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The Princess and the Bear (The Hound Saga #2)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,471 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews
He was once a king, turned into a bear as punishment for his cruel and selfish deeds. She was a once a princess, now living in the form of a hound. Wary companions, they are sent--in human form--back to a time when magic went terribly astray. Together they must right the wrongs caused by this devastating power--if only they can find a way to trust each other. But even as e ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 17th 2009)
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Anne Osterlund
Nov 20, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hound was born a hound and only recently rescued from an enchantment as a princess.

The Bear was born a prince, who suffered from his own inadequacy, became a bad king, and was punished with two hundred years in the body of an animal whose language he cannot speak.

Neither is what they once were.

Nor able to fully embrace what they are now.

Until the Wild Man sends them on a quest.

A quest in which the Bear will have to face his past and the Hound will have to decide her future.

And in which the f
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Mara
People told me that you could read this one without reading The Princess and the Hound, but I don't recommend it. You won't entirely understand some of the things that are discussed, nor will you have a prior "connection" to the characters in it. This isn't a stand-alone sequel.

The Princess and the Bear is good, but not nearly as good as The Princess and the Hound. George is in it for a very brief moment, then never appears again, and Richon (the bear), while a good character in his own right, i
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Rosemary
From the get-go I was horribly, horribly confused.
I understand that the author was trying to write as if they were the thoughts of a bear and a hound but it was just so. bad.

Apparently there is this evil person of some sort who is terrorizing the forest. And he leaves behind gray matter that kills everything it touches. As the bear and the hound were walking through the forest, they came around a deer that was decomposing because of the gray matter. Pretty terrible, right? That wasn't it: the de
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Shannon
May 05, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book continues the story found in the Princess and the Hound, now following the Hound and the Bear. It is a different book, unique as it is not in anyway a retelling of a story. But, it does have the elements of a fairytale--magic, a prince, etc. The main difference is that the magic is animal/nature magic, not wizardry.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I started it on Sunday and kept trying to find ways to escape from the laundry and other tasks of the day on Monday to be able to get back i
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Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I actually couldn’t finish this one, so I probably shouldn’t even write a review. All I will say is that it was just very bland and hard to get into. The first 130+ pages were told from the perspective of the Bear and the Hound. I never really got how the two “fell” for each other in this form. It was just a given I guess. I kept hoping that once they transformed into humans it would get better…it didn’t. In fact, Chala (the hound), still seemed too much like a hound. I guess I didn’t like heari ...more
Dlora
Jul 29, 2014 Dlora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bear was once a selfish prince and by animal magic was changed into the shape of a bear. He understands animals a bit, having been a bear for a long time, but he understands humans more. The Hound was magicked into the body of the princess (see The Princess and the Hound, good book!) so she understands humans a bit but understands animals much better. They are thrown together and have to learn to communicate with each other, which isn't just a case of talking but of understanding how animals ...more
Anna Sheehan
Jan 18, 2015 Anna Sheehan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me. I found it by chance, picked it up in paperback because it looked okay, and found myself time and again going, "Wow. This is a really good book!"

The more I write and the more I read the more critical I've found myself becoming. The highest praise I've recently been able to muster up was, "Fine" or "Okay," countered by my nemeses, "not that good, really," and the ultimate outrage "insulting." I kept waiting for the plot hole or the obvious pedantism or the character slip w
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Alicia
Aug 07, 2012 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've figured out what makes the difference between being able to suspend my disbelief and not when I read fantasy/magic books. It's the way the author treats it. When the author makes things overly complicated or tries to explain every little detail, it drives me crazy. It's like the author is trying to justify that this really is real and really could happen. Just like a liar does when they tell a tale.

Mette doesn't do that. Not at all. Magic is taken totally for granted in her books.
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Kristi
Jul 24, 2010 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Harrison has a very unique story telling ability. One of the things I love about reading so much is being exposed to different writing styles. Harrison has one of the most lyrical and beautiful writing style. The writing itself feels like a fairy tale. Which makes absolutely no sense at all, but I just can't think of how else to describe it. The writing alone is enough to lull you into the story, regardless of what it's actually about.

