Bloodhound (Beka Cooper Series #2)

Bloodhound (Beka Cooper Series #2)

by Tamora Pierce


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A #1 New York Times bestseller from the fantasy author who is legend herself: TAMORA PIERCE. In this second book in the Beka Cooper Trilogy, Beka uses her unique magic and street smarts to solve a dangerous mystery!

Is Beka ready for her first real mission?

Beka Cooper is having trouble settling into the Provost's Guard. In just five months as a full member, she's already gone through four partners. But now she's teamed up with the renowned Dog Goodwin and an even more famous dog—a scent hound named Achoo. Part of a team at last, Beka is sent on a special mission to Port Caynn. Once there, she delves deeper into the dark underworld of Tortall and learns that corruption extends beyond the Rogue's Court of criminals. It would be risky to continue to investigate, but Beka's not one to give up the scent. Even if it means ending her career . . . permanently.

The Beka Cooper Trilogy introduces an amazing young woman who is the ancestor of one of Tamora Pierce's most popular characters: George Cooper. Here, Pierce gives fans exactly what they want—a smart, savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City—while offering plenty to appeal to new readers as well!

"Tamora Pierce's books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration. Cracking open one of her marvelous novels always feels like coming home."
SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Tamora Pierce didn't just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we're all just running to keep pace."
LEIGH BARDUGO, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375838170
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Series: Beka Cooper Series , #2
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 107,787
Product dimensions: 8.28(w) x 5.54(h) x 1.23(d)
Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Tamora Pierce is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. Her books have been translated into many languages, and some are available on audio from Listening Library and Full Cast Audio. In 2013, she won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.

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Thursday, September 6, 247 H.E.

I should have known tonight’s watch would kiss the mule’s bum when Sergeant Ahuda stopped me after baton training. “A private word, Cooper,” she told me, and pulled me into a quiet corner of the yard. Her dark eyes were sharp on my face. We’d gotten on well since I’d finished my Puppy year and in my five months’ work as a Dog. I couldn’t think what I might have done to vex her.

“Your reports have gotten sloppy.” That was Ahuda, never one to soften her words. “You leave out detail, you skip what’s said. You used to write the best reports of any Puppy or first-year Dog, but not of late. Have you slacked on the memory exercises?”

I gazed at the ground. Of course I’ve been slacking. What’s the use, with partners like I’ve had? Ahuda put her brown fist under my chin and thrust my head up so I’d look her in the eye. “Shall I send you back to Puppy training for a refreshing in memory study?”

“Sarge, please don’t.” The plea left my mouth before I could stop the words. Goddess, not Puppy training again, not even one class! I’d never hear the end of it!

Ahuda took her fist away and propped it on one of her sturdy hips. “Then however you kept your memory quick before, start doing it again. Steel yourself, wench! You’re not the only first-year Dog with partners who are less than gold. Work with it!”

She marched back to the kennel. I went to wash and put on my uniform. We had the Happy Bag to collect tonight, me and my partner Silsbee. Our route took us along Fortunetellers’ Walk, where I’d be sure to find a shop that sold journal books. I’d thought I wouldn’t need to keep one after my Puppy year, but if Ahuda was complaining of my reports, it was time to start again.

I didn’t even have Pounce to make me feel better as we mustered for the Evening Watch. The cat had stopped coming with us three days after I’d been partnered with Silsbee. I’d begged him to come. It was Pounce’s remarks about folk, and about Silsbee himself, that made it easier for me to walk patrol with the man, but Pounce would have none of it.

He bores me, and he only lets you do boring things, too, my annoying constellation cat said. I see no reason why both of us should be bored.

And so I went out to collect our Happy Bag’s worth of bribes with Silsbee and no one else, listening to him jabber about the meal his wife had prepared before he came on watch. Those huge meals are one reason that when we reached our patrol route, I visited all the shopkeepers with businesses upstairs. On Fortunetellers’ Walk they went up three and four stories, each room with a crystal reader, or a palm reader, or any other kind of reader. Silsbee stood below and blabbered with the ground-floor shopkeepers. They brought him drinks and cakes, stupid loobies. Did they think he’d run after the Rat that stole their goods? I did all the climbing in the miserable heat, just as I would run down their Rats when they came.

