Published: April 14th 2009 by Random House (first published January 1st 2009)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Adventrue
Pages: Hardcover, 554 pages
Beka Cooper is no longer a Puppy. She’s a Dog now – a full-fledged member of the
Provost’s Guard, which keeps the peace in Corus’s streets. Beka’s natural skills of observation and tenacity are augmented by her unusual magical talents, which allow her to gather information both from pigeons are from the eddies of dirt and dust that swirl on street corners. But even her magic isn’t very useful when unrest comes to Tortall’s capital in the form of counterfeit coins, which turn up in shops all over the city. Merchants raise prices to cover their losses, and with winter coming on, hikes in food and fuel costs could spell disaster – most of all for the city’s poor.
The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeits from Port Caynn – and that the Port Caynn Dogs don’t seem to be doing anything about it. Beka and her mentor, Clary Goodwin, are chosen to go undercover in Port Caynn and find out what they can. And wherever Beka goes, so do some of her animals. Departing from Corus with her are the scent hound Achoo, who has been newly assigned to Beka, and the pigeon Slapper, who carries the voices of the dead.
In Port Caynn, Beka and Goodwin delve deep into the gambling world. There Beka meets a charming bank courier, who may be involved in the counterfeiting ring. Things come to a head just as Goodwin returns home to report in Corus. It won’t be enough to Beka to be her usual “terrier” self. She’ll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals – to be a bloodhound.
So, I really, really, really, love this book. The book is still written in the same way as the first one, except you get to go new places and discover new things as Beka does, and there is a little bit or romance mixed in there with everything else.
I’m having a super hard time writing a review, even harder than the first book. Really, this book is just absolutely awesome, and introduces a scent hound, Achoo, and it just makes me love this book and story even more.
Once again there are maps and dictionary’s in the book to help you understand everything that is going on, and gives you a nice insight to what it’s like to be where Beka is.
I know I’m being super vague, but you should just go read it if you think you’ll enjoy this series.
If you have any more specific questions that I couldn’t think of because of some silly reason, don’t hesitate to ask me via the contact me page.
Oh and just a bit of some life/personal advice if you get cold sores, fever blisters, ect. Try toothpaste. I know it sounds really weird, but just hang with me for a second. Every night, before you go to bed, dab some toothpaste on the sore and leave it on overnight. Wash it off in the morning. I wouldn’t use any chap stick or something to keep it hydrated because the sore needs to dry out after you remove the toothpaste. Really, this worked for me. Usually my cold sores will last over a week and get really painful and big and disgusting. I tried toothpaste the last time after a few days and it worked. This time, as soon as I noticed it, it dabbed toothpaste onto it and here I am, only about four days and a few hours later, and all that’s left is a tender place where the skin healed. Just thought I would share because I wish someone would have told me!