The Beka Cooper Trilogy tells the story of Beka Cooper, ancestress of George Cooper (Alanna's husband), and focuses on three different parts of her life-the start of her career, a few years later, and then again a few years later. They are all written from Beka's point of view.
As ever with Pierce's books, these are truly great fantasy novels. The characters develop smoothly over time and through various tragedies and betrayals (one thing I like about the entire Tortall universe is that bad things happen to the protagonists, and sometimes friends are lost, and sometimes friends turn on them). The world building is detailed and in depth, making reading these books an immersive experience. The pace is set so that they don't read quite as quickly as most newer YA novels, but they progress more quickly than, say, The Lord of The Rings or the Shannara books (I enjoy those books too, but they are NOT quick reads).
I recommend these books for readers who like fantasy and a strong female protagonist. Beka does what she sees as right, and doesn't let people bully her into taking the easier or more profitable way.