We gathered the Happy Bag and finished our watch. Ersken invited me to supper with him, his partner Birch, and some of the others, but I was in no mood for it. I just don’t feel like I earn that extra bit from the Happy Bag with Silsbee dragging at me all the time. It makes me feel low.

I was walking through the kennel courtyard when I noticed that Silsbee waited by the gate. He crooked a finger at me. “A word with ye, Cooper,” he said.

My temples banged. The last thing I wanted was any kind of speech with that sheep biter when I was off duty, but he was my senior partner. I went to him.

“I’ll speak with Sergeant Ahuda, but ye’ve the right to know first. I’m requestin’ a new partner.” He dug at his teeth with a wooden pick. “Ye really deserve that name they give ye, Terrier. Y’ are a Terrier. Ye make me nervous, with yer hands and feet twitchin’ and yer teeth grindin’, allus wantin’ t’ chase after every wee noise and squeak. Even in this weather! If I was younger—but I ain’t. It’s best we say we’re not suited before we get fond.”

“You’re cutting me loose.” I said it slow, just to be sure I had it right. It hurt, to hear the nickname I was so proud of turned against me.

“Ye give me fidgets.” He shrugged and held out his hands as if to say, “What am I to do?”

“You—” I said, trying not to show my fury. “Do you know how many Rats I could have caught and hobbled, had you not held me back?”

“Now, Cooper, don’t make me write ye up for sauce.” He waved that disgusting toothpick at me. There was a chunk of something on its end.

“You want to hear sauce?” Two weeks of working with the louse boiled over and out of my mouth. “You walk a bit, and you stop for a jack of ale. Then you stroll a block or three, till you need ‘a wee tidbit,’ as would feed a family of five. A cove gets his pocket picked? ‘We’ll have Day Watch pick that Rat up,’ you say. ‘There’s folk with children to feed on Day Watch as can use the bribes.’ Someone cries murder a street over? ‘Plenty of folk hereabouts put up a shout because they like to make me run. I ain’t a-fallin’ for that trick again.’ Once we get there, any Rats are gone—it’s enough to make a mot scream.”

“I’m beginnin’ t’ see why ye’re not well favored when it comes to partners, Cooper,” he said. “Ye say nothin’ for days, then ye talk sewer muck.”

He strolled into the kennel, as smug as a tax man with soldiers at his back. I stood there, shaking, my hands clenched so tight around my new-bought journal that they cramped.

