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When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs, " as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375843150
Characteristics: 581 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.


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Kstobo Jan 25, 2021

This book has been my first introduction to Tamora Pierce's writing, after having heard from many Mercedes Lackey fans that she had a similar style. I have to say I wasn't disappointed! I'm not sure if this is where I was supposed to start, but I'll definitely continue.

Apr 16, 2020

This is a very strong start to a great series by Tamora Pierce. Beka is a humble rookie police who is both resilient and realistically flawed. There is magic, mystery, crime and fun cast of characters to keep you entertained. Definitely one to check out!

DBRL_BriannaD Jan 31, 2019

It's no secret that I love Tamora Pierce. This trilogy came out later in my life, so I haven't read it as many times as the Alanna or Keladry books, but I still adore it! Beka is tough and down-to-earth in a way Pierce's other heroines are not. At first I wasn't sure about the journal entry style, but I came to love hearing Beka's voice in such a genuine way. The genre blending between fantasy and mystery and crime novels is a delight. Pierce deftly handles all the details, and the book sweeps to a thrilling conclusion that left me eager to start the next book.

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.

May 21, 2017

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.

Jul 11, 2014

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

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!

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.

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!

mockingbird13 Mar 16, 2012

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

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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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