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Bloodhound (Beka Cooper Series #2)

Bloodhound (Beka Cooper Series #2)

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by Tamora Pierce

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Beka Cooper, the heroine of Terrier, is no longer a Puppy.

She's a Dog now—a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Tortall. But there's unrest throughout land. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the capital city of Corus, and the nation's economy is on the brink of collapse.

The Dogs discover that


Beka Cooper, the heroine of Terrier, is no longer a Puppy.

She's a Dog now—a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Tortall. But there's unrest throughout land. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the capital city of Corus, and the nation's economy is on the brink of collapse.

The Dogs discover that the counterfeit money seems to originate in Port Caynn. So Beka heads upriver to investigate, traveling with her mentor, Goodwin; Achoo, a hound whose nose is as sharp as her claws; and the pigeon Slapper, who carries the voices of the dead.

In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won't let anything—or anyone—jeopardize her mission. From the Silversmith's Guild to the Provost's House to the city sewers, it won't be enough for Beka to be her usual Terrier self. She'll have to learn from Achoo how to sniff out the criminals—to be a Bloodhound. . . .

Editorial Reviews

In this 550-page stand-alone sequel, Beka Cooper, the first-person protagonist of Terrier, finally becomes a full-fledged Dog. (For those of you who missed that trilogy starter, "Dogs" are the guards who serve under Lord Provost to keep the peace in Tortall.) In her first important assignment, she must sniff out the culprits in an international counterfeit money scheme. A rookie cop who will win the empathy of any perceptive teenager; the linchpin volume of an exciting fantasy series.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Yes, Beka has graduated from "Pup" to "Dog" —the city of Corus' police jargon for a first-year patrolman—and already she is in trouble. She cannot keep a partner or keep her nose out of criminal plots considered beyond her abilities, but she is tough, honest, obsessed, and newly blessed with Achoo, a much-abused scent dog. Suddenly, squashing Rogue Queens and counterfeiting rings seems possible. With her growing self-confidence, even a love affair seems possible. Beka Cooper could easily become one of the most honored heroines in the realm of Tortall. This is no small distinction in the fantasy universe (readers will see shades of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, without the surreal humor), created by Tamora Pierce. It should be noted, however, that Beka's world is a night world, and Pierce has peopled it with night people. Prostitutes, discussions of birth control, and a nicely portrayed transvestite make this a definite young adult read, and it will be read, because as usual with Pierce's books, this title is hard to put down! Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
VOYA - Bonnie Kunzel
Two hundred years before Alanna disguised herself as a boy to become a knight in Pierce's The Song of the Lioness quartet, Beka Cooper, the ancestor of Alanna's husband, George Cooper, master thief and spy, joins the Provost Guard to become a police officer. Beka was a trainee in the first book, Terrier (Random House, 2006/VOYA February 2007). In this middle book of the trilogy, she is a junior police officer, and her second year on the force is quite a challenge. She goes through four unsuitable partners and is abandoned by Pounce, her god cat, who is off on a personal mission. Beka gets a replacement in Achoo, a scent hound she rescued from an abusive trainer. The ghosts in pigeons and the spirits in spinning dust funnels still talk to her, which comes in handy when she and Goodwin, her former trainer, go to Port Caynn to investigate who is behind the spread of counterfeit silver coins. The investigation leads her to Pearl, the dangerous Rogue of the city, who is involved in a scheme that puts all of Tortall at risk. Beka also meets and falls in love with a young bank courier, who shows her a good time but then bids her a fond farewell when she returns home. This compelling first-person narrative, recounted by Beka in the pages of her journal, includes a vivid cast of characters and lots of action. It is fantasy, an excellent police procedural, and an immensely satisfying read. Mystery and fantasy fans will be eagerly awaiting the next installment of Beka Cooper's adventures. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel
Nicole Barrick
In this sequel to Terrier, Pierce explores a rougher, less magical side of Tortallan history through the journal of Beka Cooper, junior Dog in the Provost's Guard. Beka's restless tenacity in the hunt runs her afoul of city authorities and criminal leaders alike when she is sent to the neighboring town of Port Caynn to investigate an influx of counterfeit coins that threatens the economic stability of the entire kingdom. Beka must stay focused on her investigation while retaining her cover and navigating her romance with a handsome gambler who may or may not be involved in the counterfeiting ring she is bound, by law and by personal commitment, to sniff out. Bloodhound retains the element of fantasy that captivated fans of Pierce's earlier Tortallan legends, but its focus on the coarse realities of city life makes Beka's tale even more relatable to modern readers well-versed in the crime—drama genre. Reviewer: Nicole Barrick
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

