Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: Teen Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13 Book: 9780375814709
Source: I purchased a copy from Barnes and Noble. This is my honest review.
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mastiff takes place a few years after the events of Bloodhound and a few things have changed for Beka. When she and her partner are secretly summoned to the Summer Palace to solve a kidnapping, they have no idea how deep this case is going to go, or who they will be able to trust in the end.
I have been a long time Tamora Pierce fan. I especially love her novels that take place in Tortall. When she first announced that she was writing a prequel to the previous novels featuring a guardswoman, I was a bit nervous. I usually don’t care for prequels. I want to know what happens in the future, not what happened in the past. Pierce surprised me though, providing me with a spunky, strong, yet slightly flawed heroine who came to life on the page. I love Beka Cooper.
Of all of Pierce’s wonderful heroines, I think Beka is one of my favorites. While I also love Alanna and Daine, I felt that Beka was much more real to me. She is strong, and smart, and determined beyond belief and these novels envelope you and pull you into this magical world. You don’t want to leave and you really want to meet these characters.
This was a perfect conclusion to a fantastic series. Since it is the third book in the series, I do recommend that readers read both Terrier and Bloodhound first—it will help you better understand events alluded to in this novel, and the interactions between the characters. Pierce is honest with her characters and creates story lines that feel true to the events of the book. I couldn’t put this one down.
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