This is the first retelling of the ballad ‘east of the sun and west of the moon’. Basically it’s about a girl whose family is having a hard time. Then...moreThis is the first retelling of the ballad ‘east of the sun and west of the moon’. Basically it’s about a girl whose family is having a hard time. Then a polar bear walks in (well it’s more like barging in but he’s a bear so it’s excusable) and says that if the girl, Rose, will come with him then things will improve for the family. If you don't know how the rest of it goes than I'm sure not going to spoil it. It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that this was not a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. But beast and polar bear are kind of close and he does have a castle so I wasn't way off the mark.
You see the point of view from Rose's bother and father, the bear, the troll queen, and Rose of course. With the changing of characters I can see why some would be bothered by this but I liked the fact that you could see the family dynamics while Rose was away. You can see how much she is loved and so many authors sometimes don't include siblings because it’s easier that way. This is fine but I like it when family is included in books occasionally.
I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself with all my favorite books but I loved the protagonist Rose. She is definitely a determined girl with a backbone, common sense, and heart. She learns so much as she is at the castle, on her journey, and when she is 'east of the sun and west of the moon.' She just works so hard on her journey. The journey she endues is demanding, both physically and mentally. She has some close calls but she never wavers from her goal without being so overbearing about it. To her it was just something she had to do to set things right. And this would bring me to my next point which is that I loved this retelling the most of three currently out. I thought Rose's motives are nobler and she worked harder at it than the other two. But I don’t want to lessen the other two retellings. Both Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow and Ice are unique and great reads as well.
In the end I was overjoyed because Rose deserved her happy ending, without a doubt in my mind. And how she gets to be the hero was completely amazing. I look forward to reading this book over and over again. (less)
I have half a mind just to reread all my favorite books. It's way more satisfying than I thought it would be. I first read this book about 4 years ago...moreI have half a mind just to reread all my favorite books. It's way more satisfying than I thought it would be. I first read this book about 4 years ago and forgot why I loved it so much. I actually forgot a lot more than I thought I did, but it's definitely a book worth rereading.
From the start we see that Kate is in trouble for something her prettier, younger sister did and so is sent off to the Perilous Gard. Once there she finds little comfort from anyone. Just the maid's occasional complaints, a word with a witless singer, and an argument or two with the moping Christopher-who has a heavy weight on his shoulders she soon finds out. But Kate is curious. What is all the talk about these Fair Folk and the Well and what does it have to do with the young lord Christopher? She got more than she bargained for but not more than she could handle I'm happy to say. This practical girl is soon in the midst of this "Fair Folk World" with whom else but Christopher. Just like one of those ballads the witless singer might know.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy a strong protagonist like Kate. She is very observant, kind, and full-hardy. She knows just what to say and do, though she sometimes doubts her abilities and she is a lot smarter than she gives herself credit for. For having so little to go on she figures some things out and makes connections, gains knowledge and maybe even some grace. One more thing that I thought was just oh-so-satisfying was the relationship between Kate and Christopher. It was more of a show don’t tell kind of thing which I always love to see in books. It was clear to see the development of the relationship without the mushy lines and all that (though I do admit that I kind of like that sometimes in moderation of course).
When I first read The Perilous Gard I didn't know it was a retelling of a ballad (I think it's called Tam Lin?). There isn't a lot of "magic" in the book which suits it perfectly and the fairies' culture can be a bit confusing but I'm no scholar and I got through it just fine. Actually, I got through and closed the book with a big old smile on my face. (less)
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 w...moreTerrier 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 really no telling where it could end. I really look forward to reading the second book of this series and see what happens to Beka next. (less)
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 hu...moreI 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. She is taken out of comfort of her city and is given new challenges to face. And of course she handles them with great instincts and knowhow.
Beka still tried to be true to herself and for the most part she was, but at times a thought that she kind of acted out of character. It was mostly when she had the romance going on. Beka has sex in the book, she doesn't go into detail but you know she does it. I kind of suspected as much -it being a Pierce book. That is why I suggest the book for mature young adults. Beka is still smart and all that but she’s not as kick-butt when she's around her guy. For the most part I thought the romance kind of took away from the books progression.
The hunt is interesting but not as elaborate as I had hoped. In the first book Terrier you get all these twists and tell yourself, "What!?" or "Really!?" I didn't get that so much with Bloodhound. The criminals are kind of stupid and you can predict more easily who they are and what they’ll do. And their motives are...typical.
It’s still a great book and the ending makes a perfect setting for the next book. The ending isn't a cliff hanger and I like that about Pierce's books. Each book can stand on its own. Yes, there are a few a few uncertainties but nothing you can't live without knowing; there is a defined beginning, middle, and end. That does not necessarily mean that I'm any less anxious to read the next in the series. It just more like "I can't wait to see what she does next!", rather than "I have to knew what happens!". I think the ending makes up for a lot of the things I was disappointed in during the book. Beka hops right back into her get-the-rats self. I kind of wonder if Pierce already knew exactly what she had in mind for Beka and her friends even before she started the series because it’s all falling perfectly into place. (less)