Tamora Pierce takes us back in time to tell us the story of Beka Cooper, ancestor to George Cooper, but Beka is no rogue she is a Puppy, a trainee of the Provost’s Guards or Dogs. A month and a half goes by in this book and you get the story straight for Beka’s own journals. Beka has magic from her father’s side, the ability to talk to dust spinners and to hear the ghosts who attach themselves to pigeons, the Black God’s messengers. She also has an odd assortment of friends from fellow trainees to rogues new in town to a black cat with purple eyes. His name is Pounce in this life though I have to wonder what it would be like to read about him as someone unfamiliar with Faithful’s adventures with Alanna. The book gets it’s name from Beka’s tenacious pursuit of the murderers who come to her attention. Pierce changed a lot of things in this newest set, but I think it is refreshing and it holds the attention of her long time fans as well as opening the door to readers who might not have picked up her other series. The second book came out in paperback on the 25th but I have yet to get myself a copy. The third book is announced for 2011.
Previously blogged: May 28, 2008