I started reading Tamora Pierce’s books in sixth grade; apparently that was long enough ago that she’d only published five books. Now she’s up over twenty-five and of course I’ve read ‘em all. She has two major series, the one set in Tortall that started with the Alanna (Song of the Lioness) books (and continued through Daine [the Immortals quartet], Keladry [the Protector of the Small quartet], and Aly [the Trickster duology]), and the ones called the Circle books, set in a different world and intended for a slightly younger audience. She lives in upstate New York with several cats and a husband (hers, fortunately), and has also experimented with audio-first books (like this one) and comics.

Yes, this is the second book in the series, and no, I didn’t review the first one (Terrier), although I certainly read it. They’re part of the Tortall series, although set a couple hundred years before the other books. Beka Cooper, the main character, is an ancestor of George Cooper, the King of the Rogue and a major character in the Alanna books. Rather than being a Rogue, though, Beka is a Dog (well, a Dog-in-training in the first volume): one of the Lord Provost’s police force, trained to keep the peace and investigate crimes. Beka has already gained a reputation as being persistent and a straight arrow before the first book finishes, and in this second volume, where she is investigating counterfeiters in Corus and Port Caynn, it’s only intensified. (more…)