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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: This is the closest Pierce gets to this trope in Tortall, describing Beka's hair as dark blonde.



* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: This is the closest Pierce gets to this trope in Tortall, describing Beka's hair as dark blonde.


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* LadykillerInLove: "Randy Roger" didn't so much as look at another woman funny after his marriage to Jessamine.

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* ConnectTheDeaths: In ''Terrier'', Beka maps out the Shadow Snake kidnappings on a map of the Lower City because she knows that Lord Gershom does the same with big cases, in order to find a connection.


* ChurchMilitant: The Goddess' "warrior mots with sickles" are threatened against the lecherous Fulk when Goodwin notices him harrassing Beka. They finally appear in person in ''Bloodhound'', helping fight colemongering Rats and flirting outrageously with Erskin.

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* ChurchMilitant: The Goddess' "warrior mots with sickles" are threatened against the lecherous Fulk when Goodwin notices him harrassing Beka. They finally appear in person in ''Bloodhound'', helping fight colemongering Rats and flirting outrageously with Erskin.Ersken.


* CallForward: Numerous. The [[Literature/SongOfTheLioness Dancing Dove]] is built in this series, Beka meets one of Alanna's ancestors and goes to Port Caynn, and numerous noble names (Naxen, Haryse, etc) appear. The original founder of the Provost's Guard is Padraig haMinch, who has an identically-named descendant in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''.

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* ByTheHair: Beka braids a spiked strap into her hair just in case anyone tries this on her.
* CallForward: Numerous. The [[Literature/SongOfTheLioness Dancing Dove]] is built in this series, Beka meets one of Alanna's ancestors and goes to Port Caynn, and numerous noble names (Naxen, Haryse, etc) appear. The original founder of the Provost's Guard first Lord Provost is mentioned to have been a Padraig haMinch, who has an identically-named descendant in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''.



* ContinuitySnarl: ''Mastiff'' involves a town and fief called Queensgrace on the Great Road North. By the end of the book, the count and countess have been arrested for their role in a treasonous plot, and the fief is renamed Princehold and awarded to Lady Sabine. However, in ''[[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Lady Knight]]'', set two hundred years later, the army Kel is travelling north with stops at a town on the Great Road North called Queensgrace (this is where Kel meets Tobe). Given the scandal attached to the name, it seems a bit odd there'd be ''another'' town by that name on the same road.

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* ContinuitySnarl: ''Mastiff'' involves a town and fief called Queensgrace on the Great Road North. By the end of the book, the count and countess have been arrested for their role in a treasonous plot, and the fief is renamed Princehold and awarded to Lady Sabine. However, in ''[[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Lady Knight]]'', set two hundred years later, later but published a decade earlier, the army Kel is travelling north with stops at a town on the Great Road North called Queensgrace (this is where Kel meets Tobe). Given the scandal attached to the name, it seems a bit odd there'd be ''another'' town by that name on the same road.

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* BadHabits: In ''Bloodhound'', Beka disguises herself as a priestess of the Black God while on the run from both the Rogue ''and'' Lord Lionel. Since she works for him despite not being a priestess, she points out that she ''does'' have a legitimate right to the vestments.


* NeverMyFault: Orva Ashmiller blames Beka for hobbling her and getting her sent to a convict work farm. This was after Beka and her dogs were drawn to the scene by Ovra threatening violence against her family, and once they were there, Ovra struck Goodwin with a knife, an action that carries a heavy sentence.

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* NeverMyFault: Orva Ashmiller blames Beka for hobbling her and getting her sent to a convict work farm. This was after Beka and her dogs Dogs were drawn to the scene by Ovra Orva threatening violence against her family, and once they were there, Ovra struck Goodwin with a knife, an action that carries a heavy sentence.


* HorsingAround: Lady Sabine's horses Drummer and Steady. In addition to normal warhorse kick-the-enemy training are, according to Beka, "[[YourHeadASplode truly enthusiastic when it comes to the head]]". Sabine trained them to do that to cut down on the harassment encountered while being a female knight, but Drummer takes his job ''extra''-seriously apparently if she hadn't introduced Tunstall as a friend, Drummer might have attacked him the first time he saw them hug. [[spoiler: Not entirely surprising that Pounce later confirms Farmer's suspicion that the Macayhills are horse mages, with Sabine being particularly powerful.]]

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* HorsingAround: Lady Sabine's horses Drummer and Steady. In addition to normal warhorse kick-the-enemy training they are, according to Beka, "[[YourHeadASplode truly enthusiastic when it comes to the head]]". Sabine trained them to do that to cut down on the harassment encountered while being a female knight, but Drummer takes his job ''extra''-seriously apparently if she hadn't introduced Tunstall as a friend, Drummer might have attacked him the first time he saw them hug. [[spoiler: Not entirely surprising that Pounce later confirms Farmer's suspicion that the Macayhills are horse mages, with Sabine being particularly powerful.]]


The fifth series but chronologically, the first in Tamora Pierce's Literature/TortallUniverse. In an effort to make him give up his thieving ways, [[FramingDevice Eleni Cooper gives her young son George the journals of a famous ancestor]]: Rebekah Cooper, an officer in Corus' nascent police force. Known as "Dogs," they did their best to keep the peace, often walking a fine line between lawkeeper and outlaw. The series follows Beka from her entry onto the force as a trainee through a tumultuous period in the country's history. Rather than sorcerers and kings, Beka's enemies are slumlords and counterfeiters. With the ability to hear the souls of the dead, Beka swears to protect the common people of her city from those who try to victimize them.

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The fifth series but chronologically, the first in Tamora Pierce's Literature/TortallUniverse. In an effort to make him give up his thieving ways, [[FramingDevice Eleni Cooper gives her young son George the journals of a famous ancestor]]: Rebekah Cooper, an officer in Corus' nascent police force. Known as "Dogs," "Dogs", they did their best to keep the peace, often walking a fine line between lawkeeper and outlaw. The series follows Beka from her entry onto the force as a trainee through a tumultuous period in the country's history. Rather than sorcerers and kings, Beka's enemies are slumlords and counterfeiters. With the ability to hear the souls of the dead, Beka swears to protect the common people of her city from those who try to victimize them.



