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Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
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Aug 29, 2012

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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 Cooper/Dog series, for two reasons. One, the characterization felt unnatural. (view spoiler) I liked Farmer, but I would have liked him a lot more if it Pierce hadn't made him so perfect in so many ways. Plus, I missed all of Beka's friends: Goodwin, Rosto, Tansy, Anika, Kora, Ersken, etc.

And two, the ending was a anti-climax mixed with unbelievable plot twists, which is a terrible combination. If I don't get climactic show downs, I want it to be because the author has decided to be realistic and gritty--not because the author wants to tie up all the loose ends as quickly as possible, with little imput from the main character. Instead, we got (view spoiler) And then the crowd starts chanting "mastiff" at Beka, which comes out of *nowhere*. No where has anyone called her mastiff before, and she's nothing like a mastiff in personality or performance. Apparently the crowd just randomly assigns dog nicknames to people, in unison.
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August 27, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 29, 2012 – Shelved
August 29, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 29, 2012 – Shelved as: ya
September 7, 2012 –
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74.16% "'You haven't any magic," I protested. 'You said they took it when they gave you the Question. Even before that the mages wrapped their spells around you so you couldn't get at any more.'\n He gave me the warmest, sweetest smile I had ever seen on a man's face...Then he said, 'Sweetheart, never listen to what my enemies say. They're very confused people. I know they are because I've spent years making them that way.'"

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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Apparently the crowd just randomly assigns dog nicknames to people, in unison.

This made me laugh!

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