Pierce excels at strong girl characters, and Beka is no exception. Placed two centuries before the Alanna books, the Beka series explores Tortall in a somewhat darker, grittier time. Beka wants nothing more than to be a Dog, a policewoman in the toughest neighborhood in the city. She is smart, tough, and can listen to ghosts. Useful. The first two books follow her rise from the rank of Puppy to Dog, and the final book should cover her life as an adult policewoman. N.B., she shares a last name with George Cooper, the King of Thieves from the Alanna books.
Author: Tamora Pierce
Order: Terrier, Bloodhound, Mastiff (due October 2011)