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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2008

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    I can't wait!

    I loved Terrier and I can't wait until this book comes out. I want Beka and Rosto to get together. George has Beka's last name and Rosto does not have a last name so I think they get together and Rosto takes her last name or at least I hope so.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2009

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    Not her best, still recommend it.

    The book wasn't her best, but it was still page-turning goodness, which shows how wonderful a writer Tamora Peirce truly is.

    It was a longer read than the the first of the series, Terrier. And it wasn't quite as fast paced, plus it was missing some of my favorite characters. But the end was wonderful, and delivered a suprise that has me counting the days till her the final book. She turned the story line around from where I was expecting it to go, which I always (ok, mostly) like.

    Just one more example of why Tamora Peirce will always have a spot on my bookshelf, no matter how old I get.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    Highly recommended fantasy reading

    The second book of this wonderful series is just as good as the first. A continuing development of Beka Cooper's personality and the secondary characters pulls you into the story, and leaves you wanting more

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    Pretty good

    I love all of Tamora's books, but I actually find the Beka books a little slow. Normally her books are page turners, but I didn't feel that way about every chapter in this one. It was better than Terrier, so I am excited to read Mastiff. Also, I like that Beka has a strong moral code; it's different from many of Tamora's characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

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    Good, but disappointing

    This book kept one reading, but it was disappointing after having read the first book in the series. This was because though the plot was very intriguing, it did not advance the overall plot of the series more than minutely and also completely avoided adding any new characters which I would have been interested to see

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    Waiting on the next book.

    I loved the first book and I loved the story all the way up till the end. I loved the characters, the story line, the addition of a new story line with new characters that shaped the lead characters new life. However I wasn't thrilled with the ending, it was a little lack luster.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    Tamora Pierce writes another great book!

    Mrs. Pierce gives us another installment of her always exciting books. This time Beka is off on another investigation, that has all of exciting plots and brings all the characters to life with love, compassion and makes the villians pay for their bad deeds.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    This is a good sequel

    We have read all of Tamora Pierce's books. Every series, small books, everything. I love the Beka Cooper series and this book is a good addition to her cache. It doesn't move along as quickly as I think it could and there are probably 100 more pages than really are necessary. I think that authors are trying the JK Rowling effect and unfortunately it also became tiresome with her last two books. Pierce is much better when she sticks to the storytelling and leaves the "inside" chatter to a minimum. I would recommend this book but with reservation to those that get bored with filler story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    I Love This Book!!

    When I read my first book by Tamors Pierce I was amazed, and quickly read all of her other books. Bloodhound is another wonderful work of art in the form of writing. I highly recommend her books to anyone who loves reading.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

    I'm Tired of Waiting

    I swear this book was supposed to have been out from October! Woman, why are you making me wait? But yea, this series is awesome, although I sometimes wish she would focus on the boys. It's all good though, heroine's are awesome.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

    hmmmm...

    I love Tamora Pierce books but what I really want to know is how Beka's power will help her in Port Caynn. I look forward to seeing this city as it was in times before just like it was fun to see Corus in times before. I know this book will be good and I can't wait to read it

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!

    I loved the series and want to read th next part of the Beka Cooper series. I can't wait any longer!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

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    I cannot wait! I loved the first book it was so good. Just writing this is making me want to read it again. It's making me want to read all of her books. Ugh! I cant wait

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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