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

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 ne

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  1. Hey, folks I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single star ratings except I haven t How do I know I haven t Because I haven t read those books at all So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I ve written GoodReads to find out what s going on.I return to my regularly scheduled profile Though I would love to join groups, I m going to turn them all down I just don t have the time to take part, so please don t be offended if I don t join your group or accept an invitation I m not snooty I m just up to my eyeballs in work and appearances Also, don t be alarmed by the number of books I ve read When I get bored, I go through the different lists and rediscover books I ve read in the past It s a very evil way to use up time when I should be doing other things Obviously, I ve read a lot of books in 54 years I was born in South Connellsville, PA My mother wanted to name me Tamara but the nurse who filled out my birth certificate misspelled it as Tamora When I was 8 my family moved to California, where we lived for 6 years on both sides of the San Francisco peninsula.I started writing stories in 6th grade My interest in fantasy and science fiction began when I was introduced to The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien and so I started to write the kind of books that I was reading After my parents divorced, my mother took my sisters and me back to Pennsylvania in 1969 There I went to Albert Gallatin Senior High for 2 years and Uniontown Area Senior High School for my senior year.After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I wrote the book that became The Song of the Lioness fantasy quartet I sold some articles and 2 short stories and wrote reviews for a martial arts movie magazine At last the first book of the quartet, Alanna The First Adventure was published by Atheneum Books in 1983.Tim Liebe, who became my Spouse Creature, and I lived in New York City with assorted cats and two parakeets from 1982 2006 In 2006 we moved to Syracuse, New York, where we live now with assorted cats, a number of squirrels, birds, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and woodchucks visiting our very small yard As of 2011, I have 27 novels in print, one short story collection, one comic book arc White Tiger A Hero s Compulsion co written with Tim, and a short story anthology co editing credit There s to come, including a companion book to the Tortall verse So stay tuned

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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 heights, an [...]

  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 written in a diary [...]

  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 any There are very few books that I do [...]

  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 a book when [...]

  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 accomplished an [...]

  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 knew wh [...]

  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 other ty [...]

  9. Just when I thought there wasn t much 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 ladies, they [...]

  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 layers Pro [...]

  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 really [...]

  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 departed [...]

  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 Naught [...]

  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 quartet [...]

  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 tim [...]

  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 any, cuz obviously your eyes have incinerated and all that s left is the eye socket SERIOUSLY, DO NOT GET THIS BOOK

  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 t [...]

  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 the first [...]

  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 determin [...]

  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 the cou [...]

  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 Beka s a [...]

  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 know it s [...]

  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 She [...]

  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 than just a surface level It could be because this is the first book in the serie [...]

  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 anything l [...]

  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 from now on any [...]

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