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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!...

Title : Terrier
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ISBN : 9780375814686
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Number of Pages : 584 Pages
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Terrier Reviews

  • Gail Carriger
    2019-06-17 20:48

    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, and so forth. At some point, in each series, the heroine will be made to face her fear. On the other hand, she also has an equally strong good trait or two - for Alanna this was stubbornness and whit, for Kel a stoically strong leadership, for Beka it's dogged determination. For all of them it's surrounding themselves with supportive friends. There is always one major issue or problem in each book for each girl that only she sees (and proverbially, must be responsible for the solution). In Beka's case it's a problem of people disappearing, and since these people are her people (the poor and destitute) she undertakes their protection.I like Pierce best when she's writing YA with a warrior girl main character. The Wild Mage series are my least favorite Tortall books and I gave up on her non-Tortall Circle series early. But with Beka we're back to my favorite kind of read. I can't believe it took me so long to pick up this book! Pierce successfully weaves almost Noir police procedural with gritty crime and punishment in a fantasy setting. It reminded me, ever so slightly, of Vimes and the Night Watch of Ankh Morpork. Pierce is also using Beka to explore, for what feels like the first time, the commoners of Tortall - the neglected layfolk and the street people. So often fantasy novels are about nobles and quests, it was delightful to see what the underlings thought of the nobles. The use of Lower City slang and lingo pervades the book, but not so much I was uncomfortable with it. Like peopling her books with excess characters, Pierce has such a light touch you hardly notice the overload. (And her editors let her get away with it, they might not with a less seasoned YA author.) Her wide cast of characters includes animals and the return of one of my favorites of all time, the Wanderer, the Cat, AKA (spoiler alert) Faithful!!! Yay! I remember crying so hard in the last Alanna book when he returned to the Goddess. So to have him back in all his cheeky glory is truly wonderful. I would have bought this book on that fact alone if I had known. So what are my final thoughts?If you have a pre-teen girl in your life you owe it to the world to put Tamora Pierce in front of her. Beka is an excellent way to start, although Alanna will always be my favorite. Pierce is a master of strong tough young women. Women who know what they want, stand up for what they believe, hold a moral compass made of personal integrity, and still can love and be kind and surround themselves with friends. With the gruesome specter of reality TV looming over us, someone has to fight the good fight. We should all be so lucky as to have a little Tamora Pierce in our lives, and in our spirits. Read it.