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iamnotanelf More than 1 year ago
I've read through "Bloodhound" twice now, and I just recently looked through the other reviews. I was surprised to see so many people upset that Ms. Pierce took this book in a new direction. It's true: many of the characters in the first book of the series ("Terrier") only make brief appearances in this book. But have faith, people! Tamora Pierce rarely introduces and names a character without making them an integral part of the series AS A WHOLE. The series isn't finished! Hold your horses! I have faith that Rosto, Kora, Ersken, Aniki, and the rest will have plenty to say and do in "Mastiff", the next installment of this series. Many of you were angry at Ms. Pierce for neglecting the Beka-Rosto love story, but she often gives her characters multiple romantic interests before elaborating on the best option. Think Alanna-Jon-Liam-George here folks. And besides, these aren't romance novels; they're adventure stories! The romance is certainly lovely, I'll admit. But as far as the Protector of the Small books being bad simply because Ms. Pierce didn't secure a life-long romance for Keladry? That's poppycock. You should be reading the Twilight series for that sort of romance. "Bloodhound" is a great book with a lot to say about a lot of very relevant issues, including (but not limited to) homosexuality, the economy, torture methodology, and a woman's perceived "place" in the world. If you can't appreciate any of that simply because Beka and Rosto don't have a make-out session, you'd really better try a re-read.
iluvbooks88 More than 1 year ago
Tamora Pierce shines with another wonderful installment to the World of Tortall series! I waited forever for this book to come out!It was definately worth the wait! I can't wait for the next one and highly recommend it! Also recommend the rest of the World of Tortall series; Inheritance Cycle; Harry Potter series; House of Night series; Twilight series; and the Wicked Lovely series
Booklover39023 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED the first book soooooooo much!! Beka is one of my favorite Tamora Pierce Characters (the other being Ally). I love the whole story sooo much. It made me laugh and cry at times, it was so suspenseful that i finished it in two days because i couldn't put it down. I really hope that Rosto and Beka get together in this book because they were so great in the first one, but i am kind of apprehensive because it isn't set in Corus and stuff and she's on a special mission or something and i just really hope i like it as much as the first one. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fantasy, it will captivate you and leave you thirsting for more. I also recommend anything else by Tamora Pierce, Erin Hunter, Christopher Paolini, Rick Riordan, or Stephanie Meyer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for it its amazing and Beka is so awesome the way that when she gets her teeth in she never lets go. And doesn't it have to be Rosto because he doesn't have a last name and the family line is Cooper. I hope so it'll be interesting to see how a Dog could date the Rogue himself after all. Yay, i think i might go mad waiting for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am confused why everybody hates this book. I thought it was very nice and I enjoyed Beka's romantic issues. I also enjoyed seeing a new place, because, we've seen so dang much of Corus, that I practically know the whole thing. (No, no jk) i also enjoyed Beka's work with Goodwin, and her struggle with Pounce not being around. I enjoyed meeting Achoo, and throughly enjoyed this book. So, people, I don't understand why you dislike it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent finished the book yet but I am dieng to know how it ends! I...well...sort of read the back of Mastiff in a book store. Ever since that awful and horrifying experiance, I hope that Beka doesnt end up with Rosto. Everytime a new cove enters the picture i say " please let him be the one!" But so far: disappears, too old, disappears, gay...the suspense is killing me!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tamora Pierce's Bloodhound includes a unique plot where Beka has to find the mastermind behind a colemongeling operation. During the story, Beka experiences romance, chases, and creates a greater bond with her partner, Goodwin. To succeed, Beka must be able to act, devise convincing lies, and, of course, defeat rats. Each page will keep you wanting to know what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
have you read bloodhound? or are you wanting to buy the book. Ill give you some advice on that. if you want to buy it, go and buy it. if youve already read it, go ahead and read it again. thats how good this book is. I recommend it 100 percent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so disappointed in this book! I loved the first book it was amazing, but Bloodhound fell short. The fact that most of the characters for the first book were completely out of the picture greatly weakened the book. The change in setting was also fairly disappointing Beka's connection to the lower city in the first book was a very strong component of the book and brought a lot to the story and Beka's character. The plot of book two was terrible compared to book one. Did anyone else notice that the cover of the book had to be changed due to changes in the plot? You can find pictures of what it originally was going to be online, it looks much better . This book did not live up to its full potential and pales in comparison to Terrier.
Knights642 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down from start to finish. I look Tamora"s books and with each one it gets better and better than I thought it even could. This is my favorite author and next to the Trickster's Choice series this is one of my favorite series of hers. Must read for young girls, young women, older women, just women in general and mabe men you like strong women. ;p
Caitlin_Marie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book even more than the first book. It was thrilling and a fun read. I recommend every book By Tamora Pierce, though reading them in the order they were written is best.
