- Tapa dura: 581 páginas
- Editor: Random House (1 de octubre de 2006)
- Colección: The Legend of Beka Cooper
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 037581468X
- ISBN-13: 978-0375814686
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Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper) (Inglés) Tapa dura – oct 2006
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Starred review, School Library Journal, February 2007:
"With its rollicking adventures [and] appealing characters . . . Terrier will be in strong demand by Pierce's fans. It will keep readers on the edge of their seats."
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Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character that they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.
Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises--and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.
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The characters are well developed, especially for the first series book. I feel like I have a good handle on all of the main characters, and most of the important secondary ones too.
I especially like the heroine, Becca. She is smart, honorable , caring, and a good person. If you are her friend, she will be there for you, if humanly possible. Her friends are decent people too, which you would expect.
Note: The villains are truly monstrous. There are adult situations, and once you understand the lingo/slang, some cursing.
There is mention of sex, and it's obvious some couples are sleeping together, but nothing more than kissing, and "canoodling" are talked of.
I loved this book, and the look into a police force just beginning to invent itself; fascinating!
I would recommend the age of at least, fifteen years as the earliest I would want my son or daughter to read this series, per the subject matter.
I'm jumping into the next book now!
Terrier, the first book in the Legend of Beka Cooper trilogy, is quite a departure from Pierce's earlier work. First, it's set in Corus, Tortall--two hundred years before Alanna's story begins. Second, it's written in first person journal format. However, that style works for this story, and there's plenty that is familiar about Beka's world that will draw Tortall fans in. Pierce really makes Corus come alive in this one, painting a vivid picture of what life was like for people before Alanna's time (tough, especially with slavers looking to kidnap children, but not without its redeeming qualities--strong women who could fight were a part of everyday life), and the fine line that the Dogs have to walk each day. Their job is equal parts enforcing the law and allowing certain lawlessness to occur (such as bribe taking) to keep the peace, especially when dealing with the Rogue's court. This is epitomized in Beka's tentative friendship with three newcomers who become her neighbors, but aren't always on the right side of the law. However, she is fiercely loyal to her job and the Crown, and determined to do what is right. She is a bit over eager at times, and makes mistakes, but her partners Tunstall and Goodwin keep her on the right path, and the dynamics between the three of them are delightful. The two mysteries that the Dogs have to deal with are puzzling and perfectly drawn out to keep you hanging in suspense, and the seriousness is punctuated by arch remarks from Beka's cat Pounce, who readers will recognize by the name Faithful. All in all, Terrier is a terrific start to what is sure to be a suspenseful, promising trilogy!
As always with Pierce's books, the character development is very well done and consistent, the plot pacing is steady, and storyline is masterfully crafted. I really liked that it was a little more adult than the Alanna series. It's kind of like a mystery series set in a world similar to Alanna's, and considering that young adult and mystery genres are my favorite and that the Alanna series is one of my favorite things to read, it was a winning combination for me.
My one complaint: Beka Cooper, the main character, has a cat that reminds me of Faithful from the Alanna series. I felt this similarity was bothersome and took away from Alanna's Faithful a little bit. It's not that Pounce wasn't likable... I just kept thinking to myself, "Enough with the god-like cats that are all the same, already. Sheesh!" Pounce seemed superfluous, given Beka's dustspinners and pigeons and such, but then so much of the first story couldn't have happened the way it did without Pounce, so he was just as integral as Faithful was in the Alanna series. Can these women do nothing without a deus ex machina in the shape of a magical cat to help them? Maybe this connection between Alanna and Beka will be made in the third book and it will be explained how they both happened to have cats like that. Anyway, I'll stop harping on it now because I'm probably the only person who was bothered by it!