Fans of Pierce's medieval fantasy police-procedural series will love this book as much as Terrier (Random, 2006). Beka, 17, is serving her first year as a Dog (police officer) in the Provost's Guard. She and her mentor and old partner, Goodwin, are sent from Corus to Port Caynn to try to discover the source of the counterfeit silver coins that are flooding the region, causing soaring grain prices and riots in Corus. Beka is accompanied by Achoo, the scent hound she rescued from its abusive handler. While in Port Caynn, she and Goodwin tangle with Pearl, Queen of the Thieves, and her crew. Beka falls for Dale, a handsome and charming gambler and bank courier who may be in league with Pearl. The action drags a bit in the middle to focus on the romance but makes up for it in the end. Pierce vividly imagines this world in which police procedures are different, yet similar to those of today. Ponce, Beka's wise cat, who is also a God, is mostly absent but Beka's other unusual magical sources of information-pigeons inhabited by talking ghosts of the dead and spirits in spinning dust funnels-continue to add to the series' appeal. Beka is as headstrong and feisty as ever and frequently makes errors in judgment but is willing to learn from her mistakes. She truly earns the nickname Bloodhound as she faithfully narrates her story through journal entries.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

Kirkus Reviews
In this second volume in Pierce's historical Tortall trilogy, Beka Cooper is now a junior Dog (police officer) in the Corus slums. Beka's uncompromising morality will never make her popular, but it nets her a high class of friends-and gains her a new scent-hound (endearingly named Achoo), rescued from a brutal former master. Her latest adventure starts slowly, with creeping worry about the large number of counterfeit silver coins she's seen. Soon she's investigating the counterfeits in the nearby city of Port Caynn, befriending gamblers and making enemies of both magistrates and criminals. Beka's Tortall is clearly distinct from the 200-years-later Tortall of the Alanna books: Elizabethan-inspired (and decipherable) slang adds earthy flavor, and the thin line between crime and law shows more subtlety than the high-fantasy good and evil of Alanna's world. Despite the languid pace, Beka's detective work will appeal not just to Pierce fans, but to lovers of police procedurals. After all, the detail-oriented, plodding movement of the story-much like Beka's own method-builds to a well-established, satisfying revelation. (Fantasy. 11-14)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Beka Cooper Series , #2
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.69(d)
HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

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Thursday, September 6, 247 H.E.

I should have known tonight’s watch would kiss the mule’s bum when Sergeant Ahuda stopped me after baton training. “A private word, Cooper,” she told me, and pulled me into a quiet corner of the yard. Her dark eyes were sharp on my face. We’d gotten on well since I’d finished my Puppy year and in my five months’ work as a Dog. I couldn’t think what I might have done to vex her.

“Your reports have gotten sloppy.” That was Ahuda, never one to soften her words. “You leave out detail, you skip what’s said. You used to write the best reports of any Puppy or first-year Dog, but not of late. Have you slacked on the memory exercises?”

I gazed at the ground. Of course I’ve been slacking. What’s the use, with partners like I’ve had? Ahuda put her brown fist under my chin and thrust my head up so I’d look her in the eye. “Shall I send you back to Puppy training for a refreshing in memory study?”

“Sarge, please don’t.” The plea left my mouth before I could stop the words. Goddess, not Puppy training again, not even one class! I’d never hear the end of it!

Ahuda took her fist away and propped it on one of her sturdy hips. “Then however you kept your memory quick before, start doing it again. Steel yourself, wench! You’re not the only first-year Dog with partners who are less than gold. Work with it!”

She marched back to the kennel. I went to wash and put on my uniform. We had the Happy Bag to collect tonight, me and my partner Silsbee. Our route took us along Fortunetellers’ Walk, where I’d be sure to find a shop that sold journal books. I’d thought I wouldn’t need to keep one after my Puppy year, but if Ahuda was complaining of my reports, it was time to start again.

