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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 1, 2009

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    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 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.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    this was not up to par with the rest of her tortallan books

    the story moved very slowly, it wasnt as fast paced as her writing normally is. beka's relationship w/ dale felt forced. she doesnt trust people she doesnt know so why would she sleep w/ dale. he didnt sound fun he felt like he was using her. their whole relationship doesnt make sense to me. he was just obnoxious. i know tamora does many love interests in her books (George, Jonathan, George, Liam, George) but at least in those relationships we saw the realationship and we liked the characters. dale seems like tamora was forcing another love interest w/o building up the character and without showwing us much of hims so we didnt really end up liking him at all. she was just forcing another love interest. all the people we love from the first book arent in it and the end of the book was very anticlimactic. we dont even see rosto's reaction to her and dale which was something i was looking foreward to. the book ends suddenly w/o resolving any character problems. the best part of the book were the first 200 pages but nothing really happened in them they were just background info and setting up the new plot. this was no where as good as Terrier which i loved. the book is good, its by Tamora Pierce but compared to her usual stuff this is no where near it. and especially after waiting 3 years i expected something better. also the trilogy needs to be rapped up in the next book and i dont feel Beka really progressed that much in this book except when Dale broke it off and she had to deal with that but we dont even see her dealing with it. the next book better be a lot better and long so that beka ends the trilogy as an adult.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    Still sniffing for hidden treasure...

    I am still wrapping my head around this Tortall series where magic and knights aren't running amok, and I am still waiting to see the family connection between George and Beka. Bloodhound continues its trek through the grittier side of Tortall as the police and criminals keep each other on their toes. The writing is superb, but I sometimes wish it was a little more light-hearted and included more Rosto and his Rogue Court. Perhaps next time?

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  • Posted February 14, 2009

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    Can't wait!

    I met Tamora Pierce at Dragon*Con this past September, and she read parts of "Bloodhound" during a reading panel. From what she read, this book promises to be better than the first! I love Beka and the way her story is being presented. I can't wait until April 22nd!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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