TERRIER: The Legend Of Beka Cooper #1

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TERRIER: The Legend Of Beka Cooper #1

by Tamora Pierce

Random House Children's Books | October 23, 2007 | Trade Paperback

TERRIER: The Legend Of Beka Cooper #1 is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 6.
Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character that they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 1.25 in

Published: October 23, 2007

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375838163

ISBN - 13: 9780375838163

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I haven't read any other book by tamora Pierce but I am going to because I really loved this book. It held my attention and for a lot of points it was hard to put down. I always have liked the whole midievil warrior type thing and thats what this is. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
Date published: 2009-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cultural immersion and just plain fun Pierce has masterfully woven a distinctive and believable setting in the Lowercity of Corus. Characters' attitudes, speaking and actions are all perfectly suited to their environment. One of the best things about this book is the immersion caused by the regularity in characters' actions. I found the slang especcially interesting. It isusually fairly evident what the words meant, and they serve to further the immersion. Of course this book isn't just about culture. The story itself is fascinating and drives along at a lovely pace. I would have liked to see more of Rosto's story, rather than just having him develop his career fully in the background though.
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Tamora Pierce I just finished reading Terrier and can't wait to start on Blood Hound. Any one who wants an interesting read full of suspense should pick up anything from Tamora Pierce. Its amazing that all of her books are good. I haven't even come across one bad book of hers.
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from her books always satisfy! I always have a good time with Pierce's books. This one did not disappoint except in that it ended. I love the way she creates her characters so strongly and believably. She adds complexity and depth to tales that could have otherwise have been plain. I am eager for the next Pierce already. More please.
Date published: 2008-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No question about it. A good read. The first of two books I know about for certain that cover part of Tortall's past. The second, Bloodhound, has yet to be released. Current estimates are sometime next spring, although the excerpt in the back of Terrier says, I think, this December. Anyway, unlike the other books set in Tortall, the Beka Cooper books are done in the form of journals. The prologue to the book, journals of Eleni Cooper (from the Lioness Quartet) and Beka Cooper's mother (I think, again) are done in different fonts to represent the different hands, and even creative misspellings. There are also the occasional pages in the book where an inkblot has been represented (with a page in the excerpt where there are paw prints from the cat stepping across the page). All of these serve to suggest that this is the actual diary, and not an edited copy put to the printers at some later point. The slang is a bit heavy in these books, but it makes sense as rather than being of noble birth as Kel or Alanna are, Beka is from the poorest parts of the city, and is working in those regions as well. Through the course of Terrier, Beka Cooper, one of the ancestors of George Cooper, the Rogue/King of Thieves, is undergoing her training as a member of the Provost's Guard, usually termed 'Dog'. It's not just a training period as she ends up working two very difficult cases, for which, thanks to her gifts of magic, she is uniquely suited. Tamora Pierce has woven in some unique twists that kept me up late reading the book (and this was on a re-read). After you get used to the slang (and there is a glossary in the back of the book to help where the meaning isn't immediately obvious), you'll find the book hard to put down. Last time I read the book, I refused to read the excerpt from the next book. This time I wasn't so smart and now I can't wait for Bloodhound to come out. Copied from my review at http://allbookedup-elena.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2008-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another Good Book by Tammy Pierce I quite enjoyed Tamora Pierce's work, Terrier, but did not find it quite as engaging as some of her previous work. Beka Cooper is capable but she seems to lack the daring and courage that have characterized Pierce's other female characters. The book contains more "resolution" than is typical of a first novel in one of Pierce's collections. Also, Beka is employed in a different profession than the other characters-she is a member of the Provost's Guard. Pierce's book seemed to discuss quite a bit more of the "nuts and bolts" of medieval life than most of her books have in the past. However, Beka still has her selling points. She is capable and driven, as demonstrated by her commitment to capture a child kidnapper. She is professional and respectful. I look forward to reading more about Beka.
Date published: 2008-02-08

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TERRIER: The Legend Of Beka Cooper #1

TERRIER: The Legend Of Beka Cooper #1

by Tamora Pierce

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 1.25 in

Published: October 23, 2007

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375838163

ISBN - 13: 9780375838163

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Being the Journal of Rebakah Cooperdwelling at Mistress Trout's lodgingsNipcopper Close, the Lower CityCorus, the realm of TortallI have this journal that I mean to use as a record of my days as a Provost's Dog. Should I survive my first year as a Puppy, it will give me good practice for writing proper reports when I am required to write them as a proper Dog. By reporting as much as I can remember word by word, especially in talk with folk about the city, I will keep my memory exercises sharp. Our trainers told us we must always try to memorize as much as we could exactly as we could. "Your memory is your record when your hands are too busy." That is one of our training sayings.For my own details, to make a proper start, I own to five feet and eight inches in height. My build is muscled for a mot. I have worked curst hard to make it so, in the training yard and on my own. My peaches are well enough. Doubtless they would be larger if I put on more pounds, but as I have no sweetheart and am not wishful of one for now, my peaches are fine as they are.I am told I am pretty in my face, though my sister Diona says when my fine nose and cheekbones have been broken flat several times that will no longer be so. (My sisters do not want me to be a Dog.) My eyes are light blue gray in color. Some like them. Others hold them to be unsettling. I like them, because they work for me. My teeth are good. My hair is a dark blond. Folk can see my brows and lashes without my troubling to darken t
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Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character that they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Tamora Pierce's fast-paced, suspenseful writing and strong, believable heroines have won her much praise and a large, devoted fan following. Her novels are frequent award-winners and regularly appear on bestseller lists. Having written more than two-dozen books and recently co-edited an anthology of Young Adult short stories, Ms. Pierce is a tireless self-promoter and YA advocate. She attends several conventions each year and makes frequent bookstore appearances. She also has a strong presence online, as the co-creator (with novelist Meg Cabot) of www.sheroes.com, a site for young readers to learn about remarkable women in fact and fiction. The author lives in New York, NY.


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Editorial Reviews

Starred review, School Library Journal, February 2007:
"With its rollicking adventures [and] appealing characters . . . Terrier will be in strong demand by Pierce's fans. It will keep readers on the edge of their seats."


From the Hardcover edition.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17