* AlphaBitch: In Mastiff, [[spoiler:Dolsa Silkweb, a powerful (but disgustingly snobbish) mage who traps the protagonists during their chase.]]

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* AlphaBitch: In Mastiff, ''Mastiff'', [[spoiler:Dolsa Silkweb, a powerful (but disgustingly snobbish) mage who traps the protagonists during their chase.]]


* AnimalTalk: Sort of. Beka isn't actually talking to the pigeons, but the souls that ride on them, though she does actually address the pigeons at points.

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* AnimalTalk: Sort of. Beka isn't actually talking to the pigeons, but the souls that ride on them, though she does actually address the pigeons at points. On the other hand, Pounce seems able to make himself understood to animals the same as humans, though he's still limited to some extent by their own ability to understand, especially particularly singleminded creatures like Achoo.



* DatingCatwoman: Dogs have Rat friends and vice-versa. Ersken, a Dog, dates Kora, a Rat, for most of the trilogy.

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* DatingCatwoman: Dogs have Rat friends and vice-versa. Ersken, a Dog, dates Kora, a Rat, for most of the trilogy. For similar reasons, while she counts him among her closest friends, Beka adamantly refuses to accept Rosto's romantic advances.



* DirtyCoward: Sir Lionel in ''Bloodhound''. He has no will to stand up to Pearl at all and even tries to arrest Beka when she tells him that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech he knows darn well who the colemonger is and if he wasn't such a coward, he could have stopped her long ago.]] It's mentioned that he wasn't always this way, though.

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* DirtyCoward: Sir Lionel in ''Bloodhound''. He has no will to stand up to Pearl at all and even tries to arrest Beka when she tells him that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech he knows darn well who the colemonger is and if he wasn't such a coward, he could have stopped her long ago.]] It's mentioned that he wasn't always this way, though.though, and it took Pearl threatening his family to break him.



* NoodleIncident: Pearl makes several references to Nestor knowing full well what happens to people who try to take her down. Whatever she's referring to goes unexplained.

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* NoodleIncident: Pearl makes several references to Nestor knowing full well what happens to people who try to take her down. Whatever she's referring to goes unexplained.unexplained, but we're given enough to know that she's vindictive as all hell and employs a very efficient assassin.



* OccultBlueEyes: Beka's ice blue eyes creep people out. Several characters mention it, and Beka herself notes it whenever she sees someone with the same.

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* OccultBlueEyes: Beka's ice blue eyes creep people out. Several characters mention it, and Beka herself notes it whenever she sees someone with the same. When she's really mad, people call the glare she gives the "ghost eyes" and describe it as putting the chill of the grave into you.


* {{Chickification}}: The Cult of the Gentle Mother, first mentioned in ''Bloodhound'' and shown in ''Mastiff'', is doing this InUniverse to the Great Mother Goddess. Beka and Lady Sabine think it's absolutely ridiculous.

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* {{Chickification}}: The Cult of the Gentle Mother, first mentioned in ''Bloodhound'' and shown in ''Mastiff'', is doing this InUniverse to the Great Mother Goddess. Beka and Lady Sabine think it's absolutely ridiculous. WordOfGod has it that before their influence waned, the Gentle Mother cult was responsible for bringing about the end to women being allowed to train as knights.


* AlphaBitch: In Mastiff, [[spoiler:Dulca Silkweb - A powerful (but disgustingly snobbish) mage, who traps the protagonists during their chase.]]

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* AlphaBitch: In Mastiff, [[spoiler:Dulca Silkweb - A [[spoiler:Dolsa Silkweb, a powerful (but disgustingly snobbish) mage, mage who traps the protagonists during their chase.]]



* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Averted in ''Bloodhound.'' The main plot revolves around a counterfeiting ring that threatens to utterly ruin Tortall's economy via runaway inflation. One of the people behind the plot fully understood this potential impact, and had ruining the economy as a goal (the other, more short-sighted conspirator just wanted to get really rich, and is called out at one point for the stupidity of this plan).
* AutomatonHorses: Subverted in ''Mastiff''. Beka is miffed when Sabine's horses are added to the Hunt because she thinks they'll ''slow them down'', warhorses being heavier and slower than most riding mounts. Turns out they're faster than most warhorses, but the hunt still has to keep to their speed. Comes up at other points too, like Beka ruefully noting that most horses take poorly to having new people climb into their saddles, and horses stumbling and falling while running in the dark, or going lame after running over loose stones, or fleeing battle and needing to be tracked down. Sabine's warhorses have been trained to protect her and her things - they have a distressing enthusiasm for aiming kicks at an enemy's head - but are worked up for a while after a fight, and have to be taught who Sabine's friends are so they won't be too suspicious of them.
* BallsOfSteel: It's not uncommon for male Dogs and Rats to wear codpieces, since nobody fights "fair". But Goodwin still takes down a mugger wearing a cheap one--it ''crumples'' when she kicks him.

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Averted in ''Bloodhound.'' ''Bloodhound''. The main plot revolves around a counterfeiting ring that threatens to utterly ruin Tortall's economy via runaway inflation. One of the people behind the plot fully understood this potential impact, and had ruining the economy as a goal (the other, more short-sighted conspirator just wanted to get really rich, and is called out at one point for the stupidity of this plan).
* AutomatonHorses: Subverted in ''Mastiff''. Beka is miffed when Sabine's horses are added to the Hunt because she thinks they'll ''slow them down'', warhorses being heavier and slower than most riding mounts. Turns out they're faster than most warhorses, but the hunt still has to keep to their speed. Comes up at other points too, like Beka ruefully noting that most horses take poorly to having new people climb into their saddles, and horses stumbling and falling while running in the dark, or going lame after running over loose stones, or fleeing battle and needing to be tracked down. Sabine's warhorses have been trained to protect her and her things - they have a distressing enthusiasm for aiming kicks at an enemy's head - but are worked up for a while after a fight, and have to be taught who Sabine's friends are so they won't be too suspicious of them.
* BallsOfSteel: It's not uncommon for male Dogs and Rats to wear codpieces, since nobody fights "fair". But Goodwin still takes down a mugger wearing a cheap one--it one it ''crumples'' when she kicks him.



