Pierce delivers another stunning fantasy-mystery coming-of-age story. Teenage girls will love her strong and feminine characters, and her writing is vivid.
Beka has finally finished puppy training and begun work as a real Dog, but a string of incompatible partners has left her feeling grouchy and useless. After rescuing an abused scent-hound and becoming his handler, She's is sent with her old partner Clary Goodwin to discover the source of the fake currency that is severely hurting Tortall's economy. What follows is yet another fast-paced adventure, with a hint of romance, that will make Beka even more of a legend. (RANDOM HOUSE, Apr., 576 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780375814693, HC, 12 and Up)