Author: Tamora Pierce
Ideal Age Range: Middle School/ Young Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 593 pages
Copyright Date: 2011
Blurb: The Hunt is on! Three years have passed since Beka Cooper almost died in the sewers of Port Caynn, and she is now a respected member of the Provost’s Guard. But her life takes an unexpected turn when her fiancé is killed on a slave raid. Beka is faced with a mixture of emotions as, unbeknownst to many, she was about to call the engagement off.
It is as Beka is facing these feelings that Lord Gershom appears at her door. Within hours, Beka; her partner, Tunstall; her scent hound, Achoo; and an unusual but powerful mage are working on an extremely secretive case that threatens the future of the Tortallan royal family, and therefore the entire Tortallan government. As Beka delves deeper into the motivations of the criminals she now Hunts, she learns of deep-seated political dissatisfaction, betrayal, and corruption. These are people with power, money, and influence. They are able to hire the most skilled of mages, well versed in the darkest forms of magic. And they are nearly impossible to identify.
The case-a Hunt that will take her to places she’s never been-will challenge Beka’s tracking skills beyond the city walls, as well as her ability to judge exactly whom she can rust with her life and her country’s future.
My Rating: (★★★★★) My mother bought me Mastiff for my birthday in November. I just got to reading it, and let me tell you, surprisingly, that it was a little difficult to get into the groove of at first. I was a little daunted by the sheer length of the novel at a whopping 593 pages, which is a lot longer than I am used to by Tammy standards. The first half didn’t exactly grab and hold my attention until the action started getting a little bit more fast paced, I’d say (if you’ve read it), right after they traverse the marsh is where it started to get good.
For example, the first part of the book too me about ten days to read as I read before bed most of the time, and after it started getting good? I finished it in about 3 days, because I stayed up way past my usual bed time to read it and read it during my son’s nap time as well. That’s the signal of a good story, eh?
I enjoyed all of the characters’ development, and Beka’s growing maturity and focus while out on the Hunt. I liked the new character in Farmer Cape, the mage. I loved the mystery, and I was blown away by the ending. My only gripe would be the length, but it turned out to be a-okay at the end and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything, I don’t think.
In short, I think if you enjoyed the other two books in the series, Terrier and Bloodhound, there’s a definite possibility that you will love Mastiff.