* CallForward: Numerous. The ''[[Literature/SongOfTheLioness Dancing Dove]]'' is built in this series, Beka meets one of Alanna's ancestors and goes to [[Literature/TheImmortals Port Caynn]], and numerous noble names (Naxen, Haryse, etc) appear. The original founder of the Provost's Guard is Padraig haMinch, who has an identically-named descendant in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''.

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* CallForward: Numerous. The ''[[Literature/SongOfTheLioness [[Literature/SongOfTheLioness Dancing Dove]]'' Dove]] is built in this series, Beka meets one of Alanna's ancestors and goes to [[Literature/TheImmortals Port Caynn]], Caynn, and numerous noble names (Naxen, Haryse, etc) appear. The original founder of the Provost's Guard is Padraig haMinch, who has an identically-named descendant in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''.''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''.
* CharacterTitle: The trilogy as a whole is named after protagonist Beka Cooper.



-->'''Beka Cooper:''' The lower city is mine, its people are mine. If I find them that's doing all this kidnapping and murdering, they'd best pray for mercy, because once I get my teeth in 'em, I will ''never'' let them go.

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-->'''Beka Cooper:''' The lower city Lower City is mine, its people are mine. If I find them that's doing all this kidnapping and murdering, they'd best pray for mercy, because once I get my teeth in 'em, I will ''never'' let them go.



** Beka herself appears to have been on the receiving end of this with regards to her fiancée Holborn. She specifically mentions that he used to yell and emotionally blackmail her, and judging by the questions she poses to Farmer (which boils down to, "Do you throw things when you get angry?") he may have physically abused her as well.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Harshly averted in ''Terrier'' when the first person Beka arrests is a woman who was beating her children and husband, throwing heavy things at them, and threatening them with a knife. The husband is never ridiculed, the case is treated seriously in the courts, and the woman is given the recommended highest sentence of hard labor outside the city limits (albeit as much for the capital crime of drawing a blade on a Dog).

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** Beka herself appears to have been on the receiving end of this with regards to her fiancée fiancé Holborn. She specifically mentions that he used to yell and emotionally blackmail her, and judging by the questions she poses to Farmer (which boils down to, "Do you throw things when you get angry?") he may have physically abused her as well.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Harshly averted in ''Terrier'' when the first person Beka arrests is a woman who was beating her children and husband, throwing heavy things at them, and threatening them with a knife. The husband is never ridiculed, the case is treated seriously in the courts, and the woman is given the recommended highest sentence of hard labor outside the city limits (albeit as much for the capital crime of drawing a blade on a Dog).



** ''Bloodhound'': [[spoiler:You were dishonorably discharged after years of devoted military service for hitting TheNeidermeyer]]? ''Ruin the nation's economy.''
** ''Mastiff'' [[spoiler:Some rather self-important mages decided they didn't want to be taxed so the common folk wouldn't be so strapped.]] In response, they kidnap the king's son with plans to kill him, kill dozens of others along the way for barely any reason at all, and attempt to overthrow the government.
* DistantFinale: The third book ends with George's thoughts on his "legendary ancestress"; it's revealed that he takes the family shrine's statuette of her along with him on big jobs, just to hack off her spirit. [[spoiler:Then a certain cat edits his memory to remove all oddities related to 'Pounce' so George won't be weirded out by Faithful.]]

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** ''Bloodhound'': [[spoiler:You were dishonorably discharged after years of devoted military service for hitting TheNeidermeyer]]? TheNeidermeyer?]] ''Ruin the nation's economy.''
** ''Mastiff'' ''Mastiff'': [[spoiler:Some rather self-important mages decided they didn't want to be taxed so the common folk wouldn't be so strapped.]] In response, they kidnap the king's son with plans to kill him, kill dozens of others along the way for barely any reason at all, and attempt to overthrow the government.
* DistantFinale: The third book ends with George's thoughts on his "legendary ancestress"; it's revealed that he takes the family shrine's statuette of her along with him on big jobs, just to hack off her spirit. [[spoiler:Then a certain cat edits his memory to remove all oddities related to 'Pounce' "Pounce" so George won't be weirded out by Faithful.]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Pearl in ''Bloodhound.'' She's a murderous rogue who doesn't care for anyone's lives but her own, and does none of the helpful parts of a Rogue's job. But she cannot stand people who abuse animals, and says that it's cowardly to beat a creature that can't speak out about it.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Pearl in ''Bloodhound.'' ''Bloodhound''. She's a murderous rogue who doesn't care for anyone's lives but her own, and does none of the helpful parts of a Rogue's job. But she cannot stand people who abuse animals, and says that it's cowardly to beat a creature that can't speak out about it.



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Tunstall turns traitor in ''Mastiff'']].
* FantasticDrug: "Hotblood wine", which is wine spiked with amphetamine-like herbs. Dream Rose is also mentioned.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Tunstall turns traitor in ''Mastiff'']].
''Mastiff''.]]
* FantasticDrug: "Hotblood wine", which is wine spiked with amphetamine-like herbs. Dream Rose Dreamrose is also mentioned.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:



** Lionel of Trebond, the head of the Port Caynn guard and Alanna's ancestor, is a sexist who subscribes to a cult that thinks women have "tender souls" and aren't cut out for violence. [[spoiler:He's also far too much of a wimp to deal with the Rogue]].

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** Lionel of Trebond, the head of the Port Caynn guard and Alanna's ancestor, is a sexist who subscribes to a cult that thinks women have "tender souls" and aren't cut out for violence. [[spoiler:He's also far too much of a wimp to deal with the Rogue]].Rogue.]]



* HeroicBastard: Nestor is a minor character version of this. Despite being from "the wrong side of the sheet," he manages to become a Dog through his close friendship with his older cousin, the Lord Provost.