Post_It_Child More than 1 year ago
Bloodhound is one of those books you can't put down until you're done, and when you finish, you're satisfied. And yet...I can't wait for the next one. Beka has grown as a woman and a Dog since the last book ended, and yet she still acts as though she's an overeager Puppy. When she loses yet another partner and is sent back to Goodwin and Tunstall, she begins to get more and more frustrated with the work of the Dogs. She begins to understand that not all Dogs love the work as she does, and her nickname, "Terrier", can often be turned against her. She and Goodwin have to go on a Hunt to Port Caynn, to sniff out a colesmithing (counterfitter's) ring. When Goodwin goes back to Corus to report, all hell breaks loose, and Beka is left to fend for herself. A fantastic read, Bloodhound is full of the fun we have come to associate with Tamora Pierce and her characters. Pounce is back, along with Slapper and all of our loved people of the Rouge, along with new aquantances who will make every page an excellent adventure.
Chrissy_Mae More than 1 year ago
The book wasn't her best, but it was still page-turning goodness, which shows how wonderful a writer Tamora Peirce truly is. It was a longer read than the the first of the series, Terrier. And it wasn't quite as fast paced, plus it was missing some of my favorite characters. But the end was wonderful, and delivered a suprise that has me counting the days till her the final book. She turned the story line around from where I was expecting it to go, which I always (ok, mostly) like. Just one more example of why Tamora Peirce will always have a spot on my bookshelf, no matter how old I get.
Antram_lover More than 1 year ago
If anyone else is a HUGE fan of the Tortallion quartets and Ms. Pierce's other Tortallian books, including Terrier, then you most definitely going to go out and buy Bloodhound. Fans of Becca Cooper have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of this book since 2006 and can I say what a waste of time? Unlike the first one, this one has a very weak storyline. The characters are forgettable and some of the best ones are only in the beginning and the end. Not to give away any spoilers, but Becca winds up "giving herself" to another guy. Things with Rosto have progressed no further, and he is only mentioned probably 6 times throughout the whole book. All I can say is what happened? From such a talented author, comes this... 'novel'? There were no new elements of surprise, no twist in the plot, no witty dialogue or memorable lines. Compared to her other books, this just didn't compare. I also have to point out that Ms. Pierce brought homosexuality into it. Becca's cousin is gay and his "partner" is involved in the story. I am very disappointed in that as well. That was one of the main reasons I didn't like her Circle of Magic books. It almost felt like propaganda towards gays because she kept throwing it in... So, for people like me who have been waiting since 2006, was it worth it? Absolutely 100% NOT. Wow. What a disappointment.
Anglophile1985 More than 1 year ago
Though somewhat darker then some of her earlier work. Bloodhound is a wonderful book full of suspense and action. You see Beka grow as a character and though she was all ready a compelling character from the first book Bloodhound see her developed more. Can't say enought about this book. Must read Terrier, the first in the series in order to get a full understanding of what is going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bloodhound is an amazing, must read book for any Pierce fan. There's a little bit of everything: action, romance, mystery. I can't wait for another Beka Cooper story!
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started this as an audio book with the kids in the car. Now that they're out of the car, I'm abandoning it. The language and behaviors are just way too artificial for me. This aspect bothered me slightly when we did the first book, Terrier, but it's assumed major proportions now. I understand trying to give a foreign and, perhaps, old feel to the speech patterns...but these just come across as stilted and awkward.It might have been better as a printed book, where the inner ear can choose to get the sense of a sentence without actually pronouncing it...but there's no avoiding it when someone is reading it to you.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am still wrapping my head around this Tortall series where magic and knights aren't running amok, and I am still waiting to see the family connection between George and Beka. Bloodhound continues its trek through the grittier side of Tortall as the police and criminals keep each other on their toes. The writing is superb, but I sometimes wish it was a little more light-hearted and included more Rosto and his Rogue Court. Perhaps next time?
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hurrah, another story at last. Beka's a full Dog now, and has accidentally become a scent hound handler. Beka and Goodwin and hound Achoo head off to Port Caynn to investigate a flood of counterfeit silver coins. This wasn't as gripping a take as the first volume of Beka's adventures, but it was fun to visit the characters and locations. I hope it won't be as long a wait for the next volume!
corydickason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beka is a hard nut to crack, and Pierce does a good job keeping the reader interested in her emotional growth as well as the mystery of the counterfeit coins. Beka's relationship with her animals and with her gay, cross-dressing friend make this a good fit for teaching tolerance and compassion.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beka is now a full Dog. When her latest partner dumps her, she is back with Goodwin and Tunstall once again. She has also acquired a scent-hound, Achoo. Counterfeit coins are being found in increasing numbers, so Beka and Goodwin are sent to Port Caynn to track them back. Trouble ensues.Pierce's novels keep getting better and better.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tamora Pierce only gets better as an author with each book, and this one, her latest, is no exception. I really like Beka, and the world she inhabits, and this book stands out for me as being based on a mystery about forgery, and by showing the nation-shattering damage (inflation, starvation) it can produce. I also find it refreshing that Beka and the world she inhabits isn't the usual bucolic rural village or amidst nobility or royalty. The books is more gritty urban police procedural, even if in a pseudo-medieval setting.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the Beka Cooper series. She is a great character and the stories are fun. Another great one by Tamora Pierce.