This is more of a companion novel to The Princess and the Hou
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Jennifer
Sep 29, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the author's structuring of characters within the confines of their "rules" -- the bear is sentient and initially born a human with an interesting history but cannot speak to the dog in a language per se and the dog is a dog with a dog's view and language but once spent time as a human. These two characters travel together to resolve a need that has arisen which threatens their society -- which is torn between magic and unmagic. Various themes are struggles between good and evil, the v ...more
JoLee
The Princess and the Bear is a companion novel to Mettie Ivie Harrison's The Princess and the Hound. In this book, the Hound and the Bear of the first novel must embark on a journey through space and time to thwart the unmagic that is destroying their forest. The Bear must once again face the Wild Man who changed him as a young, arrogant king into a bear. Both the Bear and the Hound take on human form and in doing so discovery that they are more than just a Hound or a Bear, a Princess or a King. ...more
LOL_BOOKS
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING?

THE PRINCESS AND THE HOUND AND ITS SEQUELS. I'M ON THE THIRD BOOK AND I'M DISAPPOINTED BY HOW LOL TEENIE THE MAIN CHARACTER IS SO FAR. IT'S FAIR BECAUSE SHE IS A LITERAL TEENIE, BUT THE PREVIOUS TWO BOOKS HAVE BEEN LEAD BY EITHER ACTUALFAX ADULTS OR TEENIES WITH ADULT MATURITY AND IT'S DISAPPOINTING TO GO BACK TO TEENIES AND YA :(

DD THOSE BOOKS. ARE THERE ANY GOOD SHIPS?

LOL I SHIP THINGS PRETTY EASILY, BUT THE MAIN COUPLE IN THE FIRST BOOK WAS PRETTY SWEET BY THE END A
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Rachel
Aug 10, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I read the first book in this series (The Princess and the Hound) years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed the author's writing. Remembering that, when I saw there was a sequel, I checked out both the first one for a memory refresher and this one as well. I was not disappointed- while the books have a somewhat whimsical premise and are set out as fairytales in such a way to appeal to a younger audience, Harrison's pragmatic yet provoking writing style and bluntness in exposing the darker aspects of ...more
Garrett
Mar 22, 2014 Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great parallel novel for The Princess and the Hound. It has been awhile since I read the first one, but this is really a self-contained novel so it did not matter. I was able to pick up on everything easily because of how clear and descriptive Mette is in her descriptions.

The basic plot is that a prince was turned into a bear as punishment for his deeds. Then a hound is turned into a princess and then a hound again (yeah, a little confusing, but it makes sense in the novel). They are s
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Stephanie
Apr 24, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, do-not-own
I really, really enjoyed this book. Somehow it felt a faster read than The Princess and the Hound (The Hound Saga #1), and I am not sure if that is because Richon went through what felt like slightly less introspection – likely due to the structure of the story, which had the point of view switching each chapter between Richon and the hound – or more because there was more physical movement/action in the story. It read like a fast-paced yet full story, and I blew through it in only about 4 days ...more
Lily
Can this pretty book be listed under shapeshifters? I think it should! SHAPESHIFTIES ARE COOL and this series kind of has that idea. Compared to the first book, there's a lot more 'animal magic' in it this time, however...

*Sad face*

I couldn't finish reading the whole thing, as cool as the magic is. :'( My brain has a hard time computing wordy and lengthy books, and being that the scenes and events seemed to be somewhat the same throughout the book, I just stopped around the middle. Cool journey
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Kathryn
Oct 12, 2015 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the series and was definitely not a disappointment. I still like the first one better just because that's where the story takes off and you meet all the characters and it just had more umph to it. However, this one was a wonderful completion to the story that was started in Princess and the Hound and there were things I didn't expect to happen and things I did. It was a page turner and caused me to have many sleepless nights wondering what the heck they were going to do now.
QNPoohBear
Nov 11, 2014 QNPoohBear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful fairy tale is a companion to The Princess and the Hound. (view spoiler) ...more
Karen
Apr 04, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt the story and plot line were very solid. I could relate to the characters and was drawn into the story. And I thought it was a beautiful story. And I found their mixture of human and animal intriguing and their struggle between their two sides fascinating. I liked seeing how they helped each other become better and how they both grew throughout the novel.

Each chapter alternated between the bear and the hound’s points of view. For the most part I liked t
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Deborah Andreasen
Feb 16, 2011 Deborah Andreasen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He was a king, but 200 years ago a wild magic man turned him into a bear as punishment for his cruelties against animals and magic. He's had two centuries of loneliness to think about the pathetic ruler he was.

She was a hound who lived as a human for a year in the body of a princess. Now she's a hound again, and she's found companionship in the oddest of places: an enchanted bear.

The two live in peace until a strange death of unmagic plagues their forest home. The only person who can help them i
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Rosa
The Princess is a Hound that switched bodies with a princess. The Bear is king who was turned into a bear by the wild man. The two unlikely companions must travel back in time to the time right after Richon became a bear and try to head the unmagic off in the past. Richon muyst also deal with his shame regarding his previous behavior and lack of knowledge.

