Author: Tamora Pierce
Three Sentence Summary: It’s been about two years since the events of Terrier, and Beka Cooper is a full-blown Dog. She gets her first hunt away from home when a lean winter collides with a sudden and very large outbreak of coles (counterfeit coins). Now, in the very different environment of Port Caynn, Beka must survive the opposition of the city’s Rogue (who’s acting really suspiciously), a carefree and flirty gambler who calls her his ‘luck’, and a cowardly Deputy Provost who thinks that ignoring problems will make them go away to Dog her biggest Rat yet: A counterfeiter bent on totally destabilizing Tortall’s economy.
Six Word Review: More than worthy sequel to Terrier.
I started reading because: Given how much Terrier had proved itself to me, I was excited for its sequel. I wanted to see what Beka could do as a full Dog, and how she got the Bloodhound title (all the titles of the Provost’s Dog series are nicknames she gets from the events of the book).
I kept reading because: It lives up to my expectations. Bloodhound introduces a whole slew of wonderful characters at Port Caynn, like Dale, the generous gambler and ladies’ man who flirts with Beka, Nestor of Haryse, sergeant and a very honest Dog in a very dishonest city, Okha/Amber Orchid, a beautiful singer (and Nestor’s lover) who knows more about Rogue business than she cares to tell, and Pearl Skinner, the ruthless and greedy Rogue of Port Caynn.
I loved: The chemistry between the characters.
I hated: Again, nothing that I really hated, but still, Beka is writing this as a memory aid and is able to recall events several days after they happened, down to the dialogue. And still, she can’t remember what it wouldn’t be plot convenient to remember.
I couldn’t get enough of: Achoo. The cute, lovable hound falls into Beka’s care early on and accompanies her through the events of the book. Achoo’s antics are hilarious and adorable, and she still carries her weight. She’s still the best scent hound in Corus and Port Caynn, and she does her work well, even if she does only take orders in bad Kyprish (there’s a good reason for that).
If the main character was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted most likely to: Catch a crime lord (same as Terrier, because this is a sequel)
On a deserted island, the main character would: Get to work on finding a way out. She’s a city girl and doesn’t have the skills to survive on an island, and she’s practical enough to know this (like the above, this hasn’t changed since Terrier).