Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

I recommend this book for: grade 8 and up

Sequel to Terrier.

Another fantastic adventure. When counterfeit money pouring into Corus threatens the livelihood of rich and poor alike, Beka and Goodwin are sent to the city of Port Caynn undercover to try to find the source. Disguised as a corrupt guard and her young protege, they make connections in the gambling world. Among Beka's new friends is a very charming gambler who seems very interested in her, but might be one of the very criminals they seek. Her new enemy is Port Caynn's very dangerous Rogue.

As always, Pierce's characters are superbly well-drawn and entertaining. The lines between good guys and bad guys are often blurry. Beka, who is so tough and so very good at her job, is very clueless about love and relationships, adding another layer to her character. This was a great follow up to Terrier, and it'll be another painful wait for Mastiff, book 3.

If you're concerned about mature content, start highlighting here:This one is a bit more mature - Beka enters into a sexual relationship in this one - no details are given (as she writes in her journal, who'd want to read that stuff anyway? :-) While undercover, Beka and Goodwin gamble and drink as well as cavort with the criminal element. End of invisible print.