  • Fran
    2019-07-15 00:03

    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/journal style which is, again, a first (this time a total first for Tammy). Tammy writes the diary style well, giving a valid reason for it to be so detailed (to aid Beka’s Dog reports and memory retention) yet still retaining the realism of a diary (days when you skip writing, longer writings some days and less on others, and days where you play catch-up and fill in the events of several days).- Thirdly: it is set 200 years before any of the other Tortall stories have taken place, which allows for a certain freedom of expression, more than in other recent Tortall books. (A book set some time in the future of Tortall could also have this result, or in a different country – like the ‘Elder Brother’ and ‘Hidden Girl’ short stories.)- Fourthly: Tammy creates, in Beka, a character who is different from those leads that have come before, yet one who is still tied to the Tortall universe. - And fifthly: Terrier covers new ground with the exploration of an organisation that has been mentioned, but never explained in detail, and spending time with the every-day folk of Tortall. These people are a reflection of the people we are today.The combination of these first two points was, I feel, a challenge to Tammy’s writing which help prevent things from possibly become formulaic. And all of these points, combined, allow for a totally new experience in a familiar world.Beka is a salt of the earth character. She’s another stylistic change, as she’s a commoner who was born and lives in the slums, and works and socialises with other common folk (unlike Daine, who starts out common but quickly rises in status by association). This is a breath of fresh air (even though I’m sure the stench of the lower city is not so fresh!) and allows Tammy to create a whole new linguistic style and a fantastic array of slang and curse words. The vocab is quite easy to pick up as you go along, especially if you’ve read other Tortall universe books as it builds on the cant of those common born supporting folk we’ve met in other books (e.g. Coram from ‘Song of the Lioness’ or Lalasa from ‘Protector of the Small’). The meanings of words are sometimes obvious (pox), clear from the inflection (mot/cove), clear in context (scummer) or an actual word that has just fallen out of everyday use (hobble). If you really need to know the meaning of something, or need a reminder, there is a handy little glossary in the back of the book (a useful feature in Tammy’s books for a long time now). I don’t find the language a hindrance at all, it enriches the text and makes it more real and textured as this is Beka’s own diary and she is writing with her language. I love the language and some of it has fallen into my everyday vocab (sarden), while other words were already there (poxy)!The detective/mystery feel to the book also provide a new frame work for Tammy’s writing. The plot moves along at a steady pace, giving us clues here and there as Beka slowly pieces the case together through her work with her partners, her friends and her unusual informants. The resolution of the mystery, the ‘whodunit’, when it all falls into place is marvellous. It’s a bit of a surprise, a bit of a shock and a bit of a ‘oh, but I didn’t want it to be that person!’ (which Tammy proved she can pull off fantastically in ‘Cold Fire’, making one empathise with the ‘baddie’ and showing that the world isn’t just blacks and whites, goodies and baddies, heroes and villains). Along with Beka we get to meet, and grow to love, a varied cast of supporting players. There are her partners, Goodwin and Tunstall; fellow Dogs Ersken, Verene and Phelan; and friends in Tansy, Kora and Aniki. There is also Rosto, the lovable rat, who is clearly on a path to become the Rouge. Yes, Tammy once again makes us fall in love with the Rouge (and Beka too, just a little bit). There is also one familiar and well loved character back – Pounce, also known as ‘Faithful’ in ‘Song of the Lioness’. He was always a favourite of mine and I was filled with glee to know he’d be back in this new trilogy. As Tammy’s books are now considerably longer and more fleshed out than when ‘Alanna: The First Adventure’ was published, Pounce has lots of room to become a more actualised character. Just what and who Pounce is becomes clearer in Terrier as things are alluded to. In other places of the narrative you find familiar family names popping up, which is fun to watch out for.Terrier also builds on established mythology – George’s excellent memory that he inherited from his father (Beka’s side of the family) is shown here with her recall and observational skills. George’s peculiar magic (referred to as ‘the Sight’ in ‘Song of the Lioness’) is also explained somewhat, although not fully, as Beka has her own magic that proves invaluable for her Dog work (although her magic is apparently different to George’s). However, Beka’s magic is not explained fully either - although it is noted that it is a family gift that her father had too. These are nice touches that show the depth of thought that went into creating Beka and tie Terrier tidily into the larger Tortallan universe.I’m so thankful that the world of children’s and young adult publishing has changed since ‘Song of the Lioness’ as it now gives us these more complex, and more rewarding, books. Terrier is both a self contained adventure story and a solid foundation for the following two books in the trilogy. The presentation of the book is beautiful – the cover photography by Jonathan Barkat, the Terrier stamped on the front board of the hardback edition, and the little touches and flourishes inside the book that personalise Beka’s diary. A must read for any Tammy fan and an excellent introductory book for anyone new to Tammy’s works.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-20 01:56

    Okay I really have no idea how anyone made it through this book. And why anyone would give it such amazing reviews...I 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 books that I do not finish once I start them. I don't know why but once I start something I finish it even if I don't really like it. This I just could not. Some of my issues with it:1) How many times do I have to read that she is a Puppy training to be a Dog. I get it - the police type people are called Dogs and you are a trainee so you are a Puppy. Got it. You don't have to keep beating me over the head with it. 2) It is written like a diary which great I have read other things where that has worked, but it is not really written like a diary. Well maybe a diary of someone who has perfect memory and unlimited time. So she is busy all day before going and training and then walking her rounds then somehow she has enough time to write out a billion pages in her diary and sleep? Sure. It just does not really read like a diary so the whole that is what it is annoyed me since I didn't buy it. I mean really who remembers word for word conversations they have had? 3) How much flippin detail do you need? Not nearly as much as the main character can remember about every tiny little thing. I don't care that when so and so came to visit you she knocked on the door 3 times then you opened it, saw her standing there with a basket with roll, you let her in, she walked 6 steps to the blue chair then sat down in said chair and this is the exact conversation about nothing that we had and on and on and who really cares? I don't. It is not important to the story and most of this diary is just insignificant details that don't matter to anything that is going on or further the plot at all. A simple so and so came to visit, we chatted for a while and at the rolls she brought whatever is fine. WAY too much details that bored me to death.4) The main character is supposed to be soooo shy. I mean she keeps repeating it over and over and over and over and over again. Yep I get it, you are shy. Then why don't you act shy 90% of the time? I mean yes you are oh soooo shy when you complain about how you are sooo shy cannot talk to anyone because you are oohhhh soooooo shy. Then 2 seconds later you have no issues talking to the people and doing whatever. Sure. I buy that you are soooo shy when you do not act like it. I mean if you are going to keep shoving something in my face at least make your character actually act that way. I really do not understand the appeal to this book. I thought it was way too bogged down in stupid details that didn't matter and was incredibly boring. I just could not make it through the book no matter how hard I tried. It was painful just getting halfway through it.

  • Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
    2019-07-11 19:10

    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.

  • PaigeBookdragon
    2019-06-18 19:06

    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 the only interesting character is the main heroine's cat.

  • Emily
    2019-07-14 00:48

    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 and interesting writer whom I otherwise very much enjoy. It also involves 450% too much made-up cant, where everyone is a "mot" or a "cove" and they might have "peaches" (shudder) and the running metaphors around the Dogs (particularly the growl??) border on too much. And it's hard to get a sense of Beka when she's writing about herself. Her key character trait is shyness and she tends to underestimate herself, so as a reader it's less clear why people like Aniki, Kora, and especially Rosto take to her so quickly when Beka is spending most of her time downplaying her own attractions. All of that is to say: this would have been soooo much better as a novel. DITCH THE JOURNAL AS A DEVICE, ASPIRING WRITERS!!I did like many aspects of the book, but due to the writing it never really sang to me. The plot was fine (if you've ever read an Agatha Christie novel, you know the murderer is (view spoiler)[the otherwise demure old lady who's taken a turn to evil (hide spoiler)]), the characters were fine (I liked the inclusion of a lady knight), and the relationships, such as they were, were fine (never very deep). Overall a less than thrilling Tortall book, which is not a sentence I'd ever thought I'd type.

  • Cara
    2019-07-12 23:08

    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 what happened.Pierce does an excellent of job of letting you in on who the villains are a little bit at a time. The worlds she create are so intricate you start thinking this could be an actual place. I'm glad she did this series in first person, even though it is unbelievable that someone would go through all that trouble and be so detailed as Beka is in her journal.The whole concept of Dogs and police work was really interesting and made this book even more original.I'm simply itching to get my hands of the second book Bloodhound. Again highly recommended! Note to self: This needs a better review.

  • Laudys
    2019-06-22 00:05

    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 type of criminal you may think of. The people that live there try their best to scrape enough to move up and away or they disappear into the darkness. Some not willingly. And now with little kids vanishing left and right pointing to a Boogeyman the authorities don't even believe in, mysterious magical rocks popping up where they shouldn't and one old criminal lord stirring up trouble, the pot is reaching boiling point. But the Rogue, the one master thief that is supposed to look out for the common folk, is unwilling to do anything about it and the Guard is spread thin as it is.They should thank their Gods that Rebakah "Beka" Cooper is one stubborn Puppy. With the talent to hear the spirits of the dead carried by the pigeons, she's caught the scent of it all and the hunt for those that prey on the innocent has begun. "My Dogs don't know what it's like to have no once fighting for them. They do their jobs and that gives them plenty of work, looking out for them that fill the Happy Bags. I won't content myself with filling the Happy Bags. Not ever. 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."That's Beka for you. She may be shy and tongue-tied, but she's fiercely loyal, brave, down to earth and hard working. I never realized how much I had missed this kind of main character until I started following Beka. Read this book. Forget about all that silly YA crap that's littering the shelves lately, this book has great worldbuilding, a society that actually makes sense, realistic characterization, no cardboard villains, no ridiculous instalove and no moronic unnecessary love triangle. And it has people with common sense! You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find that kind of character lately.

