Beka Cooper is now a full-fledged Dog, an officer committed to upholding law and order in the Lower City of Tortall’s Corus. With her keen information gathering skills, Beka uncovers counterfeit silver coins. Soon, Beka and her partner Goodwin travel to Port Caynn to get to the source of the false silver. After meeting the charming Dale, Beka delves into Port Caynn’s gambling world to uncover the culprit. Beka, with the help of her new scent hound Achoo, will have to face up to some challenging tasks!
This book is a delightful adventure! The plot is engaging, swift, and heartwarming. I dug the concept of the counterfeiters, and it worked very well as an exciting central conflict. Pierce did well to add some interesting side-stories–such as the Dale romance–for flavor. My level of absorption had much to do with Beka. Pierce has Beka narrate the story through her journal; Beka’s engaging voice and character really bring this story to life, although she would blush to read such a compliment. Definitely check out this book and Terrier, the first book in the trilogy!
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