Terrier (Beka Cooper Series #1)

Terrier (Beka Cooper Series #1)

by Tamora Pierce
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Terrier (Beka Cooper Series #1) by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character that they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises--and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375838163
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/23/2007
Series: Beka Cooper Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 582
Sales rank: 138,443
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Tamora Pierce's fast-paced, suspenseful writing and strong, believable heroines have won her much praise and a large, devoted fan following. Her novels are frequent award-winners and regularly appear on bestseller lists. Having written more than two-dozen books and recently co-edited an anthology of Young Adult short stories, Ms. Pierce is a tireless self-promoter and YA advocate. She attends several conventions each year and makes frequent bookstore appearances. She also has a strong presence online, as the co-creator (with novelist Meg Cabot) of www.sheroes.com, a site for young readers to learn about remarkable women in fact and fiction. The author lives in New York, NY.

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Terrier (Beka Cooper Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 285 reviews.
Chrissy_Mae More than 1 year ago
I got hooked to Tamora Peirce when I was proably in the 7th or 8th grade. I wore out the copies of Alanna and Daine's books at the library, and put a good hurting on the hardback copies of Keladry's story. Even as I got older, and the librarian started to comment on the books they had for the older age groups I now fell in, I still came back again and again to the back of the bottom shelf where they were kept. So understand that this review is written with the bias of an unwavering fan. :) The characters was excellent, and not at all what I expected. Beka, the ancestor of George Cooper, was not the girl I had imagined Peirce would write when I first heard about the possibility of the series, years ago. Instead she is an average girl that most can relate with. I thought the diary entries would throw me off, since most of the journal style books I have read do. But Peirce kept the entries even and detailed, and the plot moves quickly, so it didn't bother me as much as I thought. Terrier is an excellent read and I highly recommend it, especialy for preteen and early teen girls.
Apples_and_Parachutes More than 1 year ago
Terrier started off slowly with all the different journal entries from various people, but after that, the story picked up quickly. I thought the idea of the Dogs was brilliant. Beka's strength and determination was refreshing. All the characters, especially Goodwin and Tunsall, were realistic and shared Beka's quick eagerness. I enjoyed the journal format, especially when Beka's mood or sleepiness clearly changed how she wrote. I definately recommend Terrier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Tamora Pierce's books and this is by far one of my favorites. The characters in the story are great and the plot is even better. This is an amazing, MUST READ book for all Pierce fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know these books are directed towards women and young women. But I am an adult male and I love this book. I will be honest and say that the cover is what made me read the book. Beka Cooper was my first Tamora Pierce book and I have read 14 of hear books since. She has a very good way of letting you get to know her characters andfeel like you are there with them. I promise you if you read thisbookyou will not be disapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book arrived on time, and was in the condition described. It is also a great read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys strong heroines and a little magic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic!!! I couldn't put it down. I love the character beka the best out of all the tamora pierce characters because she is just beka. Not the kings champion or lady knight she is just beka. I can't wait to get the rest of the series!!!!!
Amber_Decking More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Terrier is the first adveture of Beka Cooper as a Puppy (a Dog-in-training, which is kind of like Tortall's version of a police force). Beka experiances a few of the cliche coming-of-age plot events but Tamora Pierce gets into her groove and creates an adventure that is as colorful and interesting as her other Tortall books. Readers get a more in depth look at the Court of the Rogue (as seen in Song of the Lioness). Readers also get to see more of the black cat Faithful (Song of the Lioness), who is now known as Pounce, Beka's guide and an honorary member of the Jane Street Kennel (the station that Beka is attached to). I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves adventure and good detective work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorites of Pierce's. I loved Beka and all her friends. They all had something to add to the story and were all interesting characters. None of them were flat and they added humor and aid while helping Beka out with her chases. This book is awesome and introduces another great heroine. She struggles with her shyness and being able to complete the job she was born to do. The progression of her relationships with all of her friends were believable and I loved watching them settle into their friendships. This book should have been a stand alone novel. Pierce destroyed Beka's character and those of all her friends in the upcoming novels. I wish I had not read the later two novels and had stopped at this one and left my unblemished image of Pierce in place. I became completely disappointed in Pierce and the story. I do not want to give any stories away but if you loved this book as I do, DO NOT READ FURTHER.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always wondered if Bekka is descendant of George and Alanna...
inksfish More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy all of Tamora Pierce books but the Beka Cooper series is my favorite. The author's imagination helps to develop unusual special magic powers. This heroine is well developed. I recommend it for readers of all ages who enjoy fantasy.
Amy Trout More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It is full of action and adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in this book. The plot also had the appealing protect the weak theme that I enjoyed in the protector of the small series. I was afraid Tammy had run out of interesting characters and ideas for books after I read the Aly Cooper series, which I didn't really like. Reading this book proved that there are still some great stories to come from Tamora Pierce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible! I loved it. The plot is great, the characters are realistic and likable. I highly suggest it. Warning: The second book it horrible in comparison.
inkheartfan101 More than 1 year ago
I absolutly 100% loved this book and cant wait to read bloodhound!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the books that tamora pierce has published, but this was one of the best books. It had so many different things and the plot waz really awesome.
mythbri More than 1 year ago
Tamora Pierce's writing style just keeps getting better and better, and it's nice to see her experimenting with new formats. This book is comprised of journal entries, most from the title character. Rather than limiting the scope of the plot or character development, the reader is able to discover and explore the world of the novel with Beka herself, which holds the reader's interest. For those who have read the other Tortall series, the reappearance of a familiar character is welcome. This book is suitable for everyone who enjoys a good story.
MrsMcyntire6thASHWING More than 1 year ago
This book was great. It had a great story line and awesome characters. The book was hard to get into in the beginning because it added a lot of characters. As soon as I got a hold of all the names, it turned out to be a great read. I suggest this book for any age group because any person can relate to Beka in her situation. There was a lot of action in the book right from the beginning and went on through the end making the book exciting. Pounce was definitely my favorite character. Also, I like how the author used journal entries. It gave an exciting twist on the story. All in all this book is a definite good read for anyone out there. I can¿t wait to start on the next one in the series.
The_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
Tamora Pierce has once again created a fantastic novel for her readers. it sucks you in and never spits you out. Usually, a book with have some slow and/or boring parts that you really don't need, but this book has none. It is fun, created, mysterious and goes a smooth, cool pace. I love this book and all of my friends agree.
alicia-loves-books More than 1 year ago
okay i love tamora peirce, so i read the flap for this book, i loved it almost instatly!! the first time i checked it out of the library was i think a year and a half ago. i've checked out twelve times since, i've even done book reports on it!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
TERRIER is the latest from a brilliant author whose earlier works you've got to read if you haven't already! My expectations for this book, as it is by Tamora Pierce, were, of course, quite high, and I was not disappointed. This might be my new favorite of hers (though it still might be beat out by the SONG OF THE LIONESS quartet--it's close), which is certainly saying a lot.

