Terrier Hundreds of years before Alanna first drew her sword in Tamora Pierce s memorable debut Alanna The First Adventure Tortall had a heroine named Beka Cooper a fierce young woman who fights crime in a

  • Title: Terrier
  • Author: Tamora Pierce
  • ISBN: 9780375814686
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hundreds of years before Alanna first drew her sword in Tamora Pierce s memorable debut, Alanna The First Adventure, Tortall had a heroine named Beka Cooper a fierce young woman who fights crime in a world of magic This is the beginning of her story, her legend, and her legacy.Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law enforcing Provost s Guard, commonly known as the ProHundreds of years before Alanna first drew her sword in Tamora Pierce s memorable debut, Alanna The First Adventure, Tortall had a heroine named Beka Cooper a fierce young woman who fights crime in a world of magic This is the beginning of her story, her legend, and her legacy.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 gets her wish She s assigned to work with Mattes and Clary, famed veterans among the Provost s Dogs They re tough, they re capable, and they re none too happy about the indignity of being saddled with a puppy for the first time in years What they don t know is that Beka has something unique to offer Never much of a talker, Beka is a good listener So good, in fact, that 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 terrorizing 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

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    1. Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper series, Book One: Terrier. I'm beginning to, finally, recognize patterns in Tamora Pierce's heroines. When I was a kid I identified with her books so strongly I couldn't possibly step back as a writer to see her tricks. Now, with the benefit of age and distance, I read this book with new eyes. Her main characters always have some kind of fatal flaw - in Beka's case it's fear of public speaking and chronic shyness, for Alana it was cold and spiders, for Kel it was heig [...]

    2. The first time I read Terrier I thought it was some of Tammy's best writing in years and it quickly became one of my favourite Tortall books. I still feel that way after my latest re-read (in preparation for Bloodhound). Terrier feels fresh, and I attribute this reinvigoration of the Tortall world to several factors:- Firstly: Terrier is written in first person, which is the first of Tammy's novels to be written thus (Note: Tammy has written short stories in first person). - Secondly: it is writ [...]

    3. Okay I really have no idea how anyone made it through this book. And why anyone would give it such amazing reviewsI have not read any of the authors other books and now I don't know that I will. This book was painful for me to try and get through and honestly I did not make it. I gave it to the halfway point (which took a month for me to get to that point it was so bad - normally I will get through a book in a day or two if it is good) and then I couldn't take it anymore. There are very few book [...]

    4. 0.5 stars and I'm only giving that much because the author created a really good strong heroine but that's all.Felt completely bored while reading this and could not connect with the setting due to the fact that there was practically zero world building when there was plenty of room for some.Full review to come.

    5. I love stories about the Tortall Realm. I really really do. Cross my heart. Hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye (You know, I never knew the reason why kids on our country say these things when they want to convince people they're telling the truth.This sounds painful.Maybe that explains the phrase,the truth hurts?) But anyway por favor . This book almost bored me to death. The only reason why I finished this one was because I have a high respect forPounce . I think it tells a great deal about [...]

    6. I wish this had been written as a third-person novel rather than as a journal - I have many logistical and stylistic issues with journals as a medium. I suppose I'm willing to accept that Beka is coming back after a night of grueling exercise and writing thousands of words about her day, but I'm less willing to accept the grating writing style. Beka's "voice" is stilted and matter-of-fact, which made it read like low-grade YA fantasy from a debut writer instead of a novel written by an accomplis [...]

    7. What is one word I can use to sum up the book hmm probablyAWESOME ! Seriously there isn't a lot of books that can do that (at least for me). Beka Cooper is the most kick butt, cool heroine I've encountered in all my reading days.The book was just as good the second time around. At first I was wary of reading it again thinking it might not be as enjoyable this time around. Obviously I was wrong. I even caught myself looking ahead to see what happened, and then I would remind myself that I already [...]

    8. As I read this book, I entertained the idea that it should be a movie. Now, having finished it, I realize I was wrong. Beka Cooper deserves a BBC mini series, with very well written 3hrs long episodes. The world is so detailed, so real, there is so much life (and death) going on in the Lower City that if a single plot thread were to be eliminated to cram the story into a movie, it would be a shame.'Cause you see, the Lower City is a crack pot of gamblers, smugglers, slavers, thieves and every ot [...]