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    2019-06-25 18:49

    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 ladies, they all kick ass so hard and it's fantastic). I LOVE her relationship with Pounce, and Tunstall and Goodwin are brilliant. Aniki sounds like an awesome friend to have, although I'm still not 100% sure about Rosto. I suspect that much will change in the coming books. I think part of the appeal of this book was knowing that it was another Tortall adventure -- I sincerely believe I will never get tired of this world. I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to the main character being a rookie cop, but the whole story was so well-written and I loved every bit of it. One note: this was the first Tortall book to make me cry. That burial scene was a beautiful kick in the gut. All of the applause, Tammy! Thankfully I already own the next 2 books so there's no reason not to dive straight into them.

  • Elias
    2019-06-22 01:16

    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:Prologue:- From the Journal of Eleni Cooper [a descendant of the protagonist]- From the Journal of Mistress Ilony Cooper [the protagonist's mother]- From the Journal of Matthias Tunstall [a main character, but years before the story is set]- and then! Finally! The journal of the protagonist.I had no idea who these people were until I just went back to dig through it, and it just made the start of the novel feel disjointed, like I was lost before I even started. Breaking up the narration by day, sometimes several times in one day, also feels disjointed.

  • Valerie
    2019-07-12 20:48

    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 no telling where it could end. I really look forward to reading the second book of this series and see what happens to Beka next.

  • Cinda
    2019-07-16 22:52

    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...

  • Vaidah
    2019-06-21 02:04

    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!

  • Ajax
    2019-06-24 18:01

    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 from her usual style and used first person narration here. That would have been fine except that Terrier's heroine, Beka Cooper, has zero humor, sass or sarcasm, and her narration is dry as a bone. An even bigger misstep is to make the first person narrative into a literal diary, which leads to lots of clumsy, tedious sections where Beka is either explaining how she's making the time to record journal entries with all that's going or describing to the reader her own looks. The latter was particularly egregious - who sits and writes their own hair color, eye color and breast size in their diary?? The "mystery" in the book was also not that engaging. Unlike the previous books, there were no surprise moments or twists that made your jaw drop. Even the big "twist" at the end was telegraphed way in advance.Finally, by the fifth series in the Tortall universe, I think Pierce was struggling to keep things fresh. The previous four series also featured young heroines who fight for justice along with their sassy animal sidekicks, but each series had some element that injected new energy into the proceedings. In Terrier, however, everything feels derivative of what came before - Beka's personality is basically the same as Kel's, except with much less humor and more shyness, her animal sidekick is literally the same as Alanna's, etc. Felt to me like Pierce's whole formula had become stale in this book. I think I'll be rereading Protector of the Small instead of bothering with the rest of the Provost's Dog trilogy.

  • Dichotomy Girl
    2019-07-04 18:06

    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 Naughty Michelle, here I go to update my review of a previously read book only to find that I never reviewed it!I am a big fan of Tamora Pierce, I love that she writes about strong female characters, and I love how her stories are NOT focused on romance and sex. (though they may contain them).I originally read this book several years back along with it's sequel, and am now rereading both of them as the third book in the series has been released.From the Book description: Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises--and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.Beka is a fun character, having been born poor she's tough and ambitious, but is also shy and idealistic and often doubts herself. If you are a fan of Fantasy and have never read any Tamora Pierce, this series is a great place to start. ( I also really enjoyed Alanna: The First Adventure)

  • Caroline
    2019-07-05 02:14

    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 humanism...all 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 quartets, so you get to explore her magical worlds through different narrators and across time. "Terrier" is her latest in a long line of books about the Tortall kingdom (though it's the first chronologically): detailing the life of a common girl who wants to protect the slums she grew up in from exploitation and evil-doing. The book offers a frank look at the complexity of urban law enforcement. Who are the good guys and bad guys? When is physical force required? Is the line between legal and illegal the same as the line between moral and immoral? And, most interesting in my opinion, who *really* governs a city? The guy in the castle, or the lord of the thieves? Which one governs better?It's also a good old-fashioned detective story, for those of you interested in that genre. A spirited, responsible young girl takes on the nastiest and most vicious criminal of her lifetime...and her only allies are a half-dozen criminals, some wind gusts, and her cat. Beka Cooper (the "Terrier") has promise. She reminds me of Aly, the heroine of the Trickster couplet. Look for more good stuff about Beka.