It's the story of Beka Cooper, a Lower City girl and member of the Provost's Guard who lives centuries before Alanna the Lioness and those characters of her world known to fans of Tamora Pierce's other work. Beka lives in the dark time spoken of in one of the Alanna books when every sword, whether held by a man or a woman, was needed. Indeed, Alanna was not the first Lady Knight; hundreds of years before, women could earn their shields without having to hide who they were. In fact, one of the many fascinating characters known to Beka is a Lady Knight named Sabine. She reminded me of Alanna. Mattes, one of the guardsmen whose job it is to train Beka in their ways, reminds me of one of Alanna's friends, Raoul. Rosto is quite like George Cooper (whose ancestor Beka is!), as well. And fans of the SONG OF THE LIONESS quartet will also recognize Beka's cat, Pounce!

When Beka trains to be a Puppy in the Guard, she knows someday she'll be a Dog, and she wants to be a good one. She's quite excited to be assigned to one of the best pairs in the Lower City; indeed, in all of Corus! She knows it'll be hard work, that Mattes and Clary will work her hard, but she's ready for it. This is what she wants to do. She's aided by her friends, her cat, and her magical Gifts of listening to the winds and to the pigeons who carry the souls of the dead.

Soon after she starts her work, Beka learns of some dangerous goings-on in the Lower City, and it's up to her to stop it, as only a true Lower City girl could--one with Beka's listening talents, at that. She knows the people, she knows their ways, and she is uniquely fit for figuring out what's going on in her neighborhood, and that is what she will do.

The format of TERRIER is different from that of Pierce's other books. It's told as Beka's journal, for one thing, meaning it's in first person. All of her other novels are in third person! It's certainly a change, but she does quite well with it. The only problem is the length of some of these journal entries! Beka is tired from her work as a Puppy; she's not going to write twenty, thirty pages in her journal at night! She probably won't even remember enough to write such long entries! That is the only flaw I found in this book, and that's easy to overlook. This is a page-turner, a wonderfully written story, with amazing characters. Whether you're a fan of Tamora Pierce, of fantasy, or of books in general, read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for any Tamora Pierce fans, or any fantasy reader for that matter. If you haven't read any of the Tortall books, this is a great place to start! The story takes place about 200 years before Alanna went for her shield. The writing style very entertaining. It's written as Beka Cooper's journal, so there's a lot of insight. Beka is a strong, quick minded heroine who's not afraid to get her hands dirty. The characters are realalistic and easy to relate to. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I can't wait for the next one to come out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
amazing book. pierce is never a let down as an author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that this book was very well written.Beka's character was very three dimensional and came alive very easily. The fourty or so pages irked me though. It was to cliche i think the execution of the writing could have been much much better. She kept saying how Tunstal and Goodwin were the best and that no one had them...but walla she gets them. Yes she could have use the plot line but it was executed in such a obnoxiously cliche manner that i was about to drop it. But it got a lot better. The rest of the book is set in a very lively pace and althought the first person diary format is not my favorite it still kept me going. The duel cases set a very mysterious/exciting atmosphere. I feel She has a problem introducing characters/situations cause she is very obviouse about it but now that she has them set i'm sure the next book will be infinitely better. oh... and the language of the lower city took some getting used to because it was sorta hard to muck through it. After you get used to it though and it just becomes natural. Yup i loved it-except for the begining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book alot, it gave a more in depth book to what Tortall was like before King Jonathon and his father's reign. I also liked that it showed the lower class side of Tortall, lets us know that its not all nobles and splendor. It did tie in the noblity well using names we have seen in her other books but the focus was the city dwellers and it showed what life was like for them. It shows the reader that there really where female knights and that they were well respected and not unusual. This book re-sparked my love for Tamora's writing and I have read and reread her books. I like that the cat is seen in this book as well it lets the reader know that even through hundreds of years there is still a conection to the Tortall that we all love. I cannot wait for the next book in the series and am eagerly awaiting its arrival, even though I have to what a year or two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book...because I liked the characters. The story is crafted well. So light the fireplace, get your favorite beverage, then sit in your favorite chair and let the adventure begin!!!!!!