Bloodhound , by Tamora Pierce , is the second novel in a fictional trilogy , Provost's Dog , about a young Provost guard-woman in a fantasy kingdom called Tortall. The first book was called Terrier , and the third is called Mastiff. In this book, she travels to Port Caynn to investigate a silver coin counterfeiting ring and faces many obstacles as she tries to root out and stop the crime. Bloodhound came out on April 14, in the United States as a hardback copy. Like the first novel, the narration of Bloodhound is written in a first-person point of view, from the perspective of the main character, Rebakah Beka Cooper. Beka Cooper's series connects to the other Tortall books in that she is the six-times great-grandmother of George Cooper from Alanna: The First Adventure.

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See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. The book's world is one of carefully negotiated relationships between the police the "Dogs" and criminals "Rats". A certain amount of crime is allowed to take place as long as the Rats don't overstep themselves; all Dogs accept bribes, but the good ones never take them in life-or-death situations.

Beka is a loyal, honest Dog dedicated to pursuing justice, as are many of her friends -- though she's also close to an important criminal. Beka is a strong, resourceful role model who never shies away from a challenge or responsibility. Her partner, Goodwin, is another positive female character. Beka's world is diverse, with characters of many different ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and sexualities.

Some of Beka's best friends are criminals, but they still care about relationships. The book's world is matter-of-factly brutal, with frequent murders, beatings, and other incidents.

Beka and the other Dogs are frequently involved in fights even riots and confrontations, and they use various weapons -- though they prefer heavy batons to swords, since they'd rather catch criminals than kill them. There are some bloody deaths human and animal and serious injuries. Nothing is described in particularly graphic terms, but the violence is pretty pervasive. At one point in the story, Beka saves children from kidnappers who presumably have dark intentions.

Sex and sexuality are treated very matter of factly. Unmarried characters including Beka sleep together, and there's a good amount of flirting and kissing as well.

Two men kiss; their same-sex relationship isn't portrayed as a big deal -- nor is anyone else's sexuality. Plenty of slang and swearing, but it's all in words that are specific to the world of the book there's a glossary in the back for translation.

None of it includes words that are considered "bad" to us, but they're clear stand-ins for curses we all know. Beka rarely drinks she perfers to keep her head clear , but many of her friends and colleagues do, generally in social situations.

While there's nothing especially graphic, overall the story has a more mature tone than the first book in the series , with the heroine taking on bigger responsibilities and dallying with a young man. There are some deaths and many injuries, characters drink and flirt and sometimes more , and a same-sex relationship is treated matter-of-factly. Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus.

Join now. Add your rating See all 3 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 9 kid reviews. With an increasing number of forged coins called "coles" appearing on the streets of Corus and rumors of a bad grain harvest starting to circulate, the country's entire economy could be in trouble. Accompanied by a grumpy pigeon and an enthusiastic scent hound named Achoo, Beka and her partner follow the coles' trail to Port Caynn, where they meet a whole cast of new characters -- and encounter plenty of new trouble.

Like its predecessor, Terrier , Bloodhound is much more of a crime procedural than a traditional fantasy novel. While magic certainly has a role in the story Beka can talk to ghosts carried by pigeons, as well as pick up snippets of conversation from small whirlwinds , it's far less central than in Pierce's other books. Some fans may miss that aspect, but it's a nice change of pace to see characters relying on "regular" resources -- and taking "regular" risks as they do so.

Beka's achievements are all the more satisfying because she achieves them almost entirely on her own merits. Also like Terrier , the book is told through first-person journal entries. It's a very intimate writing style, and it helps cement Beka's status as a likeable, relatable heroine -- one of many in Pierce's repertoire.

In addition to creating strong female characters, Pierce has always done an excellent job of telling engrossing, well-paced stories, and Bloodhound is no exception. Families can talk about the world the book takes place in. If you've read Pierce's other novels, how does this compare to other stories set in Tortall?

Does it feel as much like a fantasy as the other books? Why or why not? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. See how we rate. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase.

Thank you for your support. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality. Learn how we rate. Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work! Bloodhound: Beka Cooper, Book 2. Second book in fantasy series is more mature than first.

Tamora Pierce Fantasy Rate book. Read or buy. Based on 3 reviews. Based on 9 reviews. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value. Kids may learn some things about policework -- investigating crimes, etc. Positive Messages. Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Not as tame as Terrier, but still well-written and captivating Bloodhound: Beka Cooper is yet another well-written, captivating novel by Tamora Pierce. There is quite a bit more "mature content" as you can see i Continue reading.

Report this review. Parent of a 2-year-old Written by sonyal February 25, Kid, 11 years old October 2, A well-written, awesome book! This is a really great book! I liked it better than the first one. I recommend this book for ages 12 and up, but a mature 10 or 11 year old could handle it. Teen, 15 years old Written by emzies04 April 28, I loved the book although it may not be appropriate for some kids. There is cussing in the book it isn't that often probably once every 4 pages. There is What's the story?

Continue reading Show less. Is it any good? Talk to your kids about What do you think of the way the Dogs and Rats co-exist? Does that seem realistic?

What era in real human history do you think the book is most closely related to? Magic and Fantasy. Cats, Dogs, and Mice. Great Girl Role Models. For kids who love fantasy. Fantasy Books for Kids. Best Fantasy Movies. Our editors recommend. Terrier: Beka Cooper, Book 1.

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Bloodhound: Beka Cooper, Book 2

See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. The book's world is one of carefully negotiated relationships between the police the "Dogs" and criminals "Rats". A certain amount of crime is allowed to take place as long as the Rats don't overstep themselves; all Dogs accept bribes, but the good ones never take them in life-or-death situations.



By Tamora Pierce. Summer Kids' List. This time, Beka and Goodwin are headed to Port Caynn, where a counterfeiter is endangering the entire realm. And Kel finds that her heart is in as much danger as her country, as her new beau may well be part of the gang she is seeking.

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