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Bloodhound

(Beka Cooper #2)

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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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Gail Carriger
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked 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. ...more
Fran
Feb 02, 2009 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
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Libby Ames
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Cara
Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Lata
These Beka Cooper stories are so much fun! This time, she and Clary Goodwin must track down the persons responsible for spreading counterfeit silver coins through her town and a neighbouring one, where they’re dispatched by Lord Gershom. Along for the assignment is scent hound Achoo, mistreated by her previous Dog. Beka and Clary pose as mostly harmless Dogs, while gathering information and circling ever closer to the perpetrators.
Beka is stern, caring, tough, and increasingly capable, and I tot
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Amanda
Apr 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Ashley Marie
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
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 6-8grade, fantasy
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
Wealhtheow
Aug 13, 2012 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
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Caroline
Dec 01, 2008 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
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Length of time on Mt. TBR: 7 years, 5 months

3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 stars

I didn't like this one as much as book one - but it's still a fine YA Fantasy police procedural. WHich is exactly what it is, full stop.

I did like the small comments about the cult of the Gentle Mother. As someone who started in this universe at the beginning (Alanna), I was wondering how the women Knights fell out. Especially with this series having Sabine.
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Clare
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Brittany
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75

Beka Cooper returns, this time as a Dog; however, she can't seem to manage to keep a partner due to her unquenchable thirst to hunt down Rats. She returns with that same drive that got her the nickname Terrier in the last book and none of the 4 partners she's been paired with can handle that. Every time she loses another partner she ends up back with Goodwin and Tunstall.

When Beka loses her latest partner and ends up back with Tunstall and Goodwin things are stirring up in Tortall. There
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Andy
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
I loveeeee Beka so damn much!! This girl is what law enforcement should look up to. She wants to protect her people and keep harm from them by making criminals pay their due. For all her determination and intelligence, Beka is hindered by inadequate partners and is really struggling with it. However, a counterfeiting ring is growing and soon she is sent undercover with Goodwin to Port Caynn.

I loved seeing Beka undercover and trying to be a "loose Dog". It was awkward and funny, but eventually s
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Jess
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
While I didn't love Terrier – the first book in the Beka Cooper series – I absolutely adored this one. Achoo and Pounce are still my favorite characters, and I think Beka is really coming into her own. This volume felt very fast compared to Terrier, and I'm excited to move onto the third book in the trilogy very shortly... ...more
Lisa Wolf
Loved it! Review to follow.
Dorothea
Jun 06, 2013 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
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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
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Anne Osterlund
Apr 17, 2009 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
Claire
Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, rev, fantasy
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. ...more
Kim
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like the strong characters in this series.
Elizabeth
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!! ...more
Natalie
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all, two things:
1. I did not expect a book like this to be about counterfeiting.
2. I DEFINITELY didn't expect a book about counterfeiting to be this GOOD.

This book started about a year after the conclusion of Terrier with Beka having some rather terrible luck with partners as a fully-fledged dog (though considering she started out with the "cream of the crop" as trainers, I'm really not surprised that the others would fall short). It was pretty great to see that her friends had a "bett
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Emily
I liked this significantly more than the first book, but it's still burdened with the problems of its predecessor. The journal and the cant are both writing devices that I could do without, and in this book Beka's "fatal flaw" (shyness) is only hastily remembered when convenient. But I found the plot much more engaging, and couldn't tear myself away from the chase scenes. I really liked that this was set in a different city with its own unique history, too.

This still feels like the most formula
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Alex Black
I love Terrier, the first book in this series, but this book always felt a little flatter to me. The crime (counterfeiting money) is a lot less interesting than the serial killers and kidnapping of the first book. The investigation of the crime just drags a bit. It should be more exciting than it is in this high fantasy world with magic, but it feels overlong and tiresome by the end. I got to the point where I was just waiting for it to be over.

We also leave the original setting of Corus, Beka's
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Melissa Mitchell
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
(4.5/5⭐️) “Curse him for being all tight muscle, with ivory skin and a mouth as soft as rose petals. Curse him for having hair as fair as the sun, and eyes as black as night. Curse him for having the grace of a cat and deft, cool hands.”

Finally some romance in this series! Beka Cooper returns in Bloodhound, the second installment of the Beka Cooper Trilogy. Beka has graduated from a Puppy and is a Junior Dog now. When one of her old mentors gets hurt, she gets partnered up with Goodwin, her old
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Queen
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
YES! This series really hits its stride in this book. I love Beka and expanded cast (Corus to Port Caynn). This book is also faster-paced and more fun than the first one. I savored reading Bloodhound.
Chessa
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yay, Beka Cooper! I had seen several friends rate the first book highly and this book much lower, so I was a little concerned going in - but I have to say that I respectfully disagree. I liked this just as much as Terrier.
Anna
May 30, 2011 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
Angie
Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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
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