  • Aubrey
    2019-06-18 23:47

    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 time Pierce takes on a new saga in Tortall, she challenges herself to make a new strong heroine in a different position in society which even sometimes allows her to add tastes of different genres within a fantasy piece. Terrier in particular gives both the fantasy and crime novel a chance to play together. The blend was quite enjoyable, especially with such deliciously human characters that tread both sides of the law. I can't wait to read the next installment!

  • Sienna K
    2019-07-14 18:02

    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, DO NOT GET THIS BOOK!!!!

  • Jodie
    2019-07-08 17:54

    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 :)

  • Samantha
    2019-07-05 17:49

    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 thought it was going to keep bouncing around through different diaries and it would never even be hers. Then I was afraid she was going to give things away by saying something like ‘something terrible happened tonight, but I will get to that later.’ Tamora did a very good job of only doing that once, and only for the “Fishpuppy” incident.I thought some of the character feels and traits were repeats, in retrospect. Like Pounce, a possible god or constellation cat with purple eyes (that’s straight out of her first book of Alanna). Then there’s Beka being able to talk to birds (from Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen; although admittedly it was crows? then and pigeons with Beka). Clary Goodwin was a very Alanna type brisk character, and Mattius felt like the other tall, lanky guy who hooks up with a woman fighter from either Alanna or the Page series. Rosto was George, obviously.But for all that, I really enjoyed this book, and I didn’t notice those things as much then. I thought it was nice that the thieves (rushers) and Provost Guard Trainees (Puppies) could be friends. I knew from page one that Beka was going to hook up with Rosto though. Come on, if she’s going to birth George as a great, great grandson, she had to have thief in his blood already. Although clever of George’s mom to leave that part out…It was interesting for them to live in a world without the Stormwings, when they were so pivotal in all the earlier series of Tortall. And there was just one reference to the time when they were said to come back, and many streets named after them that no one seemed to care about, even as I know others later in the Human Era would.I thought Mistress Noll as the villain was really sad, although I’m glad Gemma got out of it okay. I hope Beka stays in touch with Tansy and Herum and Annis, and as well as the Ashmillers, even though the girls weren’t to keen on her.I did have a little cry when three of Beka’s four siblings came to forgive her and were proud of her in the closed trial at the end of the book. I thought Diona should have bucked it up and been there too, since she was the rudest of all of them to Beka, but I understand it couldn’t have been perfect that way, it would have just been to simple.I really hope she makes a sequel to this book, but I really don’t see how she could. I just looked online and they said it is to be a trilogy. I am SOO excited. Now I just hope Tamora Pierce lives long enough to finish and publish them!. I have now pre-ordered the second book. It is to come out April 29th of next year. That is over a year from now. I think I will plan to drop everything and read it the minute it arrives! And to re-read Terrier right before then. Maybe next March 1st and 2nd I will be enjoying this really good book again.All in all, this was a wonderfully well written book! I enjoyed the growling of the dogs very much and Beka being afraid to speak in public, but still cutting Rosto’s wrist with her fingernail when he insulted her. ‘She’s shy, not stupid.’ That was a great line. You even got used to the street slang and Beka’s occasional bad grammar until you no longer noticed it. And I really like the Dog pub where they always ate. I had hoped Beka would be made a dog at the end of this novel, but as she wasn’t, when she is I hope she becomes the first threesome with Goodwin and Tunstall, or, as a lesser option, becomes Ersken’s partner. I really wanted her to hook up with Ersken, but I think now Kora is a good match for him: as long as you watch the mage fire thrown at the door when you try to wake her.And I have to say, oddly, I wasn’t the slightest bit sad Fulk died. I didn’t like him at all. Although I’m not sure if how I feel about Crookshank (honestly, after the first five mentions, you forget that’s another literary name-famously for a wizard’s cat). I half wanted him to live, even though he was evil. Just because he was cracked and needed to stand trial for what he’d done. Even if he died (was murdered) in the Cages, like Yates’ friend was.I can’t help wondering where they hid the bodies of the Shadow Snake victims. I REALLY hope Mistress Noll didn’t go Missus Lovett and put them in her ovens or pastries…So I would re-read this book again OH YES!I give it five stars and read it again soon! It’s definitely a keeper!.

