Reviews for Bloodhound
Booklist Reviews 2009 March #1
Readers unfamiliar with the first book in the Beka Cooper trilogy, Terrier (2006), will be temporarily confused by this follow-up s cast of characters and colorful slang, such as "cove" for man and "mot" for woman, but this teen police procedural stands on its own. Sixteen-year-old rookie policewoman Beka and her temporary partner, Clary, are sent to Port Caynn to investigate the source of counterfeit coins that have begun to appear in the markets and taverns. The wealth of detail, shared in diary format, occasionally threatens to overwhelm the book s pacing and action, but quirky, endearing characters save the story. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #3
Living in Tortall generations before the events of Pierce's celebrated Song of the Lioness Quartet, Beka Cooper (Terrier, rev. 1/07) is making her mark as a Dog-a member of the nation's police force-with just one problem: she's too uncompromising to keep a partner. One of the first to notice the counterfeit coin panic crippling the capital city of Corus, Beka, paired with mentor Goodwin, travels to neighboring Port Caynn to investigate the provenance of the coins-and faces a new enemy in Pearl Skinner, the Rogue of Port Caynn, whose greed, cruelty, and shortsightedness effectively contrast the more Robin Hood-esque tendencies of Corus's own Rogue. The book is structured as Beka's log, and as such is long on procedural details and short on messy emotional entanglements-a daring and ultimately successful departure from Pierce's usual fantasy formula. Juggling an extensive but vivid cast of characters, Pierce brings to life a squalid, colorful world brimming with magic, misdeeds, and ordinary folk just trying to get by. The central mystery is complex and credibly untangled, with plenty of unsavory subplots to make its intricacies (who knew a fantasy novel could so incisively explain the economic impact of large-scale counterfeiting?) accessible. Beka's moral compass never wavers, but secondary characters introduce all sorts of ethical gray areas, leaving readers plenty to ponder. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2009 March #1
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) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2009 May
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 [Page 116]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2009 August
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.--Bonnie Kunzel PLB $21.99. ISBN 978-0-375-91469-0. 4Q 5P M J S Copyright 2009 Voya Reviews.