Beka Cooper is finally a Dog—a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus’s streets. But there’s unrest in Tortall’s capital. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won’t let anything—or anyone—jeopardize her mission. As she heads north to an abandoned silver mine, it won’t be enough for Beka be her usual “terrier” self. She’ll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals—to be a Bloodhound. . . .
This is the second book in the Beka Cooper trilogy by Tamora Pierce. I had previously read the first 1/3 of this book before life got insane and I never got around to getting it from the library again. So I grabbed it in audio book format and loved every minute of it.
In this book you follow Beka through her second year as a dog. She made it through her puppy year and is now a full fledged dog. She also gets her first big hunt as she and Goodwin are in search of gold smiths/coal mongers before they ruin the economic system of the whole country and those surrounding it. She meets a guy that she starts falling for but is he part of the coal mongers group or is he clueless. Beka has also obtained control of one of the best scent hounds in all of Tortall by pure accident. Decisions are made, people are played and excitement ensues. Does everything go as planned or does it all go terribly wrong? Does Beka capture her coal mongers or do they get away? Does she finally find a partner?
Such a great continuation to Beka’s story. I still love the characters and I am enjoying watching them grow together. The plot as always is amazing. The narrator brings the book to life in a way you couldn’t imagine. I’m sure people who I passed on the highway absolutely thought I was crazy. I laughed and even teared up in parts. The stories surround Tortall will always be among my favorite. Tamora will always be among my favorite authors as well because she has an amazing writing style and has created a world that doesn’t compare to anything (in the YA/middle age genre) I’ve ever read.
5 searching stars