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Updated on November 29, 2012

Beka Cooper

Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper diverges from Tamora Pierce's typical voice in the realm of Tortall. This trilogy is "based on the dairy of Beka", so for the first time we are viewing the mystery only through the eyes of the heroine.

Tamora's excuse for letting Beka keep such a detailed diary is that she is a Provost's Guard (or "Puppy" now that she is a trainee) and needs to work on her memory skills for reports. While this works on some level, the fact that these stories are based on large crimes and mysteries, it is hard to show any details that may slip the notice of the main character (since all details are written in her own hand!) Any detail that would usually have been subtle to the reader, becomes obvious that it is an important piece of information.

I love this new trilogy because I share the name of the main character.... but I find the overall series to be more "Young Adult" than the other books in this series (which, to be fair, are geared towards a younger audience.)


Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1)
Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1)

Tamora Pierce and I share the same birthday, and 14 years ago we corresponded via email. Do you think this character could be named after me?


The first Tortall story to be told in the first person, Beka hooks you with her Diary.

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The best line ever:

"The Lower city is mine, its people 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."

What is your favorite thing about Tortall?

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      Yay, another Tamora Pierce fan! I like that Tortall is such a well-formed world - very unique and detailed :)