So this is actually the second book in a series, but if you don't read the first one I think it is very possible to read and enjoy this book.
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Stephanie
May 19, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Let's just say, WAY better than Princess and the Hound. The plot's more intruging, the writing style is tons better and the characters are more alive.

Like I said, the plot is definitely better and I love how Mette gives us perspectives from the animals - the Hound and then the Bear so we could delve deeper into their minds. I also loved the idea of time traveling and though it didn't happen as fast as I thought it would, at least it didn't take too long for the plot to actually begin.

The wild ma
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Lotusgirl
Why I bought it? It is the sequel/companion book to The Princess and the Hound that I loved. I had been keeping tabs on when it came out.

Synopsis: A hound that was a princess for a while and a bear, who was once a human king changed into a bear because of his wicked deeds, are companions in a forest that is under attack by "unmagic." They must end the invasion of the "unmagic" to save their world from destruction. In the end, they must go back in time to when the bear was king and stop the "unm
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Summer
Aug 23, 2009 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy/animal lovers
I was wrapped up in it from the very beginning. In the story of a once princess, who was never really human, now returned to the form of a hound, and a king now turned bear, these two protagonists seek to satisfy their vauge wants and needs as human and beast.

The story is told from both perspectives in an odd mix of human and animal thinking. I really got were the style was comming from, because the author has studdied Germanic lititure. I have read her previous book, the Princess and the Hound
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Jeanna
Jul 24, 2013 Jeanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fairy-tales, fantasy
Maybe because this is the only one of the series that I read for the first time recently (instead of a couple years ago) or maybe just because the story worked for me better--for whatever reason, this is definitely my favorite of the three Princess and the Hound books I've read. I loved watching these two characters shift and change and slowly move closer to each other. Actually, in writing that, I realize that this is exactly why I liked this one better. It felt like a truer negotiation of a ro ...more
Mimi
Oct 21, 2010 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-children
This was a wonderful sequel, and I am excited to read the third in the trilogy. In this story, we get to continue the story of the hound and the bear. The story of George and Marit is mentioned, and completely not resolved, so I assume that is what will play out in the third novel. Which is good. I need to know how that ends. :)

This book deals with the never-ending battle between magic and unmagic. Magic essentially ends up being life, in a way, and everyone has it. If they do not have it, they
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Heather
Jul 25, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: utah-authors
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Mel (Daily Prophecy)
So, the first book wasn’t totally what I expected, but I disliked this one. It was a bit boring and it kept dragging on, while nothing spectacular happened. In the end, there wasn’t so much going on and it was fixed in a rather easy way.

This story is told from the POV of the dog and the bear; every chapter switched between them. The story picks up where the first one left. They are staying together and after a while, there is a friendship between the two. When they find ‘Unmagic’ in the woods, t
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Ashley
Oct 09, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fairy-tales, blog
Originally reviewed on my blog (with the other two books in the trilogy). You can read it at Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

The Princess Trio by Mette Ivie Harrison begins with The Princess and the Hound, continues with The Princess and the Bear, and then finishes with The Princess and the Snowbird. The series takes one main story arc and follows it between three very different women.

The trilogy takes place in a kingdom rich with magic. The aur-magic, also referred to as animal magic is a
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Shra
Feb 15, 2013 Shra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers who have done very little reading and won't know why it's not a good book
Recommended to Shra by: This website
There is no such thing as unmagic! That is NOT a word, you cannot use such a term in a book, it makes no sense. A void, a place without magic, but this is like the whole matter/antimatter dynamic, they can't be here at the same time. You could use dark magic, or death magic, or twisted magic, or the cat man might have been a necromancer... at most I could admit to him being "the unmaker" or "the unravaler", but only if it is a position like a god and goddess of creation and destruction, a necess ...more
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My name is pronounced "Metty" like my mother's "Betty." It is Danish, and we were all named after ancestors. I guess by the time they got to number nine (out of eleven), it was getting tricky. So I got the funny Danish name no one knew how to prounounce. In Denmark, it should be "meta" like "metaphysical." It's from the Greek for "pearl." And no, it's not short for anything. Not even Mediterannean ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Hound Saga (5 books)
  • The Princess and the Hound (The Hound Saga, #1)
  • The Princess and the Snowbird (The Hound Saga, #3)
  • The Princess and the Horse (The Hound Saga,#4)
  • The Princess and the Wolf (The Hound Saga, #5)

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