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* HeroicBastard: Nestor is a minor character version of this. Despite being from "the wrong side of the sheet," sheet", he manages to become a Dog through his close friendship with his older cousin, the Lord Provost.



* HiddenVillain: The Shadow Snake from ''Terrier'', [[spoiler: a.k.a. Deirdry Noll]].

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* HiddenVillain: HiddenVillain:
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The Shadow Snake from ''Terrier'', [[spoiler: a.[[spoiler:a.k.a. Deirdry Noll]]. Noll, owner of one of the Lower City's most popular bakeries]].



* HorsingAround: Lady Sabine's horses Drummer and Steady. In addition to normal warhorse kick-the-enemy training are, according to Beka, "[[YourHeadASplode truly enthusiastic when it comes to the head]]". Sabine trained them to do that to cut down on the harassment encountered while being a female knight, but Drummer takes his job ''extra''-seriously -- apparently if she hadn't introduced Tunstall as a friend, Drummer might have attacked him the first time he saw them hug. [[spoiler: Not entirely surprising that Pounce later confirms Farmer's suspicion that Macayhills are horse mages, with Sabine being particularly powerful.]]

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* HorsingAround: Lady Sabine's horses Drummer and Steady. In addition to normal warhorse kick-the-enemy training are, according to Beka, "[[YourHeadASplode truly enthusiastic when it comes to the head]]". Sabine trained them to do that to cut down on the harassment encountered while being a female knight, but Drummer takes his job ''extra''-seriously -- apparently if she hadn't introduced Tunstall as a friend, Drummer might have attacked him the first time he saw them hug. [[spoiler: Not entirely surprising that Pounce later confirms Farmer's suspicion that the Macayhills are horse mages, with Sabine being particularly powerful.]]



* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each book in the series is the name of a type of dog, and {{One Word Title}}s, for the connection to the trilogy being about Beka, a "Provost's Dog". Also making the series and book titles, all {{Job Title}}s and {{Protagonist Title}}s.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each book in the series is the name of a type of dog, and {{One Word Title}}s, for a OneWordTitle, tying in with the connection to the trilogy Provost's Guard being about Beka, a known as the "Provost's Dog". Also making the series and book titles, all {{Job Title}}s and {{Protagonist Title}}s.Dogs".



** The Shadow Snake. [[spoiler:Deirdry Noll ruthlessly victimizes other poor families who have the good luck or ability to get themselves ''one'' nice thing because she thinks she deserves it more than they do]].

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** The Shadow Snake. [[spoiler:Deirdry Noll ruthlessly victimizes other poor families who have the good luck or ability to get themselves ''one'' nice thing because she thinks she deserves it more than they do]].do.]]



* JerkassHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Mistress Noll's motive in ''Terrier'' is that she wanted to escape the hellhole slum she was living on in a way that wouldn't end with her immobile from the back-breaking labour she'd need to do, and Tansy's childhood thefts meant a lot ''more'' work and lost money for her]]. Still, that doesn't in the least justify the murder of children.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Mistress Noll's motive in ''Terrier'' is that she wanted to escape the hellhole slum she was living on in a way that wouldn't end with her immobile from the back-breaking labour she'd need to do, and Tansy's childhood thefts meant a lot ''more'' work and lost money for her]]. her.]] Still, that doesn't in the least justify the murder of children.



* KarmaHoudini: Nomalla in ''Mastiff''. She eventually helped the protagonists escape, but she isn't punished at all for her prior role in the attempted coup, and she's clearly only sorry that her father's actions have ruined their house and that [[spoiler: the prince]] was so horribly abused- she never shows regret or upset over all the damage the plot caused and everyone else it hurt. Beka objects, but her protests are overruled. Her only punishment is to be [[ReassignedToAntarctica relocated to the Scanran border]].

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* KarmaHoudini: Nomalla in ''Mastiff''. She eventually helped the protagonists escape, but she isn't punished at all for her prior role in the attempted coup, and she's clearly only sorry that her father's actions have ruined their house and that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the prince]] was so horribly abused- abused she never shows regret or upset over all the damage the plot caused and everyone else it hurt. Beka objects, but her protests are overruled. Her only punishment is to be [[ReassignedToAntarctica relocated to the Scanran border]].



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: It's revealed that [[spoiler:Pounce/Faithful]] did this on [[spoiler:George]] so that he wouldn't remember that [[spoiler:Beka's cat had purple eyes, just like Alanna's.]]
* LittleMissConArtist: Beka stops a pickpocketing team who uses a little girl running into the street as a distraction while her partner. takes the purse.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: It's revealed that [[spoiler:Pounce/Faithful]] did this on to [[spoiler:George]] so that he wouldn't remember that [[spoiler:Beka's cat had purple eyes, just like Alanna's.]]
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* LittleMissConArtist: Beka stops a pickpocketing team who uses a little girl running into the street as a distraction while her partner. partner takes the purse.



* NiceGirl: Mistress Catfoot in ''Mastiff'' is one of the rare Mages who are both incredibly powerful and genuinely nice people. She doesn't care for money or status, and generally keeps to herself, but will gladly go out of the way to help the royal family and, by extension, Beka's party of Dogs, for several reasons: the King and Queen don't tax the poor, they're loving parents, [[spoiler: their son is missing and magically being used against them]], and helping them could potentially [[spoiler: prevent a full-scale civil war.]]

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* NiceGirl: Mistress Catfoot in ''Mastiff'' is one of the rare Mages mages who are both incredibly powerful and genuinely nice people. She doesn't care for money or status, and generally keeps to herself, but will gladly go out of the way to help the royal family and, by extension, Beka's party of Dogs, for several reasons: the King and Queen don't tax the poor, they're loving parents, [[spoiler: their son is missing and magically being used against them]], and helping them could potentially [[spoiler: prevent [[spoiler:prevent a full-scale civil war.]]



* NiceToTheWaiter: Beka also has a few moments in ''Bloodhound'' where she intentionally leaves food for the young girl who is spying on her for the Court of the Rogue, since she knows that the girl probably is not well fed and Beka used to be in a similar situation herself. [[spoiler:The girl later helps her escape and find what she needs to take the Rogue in]].

