Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

When fake money appears in the Corus market, Beka Cooper, along with Clary Goodwin, her temporary partner, and her newly obtained scent hound, Achoo, is chosen to investigate the matter. Their search takes them from Corus to Port Caynn, where it seems that there's far more going on than merely fake silver. Beka has to use all of her many skills, such as talking to pigeons and drawing information from gusts of wind, to find the schemer. Along the way, she meets Dale Rowan, a charming fellow that may or may not be the culprit, Hanse, another possible suspect, and Pearl, the rather unsavory Rogue of Port Caynn. Beka's life is a bit changed after this curious episode in the city of Port Caynn.

Overall, this was a very interesting book. The characters, such as Beka and Clary, seemed real. Beka was not a flat, boring character. Instead, she was a believable person with an unusual job. I really liked the terms used such as cove, gixie, cole, and mot, which mean boy, young girl, fake coin, and girl, respectively. As a whole, the book was pretty captivating, especially the language. It was slow moving in a few places, though it wasn't unbearable, and was only for a page or two, which may be expected in a 550 page book. I very much liked Beka's pets, such as Pounce, a cat and constellation, and Achoo, a dog that she rescued from an unkind master. I would definitely recommend this book to any fans of the famous Tamora Pierce and anyone looking for an enjoyable read with quite remarkable language and appealing characters. Bloodhound isn't the typical mystery or adventure. There are aspects of romance, traces of magic, and rather intriguing characters with all sorts of secrets.

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, SC USA