    9. Just when I thought there wasn't much more to be done in Tortall, I heard about this book's release. (prequels ftw). I was hoping Beka would be a closer relative of George, maybe his grandmother or great-grandmother or something rather than what she is (6x great I think?) but it doesn't really matter over the course of the story itself. After one installment, Beka is well on her way to being one of my favorites of Tammy's characters (although I highly doubt I could pick a favorite of her leading [...]

    10. I'm about a quarter of the way through this one, and I have to admit that I'm not enjoying it as much as I've enjoyed the rest of Pierce's bibliography. I don't have any specific complaints, except for the constant emphasis on the Dog/Puppy thing, which I find a little weird. 7/29 - Still trucking through. The story is good, but something about the narration is slowing me down, perhaps because it's in the form of a diary, and that seems cumbersome. Not only that, but here are the epistolary laye [...]

    11. Terrier is just another example of how great an author Tamora Pierce is. The writing is very detailed and although it is hard to believe that a girl would be so diligent in writing a journal it didn't really faze me. Beka is a great kick-butt, female protangonist. She is smart, caring, dedicated, and tough. It's because of this why Beka is called a Terrier. The imagination of Pierce proves to be limitles as she decribes Tortall. It has knights, magic, beggars, Dogs, slaves, mages, etc. There is [...]

    12. I loved this book, kind of a combination police procedural/high fantasy. Set in the Tortall world, with a light touch of magic. I read while I work out and this is the first book in a long time that made me forget where I was and what I was doing and wish the workout session could go on longer

    13. Oh. My. GOD! I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!!!!!!!! I was all aflail and I got SO into it that I was even yelling at the book last night! Pounce is totally my favorite character. He is so full of sass, I love it! I wish I had my own Breakfast Club!

    14. Spoilers for all Tortall books follow:I have a love-and-hate relationship with Tamora Pierce's Tortall books. I found the Alanna quartet poorly written, enjoyed The Immortals, absolutely adored Protector of the Small ( so much so that Kel is now one of my favorite fictional characters ever), liked the Trickster's duo but also found it extremely problematic in certain respects. And then I moved onto Terrier which I'm sorry to say is my least favorite Pierce book that I've read so far. Pierce depa [...]

    15. I am attempting to read all the tortall books in Chronological order.So I feel like I didn't enjoy this as much this time around, and I'm wondering if it's because I listed to it in audiobook form rather than reading it? Or maybe it was just my mood. I'm going to let my original rating stand. But I might skip the rest of the prequel trilogy and skip to the Alanna books which I've only read once about 8 years ago.3rd Read: 5/22/20152nd Read: 2/1/2012Original Read: 2/3/2011Previous Review:Naughty [...]

    16. This was the last "for fun" book I got to read before I started teaching last winter. Ever since I arbitrarily grabbed the first of Tamora Pierce's "Circle of Magic" books off the library shelf two years ago, I've been hooked on the ways Pierce plays around with definitions of magic, power, heroes, and humanisml within a medieval-ish context. This isn't great literature, but it is an imaginative world that kept me entertained for several months. Tamora Pierce likes to write books in couplets or [...]

    17. Another installment in the mythology of Tamora Pierce's fictional land of Tortall and I am not disappointed. I am impressed with Pierce's foresight and love enough of her characters that she instead went back in time to give a base to the well-known and beloved characters of her series. Had she done otherwise we would have had to accept a few deaths of main characters. By telling an ancient legend of an ancestor the stories remain alive and Tortall's characters expand.I greatly admire that each [...]

    18. THE. MOST. BORING. BOOK. I. HAVE. EVER. TRIED. TO. READ.^^If don't understand that sentence ^^, 'I'D RATHER WATCH PAINT DRY'Do not get out this book unless you are looking for torture. The chapters are a million pages long, and most of which are boring. I reckon I got up to about page 30 and then I had to stop, for the story was doing my head in. Whoever told me that was a good book, don't tell me anymore, cuz' obviously your eyes have incinerated and all that's left is the eye socket. SERIOUSLY [...]

