Terrier

Terrier

Book - 2006
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Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, commonly known as the Provost's Dogs', in Corus, the capital city of Tortall. To the surprise of both the veteran Dogs' and her fellow puppies', Beka requests duty in the Lower City. The Lower City is a tough beat. But it's also where Beka was born, and she's comfortable there. Beka is assigned to work with Mattes and Clary, famed veterans among the Provost's Dogs. They're none too happy about being saddled with a puppy for the first time in years. However, Beka has something unique to offer: she hears things that Mattes and Clary never could - information that is passed in murmurs when flocks of pigeons gather . murmurs that are the words of the dead. In this way, Beka learns of someone in the Lower City who has overturned the power structure of the underworld and is terrorising its citizens into submission and silence. Beka's magical listening talent is the only way for the Provost's Dogs to find out the identity of this brutal new underlord, for the dead are beyond fear. And the ranks of the dead will be growing if the Dogs can't stop a crime wave the likes of which has never been seen. Luckily for the people of the Lower City, the new puppy is a true terrier!
Publisher: Random House,� 2006
ISBN: 9780375814686
037581468X
Branch Call Number: YF PIER

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GCPL_Teen Jul 07, 2017

Read this. Right now. Stop whatever you're doing, put down that other book, and pick this one up. If you love Fantasy, and you haven't ever read anything by Tamora Pierce, tsk tsk. Start with Terrier. This fantasy series follows Beka Cooper, a girl whose decided to join the equivalent of the police force in her fantasy world. She's righteous, smart, and extremely independent, but she's very new to her job and struggles to prove herself in this book. Tamora Pierce is gifted at world building, and does an amazing job sweeping you into Beka's world. There's magic, but not a lot of it. There's loads of action, gang bosses, counterfeit money, riots and street fights--and Beka Cooper has to figure it out all out. This fantasy is a great mesh of action and mystery. I would recommend it to anyone.

Beka Cooper grew up in the Cesspool slums of Corus, the capital of the kingdom. Her skill at detective and police work got her family rescued and fostered by the Lord Provost, the head of law enforcement of the entire kingdom. Now Beka is entering the Provost’s trade as a Dog (as police are nicknamed for their tracking skills, as well as their non-noble status). She vows to be the best Dog before she's even completed the first year, with her years of learning under the Provost and her undying allegiance to the weak and exploited of the Cesspool slums. It doesn't hurt that she has a touch of magic, speaking to the souls of the dead and picking up whispers from the city winds. Soon, Beka’s on the trail of murders and scams, but people doubt whether her Dog teammates and her own abilities can keep up.

The entire world is extremely well-drawn. The world of the Dogs, for their weapons to their ranks to the elaborate systems drawn up around small legal bribes, is realistic enough that it could be today. Beka’s trilogy imagines a kingdom before the patriarchal norms of chivalry have fully set in, so things like child slavery and lady knights are accepted, if not common. The author deals with these issues in sensitive ways while still drawing in representation.

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sfogs
Jul 11, 2014

I Loved it!!!! as I love ALL Tamora Pierce, I hate it when they end!

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LucyZ101
Jul 01, 2014

One of my favorite series! Great for anyone 13+ (due to some mildly mature themes). A perfect mix of humour, fantasy, and mystery!

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greenmel
Apr 13, 2014

i love this series so much. Tamora Pierce is such a good writer. i love her descriptions, they are so realistic. i couldn't put it down. the language was different but i got the hang of it quickly (the dictionary in the back helped...) if you don't finish this series you are seriously missing out!

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Anneatthelibrary
Nov 03, 2013

This is a great series and I've loved it from the first book, this one. The characters are strong and believable and as you follow Beka through her "Puppy" year, you will see the beginning of the heroine she becomes.

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greentiger1016
Aug 20, 2012

I love this series. I have read it more than once because it keeps you reading. At first I thought what a strange book and then I kept reading and now its not strange its great!

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agent391
Aug 07, 2012

In many ways a typical Tamora Pierce book - but that's the sort of thing I like! The Beka Cooper books are a bit different than Pierce's other writing; they're told in the first person, and the plot is very much a mystery. I liked how the fantasy and mystery combined; Pierce seemed to try that in some of her other books, but the mystery always seemed to fall flat halfway through. This is certainly one of my favourite of her books.

mockingbird13 Mar 16, 2012

Probably my number one favorite of Pierce's series! I absolutely think you should read it!

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11booker
Jan 27, 2012

Have enjoyed Tamora Pierces Alanna and Keladry books immensely, so this book had a reputation to uphold. It did just that and i have the next one on hold. Great read and has you asking for more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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andreareads
Feb 10, 2016

She was telling me if I wanted the Bold Brass gang, I’d best listen to her. My Vice Provost’s ready to take a whip to the girl. Meantime, I feel like I’m looking into the eyes of a thousand-year-old ghost.

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agent391
Aug 07, 2012

I well knew the rules to follow: Speak when you're spoken to. Keep out of the way. Obey all orders. Get killed on your own time.

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