HarlequinTwilight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rebekah ¿Beka¿ Cooper is now a Dog, a fully qualified member of Provost¿s Guard, which is basically the police force in Corus, the capital of Tortall. Beka is a natural at Dog work, she¿s observant and persistent, but her magical traits set her apart from the rest, she has the ability to gain information from the spirits that attach themselves to pigeons and the dust and dirt that swirl on the ground called dust spinners. These skills along with the help from the company she keeps make Beka a skilled Dog.Beka has been a Dog for five months at this point, and her fourth partner has just decided to leave her, which sends her back to her (amusing) training Dogs, Tunstall and Goodwin. One her first day back with Tunstall and Goodwin, they learn of counterfeit silver coins being used throughout Corus, which begins their investigation on the subject. On the second day, the merchants raise their prices in order to cover their losses, which cause a riot in the Lower City. During the riot, Tunstall is injured and in trying to get him to safety, they meet a group of men from a security caravan, who turn out to be quite useful to them.After the riots, it¿s found that the counterfeit coins are being brought in by gamblers from Port Caynn and the Port Caynn Dogs don¿t seem to be doing anything about it. With Tunstall on bed rest, Cooper and Goodwin are sent undercover to Port Caynn to try and locate where these fake coins are coming from and who is sending them out into the mainstream. Beka and Goodwin must explore the deep world of gambling and find the root of the problem, in a strange city.Along the way, Beka sees Dale Rowan, a bank courier that sometimes works on the caravan, whim she met in the riot. Dale becomes more than just someone to help the women learn about the gambling places, and the eating houses that could help aid them, he becomes someone Beka really begins to like. He is handsome, buys her fine gifts, and becomes a bedmate for her, all in a matter of days. There is just enough romance that you almost want to root for him, but personally I am still rooting for her and Rosto, the Rogue of Corus.With the help of the adorable Achoo, Beka¿s new scent hound, Slapper, a hilarious pigeon that carries the voices of the dead, and their new friends from the riots, they have just the in they need to get their investigation started. Things finally start falling into place when Goodwin goes to Corus to report what they have so far. Once Goodwin is gone, things come together rather quickly for young Beka, and it is up to her alone, to keep it all from blowing up before help arrives. And it is up to Achoo to teach Beka that there is more to finding a criminal than the chase, and sometimes you have to sniff them out of their hiding place.I love this story! It¿s told very well, everything you read is written through Beka¿s journal and despite the length of the book, the entire story covers just under three weeks. I didn¿t read Terrier, the first book in the trilogy, but Bloodhound seems to stand on its own, with only a slight temporary confusion. Some of the terminology is quite different, but there is a dictionary in the back, along with a few other things that are quite helpful when it comes to keeping things straight. The cast of characters are quite colorful, and very interesting, particularly when Dogs, mages, thieves, and the Rogue not only live in the same lodgings, but also dine frequently together and intertwine themselves in each others lives as they do. It¿s easy to see that despite what they all do for a living, they all care and respect each other as friends.There are some aspects of the story that could become a little much for younger readers and I think I should state that Beka may only be 16 or 17, but in her time, that is classified as an adult. She deals in adult situations, there is crime, gambling, adult relationships, and violence, but nothing is told in explicit detail or anything like that. This is a story that I c
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As much as Kel (Protector of the Small) is still my favorite Pierce heroine, it is my opinion that Bloodhound is the best book so far in the Tortall series, if not the best Pierce has ever written. I wasn't overly thrilled with the first book in the series, Terrier, but this book more than made up for it. Bloodhound is well-written and the characters are believable and interesting. The plot strong and intriguing, magic is used occasionally and not as a constant crutch, and Pierce is not afraid to put characters in real, even deadly danger as fits the plot and setting.I do have two minor technical issues with the book. The first is that, as with Terrier, Bloodhound was supposedly written as a "journal", but, again like Terrier, it reads like a first-person novel. I've read journal-style books that are good reads but also are believably journals, and this is not believably a journal. However, it doesn't detract much from the book and is amusing at times.The second issue is that it's never explained how the coles (counterfeit coins) are being made. One can't simply melt silver and pour it over brass disks to coat them. And what kind of 'silver paint' would match so perfectly with real silver as to fool suspicious people? But as I said, this is a technical issue and it wouldn't have come up if I hadn't studied metalworking, or if I hadn't been so impressed with how she'd dealt with metalworking in the Circle series.But those are small issues, and those two small issues aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who likes a fun fantasy read with a bit of crime drama mixed in (although you should probably read Terrier first as there are some things that will be pretty confusing otherwise).