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* NiceToTheWaiter: Beka also has a few moments in ''Bloodhound'' where she intentionally leaves food for the young girl who is spying on her for the Court of the Rogue, since she knows that the girl probably is not well fed and Beka used to be in a similar situation herself. [[spoiler:The girl later helps her escape and find what she needs to take the Rogue in]].in.]]



* OffWithHisHead: Happens at the end of ''Mastiff'' to [[spoiler:Prince Baird for his complicity in the plot against his brother]].

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* OffWithHisHead: Happens at the end of ''Mastiff'' to [[spoiler:Prince Baird Baird, for his complicity in the plot against his brother]].



* OneWordTitle: The books are named ''Terrier'', ''Mastiff'' and ''Bloodhound'', all being references to Beka being a ''Provost's Dog''.

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* OneWordTitle: The books are named ''Terrier'', ''Mastiff'' and ''Bloodhound'', all being references to Beka being a ''Provost's Dog''.Provost's Dog.



* PassedInTheirSleep: This is how [[spoiler:Tunstall]] dies in the third book. After a long and arduous battle in the cold and rain, Beka can't make herself kill him and ties him up for proper capture instead, even while thinking this is a CruelMercy. When she goes to give him some food the next day, she can't wake him and finds his body locked in rigor mortis--cold and shock did him in overnight.

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* PassedInTheirSleep: This is how [[spoiler:Tunstall]] dies in the third book. After a long and arduous battle in the cold and rain, Beka can't make herself kill him and ties him up for proper capture instead, even while thinking this is a CruelMercy. When she goes to give him some food the next day, she can't wake him and finds his body locked in rigor mortis--cold mortis cold and shock did him in overnight.



* PoliceAreUseless: The Night Watch is largely made up of the worst Dogs--lazy, particularly corrupt, drunk, what-have-you. When Goodwin, Tunstall, and Beka get caught up in a bar brawl during a shift change, the Night Watch Dogs make sure to show up ''after'' it's over. They only got out because Lady Sabine happened to be there.
* PoliceBrutality: Dogs are instructed not to hit suspects unless they're ''really sure'' it'll be useful, and Beka herself engages in the practice several times. The "Cage Dogs" in the jails are outright torturers who get bonus pay for their willingness to do the work--we get a scene of them waterboarding a prisoner in ''Bloodhound.''

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* PoliceAreUseless: The Night Watch is largely made up of the worst Dogs--lazy, Dogs lazy, particularly corrupt, drunk, what-have-you. When Goodwin, Tunstall, and Beka get caught up in a bar brawl during a shift change, the Night Watch Dogs make sure to show up ''after'' it's over. They only got out because Lady Sabine happened to be there.
* PoliceBrutality: Dogs are instructed not to hit suspects unless they're ''really sure'' it'll be useful, and Beka herself engages in the practice several times. The "Cage Dogs" in the jails are outright torturers who get bonus pay for their willingness to do the work--we work we get a scene of them waterboarding a prisoner in ''Bloodhound.''''Bloodhound''.



* {{Polyamory}}: A low-key version in ''Terrier'', where Rosto is sleeping with Aniki and Kora in the first part of the book, before Kora decides she'd rather be with somebody else. Rosto wants to add Beka too, but between him still sleeping with Aniki and him being a criminal, she refuses. [[spoiler: And keeps refusing.]]

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* {{Polyamory}}: A low-key version in ''Terrier'', where Rosto is sleeping with Aniki and Kora in the first part of the book, before Kora decides she'd rather be with somebody else. Rosto wants to add Beka too, but between him still sleeping with Aniki and him being a criminal, she refuses. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And keeps refusing.]]



* TheRestShallPass: At the climax of Mastiff, [[spoiler:as the Hunt party flees the castle with Gareth in tow, the forces of the conspirators pick them off for individual battles, leaving Beka to finally face the traitor one-on-one.]]

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* TheRestShallPass: At the climax of Mastiff, ''Mastiff'', [[spoiler:as the Hunt party flees the castle with Gareth in tow, the forces of the conspirators pick them off for individual battles, leaving Beka to finally face the traitor one-on-one.]]



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Queen Jessamine, Roger's second wife, was raised to be one of these. She manages to turn '[[IdleRich Randy Roger]]' into one too--he very suddenly takes an interest in what his ministers and tax collectors are actually ''doing'' because he doesn't want to look like an idiot in front of his newlywed wife. Said ministers are... [[{{Understatement}} rather put out]] by this.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Queen Jessamine, Roger's second wife, was raised to be one of these. She manages to turn '[[IdleRich "[[IdleRich Randy Roger]]' Roger]]" into one too--he too he very suddenly takes an interest in what his ministers and tax collectors are actually ''doing'' because he doesn't want to look like an idiot in front of his newlywed wife. Said ministers are... [[{{Understatement}} rather put out]] by this.



* SeriesContinuityError: In ''Mastiff'' Beka's estranged sister's name changes from Diona to Dorine; there's no mention of the house Kora and Ersken were talking about at the end of the last book, with only a brief mention of "Kora's room" still being where it always was; and Nilo rather than Will is a palace courier.

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* SeriesContinuityError: In ''Mastiff'' has several.
**
Beka's estranged sister's name changes from Diona to Dorine; there's Dorine.
** There's
no mention of the house Kora and Ersken were talking about at the end of the last book, with only a brief mention of "Kora's room" still being where it always was; and was.
** Beka's brother
Nilo is said to be the palace courier rather than Will is a palace courier.Wil.



* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The books take place before slavery was outlawed in Tortall. Parents sometimes sell children they can't afford to keep, and any slave trader is likely to have ''kidnapped'' children (which is illegal). ''Mastiff'' in particular focuses on the suffering of slaves and the host of secondary evils that the trade causes [[spoiler:since Prince Gareth is being hidden as a slave. King Roger and Queen Jessamine declare a gradual abolition of slavery as a result]].