I didn’t even have Pounce to make me feel better as we mustered for the Evening Watch. The cat had stopped coming with us three days after I’d been partnered with Silsbee. I’d begged him to come. It was Pounce’s remarks about folk, and about Silsbee himself, that made it easier for me to walk patrol with the man, but Pounce would have none of it.

He bores me, and he only lets you do boring things, too, my annoying constellation cat said. I see no reason why both of us should be bored.

And so I went out to collect our Happy Bag’s worth of bribes with Silsbee and no one else, listening to him jabber about the meal his wife had prepared before he came on watch. Those huge meals are one reason that when we reached our patrol route, I visited all the shopkeepers with businesses upstairs. On Fortunetellers’ Walk they went up three and four stories, each room with a crystal reader, or a palm reader, or any other kind of reader. Silsbee stood below and blabbered with the ground-floor shopkeepers. They brought him drinks and cakes, stupid loobies. Did they think he’d run after the Rat that stole their goods? I did all the climbing in the miserable heat, just as I would run down their Rats when they came.

We gathered the Happy Bag and finished our watch. Ersken invited me to supper with him, his partner Birch, and some of the others, but I was in no mood for it. I just don’t feel like I earn that extra bit from the Happy Bag with Silsbee dragging at me all the time. It makes me feel low.

I was walking through the kennel courtyard when I noticed that Silsbee waited by the gate. He crooked a finger at me. “A word with ye, Cooper,” he said.

My temples banged. The last thing I wanted was any kind of speech with that sheep biter when I was off duty, but he was my senior partner. I went to him.

“I’ll speak with Sergeant Ahuda, but ye’ve the right to know first. I’m requestin’ a new partner.” He dug at his teeth with a wooden pick. “Ye really deserve that name they give ye, Terrier. Y’ are a Terrier. Ye make me nervous, with yer hands and feet twitchin’ and yer teeth grindin’, allus wantin’ t’ chase after every wee noise and squeak. Even in this weather! If I was younger—but I ain’t. It’s best we say we’re not suited before we get fond.”

“You’re cutting me loose.” I said it slow, just to be sure I had it right. It hurt, to hear the nickname I was so proud of turned against me.

“Ye give me fidgets.” He shrugged and held out his hands as if to say, “What am I to do?”

“You—” I said, trying not to show my fury. “Do you know how many Rats I could have caught and hobbled, had you not held me back?”

“Now, Cooper, don’t make me write ye up for sauce.” He waved that disgusting toothpick at me. There was a chunk of something on its end.

“You want to hear sauce?” Two weeks of working with the louse boiled over and out of my mouth. “You walk a bit, and you stop for a jack of ale. Then you stroll a block or three, till you need ‘a wee tidbit,’ as would feed a family of five. A cove gets his pocket picked? ‘We’ll have Day Watch pick that Rat up,’ you say. ‘There’s folk with children to feed on Day Watch as can use the bribes.’ Someone cries murder a street over? ‘Plenty of folk hereabouts put up a shout because they like to make me run. I ain’t a-fallin’ for that trick again.’ Once we get there, any Rats are gone—it’s enough to make a mot scream.”

“I’m beginnin’ t’ see why ye’re not well favored when it comes to partners, Cooper,” he said. “Ye say nothin’ for days, then ye talk sewer muck.”

He strolled into the kennel, as smug as a tax man with soldiers at his back. I stood there, shaking, my hands clenched so tight around my new-bought journal that they cramped.

From the Hardcover edition.

Meet the Author

Tamora Pierce is the author of more than two dozen books, as well as the co-author of White Tiger from Marvel Comics. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, five cats, two birds, and various freeloading wildlife. Visit her online at www.tamorapierce.com.

