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(Beka Cooper #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  24,518 ratings  ·  1,551 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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Courtney The Rogue of Tortall (and later has other important roles, I won't spoil them here). He shows up in the first Tortall book, Song of the Lioness, and…moreThe Rogue of Tortall (and later has other important roles, I won't spoil them here). He shows up in the first Tortall book, Song of the Lioness, and in just about every Tortall book thereafter. He's a descendant of Beka - and that's all I'm going to say about him, as it appears you haven't read the other Tortall books.(less)
Story Beka Cooper is George Cooper's ancestor aprox. 200 years after Mastiff. George is the Rouge of Tortall during Tamora Pierce's Lioness Quartet and some…moreBeka Cooper is George Cooper's ancestor aprox. 200 years after Mastiff. George is the Rouge of Tortall during Tamora Pierce's Lioness Quartet and some other books set in Tortall.(less)

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Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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...
Gail Carriger
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
The final Beka book is probably my favorite. Oddly it begins with Beka mourning the loss of her Dog lover. And goes on to become a true classic quest. There is Beka (shall we call her the ranger?), a mage, a paladin, and a rogue. I didn't realize this until this most recent reread. Pierce has fun with the tropes and delves once more into the horrors of the common folk in medieval times (basically). It's nice to see a fantasy that doesn't glorify nobility to the expense of all reality. For those ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
**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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

In the first book, we see Beka learning the ropes alongside Goodwin and Tunstall. In book two, she goes on a Hunt with Goodwin, and by this book, she's partnered with Tunstall since Goodwin (view spoiler). So it's familiar territory. And where, with Bloodhound, I'd wrangled a hunch early on, this kept me guessing up until the reveal (literally the last fifty pages, they were insane), aside from a few sneaking suspicions about a few secondary ch
Jake Rideout
Dec 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Lisa Wolf
LOVED this trilogy. The Beka Cooper books have a strong finish. Mastiff is particularly well crafted, with an exciting plot, excellent character growth, and some truly heartbreaking developments. I'm sad to see the trilogy come to an end -- I want more time with these characters!

(My wrap-up of the full trilogy is posted at Bookshelf Fantasies.

Oct 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-ya-ya
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
James Beech
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
"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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OH SHIT!! This was far and away the best Beka Cooper book, probably because there is no continuity of character, tone, or content between the last book and this one. This almost reads like an entirely different series, one more grounded in Tortall with fewer extraneous characters and a defined quest narrative that I could get behind. Even the journal device has improved: this reads like a first-person novel, rather than a "journal." If you liked the first two Beka Cooper books (I mostly didn't) ...more
Miss Susan
Dec 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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Apr 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5: 5 stars: A

Despite being a teensy bit too long, I loved this story. Beka and Achoo are such a great team and with the addition of Pounce, Farmer, Tunstall and Sabine this was an interesting quest from start to finish.

There were a few sad aspects to the story but you have to expect that when dealing with treachery, slavery, and power hungry bad guys.

I really enjoyed the role of the women in this one and, having read Alanna: The First Adventure years ago, it was great to read the story of o
Jan 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a great ending to a delightful series.

First of all, I just have to say this: the cover is AWFUL. What the hell is that picture of Beka with her neck twisted all the way around? I get that it's supposed to be showing her "ghost eyes" or whatever, but it's really badly done. (Also, Achoo is a light-colored dog!) I loved the full-photo cover of Terrier, but the other two books have had really unfortunate graphic design.

Here's a confession: The Beka Cooper books are the only Tamora Pierce I've
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
Dec 29, 2009 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
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Anne Osterlund
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Aug 20, 2009 marked it as to-read
UPDATE 4/21/11: Ohmygoodness it has a cover! :)

Gotta read this!!! Can't wait!
Kathy Davie
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
First read 3 December 2014.

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 thi
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars

I enjoyed this final entry to the Beka Cooper story. I wasn't a giant fan of the ending but I enjoyed this YA Fantasy Police Procedural quite a bit.

I didn't get the title, however. She never gets a Mastiff and I don't get why they would call Beka that. The only thing I could find was a place where they said mastiff's were the protectors of "hearth and home. " But that's it.

It's been such a great visit to this world that I think I might stick around for a little w
Aug 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
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