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* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The books take place before slavery was outlawed in Tortall. Parents sometimes sell children they can't afford to keep, and any slave trader is likely to have ''kidnapped'' children (which is illegal). ''Mastiff'' in particular focuses on the suffering of slaves and the host of secondary evils that the trade causes [[spoiler:since Prince Gareth is being hidden as a slave. King Roger and Queen Jessamine declare a gradual abolition of slavery as a result]].result.]]



* SternChase: ''Mastiff'' is one big long one of these, only it's inverted--it's Beka and her dogs who are chasing the people who abducted the child prince.

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* SternChase: ''Mastiff'' is one big long one of these, only it's inverted--it's inverted it's Beka and her dogs who are chasing the people who abducted the child prince.



** In the same series, towards the end of Mastiff, we find out that [[spoiler:[[TheMole Tunstall]] killed Daeggan and intends to kill Gareth. Gareth is four years old, Daeggan is 8.]]

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** In the same series, towards Towards the end of Mastiff, ''Mastiff'', we find out that [[spoiler:[[TheMole Tunstall]] killed Daeggan and intends to kill Gareth. Gareth is four years old, Daeggan is 8.]]


-> ''"The lower city is mine. Its people are mine. If I find them that's doing all this kidnapping and murdering, they'd best pray for mercy, because once I get my teeth in 'em, I will NEVER let them go." ''

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-> ''"The lower city Lower City is mine. Its people are mine. If I find them that's doing all this kidnapping and murdering, they'd best pray for mercy, because once I get my teeth in 'em, I will NEVER let them go." ''



* ActionPet: Achoo and Pounce, both of whom attack enemies if needed. Note that while Achoo is a trained sniffer dog, ''Pounce'' is a ''cat''. [[spoiler: He's a constellation, true, but it still surprises folks.]]

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* ActionPet: Achoo and Pounce, both of whom attack enemies if needed. Note that while Achoo is a trained sniffer dog, ''Pounce'' is a ''cat''. [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's a constellation, true, but it still surprises folks.]]


* ContinuityDrift: The limits of Beka's powers seem to shift between ''Terrier'' and ''Bloodhound''. In ''Terrier'', despite multiple attempts, she cannot seem to convince the ghosts she talks to to so much as give her their name they ignore her [[spoiler:to the point that the only time one actually responds in the book it isn't even to Beka but a murdered child's spirit to his mother, Tansy, which astonishes her]]. By ''Bloodhound'' she can have conversations with the ghosts and ask questions of them in the manner you would do so to an alive witness, though she has to remain calm or scare the ghosts. Her powers could have simply developed over the TimeSkip between books - ''Terrier'' is part of the journal she kept as a Puppy, which probably continued after the events of this book.

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* ContinuityDrift: The limits of Beka's powers seem to shift between ''Terrier'' and ''Bloodhound''. In ''Terrier'', despite multiple attempts, she cannot seem to convince the ghosts she talks to to so much as give her their name they ignore her [[spoiler:to the point that the only time one actually responds in the book it isn't even to Beka but a murdered child's spirit to his mother, Tansy, which astonishes her]]. By ''Bloodhound'' she can have conversations with the ghosts and ask questions of them in the manner you would do so to an alive witness, though she has to remain calm or scare the ghosts. Her powers could have simply developed over the TimeSkip between books - ''Terrier'' is part of the journal she kept as a Puppy, which probably continued after the events of this book.book.
* ContinuitySnarl: ''Mastiff'' involves a town and fief called Queensgrace on the Great Road North. By the end of the book, the count and countess have been arrested for their role in a treasonous plot, and the fief is renamed Princehold and awarded to Lady Sabine. However, in ''[[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Lady Knight]]'', set two hundred years later, the army Kel is travelling north with stops at a town on the Great Road North called Queensgrace (this is where Kel meets Tobe). Given the scandal attached to the name, it seems a bit odd there'd be ''another'' town by that name on the same road.



* CounterfeitCash: They're called 'coles' in Tortall slang. Due to the threat they present to the economy, colesmiths (counterfeiters) are given serious punishment. The main problem of ''Bloodhound'' is that a flood of coles has suddenly appeared, unbalancing the local economy.

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* CounterfeitCash: They're called 'coles' "coles" in Tortall slang. Due to the threat they present to the economy, colesmiths (counterfeiters) are given serious punishment. The main problem of ''Bloodhound'' is that a flood of coles has suddenly appeared, unbalancing the local economy.



--> '''Beka Cooper:''' The lower city is mine, its people are mine. If I find them that's doing all this kidnapping and murdering, they'd best pray for mercy, because once I get my teeth in 'em, I will ''never'' let them go.

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--> '''Beka -->'''Beka Cooper:''' The lower city is mine, its people are mine. If I find them that's doing all this kidnapping and murdering, they'd best pray for mercy, because once I get my teeth in 'em, I will ''never'' let them go.



** In fact Beka's early unwillingness to take bribes is frowned upon as it is likely to lead her being targeted.

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** In fact fact, Beka's early unwillingness to take bribes is frowned upon as it is likely to lead her being targeted.



* FantasticDrug: 'Hotblood wine', which is wine spiked with amphetamine-like herbs. Dream Rose is also mentioned.

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* FantasticDrug: 'Hotblood wine', "Hotblood wine", which is wine spiked with amphetamine-like herbs. Dream Rose is also mentioned.



