This was the book that I bought at the Borders in the city on my first day of marriage after eating my first romantic breakfast with my husband. I got a lot of treasured moments out of it in early mornings while hubby slept in.
This book is so different to any of Tamora Pierce's other books. When I first opened it and saw that it was told in first person like a journal I didn't really know what to expect. But it was TP, so I had to buy it.
One of the best things about this book was its length. It was great to have a nice long (but not too long) quality book by a favourite author to sink my teeth into.
But aside from all that fan stuff, it's a quality read in and of itself. TP's world creation is so vivid. She fills the pages with beggars, merchants, theives, children, nobles and knights until your in a bustling city filled with culture, the sounds of their coarse slang buzzing in your ears. And seagulls. I always seem to hear seagulls.
And, as with every TP book, there's always an charming animal or two to fall in love with and add a dimension of humour to the story.
Bekka, as a main protagonist, is strong and extremely likeable. You feel for her downfalls and respect how she picks her self up. All her fellow dogs are just as likeable with plenty on interest and a diverse range of personalities intermingling.
The action is also very fast paced, and the story line more than gripping. I can't think of any negatives at present, so lets just call it a great read.
Oh, and Bekka's special abilities are very interesting as well. I love the pigeons. Slapper especially.