REVIEW: Bloodhound, The Legend of Beka Cooper

Beka Cooper is back in Tamora Pierce’s latest addition to the Legend of Beka Cooper series, Bloodhound. Fans that have been patiently waiting since 2007 were finally rewarded when the book hit shelves Tuesday, April 14th. In this installment, Beka has finished her training and is now a full-fledged dog. Unable to keep a partner for more than a month, she is sent to Port Caynn to investigate rumors of counterfeit coin operation. Out of her element, Beka must rely on her magical talents and observations to nab the slippery criminals. It’s been a year since Beka finished her training as a Puppy. She’s gone through four partners, and is beginning to wonder if she’ll ever meet her match. To make matters worse, counterfeit coins have started appearing in Corus, prices have soared, and riots have broken out. Beka traces the source of the coins to gamblers traveling out of the nearby coastal city, Port Caynn. Together with her old training partner, Goodwin, and her newly acquired scent hound, Achoo, Beka is sent to discover who is responsible for the counterfeit coins. To do this, she must integrate herself with the gamblers, players, and thieves of Port Caynn in hopes of sniffing out the biggest lawbreaker of them all.

Although I enjoyed Terrier, I wasn’t quite sure as to how this installment would turn out. The way this series is set up is extremely different from Pierce’s usual style, and I was still apprehensive about reading it. I can now safely say all doubts in my mind have been completely annihilated. Bloodhound was far superior to its predecessor in every possible way.

One of things that I enjoyed most in Bloodhound was the new setting. Just like the first book in the Beka Cooper series, readers are able to get an in-depth description of the lifestyle of those living in Tortall. Because Beka is new to Port Caynn, there is even more detail and back-story divulged about the city. Some may find the excess information a bit unnecessary, but those who have been long-time Tortall fans will welcome it with open arms. It really does help the reader completely immerse themselves in the setting; sometimes you’ll feel as though you are actually there.

Beka’s shyness in Terrier had bothered me somewhat; I wasn’t sure if she could measure up to some of the other female heroines that Piece has created. In Bloodhound, Beka’s character really begins to develop a stronger personality that surpasses any other I’ve ever encountered in fantasy. No longer is she the timid nobody that she was previously. It’s almost as if Beka’s character refuses to act in a way that the reader expects her to. At times, it seems as though Pierce is setting her up to respond to something in a certain way, but Beka turns around and makes a completely unique decision, leaving the reader happily surprised. It really enhances the excitement of the novel in a way that I’ve never seen before.

Without a doubt, Piece has certainly outdone herself with Bloodhound. Readers who aren’t familiar with the first installment of this series will find themselves a little lost at first, so we recommend that you read Terrier first. Otherwise, expect to be caught up in a whirlwind of adventure and espionage that will leave you hungry for more.

Bloodhound is the second episode of renowned author Tamora Pierce’s Provost’s Dog Trilogy (also known as The Legend of Beka Cooper). The first novel in the series is Terrier, previously reviewed and highly recommended by the staff of Shur’tugal.


This review was written by Allyson Czadowski as part of Shurtugal.com’s new weekly book recommendations and reviews column. On Thursday of each week, Shur’tugal staff will review a new fantasy or sci-fi book (or recommend an old one), posted on the home page of Shur’tugal, in partnership with Lytherus.com.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I know! I cannot wait! I think it is kind of cool, it is hard to imagine Hogwarts like that though.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Lol, i watched those vids, they were sweet. It seems so wierd not seeing it in a movie format. GOD I CANT WAIT! 🙂

  • Shadeslayer70

    ok sounds good!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Go on a site called Mugglenet and look for the B-tapes or something like that in the news.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Lol, i havent heard that one yet, man i am so siked for the new one!!!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I got a quote from the new one!