  • Diamond Pray
    2019-07-16 22:16

    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 of the Tortall books where the cast is entirely its own. No Daine and Alanna making cameos. It's also a murder mystery and first-person diary format. Basically, if I didn't have total faith in Pierce's ability to charm me with her books I probably would have never picked something like this up.Terrier is very action lead. Blink, and you'll miss something. The dialogue is witty and snappy, and there is no zoning out in these books or else you'll miss something vital. Pierce is a master of making me really think while I read. Often the main characters will have a breakthrough or an idea and instead of explaining it in detail I, as a reader, also have to do the mental work to figure out what they figured out. It's never difficult, but it helps me to feel like I'm solving the mystery with them instead of being spoon fed every detail. I'm one of those people who tends to zone out if you spend a passage explaining to me what a building looks like. I don't have this problem with "Terrier". I honestly can't remember a single time I consciously was forced to read a info-dump and yet I understand what the lower city looks like and can picture it in my head as vividly as any movie setting of any film I've ever seen. The world building is exquisite. You know these people, this world, this culture without every having to be forcibly explained any of it. Pierce is a master at world-building in the same way Tolkien is, but without having to heavy-handedly dump history on you mid-text.Beka's an amazing main character, one I really feel I can relate to. She's good at what she does, but humble. She writes boldly and you can feel her rage in her journal entries, yet often in person she's shy. People underestimate her, and misunderstand her because there's so much more going on below the surface. In addition to being a spectacular Dog (book slang for gaurdsmen/women) she has magic to assist her in her duties. Magic, that I have to say is delightfully original while still having it's own fallbacks and limitations. Beka can listen to dust spinners, magical winds that collect scraps of sounds on street corners, as well as hear the souls that city pigeons carry. Obviously both of these are invaluable resources, but also unreliable. Sometimes her magic gives her just the clue she needs but more often than not it's frustrating hints with nothing concrete. Despite all of this I never feel like Beka is overpowered. As I just explained her powers have their drawbacks, and she makes mistakes, particularly at the end she takes an extraordinarily long time to figure out some things I had my finger on from the start. She's clever, but her companions offer ideas that she often doesn't consider, and her shyness is crippling in ways that actually hinder her ability to do her job at time - i.e. testifying in court when she's the only witness to an arrest. I don't like mysteries. I don't like journal-format novels, and I don't like crime books, and yet I adore Terrier? It starts out with Beka, Eskren, and Pounce, and as the cast grows I find myself as attached to her companions as Beka herself is. I couldn't wait to get my hand on the next book because I loved being a part of her world and her mis-matched family of dogs, star cats, ornery pidgeons, and crime lords all living under one roof and desperately trying to keep a crazy city safe from itself. I love the language, the slang, the lower city cant. I found myself slipping some of into my own daily language, much to my family's confusion. I love this book. I love it. My only complaint is that despite being told early on that Beka is a blonde she looks like she has red hair on every cover and I refuse to believe otherwise. Read this book, and then read the rest of Tamora Pierce's books. I've been reading her Tortall series since I was in 4th grade and revisiting them in high school and now, as an adult, I love them more every time I open them.

  • Allison Hurd
    2019-07-06 21:00

    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 determination to help people who grew up in the same life she led. I loved her friends and mentors, and even a few hints at old friends, though this book happens about 200 years before those friends show up. I liked the jargon introduced, and the world color.The book makes a bold choice in the use of narration through journals, and honestly I don't think that helped the story. It was a lot of build up, and a lot of "you couldn't have known this, but it solved the mystery!" type explanations after the fact. Which makes sense in a journal, I suppose, but it wasn't very fun to read with very little foreshadowing. We knew whodunnit less than halfway through, we just didn't know how to catch them doing it until LIKE MAGIC! it's time! Not my favorite, and I know Tamora can write better mysteries.Also, the tone was strange. She's young, and the premise is that police are officially called Dogs, and trainees are officially called Puppies. Not as slang between those in the profession--this is actually the name of their institution. When all of them are on the same case, they participate in a Growl, and all of them, well, growl, and this is a community thing that is supposed to be a big deal.So it should be a kid's book, right? All the Dogs should be working to stop a ring of cat burglars or something! Hilarious! Except that isn't the case. There's hints at adult content, drug use, domestic violence, and rape threats, as well as institutional graft and police on the take (through the use of the Happy Bag!) So, as is, it was a little unbelievable and an uncomfortable mindset somewhere between juvenile and hard-bitten police procedural. The writing was good, the characters were lovely, but the story, tone, themes, and method of storytelling really got in the way of my enjoyment.

