Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper #3
by Tamora Pierce
Cover Artist: Photo: Engine Collective
Review by Ellen Russell
Random House Books for Young Readers Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780375814709
Date: 25 October 2011 List Price $18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want--a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City--while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.
Mastiff opens in a state of civil unrest. A high-ranking noble has been kidnapped in a n effort to take over the crown, and the issue of slavery in Tortall threatens at an uprising. With bribery and fraud tainting every corner of the city, Beka is grateful for the company of her partner, Tunstall, and of Lady Sabine. The addition of a mage named Farmer grates on Beka's nerves, especially since his talents appear few and far between--but she doesn't have much time to dwell on his inadequacies when the enemy seems to have a pulse on their every move.
(Source: Random House Books for Young Readers)