Length: 581 pages of story, 593 pages with indices (definitions of slang used throughout the book, major characters, and Achoo’s commands)
Setting: The Kingdom of Tortall, a year or so after the events in Bloodhound.
Interest: It’s the last book in the Beka Cooper trilogy that I’m loving.
Summary: The four-year old prince and heir to the realm has been kidnapped from the Summer Palace and Beka and Tunstall been tasked to find him. Because the party that took the Prince has some nasty mages working for them, Lord Gershom assigns the mage Farmer Cape to work on the Hunt. With Achoo tracking the Prince’s scent, the Hunt follows the trail of a slave train. They find evidence of a plot against the King by a group of mages and nobles. While many obstacles, both physical and magical, are put in their way, they eventually find the Prince and reunite him with his parents.
Final thoughts: I could not put this book down, which leads to some neglect around the house as I’m trying to devour a 500+-page book. I love Beka as a character. She’s shy in her personal life, but totally confident in the job she and Achoo can do, and absolutely loyal to her friends. It just takes a while to become a friend and not an acquaintance. We had a bit more godly intervention than in the previous books, but fewer pigeons and dust devils, so the total supernatural activity surrounding Beka was about even. It got very tense when Beka discovered a traitor in their camp, since all the options for who it could be were bad. Pierce did a great job of selling the rationale for turning traitor, even though I was with Beka in deploring the choice.
Title comes from: It fits with the dog breed naming convention for the series, denoting a big, powerful breed this time.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 34/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and an M in my Alphabet Soup Title Challenge
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