- Title: Mastiff
- Author: Tamora Pierce
- ISBN: 9780375838187
- Page: 238
- Format: Paperback
Never had I been on a Hunt when we kept our names from those who conveyed us Never had I been on a hunt when we had no notion of the manner of crime at issue All this secrecy was starting to give me the itch Having just lost her fianc in a slave raid, Beka Cooper is glad for the distraction when she is called by Lord Gershom to join a secret Hunt He informs Beka that Never had I been on a Hunt when we kept our names from those who conveyed us Never had I been on a hunt when we had no notion of the manner of crime at issue All this secrecy was starting to give me the itch Having just lost her fianc in a slave raid, Beka Cooper is glad for the distraction when she is called by Lord Gershom to join a secret Hunt He informs Beka that she and her scent hound Achoo are, are the best team for this tricky job but tells her little else As she learns about the mission, though, she wishes she could turn and run for home She and her partner, Tunstall accompanied by Achoo and the star cat Pounce are joined by Farmer, a wide eyed young mage who seems too green to be on a case of such magnitude The team is soon enmeshed in a situation so rife with political corruption and betrayal that all of Beka s formidable tracking abilities, fighting skills, and intuition will be needed And they still might not be enough to keep her alive.
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You know, I finished this a couple days ago, and I'm *still* upset about the 'twist' that both completely blindsided me and threw me out of the story altogether. The only reason I can really give this book as many stars as I did is Farmer, sad to say (I have finally found a character to rival George Cooper in my affections). The cheap shock value of the twist is going to color my subsequent re-reads of the series. I justI think Ms. Pierce did the character in question a huge disservice, and I wa [...]
Is it just me or is there something wrong with Beka's head?Right there! On the cover.It looks like something you'd see in a horror flick
The final Beka book is probably my favorite. Oddly it begins with Beka mourning the loss of her Dog lover. And goes on to become a true classic quest. There is Beka (shall we call her the ranger?), a mage, a paladin, and a rogue. I didn't realize this until this most recent reread. Pierce has fun with the tropes and delves once more into the horrors of the common folk in medieval times (basically). It's nice to see a fantasy that doesn't glorify nobility to the expense of all reality. For those [...]
I. LOVE. THIS. TRILOGY.In the first book, we see Beka learning the ropes alongside Goodwin and Tunstall. In book two, she goes on a Hunt with Goodwin, and by this book, she's partnered with Tunstall since Goodwin (view spoiler)[was promoted (hide spoiler)]. So it's familiar territory. And where, with Bloodhound, I'd wrangled a hunch early on, this kept me guessing up until the reveal (literally the last fifty pages, they were insane), aside from a few sneaking suspicions about a few secondary ch [...]
**Update 2014** I was thinking about this book the other day, and realized that I neglected to mention something very important in this review: I loved Beka, and I loved her friends, and I loved this world and the stories Pierce was weaving in it. My disappointment wouldn't have been anywhere near so profound if this story had come from a lesser story-teller. Also, I think the message(s) Pierce was trying to convey in this story are tremendously important, and I do understand why she tried to fi [...]
You know, the more I think about this book, the less I like it. I was bored for the first 400 pages, then it got good for about 100, then it got horrifically bad, then it ended, then there was a stupid epilogue.I don't usually post negative reviews, especially of authors who had a major role in shaping me as a reader and writer. Tamora Pierce's Tortall books--the first two quartets, at least--singlehandedly turned me into a lifelong reader. Maybe that's why I was so disappointed in MASTIFF.My bi [...]
UPDATE 2/16/11: HALLELUJAH a release date has been set! OCTOBER 25 2011, I await you eagerly!UPDATE 1/1/11: But wait- what's this? According to Tamora Pierce's website MASTIFF will be published in 2011 after all! Novemberhopefully! :DUPDATE 10/19/10: OH NO just read an Oct 2010 interview with Tamora Pierce and she says the release date has been pushed back to Spring 2012! Why oh why? If 2012, then when's the book after MASTIFF (different series, but still!) going to be released? Oh, the anticipa [...]