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Bloodhound (Beka Cooper Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 294 reviews.
iamnotanelf More than 1 year ago
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.
iluvbooks88 More than 1 year ago
Tamora Pierce shines with another wonderful installment to the World of Tortall series! I waited forever for this book to come out!It was definately worth the wait! I can't wait for the next one and highly recommend it! Also recommend the rest of the World of Tortall series; Inheritance Cycle; Harry Potter series; House of Night series; Twilight series; and the Wicked Lovely series
Booklover39023 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED the first book soooooooo much!! Beka is one of my favorite Tamora Pierce Characters (the other being Ally). I love the whole story sooo much. It made me laugh and cry at times, it was so suspenseful that i finished it in two days because i couldn't put it down. I really hope that Rosto and Beka get together in this book because they were so great in the first one, but i am kind of apprehensive because it isn't set in Corus and stuff and she's on a special mission or something and i just really hope i like it as much as the first one. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fantasy, it will captivate you and leave you thirsting for more. I also recommend anything else by Tamora Pierce, Erin Hunter, Christopher Paolini, Rick Riordan, or Stephanie Meyer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for it its amazing and Beka is so awesome the way that when she gets her teeth in she never lets go. And doesn't it have to be Rosto because he doesn't have a last name and the family line is Cooper. I hope so it'll be interesting to see how a Dog could date the Rogue himself after all. Yay, i think i might go mad waiting for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am confused why everybody hates this book. I thought it was very nice and I enjoyed Beka's romantic issues. I also enjoyed seeing a new place, because, we've seen so dang much of Corus, that I practically know the whole thing. (No, no jk) i also enjoyed Beka's work with Goodwin, and her struggle with Pounce not being around. I enjoyed meeting Achoo, and throughly enjoyed this book. So, people, I don't understand why you dislike it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent finished the book yet but I am dieng to know how it ends! I...well...sort of read the back of Mastiff in a book store. Ever since that awful and horrifying experiance, I hope that Beka doesnt end up with Rosto. Everytime a new cove enters the picture i say " please let him be the one!" But so far: disappears, too old, disappears, gay...the suspense is killing me!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tamora Pierce's Bloodhound includes a unique plot where Beka has to find the mastermind behind a colemongeling operation. During the story, Beka experiences romance, chases, and creates a greater bond with her partner, Goodwin. To succeed, Beka must be able to act, devise convincing lies, and, of course, defeat rats. Each page will keep you wanting to know what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
have you read bloodhound? or are you wanting to buy the book. Ill give you some advice on that. if you want to buy it, go and buy it. if youve already read it, go ahead and read it again. thats how good this book is. I recommend it 100 percent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Knights642 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down from start to finish. I look Tamora"s books and with each one it gets better and better than I thought it even could. This is my favorite author and next to the Trickster's Choice series this is one of my favorite series of hers. Must read for young girls, young women, older women, just women in general and mabe men you like strong women. ;p
Caitlin_Marie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book even more than the first book. It was thrilling and a fun read. I recommend every book By Tamora Pierce, though reading them in the order they were written is best.
Post_It_Child More than 1 year ago
Bloodhound is one of those books you can't put down until you're done, and when you finish, you're satisfied. And yet...I can't wait for the next one. Beka has grown as a woman and a Dog since the last book ended, and yet she still acts as though she's an overeager Puppy. When she loses yet another partner and is sent back to Goodwin and Tunstall, she begins to get more and more frustrated with the work of the Dogs. She begins to understand that not all Dogs love the work as she does, and her nickname, "Terrier", can often be turned against her. She and Goodwin have to go on a Hunt to Port Caynn, to sniff out a colesmithing (counterfitter's) ring. When Goodwin goes back to Corus to report, all hell breaks loose, and Beka is left to fend for herself. A fantastic read, Bloodhound is full of the fun we have come to associate with Tamora Pierce and her characters. Pounce is back, along with Slapper and all of our loved people of the Rouge, along with new aquantances who will make every page an excellent adventure.
Chrissy_Mae More than 1 year ago
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.
Antram_lover More than 1 year ago
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.
Anglophile1985 More than 1 year ago
Though somewhat darker then some of her earlier work. Bloodhound is a wonderful book full of suspense and action. You see Beka grow as a character and though she was all ready a compelling character from the first book Bloodhound see her developed more. Can't say enought about this book. Must read Terrier, the first in the series in order to get a full understanding of what is going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bloodhound is an amazing, must read book for any Pierce fan. There's a little bit of everything: action, romance, mystery. I can't wait for another Beka Cooper story!
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The first book really captured my attention and the second did not let me down. The author expertly expands the horizons of her leading character and her audience, ramping up the tension well. Set in another world, but it feels like turn of the 18th century London with a touch of magic. This author pulls you into her world and won't let you leave. If you like stories with a strong leading lady and you like being pulled into another world, I highly recommend this series.
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Had me on my twos wondering what would happen next and eating up the pages chapter by chapter. Read this book in two days with maybe two hours of sleep between.
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Completely worth it. Beka's story is worth it.
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