Friday, February 3, 2012

Review: Mastiff

Book Name: Mastiff: A Tortall Legend
Series: Beka Cooper (book 3)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Publisher(s): Random House
Format: Hardback
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-375-81470-9
Release Date: October 25, 2011
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The long awaited for third book of Beka Cooper by Tamora Pierce was released late in October of 2011. Many people had this as one of the must reads for this year and upon finishing it... it did not disappoint.

The beginning of the book starts out on a low note with the death of Beka’s fiance. The emotions from this loss play a vital roll through the rest of the story as well. But, to take her mind off of such, she and her partner Tunstall, along with her hound Achoo, are given a secretive assignment which takes them out of the city. They quickly find out there are very few people they can trust due to the sensitivity of the investigation. A time or two it causes stress among companions who are old and trusted and new ones.

The language is absolutely wonderful and the scenes with which Tamora Pierce paints are vivid. Her fight scenes are very clear to follow and enjoyable to picture in your head as you read. Some are slightly graphic, but this is a book for teens and up at the very earliest. While the book has a teen reading level, adults will find it also a page turner and unable to put down.

While a slightly longer book, every page is jam packed with either description of events or description of the characters growth. There is never a dull moment and the quirky dialogue will have the reader laughing out loud at times, while at others, wishing to strangle someone.

Tamora Pierce is a wonderful writer and brings to life the world of Tortall within these pages. She has done so in the past with her other books and hopefully this will not be the last.

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