I did enjoy this book, though it was somewhat disappointing. Beka makes a good protagonist, though not quite as good as Kel, but my favorite character in this series is still Pounce. The almost total absence of characters like Erskan, Goodwin, and Beka's rogue friends lessens the books ability to provide a satisfying conclusion to the series.Tunstall's betrayal caught me off guard, but not in the pleasant, "Oh-ho! Now I see what you were doing, you clever author!" kind of way. More like the, "He [...]
Note: this book is the third in the Beka Cooper Trilogy, so if you haven’t read the first two books, reader beware of what’s below.In the wake of a personal tragedy, Beka is called to a Hunt unlike any she’s known before, where not just a few lives but the well-being of the entire Realm depends upon her ability to find a lost child. Across miles and weeks, she’ll have to face slavers, raiders, nobles, mages, and fellow Dogs, memories and betrayal, hopelessness and injury, all with the sa [...]
"Mastiff is a somewhat disappointing conclusion to Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper series. I liked this entry better than the previous book in the trilogy, but neither approached the quality of the first book. There are many interesting and entertaining elements here—I enjoyed seeing how magic can be used for detective work and forensic investigation and was charmed by the new member of Beka's hunt team, but the book feels somewhat slap-dash despite its length and it has a number of odd inconsiste [...]
The king's only son is kidnapped, and Beka Cooper and her partner Tunstall are charged with finding him. From the first, it's clear that this was an inside job, and as the case continues, more and more obstacles are thrown in the Dogs' way. They must battle through swamps, ambushes, and controlling nobles. But at least they've got help: Tunstall's lover, the lady knight Sabine, Cooper's scent-hound Achoo, her powerful friend Pounce, and a mage named Farmer. This was my least favorite of the Coop [...]
OH SHIT!! This was far and away the best Beka Cooper book, probably because there is no continuity of character, tone, or content between the last book and this one. This almost reads like an entirely different series, one more grounded in Tortall with fewer extraneous characters and a defined quest narrative that I could get behind. Even the journal device has improved: this reads like a first-person novel, rather than a "journal." If you liked the first two Beka Cooper books (I mostly didn't) [...]
Good! I did miss the wider ensemble featured in the first books but Beka's likeable enough that I'm willing to follow her adventures even when they take her away from my favoured setting. And Beka/Farmer was cute if a bit too obviously pushed for. Some critical notes: + I am ignoring the book and pretending Gareth is 7 or 8 because hahahahaha he is not a 4 year old. Even with the excuse of being sold to the slave trade making him grow up fast he does not convincingly read as one. + Annoyed that [...]
I've loved Tamora Pierce since middle school. I've had issues with her writing every now and then (trials and hazards of out-growing the age group a favorite author writes for), but by and large I know I'm in for a good read every time I pick up her books. Which is why I was so surprised to read the last book in Beka Cooper's series. For starters, part of the reason Pierce's books are so great is because of their strong supporting characters. Mastiff kept very few of the characters we've come to [...]
With this final installment of Beka Cooper's story, I can confidently say that this series of Tortall books is equal to the Protector of the Small books, which had been my runaway favorite series of Tamora Pierce's (and given how much I enjoy all of her books, this is high praise indeed). The protagonist, Beka Cooper, is the medieval version of an inner city cop. We follow her from her probationary days in the slums of Corus in "Terrier" to foiling a counterfeiting ring in "Bloodhound," to preve [...]
Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness oh my goodness. Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. If I could give this more stars, I certainly would. It was just such a great end to the trilogy, and perhaps the best I've read from the fabulous Tamora Pierce herself (and this is saying a lot, because I will never ever ever think something could surpass my absolute love for the Song of the Lioness Quartet). But yes, she has definitely outdone herself this time.Don't get me wrong, I think Alanna's story w [...]
I rated it a one star because of the way the traitor part was written. It made it unbelievable, and I got detached from the story because of that. The motives were poorly put together seeing as the character had been told time and again that he had already gained the love of the one he sought. If I would have written the book, I would have made it so that he was doing it out of anger from a betrayal, not for the love of someone he already had. It was so pointless. Also, anyone else notice that h [...]
