Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 549 pages
Setting: the kingdom of Tortall, a year or so after the events of Terrier.
Interest: It’s the second book in the Beka Cooper series. I loved the first one and decided to make an effort not to wait forever to finish the series.
Summary: Beka is now a full-fledged Dog, but she’s having a hard time finding a partner that will keep her. Her latest partner’s just dropped her and she’s back to working with Tunstall and Goodwin when she ends up in charge of the scent-hound Achoo. Coles (counterfeit coins) are making their way into the City in high numbers. It looks like they’re coming from upriver, so Beka and Goodwin head to Port Carynn to see if they can find the source of the coles. They fall in with a new group of friends who enjoy nights on the town. One of the guys, Dale, becomes a special friend of Beka’s and another, Steen, turns out to be the source of the silver. The Rogue of Port Carynn, Pearl, is instrumental in getting the coles into circulation, so Beka and Goodwin work together to bring Pearl to justice.
Final thoughts: Just as good as the first book. I love the slang Pierce uses throughout the book. (She’s nice enough to provide a glossary in case you can’t figure out what the words mean.) We get a lot of the same characters as in Terrier, with development in their relationships. Pierce also has me totally invested in the characters, which is a sign of a good book. For example, I was happy to see Beka have some fun with Dale, but I was conflicted because I also love Rosto, who’s been wooing Beka since she was a Puppy. This series is definitely more appropriate to the teen side of YA instead of the preteens because of a bit of adult situations that were briefly mentioned.
Title comes from: Between Achoo and Beka’s work, Pearl got caught and the counterfeiting stopped. Beka picked up Bloodhound as a new nickname.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 10/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and a B in the Alphabet Soup Title Challenge
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