011 Hannah marked it as to-read
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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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
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!!
Apr 21, 2011 Taylor marked it as to-read
UPDATE 4/21/11: Ohmygoodness it has a cover! :)

Gotta read this!!! Can't wait!
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
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Anne Osterlund
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 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tweens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults Young At Heart.
Recommended to Divya by: Meryl Horesh
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Kathy Davie
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 things I hate about Mastiff. O
Mar 16, 2010 Sammy marked it as to-read
Can't Wait! Can't Wait! REALLY want to read this!
Ann Carpenter
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
As always I enjoyed this book immensely. There are very few by Tamora Pierce that I dislike, ever since I picked up Alanna, way back when. And all in all this 'prequel' to the world of Tortall was as satisfactory as the rest.

I like how the story finishes up with a touch of romance as satisfying as any 'adult' novel. The general adventure was equally fun, and satisfying. Although a little draggy at points, it was never hard to read past those, gathering the 'flavour' of the world while you're at
Mike The Pirate
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I was a little bit disappointed with this final book in the Beka Cooper series. I liked it, but I didn’t love it like the previous books.

I had imagined a big thing coming up, where Rosto and Beka’s friendship would somehow be a problem. A love between the rogue and a law enforcer seems interesting and yet not fully explored in the previous two books.

This did not at all happen, though. All of our beloved characters stay in Corus while Beka run around in the forest with our suddenly not so good T
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