Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character that they will love for her... read more
Sixteen-year-old Beka Cooper lives far removed from knights, palaces, and the nobility. Her world revolves around thieves, beggars, taverns, and the lowest of the low. She's a trainee for the Provost's Guard—a rookie cop, in a world where a cop makes her own name based on her personality, her... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Sixteen-year-old Beka Cooper lives far removed from knights, palaces, and the nobility. Her world revolves around thieves, beggars, taverns, and the lowest of the low. She's a trainee for the Provost's Guard—a rookie cop, in a world where a cop makes her own name based on her personality, her attitude toward money, and her love of the law. Beka means to prove that she is out to make her mark in this hard and physical world.
She does face a large obstacle. She's shy. Painfully shy. Left to her own devices, she would have no friends. It's hard for her to talk to people she doesn't know. It's a problem for the Guards who train her, a real problem for Beka—unless she can figure out that a uniform is a kind of costume, one she can hide behind. One that will make her a more outspoken person. It will help a lot if people come to realize that under her shyness is a clever, determined young woman. It will help even more if she can make friends who can give her good advice. Luckily, she has one such friend living with her in her slum apartment: a purple-eyed black cat named Pounce. He can make himself understood in human speech if he wishes to. He's capable of doing weirdly intelligent things to help his young companion Beka. With Pounce to assist her, Beka cannot have an ordinary career.
Beka tells her own story in a journal that she keeps from her very first day as a Puppy. The Guards are dubbed "Dogs" in her time and their trainees are called "Puppies." In its pages she writes of her days with her training Dogs, the pair who are to teach her what they know of survival on the streets in the city's toughest slum. Both are veterans. Tunstall is an easygoing, funny man who can be a little crazy in a fight. Goodwin is a small, tough woman who is opposed to Beka's presence at the beginning, a hard Dog and a smart one. They take charge when Beka brings them word of two vicious sets of crimes. Like everyone else in Beka's life, her partners find out that once Beka gets a case in her teeth, she hangs onto it like a terrier until it's been solved.
“Rosto, Aniki, and Kora awaited me wehn I came home and took me to teh Fog Lanterun. I fere I broke my rule and dranke more wine thann I shuld.”Beka
The Lower City is mine. Its people are mine—its children are mine. If I find them that’s doing all this kidnapping and murdering, they’d best pray for mercy. Because once I get my teeth in ’em, I will never let them go. And I start with the Shadow Snake.Highlighted by 31 Kindle customers
You’ve white hair, you great looby!” I turned and walked off, keeping my head down so he wouldn’t see my grin. I knew what he would say. “I’m blond!” he shouted. “My hair isn’t white, it’s blond! Corn silk! Sun-colored! Gold! That Ahuda’s knocked you on the head too many times!” Rosto is vain. If he starts that nonsense with me again, I know a way to distract him now.Highlighted by 18 Kindle customers
Pounce trotted past the newcomers, carrying a black kitten with a white bib and mittens in his mouth. The small creature hung in Pounce’s grip, ears flat, hindquarters and tail curled up. It seemed as dejected as a body could be at my cat’s handling.Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
He then lectured her in meows, saying, I cannot let you maul me about. Do it to him.Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
Aniki swooped on Pounce and swung him into the air. “Who needs handsome idiots when we can have kitties!” she cried, spinning around with him. Pounce glared at me as if to say, Stop her!Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
I have a temper. It is not my friends’ temper, exploding in flames. Mine is ice that numbs me all over. I know it is bad when I cannot feel my face. I am told my eyes look like death at such times.Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
Speak when you’re spoken to. Keep out of the way. Obey all orders. Get killed on your own time.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
“You tell me nothin’ in my kennel. Here, I am Queen Bitch, and you will muzzle yourself.”Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
Ersken and Kora lingered at her door, kissing. I grabbed him as I passed. “I’m not having fun, you’re not having fun,” I told him as I towed him along. “You sound more like Goodwin every day,” he mumbled. “I begin to see how she got the way she is,” I said.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
I was so proud. Now there was a proper god, making himself useful! Since my thought might be deemed blasphemy, I said silent prayers to the Goddess and to Mithros. I begged forgiveness and asked them not to misunderstand. Since I wasn’t blasted where I stood, I guess they forgave me, or they hadn’t heard my blasphemy.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
Apparently, the recommended age range is 12+. There's a defitely violence in this book, in the form of more than a few fights, etc, and stuff like death/murder. Some minor sexual themes. However, there's not anything that would be considered "overly graphic". There's not really any profanity; though the dialogue isn't lacking in insults, etc., it's basically all slang terms which aren't used in real life. Overall, though this series contains some "mature" themes (violence, death, and some sexual references), it would be something between PG and PG-13.Hope this is helpful!
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