    19. I don't know what it is about Tamora Pierce but when I get into Tortall I don't ever want to leave. My office building has a lot of pigeons around it and that added something extra to reading Terrier I think. I stopped reading this book on Friday and spent the whole weekend wishing I'd brought it home with me to read! I also really need a cat like Pounce to boss me around and tell me what to do :)

    20. Without a doubt her best book ever!I'm noticing an odd trend in my reading, but this one again is one not for the light of stomach or easily squeamish.Here's what I wrote right after I finished reading it:Well, I really LOVED this story! The clearest sign was that I stayed up till two or later trying to finish it, and then woke up shortly before ten am to find out what happened in the last forty to sixty pages.When I found out it was in diary format, I was a little worried, especially because I [...]

    21. I've been a huge Tamora Pierce fan every since I was a kid. I picked up Wolf Speaker in the library (not knowing it was the second book in a series) simply because wolves were my favorite animal at the time and Daine's powers were just about the most interesting thing in the world to me. Ever since I've adored all of her Tortall books. Often they were the only fantasy books I could find that had the female characters I was looking for.That being said "Terrier" was a change of pace for me. Its th [...]

    22. 3.5 StarsTamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors. Her heroines are always so honest and well-rounded people who inspire and subtly encourage young women. When I was 10, I found Daine and Alanna, and they opened a whole new world to me of characters who looked like me, and did things maybe I could do. They were flawed but not fatally, and they grew up as I did. Beka Cooper is another such young heroine. She grew up poor, no stranger to the ravages of fate. She has a small magic, and a huge de [...]

    23. This is the first Pierce novel I've read and there were a few hurdles I had to get over (the heroine is the best at everything, omg, but she's totally shy and self-deprecating and doesn't realize how great she is; she has a super-intellgent cat as a sidekick; 'just because the author has invented a handful of world-specific slang that does nothing to expand or enrich the story, these words will be repeated endlessly to the point that they become verbal tics.') I suspect a lot of that is par for [...]

    24. "The Lower City is mine, its people are mine--its children are mine. If I find them that's doing all this kidnapping and murdering, they'd best pray for mercy. Because once I get my teeth in 'em, I will never let them go."I loved this opening of another Tamora Pierce series! The journal and first-person format were pretty interesting, as well as the framing of Beka as an ancestor of George from Alanna's time. Let's see how Tortall fared in the pastFirst of all, Goodwin is MY HERO (much as she is [...]

    25. I've always been a big fan of Tamora's works and Terrier is no different! I was greatly surprised that the kindly grandmother was the child killer! O.O It just goes to show that the worst of us can hide who they are. -.- I enjoyed learning about Beka and I'm sad how her sisters treat her now that she's a dog. They should be grateful instead of the little bitches they are acting like!Extra Details:I'm always surprised at how different the police work from that 'time period' is and today's cops. I [...]

    26. Worried that her son George is hanging out with criminals, Mistress Cooper shares with him the journals of their long-gone ancestor, Beka Cooper. Centuries before George became King of the Rogues, she was one of the Provost's Dogs: the city's watch, charged with keeping the peace. Like her descendant, Beka is tough, with a prodigious memory and fierce sense of loyalty. After years serving the Dogs as a runner, she's finally allowed to tag behind two well-respected veterans, Tunstall and Goodwin. [...]

    27. This book started off strong for me and I really liked it but somewhere in the middle I got lost. I could not remember who was who or follow certain directions the story too. I am bummed that my love dwindled somewhat as the book went on. On the positive side I grew to be a big fan of Beka and Pounce and felt invested in their stories. As far as the other characters go I didn't really feel I got to know anyone else on more than just a surface level. It could be because this is the first book in [...]

    28. This is the most recent of Tamora Pierce's books, and possibly the least hyped, and I think I know why. I can't say I was particularly enthralled by the plot (which was transparent and overly complex) or by the writing style which is Diary format and street slang which seems a hypocritical combination. I found out yesterday that the book is to be the first in a series of three. Oh Tammy, say it ain't so! I can't take too much of this style, and may skip the next two in the series if they're anyt [...]

    29. this has always been my least favorite series by pierce; i don’t think i even finished it the first time i read through though. before, i never had the words to say why, but now i’m realizing it’s because beka is a cop. it’s a fantasy world but she’s still a cop and having to read about cops delighting in violence has always been hard for me. one could argue that alanna is also a cop of sorts but she NEVER enacted violence with glee, and she was also a healer. i also have decided that [...]

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