    RW”He’ll be here soon enough.”
    HG *punctuates each word with a hit with a book* “Will you stop eating?!”
    HG”Your best friend is missing!”
    RW”Oi! Look around, you lunatic!’
    GW “He’s covered in blood again, why is it that he is always covered in blood?”
    RW”Look’s like it’s his own blood this time….”

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Okay, bye!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ah, well, its pretty good.

    Well, hey i think im going to head off to bed pretty soon. So i guess i’ll talk to you tomorrow, or sometime? (hopefully the interview will be up soon. I know Mike is working as hard as he can, im just anxious 🙂

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    NEver saw it.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea, i have a few stephen king books that i want to read too. Along with the book “Jumper”. Did you see the movie? That would be an awesome power too.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    They are really good, Dustfinger is my favorite character! ;D

  • Shadeslayer70

    Oh Yea! Inkheart! I have really been wanting to read those books. I think i actually have the first two. I just have so much stuff that i want to read right now!! 🙂

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    A character from a book series called Inkheart, he is called Fire-Dancer because of how fire obeys him. It is a really good book series.

    ;D

    I know, when characters die sometimes you just sit there and stare. ;D

  • Shadeslayer70

    Whats dustfinger?

    And yea, i am thinking about putting that second one in a more fantasy oriented direction.

    Yea his death kind of took me by surprise when i first read the book. Lol, there have been a few incidents when im reading something and, something so shocking happens i just kind of sit there gaping at the words for a few minutes. For example, when i found out Brom was Eragon’s real father, or, when oromis and glaedr died.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Like Dustfinger?

    It is of the High Fantasy genre.

    *Sniff* Cedric Diggory just died.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Hehe, if i could have a power i would say it would have to be something like firebending. I am sort of a pyro. Not overly so, i wouldn’t burn down a building or anything, i just like fire. 🙂

    So whats your story about? The one i am kind of working on is sort of like a space adventure mystery kind of thing. And im not quite sure about the other one im working on.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    If I had a power, I would want it to be the power of shapeshifting.

    Aye, I am. Cool!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Lol, i actually am sort of working on one story, and making notes on another story right now. How about you? Have you written anything?

  • Shadeslayer70

    And, no matter how old i get i will never stop wanting a super power. It would just be so cool to have one!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I know, I always am wanting adventure. And I love to read! I daydream instead of watching tv. Hey, if you like adventure in your life, try writing.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ahh, oh well. Im one of those people that has their head in the clouds, and that includes tv. But i love, love, love reading too. I have always wanted to have some sort of actual adventure in my life.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I don’t watch much tv, mate.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ah, you should its so funny. What about two and a half men?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha, yeah.

    Nope, I have never watched it.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea, and
    “I’m sure you’re asking yourself what we are doing here harry”
    “No, by now i just sort of go with it”

    Ahh, good movies. Hey do you watch the show friends?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, so do I.

    Hahaha.
    Here’s one: “Fight back, you coward! Fight back!” Hahaha, that one is like in every commercial!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea, thats a good one too, i remember going to see that in the movie theater for the first time 🙂

    And i can’t wait to see the new one, where i have seen one:
    “I’m in love with her!”
    “Alright fine your in love with her, have you ever actually met her?”
    “No, can you introduce me?”

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    “Harry Potter, we meet again.”
    “Voldemort!”
    “Yes, you see what I’ve become? See what I must do to survive? Live off another, a mere parasite! Unicorn blood can sustain me, but it cannot give me a body of my own, but there is something that can, something that conveniently enough, lies in your pocket. STOP HIM! Don’t a fool, why suffer horrific death, when you can join me and live?”
    “Never!”
    “Hahaha, bravery, your parents had it too. Tell me, Harry, would you like to see your mother and father again, together, we can bring them back, all I ask is for something in return. That’s it, Harry, there is no good and evil, there is only power and those to weak to seek it! Together, we’ll do extraordinary things, JUST GIVE ME THE STONE!”
    “You liar!”
    “KILL HIM!”