** Otelia and Rollo--Verene's training partners--say that Goodwin and Tunstall intentionally make other Dogs look bad basically by doing the job thoroughly. Later, Otelia suggests Beka do work that Otelia could do herself and is told off for it. [[spoiler:In hindsight, it's not that surprising that they got Verene killed on duty, and Beka's friends wonder how they even got assigned a Puppy in the first place.]]
** There are a few cases of counterfeit coins, or "coles", in ''Terrier''- a Dog is said to have let coles into the Happy Bag and Cooper arrests a cove trying to exchange counterfeit silver coins. During the second, Goodwin gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in which she says that enough coles ruin the economy. The plot of ''Bloodhound'' comes about because a major counterfeiting ring threatens to totally destabilize the economy of Port Caynn, and by extension, Corus.
** Tunstall is increasingly DentedIron--his injuries are resistant to healing and AcheyScars plague him. Also, his relationship with [[UptownGirl Lady Sabine]] is a BerserkButton. [[spoiler:He ends up betraying the realm in exchange for a noble title so he can still be useful and "worthy" of her.]]
* FourthDateMarriage: [[spoiler:Beka and Farmer decide to get married near the end of their Hunt. It was a pretty intense month, all right? Beka in general seems willing to move fast - bedding Dale after just a few days of getting to know him, and daydreaming about their future; agreeing to marry Holbern after an exciting arrest and an adrenaline-filled quickie in an alley.]]

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** Otelia and Rollo--Verene's Rollo Verene's training partners--say partners say that Goodwin and Tunstall intentionally make other Dogs look bad basically by doing the job thoroughly. Later, Otelia suggests Beka do work that Otelia could do herself and is told off for it. [[spoiler:In hindsight, it's not that surprising that they got Verene killed on duty, and Beka's friends wonder how they even got assigned a Puppy in the first place.]]
** There are a few cases of counterfeit coins, or "coles", in ''Terrier''- ''Terrier'' a Dog is said to have let coles into the Happy Bag and Cooper arrests a cove trying to exchange counterfeit silver coins. During the second, Goodwin gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in which she says that enough coles ruin the economy. The plot of ''Bloodhound'' comes about because a major counterfeiting ring threatens to totally destabilize the economy of Port Caynn, and by extension, Corus.
** Tunstall is increasingly DentedIron--his DentedIron his injuries are resistant to healing and AcheyScars plague him. Also, his relationship with [[UptownGirl Lady Sabine]] is a BerserkButton. [[spoiler:He ends up betraying the realm in exchange for a noble title so he can still be useful and "worthy" of her.]]
* FourthDateMarriage: [[spoiler:Beka and Farmer decide to get married near the end of their Hunt. It was a pretty intense month, all right? Beka in general seems willing to move fast - bedding Dale after just a few days of getting to know him, and daydreaming about their future; agreeing to marry Holbern after an exciting arrest and an adrenaline-filled quickie in an alley.]] ]]
* FramingDevice: The epilogue of ''Mastiff'' reveals that Eleni had George read Beka's journals because she was trying to dissuade him from becoming a thief.



** The entire series is about [[LovableRogue George Cooper's]] ancestor--a stalwart police officer.

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** The entire series is about [[LovableRogue George Cooper's]] ancestor--a ancestor a stalwart police officer.



** King Roger is not an evil bastard like [[Literature/SongOfTheLioness that other Roger]], and he's also a redhead. The TallDarkAndHandsome gene hadn't yet entered the Conte line.

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** King Roger is not an evil bastard like [[Literature/SongOfTheLioness that other Roger]], and he's also a redhead. The TallDarkAndHandsome gene hadn't yet entered the Conte Conté line.



* JobTitle: The books are named ''Terrier'', ''Mastiff'', and ''Bloodhound'', all being references to Beka being a ''Provost's Dog'', which is the name of the trilogy.

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* JobTitle: The books are named ''Terrier'', ''Mastiff'', and ''Bloodhound'', all being references to Beka being a ''Provost's Dog'', which is the name of the trilogy."Provost's Dog".



* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:In Mastiff, Tunstall turns traitor because he wants to be good enough for Lady Sabine (i.e. class-wise) and the villain offers him a noble title. She's not happy about this.]]
* LoveableRogue: Rosto, Kora, and Aniki, although [[spoiler: only Rosto is ''The'' Rogue. The former Corus Rogue was decidely ''un''loveable.]]

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:In Mastiff, ''Mastiff'', Tunstall turns traitor because he wants to be good enough for Lady Sabine (i.e. class-wise) and the villain offers him a noble title. She's not happy about this.]]
* LoveableRogue: Rosto, Kora, and Aniki, although [[spoiler: only [[spoiler:only Rosto is ''The'' Rogue. The former Corus Rogue was decidely ''un''loveable.]] ]]



* MamaBear: Although many of the major characters express disgust and dismay at child slavery and child-killings, often mentioning that child killers are given the most brutal of sentences and that those that get away are often taken down by vigilantes, that doesn't stop some women from ignoring their maternal instinct. Ovra Ashmiller has physically hurt her children, and, although she whines about them being taken away from her, she's more focused on blaming Beka than on the kids. One other woman attempted to use the Shadow Snake to hide the fact that she sold her child into slavery. Another smothered her child to death because her new lover didn't want to live with children. [[spoiler: The woman responsible for starting and leading the Shadow Snake killings was, herself, a mother.]] Her motivation? ''Self-entitlement.'' [[spoiler: She felt that she deserved the nice things she ransomed more than those she took them from.]] This is in exchange for ''[[WouldHurtAChild the lives of children!]]''

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* MamaBear: Although many of the major characters express disgust and dismay at child slavery and child-killings, often mentioning that child killers are given the most brutal of sentences and that those that get away are often taken down by vigilantes, that doesn't stop some women from ignoring their maternal instinct. Ovra Orva Ashmiller has physically hurt her children, and, although she whines about them being taken away from her, she's more focused on blaming Beka than on the kids. One other woman attempted to use the Shadow Snake to hide the fact that she sold her child into slavery. Another smothered her child to death because her new lover didn't want to live with children. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The woman responsible for starting and leading the Shadow Snake killings was, herself, a mother.]] Her motivation? ''Self-entitlement.'' [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She felt that she deserved the nice things she ransomed more than those she took them from.]] This is in exchange for ''[[WouldHurtAChild the lives of children!]]''



* MustLetThemGetAway: The second type in ''Bloodhound.'' A noble is convicted of a crime, but is given a lesser sentence due to his family connections.
* NeverMyFault: Ovra Ashmiller blames Beka for hobbling her and getting her sent to a convict work farm. This was after Beka and her dogs were drawn to the scene by Ovra threatening violence against her family, and once they were there, Ovra struck Goodwin with a knife, an action that carries a heavy sentence.

