A little over a year ago, I started reading Terrier by Tamora Pierce which is the first in her Beka Cooper series. I wasn’t able to get far before my limit of renewing the boom was up at the library and became distracted with other series. A couple of weeks ago, I restarted the book and wondered why I hadn’t tried to get the book again from the library or better yet, buy it as the story line was very engaging and I was snatching as many moments as possible to read this book.
Beka’s world takes place in the mythical town of Corus which is in the mythical world of Tortall. From the time she was a little girl, her mother knew that she was special though she worried that her eldest may be touched in the head. A woman who is known as Granny Fern reassures her that it’s not the case, that Beka has a bit of magic particularly in the form of talking to ghosts who ride on the backs of pigeons and understanding things most kids her age weren’t aware of.
When she is just eight years old, Beka finds out that her mom’s current man beat her up, proceeds to follow him and with the help of the Provost, is able to turn the man in for various cries. The Provost is impressed by her determination, finds out that Beka and her siblings may soon be out of a home due to their mother dying of lung rot and takes them into his home. Beka grows up learning about the Provost’s Guards through the Provost who has become like a father to her and is determined to one way be a part of doing such a noble job.
At age sixteen, she is a young trainee called a Puppy who is training to become a full fledged Dog in the Provost’s Guard in the Lower City which a mixture of trying to catch anyone not obeying the law and seeing to riots when they come about. Beka writes about her adventures in the form of journal that is sometimes descriptive and other times rather short. Much to her surprise, she is lucky to train with Clary Goodwin & Mattes Tunstall who haven’t had a trainee before and are reluctant to take her on but soon warm to the idea.
Beka has a unique ability to speak to the dust spinners who often pick up snatches of conversation, has a black cat named Pounce who can talk telepathically when he chooses to seeming almost human at times and ghosts who ride on the backs of pigeons with a twinge of magic that she inherited from her Dad according to her Granny Fern and soon shows that she’s determined to do well to become a fully fledged Dog.
Beka learns the sad news that her close friend Tansy’s four year old son Rolond is found murdered whose Great Grandfather has made many enemies though going after one’s family is rule that most enemies are reluctant to mess with. She feels that if she had been around more, she would have hopefully been able to stop the death of Rolond. Beka soon learns that many children have been snatched by someone known as the Shadow Snake who only gives the children back when the parents hand over a certain valuable item.
She quickly finds being a Puppy is far from easy, there’s friends to be made in the most unlikely places, the Rogue of the city is not doing his job and that sometimes the very people that you think are innocent lead a different life behind closed doors.
When Tansy’s husband is taken, Beka finds herself in a race against time to get to the bottom of the Shadow Snake and save her best friend’s husband before time runs out. It will take the help of some unlikely friends and determination to help Beka not only find the killer who turns out to not be the person who I thought was the Shadow Snake.
I love the fact that Beka is a strong person in spite of her stage fright, tries to do what’s right, is very smart, fiercely protective of those she cares for and knows her way around weapons. I am very curious who Beka’s father is though there isn’t a mention of him other than inheriting the gift of magic.
Pounce is one of my favorite characters who seems to know things more than the average cat and often shows up when Beka needs him the most. He’s so amusing at times and just like a cat, chooses to do as he pleases for the most part. He’s a fierce protector and generally isn’t far from Beka, choosing who to speak to in cat speak or in human.
I can’t wait to see what next happens in Beka’s world, how she handles becoming a dog and who will eventually be her love interest. I know she will have one as in the beginning, it hints about Beka being George Cooper’s ancestor. Only time will tell and I’m sure Tamora will make it quite interesting.
In other bookish news, I have been trying to read more of the Fellowship. When I can’t sleep, it helps me to relax and lulls me to sleep. I’ve gotten to the point where the Hobbits have passed Bree and are on the road with Aragorn. They have quite the long journey to reach Rivendell, are worried what may have happened to Gandalf and have been miserable most of the last five days. So much to find out on their adventures and I am excited to read about them!
I have recently finished The Last Olympian which is the last book in the Percy Jackson series. There was a lot going on and I couldn’t seem to read it fast enough. I won’t say much about it here but I will say it was a fun read and full of some interesting surprises. I’ll be writing a review shortly about it.
Books Mentioned In This Post:
Terrier by Tamora Pierce- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13829.Terrier?from_search=true&search_version=service
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring?ac=1
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4502507-the-last-olympian?from_search=true&search_version=service
So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for this post. Sorry it took me a bit, had planned to post earlier but I was distracted with reading. I will have two other posts coming shortly so be sure to stay tuned!