The Beka Cooper series has proven to be my favorite of all the writings of Tamora Pierce. Except. This last volume of the series. It's hard to say this about a volume of this size, but it felt as if the writing was rushed. Publishers, give your writers a break. Pushing deadlines doesn't help either of you, and can blow up in your face like this one. Not up to her usual standards. I agree with other reviewers that the characterizations and use of characters, usually one of Pierce's strengths, goe [...]
Ergh. I sucked down all of Tamora Pierce's many books too quickly and I've been left with none to read for a while. I'm depending on you MASTIFF!
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm rating a 3, but it's more a 3.8This is the first Pierce book I've read that I've been a bit disappointed in. Like other reviewers, I expected more closure and more involvement from great characters like Rosto. It's the first of her books I'm not sure if I will want to re-read, although I'm sure I will, largely just to see Beka's happy ending :)The flow, and plot of this book was notably not up to Pierce's normal high standard. It hit heavy really quickly, and just seemed to get stuck on 'the [...]
What a great ending to a delightful series.First of all, I just have to say this: the cover is AWFUL. What the hell is that picture of Beka with her neck twisted all the way around? I get that it's supposed to be showing her "ghost eyes" or whatever, but it's really badly done. (Also, Achoo is a light-colored dog!) I loved the full-photo cover of Terrier, but the other two books have had really unfortunate graphic design.Here's a confession: The Beka Cooper books are the only Tamora Pierce I've [...]
Beka wants nothing more than to leave the city. And the fresh grave of her former fiancé.When she is called on a covert mission, she is grateful.But then she learns the truth about her mission. That the summer palace has been burned to the ground. The seeming perpetrators drowned and imprisoned via magic on their own ships. And that the crown prince has been kidnapped.By slave traders.If she fails, the entire kingdom will suffer. And if she succeeds, neither the kingdom—nor Beka—will ever b [...]
I am really looking forward to this book!! I can't believe the release date has been pushed back yet again (2011)!! I know it will be worth it when I can finally read it but its been such a long wait!!
UPDATE 4/21/11: Ohmygoodness it has a cover! :)Gotta read this!!! Can't wait!
First read 3 December 2014.Third and last in the Beka Cooper fantasy series (and third in the overall Tortall series) for middle grade readers and revolving around a young woman Dog, a policewoman of her day. This particular day begins with June 6, 249 H.E. — it's been three years since Bloodhound, 2. My Take This was absolutely brilliant! Pierce is such an excellent writer, you really can't go wrong in having your children read anything by Pierce. Trust me on this. There are, however, two thi [...]
I felt really disappointed by this conclusion to the Beka Cooper series. To be frank, I think it's the worst book I've read by Tamora Pierce, and really not up to her usual standards. The ending felt really rushed, the book as a whole was kinda choppy. I also felt betrayed by Ms Pierce's portrayal of her characters. I love how well she makes her characters, how believable and strong they are, but that just wasn't in this book. Beka starts the book coming out of a abusive relationship that lasted [...]
It was a wonderful book, as remarkable as all of Tamora Pierce's other books. The new characters were wonderful, and the plot very interesting. But the one thing that threw me off is a terrible spoiler. Tunstall, the most loyal, owlish, protective, fatherly, strange-in-a-good-way, Dog ever, is a turncoat, a traitor, a spy. He is transformed into a weary monster whom you want to cry for his plight. There is much, much more to this amazing story than just this heart-breaking fact, such as the disc [...]
Can't Wait! Can't Wait! REALLY want to read this!
Anyone who says "This is the best book ever!" clearly hasn't read Pierce's other books. I've been reading her books since I was 12 and I'm 25 now. At the end of Mastiff I wondered if maybe I was finally out growing the genre and maybe even her, but when I think back about long nights staying up reading Alanna, or Wild Magic, or First Test, as well as Terrier and Bloodhound, I know thats not true. Before I picked up Mastiff I re-read the first two books and I still freaking loved them.The thing a [...]
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