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* MustLetThemGetAway: The second type in ''Bloodhound.'' ''Bloodhound''. A noble is convicted of a crime, but is given a lesser sentence due to his family connections.
* NeverMyFault: Ovra Orva Ashmiller blames Beka for hobbling her and getting her sent to a convict work farm. This was after Beka and her dogs were drawn to the scene by Ovra threatening violence against her family, and once they were there, Ovra struck Goodwin with a knife, an action that carries a heavy sentence.



-->'''Sir Tullus:''' If she cares nothing for money or status, why would she help Their Majesties?
-->'''Farmer:''' [[MamaBear She loves children,]] and she likes me. [...] She wouldn't have come if His Majesty were one of those warlike kings, or of [[spoiler: civil war]] were not a possible outcome of all of this.

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-->'''Sir Tullus:''' If she cares nothing for money or status, why would she help Their Majesties?
-->'''Farmer:'''
Majesties?\\
'''Farmer:'''
[[MamaBear She loves children,]] and she likes me. [...] ''[...]'' She wouldn't have come if His Majesty were one of those warlike kings, or of [[spoiler: civil war]] were not a possible outcome of all of this.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Lord Lionel of Trebond. He's very reluctant to do much police work at ''all'' after his family was threatened by Pearl Skinner.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Lord Sir Lionel of Trebond. He's very reluctant to do much police work at ''all'' after his family was threatened by Pearl Skinner.



* PutOnABus: Just about every Corus character in ''Mastiff.'' Justified in that most of the action takes place in other locations, but it's still a bit jarring when important characters like Goodwin, Rosto (who had major ShipTease with Beka and was expected to be her endgame love interest, though Pierce thinks [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/why-bekarosto-wouldnt-last-and-development-of-humanity/ it wouldn't have lasted]]), Ersken, and Kora and Aniki only have a sentence or two devoted to them.

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* PutOnABus: Just about every Corus character in ''Mastiff.'' ''Mastiff''. Justified in that most of the action takes place in other locations, but it's still a bit jarring when important characters like Goodwin, Rosto (who had major ShipTease with Beka and was expected to be her endgame love interest, though Pierce thinks [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/why-bekarosto-wouldnt-last-and-development-of-humanity/ it wouldn't have lasted]]), Ersken, and Kora and Aniki only have a sentence or two devoted to them.



* TheRestShallPass: At the climax of Mastiff, [[spoiler:as the Hunt party flees the castle with Gareth in tow, the forces of the conspirators pick them off for individual battles, leaving Beka to finally face the traitor one-on-one.]]



* TheRestShallPass: At the climax of Mastiff, [[spoiler:as the Hunt party flees the castle with Gareth in tow, the forces of the conspirators pick them off for individual battles, leaving Beka to finally face the traitor one-on-one.]]



* WaterTorture: 'The Drink'.

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* WaterTorture: 'The Drink'. "The Drink".
* WeakButSkilled: Farmer Cape[[spoiler:/Cooper]].



** Book one of the ''Beka Cooper'' trilogy mainly revolves around finding the Shadow Snake, a Lower City criminal that abducts children and demands that their parents give up what little of value that they have in exchange for their child's life. If the parent doesn't comply, they find their child dead very quickly. [[KickTheDog If said parent happens to have another child, the Shadow Snake ALWAYS comes back.]]

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** Book one of the ''Beka Cooper'' trilogy mainly revolves around finding the Shadow Snake, a Lower City criminal that abducts children and demands that their parents give up what little of value that they have in exchange for their child's life. If the parent doesn't comply, they find their child dead very quickly. [[KickTheDog If said parent happens to have another child, the Shadow Snake ALWAYS comes back.]]



* WeakButSkilled: Farmer Cape[[spoiler:/Cooper]].

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* WeakButSkilled: Farmer Cape[[spoiler:/Cooper]].


* {{Chickification}}: The Cult of the Gentle Mother, first mentioned in ''Bloodhound'' and shown in ''Mastiff'', is doing this InUniverse to the Great Mother Goddess. Beka and Lady Sabine think it's absolutely ridiculous.



* ContinuityDrift: The limits of Beka's powers seem to shift between Terrier and Bloodhound. In Terrier despite multiple attempts she cannot seem to convince the ghosts she talks to to so much as give her their name - they ignore her [[spoiler:to the point that the only time one actually responds in the book it isn't even to Beka but a murdered child's spirit to his mother, Tansy, which astonishes her]]. By Bloodhound she can have conversations with the ghosts and ask questions of them in the manner you would do so to an alive witness, though she has to remain calm or scare the ghosts. Her powers could have simply developed over the TimeSkip between books - ''Terrier'' is part of the journal she kept as a Puppy, which probably continued after the events of this book.

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* ContinuityDrift: The limits of Beka's powers seem to shift between Terrier ''Terrier'' and Bloodhound. ''Bloodhound''. In Terrier ''Terrier'', despite multiple attempts attempts, she cannot seem to convince the ghosts she talks to to so much as give her their name - they ignore her [[spoiler:to the point that the only time one actually responds in the book it isn't even to Beka but a murdered child's spirit to his mother, Tansy, which astonishes her]]. By Bloodhound ''Bloodhound'' she can have conversations with the ghosts and ask questions of them in the manner you would do so to an alive witness, though she has to remain calm or scare the ghosts. Her powers could have simply developed over the TimeSkip between books - ''Terrier'' is part of the journal she kept as a Puppy, which probably continued after the events of this book.



** Ovra Ashmiller is introduced throwing a pot at her husband Jack's face.

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** Ovra Orva Ashmiller is introduced throwing a pot at her husband Jack's face.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In the original draft of ''Bloodhound,'' Beka was to have been put on the assignment in part [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2008/01/01/bloodhound-progress-report-2/ for offending the Queenscoves]] (a CallForward to ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''). This was changed to Gershom claiming that he wanted her out of the way while he investigated all of the Pells.

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