  • Shadeslayer70

    k

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha. Hang on, I got one, but it will take me a minute to write, just bear with me.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Lol, no problem, that’s a good quote. The only really long one that i can do is: “Ah, i wondered when i’d be seeing you mister potter. It seems only yesterday that your mother and father were in here buying there first wand. Ah, how bout this? Well give it a wave… Apparently not… How about this one… NO no definatly not… I wonder… Curious, very curious.” “Im sorry, but whats curious?” and well you know how the rest goes.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Yeah, that is my favorite line from that one!
    “Sorry about your leg, I reckon that twinges a bit.”
    “A bit? A bit? You almost tore my leg off!”
    “Well, I was going for the rat. Usually, I have a very sweet disposition as a dog, more than once, James suggested that I make the change permanent; the tail I could live with, but the fleas, they’re murder!”
    😀 Sorry for being late, I had to do something and I wrote that from memory so I had to think for a sec.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea that and when Ron tells Sirius he almost tore his leg off in the POA.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye. I love that one!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ah, your watching the goblet of fire, thats a good one too! One of my favorite quotes was from the second one. “Follow the spiders, follow the spiders, why couldn’t it be follow the butterflys?!”

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I know! I asked that question! I can’t wait to see what we are going to see of the werecats!

    Hahaha, I am watching Harry Potter and I just remembered one of my other favorite quotes:
    “I knew you wouldn’t die, Harry!”
    “Loose and leg-“
    “Or an arm-“
    “Pack it all in together?”
    “NEVER!”

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea, i wonder if that has anything to do with solembum. I did hear that the last book will tell us all a lot more about wearcats, so that is pretty cool.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, they were dead on with Brom. He is my favorite character. Haha, I like I said, I always thought of her as Mrs. Weasley. I dunno, she is always around with something interesting is happening.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea, they were dead on with brom. And i always pictured angela as being like, really old. Well she is, but i know she doesn’t really look like it in the book. I hope we get to find out more about her in the last book, she has always been a kind of mystery. And according to oromis, could have visited the elves. I wonder what interesting event was happening then.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I have been doing it for years.

    I do like the Brom from the movie, that is really the character that they really well on, him and Saphira. I love Brom because he is wise and strict, but you know he has a big heart. I always imagine Angela looking like Mrs. Weasley for some reason.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea, i don’t see what the big deal is, its just two fans talking to each other about stuff. 🙂

    Yea, i really liked Brom too, for some reason, when i first read the book, i always pictured him in my head as being kind of fat! I don’t know why, i just did, but i like the movie brom (for picturing him). Though after i saw the movie, i could only picture Arya with red hair, and it is so frusterating trying to change it to black, in my head. lol.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Yeah, talking on here is worth getting reprimanded.

    Brom and Angela is my two favorites.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Lol, oh really, hu, i didn’t know that. Eh oh well, its fun talking to you.

    So who is your favorite character in Eragon? Im going to have to say mine is Eragon. But i really like Angela and Saphira’s personality’s, they are so quirky!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye.

    Because we were off topic and using it as a chat board. I have been here several years now, so I know that you can get in trouble for it.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea that i thought sounded really cool, i am really interested in seeing all the glyphs they mentioned in the book, like brisingr, and zar’roc!

    And why would we get in trouble?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I was trying to write it in the AL so that we would not get in trouble, hopefully.
    I Know, and the characters of the Grammyar (Or however you spell the alphabet of the AL)!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ah, i see what you meant. lol. And yea, the Guide really appeals to me because i heard there were going to be pictures in it!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hello.

  • Kay

    I just finished reading Bloohound today, and it was stunning. Personally, my new favorite character is Achoo. 🙂

  • Daniel

    It seems a little grittier than “Terrier.”

  • alucard

    No comment.

    lol jk, though I’ll have to check out the review tomorrow(I have an AP test to study for-Spanish *bangs head on screen and cries*.