Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper #1 by Tamora Pierce

Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper #1

byTamora Pierce

Kobo ebook | October 23, 2007

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BEKA COOPER IS a rookie with the Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat, but Beka can hear the voices of the dead on the wings of pigeons, and Beka's birds clue her in to two major murderers on the loose. The rest of the Guard is busy investigating the fire opal killer, so it's up to Beka to nab the Shadow Snake.Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, a young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. Pierce employs first-person narration, bringing readers even closer to a character that they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

Author Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1954. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, Alanna: The First Adventure, was published in 1983 and she became a full-time author in 1992. She writes fantasy books, mainly involving young heroines, for...
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Title:Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper #1Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 23, 2007Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375843159

ISBN - 13:9780375843150

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 16

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrier - Tamora Pierce This book is set in the same world as “The Lioness Rampant” series, taking place several hundred years earlier, following Beka Cooper, a poor girl living in Tortall. She joins the Provost’s Dogs to keep the peace and soon discovers people who won’t be missed are disappearing. Thanks to her mysterious powers, a magical cat and a stubborn streak a mile wide, she plunges headlong into a story that has implications for the entire Lower City. Beka is a flawed character which makes her actions and dialogue that much more realistic. She has fears and doubts. She has trouble doing her job at times because of communication. But through the course of the book we see her adapt and evolve to her new situation and to those around her. There are also some great well-rounded secondary characters such as Beka’s mentors Tunstall and Goodwin and Rosto the Piper. Their personalities are slowly revealed throughout the story and on occasion by third parties. This made for a more organic experience rather than an infodump through exposition. As well the maps and appendix were much appreciated as the book covers a lot of ground both geographically and linguistically. This helped to physically center the reader and the addition of slang made the story more immersive and showed how much world-building Pierce had put into the series. One drawback that remained throughout the entire story was the epistolary style. At times it got in the way of the story. In the beginning I had to delve through three separate POV levels to get to Beka’s story which was confusing and the result was it took longer to get into the story. As well one diary entry contained a plethora of spelling errors which was distracting and unnecessary. There are other better ways to communicate a person’s literacy. The style was somewhat mitigated though by Pierce’s transitions between Beka’s passive and active voice. She created a seamless shift between diary entries and present action so that it’s unnoticeable and doesn’t interrupt the narrative flow of the story. If you’re a fan of Pierce or of the Lioness series I would highly recommend this book as the beginning of an interesting new series.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite author Love Tamora Pierce and this book doesn't disappoint.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome start! I finished this book in two days... No regrets! Another fantastic read from Tamora!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT START! Such a good start to a trilogy! I love Beka's character so much, plus she's so relatable - especially if you're someone who is super shy and hates talking in front of crowds and gets all nervous. I loved that about her and I loved how she doesn't just get over it in a couple chapters. It's part of her character and she struggles with it and I liked seeing that. Rosto, though...I think I might be in love! The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the ending...SPOILERS... When he kisses Beka. I felt like that could have waited till the next book. There were definitely feelings there, but it just didn't seem like the right time.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Great new series, and a really interesting writing style!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! A new story with new characters but just as good as Pierce's other books. I'm very excited for this new series.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Find I loved this book!! The characters are all believable. Pierce gives all of them so much life, while maintaining the readers interest by keeping the story going. I read it in one night, I just couldn't put it down. A wonderful read for all ages.
Date published: 2016-11-30
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