  • Caroline
    2019-07-10 20:57

    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 course in the young adult fantasy genre.BUT once I got past those points, this turns out to be a well-constructed fantasy-police-procedural (I have a soft spot for those, it seems), and Pierce just does an exceptional job of creating characters you want to spend time with. She has a particular knack for well-developed and complicated social dynamics. I particularly like the relationship young Beka has with her older female partner, and the general sense of camaraderie and warm friendship among the character and her housemates from different walks of life. There *is* a setup with a charming rogue that Beka won't admit her attraction to, but it's a fairly small part of the book, and since it's not the Only Important Relationship, or even a major relationship, in her life, the maybe-maybe-not romance angle isn't a distraction. I'm also impressed that Pierce takes on a lot of 'dark' material (violence and poverty and social inequality) in a way that feels plausible, without overwhelming the book. The story isn't grim-and-gritty for its own sake, in other words, but it doesn't try to idealize or smooth over the rough edges of the fantasy world.Audiobook note: the narrator is particularly delightful and infuses the characters with an enormous amount of personality. It might have been easy for the numerous characters introduced in this book to blur together, but the narration makes sure that won't happen.

  • Katie
    2019-06-29 01:52

    "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 past...First of all, Goodwin is MY HERO (much as she is Beka's) and I can't WAIT to read more about her. I enjoyed watching Beka make and keep a variety of really interesting friends (my favorites: Aniki, Ersken, Kora), although I am still a bit skeptical of Rosto. Also, of course, Pounce is a great animal sidekick. (view spoiler)[I've noticed Tamora Pierce has a scary tendency to kill off her feline characters, so I was overjoyed Pounce escaped a terrible fate! (hide spoiler)]One of the coolest things about this book was the dual mystery (it is great that this is a book about law enforcement, so the whodunit plot and the quest to catch criminals seem very natural): Crookshank's fire opals/missing workers, and the hunt for the Shadow Snake. (view spoiler)[I was never that convinced that Yates was the Snake, but I only figured out it was his mother a couple pages before Beka! (hide spoiler)] Beka's "fatal flaw" as a Dog, her crippling shyness/fear of public speaking, was a unique challenge to read about, as it is not something I've seen in many other heroines. I can't wait to see how Beka develops and what awaits her in her next adventure!

  • Noelle
    2019-06-17 20:57


  • Bookbuyer
    2019-06-24 22:13

    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 a fantasy novel so it's not real history. But that fact that it was accepted that cops would be crooked, drunk, friends with the 'rats' is amazing to me. And how many 'puppies' are lost! I was very sad that Verene died. I was also happy that Rosto killed the old King of the Rogue and I know he is going to be much better! I can't believe how bad the 'villians' in this story were. They both really surprised me and disgusted me. Grandmother Noll kidnapping and killing children simply because she wanted something from the parents!!! Also Crookshank! He was a horrible old man. :(

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-07-07 00:01

    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 hero worships them, and it's hard for her to learn that not even they can solve even half the crimes they come in contact with, let along all of them. The 1st person diary style in which the story is told is a little clunky, but it serves its purpose. The action scenes maintain their immediacy, and Beka's personality comes through loud and tbc

  • Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
    2019-07-06 22:14

    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 the series and in the follow up books the reader will get to know more about the other players. I liked the world building and am still glad I read this one. If anything it introduced a strong YA female lead who learns to stand on her own two feet and we need more positive female role models in books.

  • Misti
    2019-07-07 02:16

    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 like this one. The main character's personality was inconsistent and improbable. This only got the rating it did because the writing is still compelling enough that I read it all the way through, despite it's flaws.

  • mj
    2019-07-07 02:15

    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 book i read that doesn’t have gay characters i’m bored by. also pierces obsession with looking at animal genitals makes me uncomfortable.