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Bloodhound (Beka Cooper Series #2)

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Where did our trust go?

I've read through "Bloodhound" twice now, and I just recently looked through the other reviews. I was surprised to see so many people upset that Ms. Pierce took this book in a new direction.

It's true: many of the characters in the first book of the series ("Terrier...
I've read through "Bloodhound" twice now, and I just recently looked through the other reviews. I was surprised to see so many people upset that Ms. Pierce took this book in a new direction.

It's true: many of the characters in the first book of the series ("Terrier") only make brief appearances in this book. But have faith, people! Tamora Pierce rarely introduces and names a character without making them an integral part of the series AS A WHOLE. The series isn't finished! Hold your horses!

I have faith that Rosto, Kora, Ersken, Aniki, and the rest will have plenty to say and do in "Mastiff", the next installment of this series. Many of you were angry at Ms. Pierce for neglecting the Beka-Rosto love story, but she often gives her characters multiple romantic interests before elaborating on the best option. Think Alanna-Jon-Liam-George here folks.

And besides, these aren't romance novels; they're adventure stories! The romance is certainly lovely, I'll admit. But as far as the Protector of the Small books being bad simply because Ms. Pierce didn't secure a life-long romance for Keladry? That's poppycock. You should be reading the Twilight series for that sort of romance.

"Bloodhound" is a great book with a lot to say about a lot of very relevant issues, including (but not limited to) homosexuality, the economy, torture methodology, and a woman's perceived "place" in the world. If you can't appreciate any of that simply because Beka and Rosto don't have a make-out session, you'd really better try a re-read.

posted by iamnotanelf on May 5, 2009

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4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

What a disappointment and What a long wait

If anyone else is a HUGE fan of the Tortallion quartets and Ms. Pierce's other Tortallian books, including Terrier, then you most definitely going to go out and buy Bloodhound.
Fans of Becca Cooper have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of this book since 2006 and can ...
If anyone else is a HUGE fan of the Tortallion quartets and Ms. Pierce's other Tortallian books, including Terrier, then you most definitely going to go out and buy Bloodhound.
Fans of Becca Cooper have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of this book since 2006 and can I say what a waste of time? Unlike the first one, this one has a very weak storyline. The characters are forgettable and some of the best ones are only in the beginning and the end.
Not to give away any spoilers, but Becca winds up "giving herself" to another guy. Things with Rosto have progressed no further, and he is only mentioned probably 6 times throughout the whole book.

All I can say is what happened? From such a talented author, comes this... 'novel'? There were no new elements of surprise, no twist in the plot, no witty dialogue or memorable lines.

Compared to her other books, this just didn't compare.

I also have to point out that Ms. Pierce brought homosexuality into it. Becca's cousin is gay and his "partner" is involved in the story. I am very disappointed in that as well. That was one of the main reasons I didn't like her Circle of Magic books. It almost felt like propaganda towards gays because she kept throwing it in...

So, for people like me who have been waiting since 2006, was it worth it? Absolutely 100% NOT.


Wow. What a disappointment.

posted by Antram_lover on May 1, 2009

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Pierce fan of 6+ years disappointed.

    **Warning, spoilers are below!**

    I have been reading Pierce's Tortallan series since I could understand the storyline. I've been waiting for Bloodhound for 2 1/2 years and I was seriously disappointed in Pierce. Not only does Pierce start out in a completely new setting, which was interesting, but it cut out the majority of characters that made the first book in the series so strong. The storyline itself is too slow paced to work for the conclusion of Beka's story and the romance is not tied up at the end, but rather left loose and open such as Pierce did with the Keladry series.

    I will commend Pierce for dating back and trying to write about a legend of present-day Tortall, but I would have loved to wait another year if it meant a stronger story line as well as a good chunk of the other characters. The mere fact that the spark between Rosto and Beka is completely not mentioned in the book was ridiculous. Why would you have a romance in the first book about to bloom and then avoid it in the second book? Also, I felt like the book itself was not believable in some parts. You cannot just place someone on the throne of the Rogue like they did when replacing Pearl. There are customs and there should have been a fight of some kind. I was also trying to figure out why Pierce didn't just put the counterfeiting into her original setting.

    For all of you avid Pierce readers, please do NOT waste your money on Bloodhound. I have never been so disappointed with a novel of hers since the Keladry series.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2010

    What happened?

    I was so disappointed in this book! I loved the first book it was amazing, but Bloodhound fell short. The fact that most of the characters for the first book were completely out of the picture greatly weakened the book. The change in setting was also fairly disappointing Beka's connection to the lower city in the first book was a very strong component of the book and brought a lot to the story and Beka's character. The plot of book two was terrible compared to book one. Did anyone else notice that the cover of the book had to be changed due to changes in the plot? You can find pictures of what it originally was going to be online, it looks much better . This book did not live up to its full potential and pales in comparison to Terrier.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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