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

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A love against all odds . . .

A battle against ancient forces . . .

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—i...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published April 17th 2009)
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Anne Osterlund
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...more
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...more
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...more
Shannon
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...more
Kathy
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
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
Alicia
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....more
Kristi
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...more
Jennifer
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
Rachel
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
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...more
Karen
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...more
Deborah Andreasen
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...more
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....more
Stephanie
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...more
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...more
Summer
Aug 23, 2009 Summer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jeanna
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
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...more
Heather
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Mel
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...more
Ashley
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...more
Shra
Feb 15, 2013 Shra rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Karen
This is the princess book for girls who don't do princess books. You probably need to read the first book first (which I don't really remember clearly, but wished the whole time that I did), but I don't remember liking it as much as I liked this book. Like the first book, this is an original fairy tale. It has so many elements of old Native American animal tales that I have read before, but it also feels a tiny bit like King Arthur.
This 'princess' is tough as nails and smart and so very logical...more
Deborah O'Carroll
Most of this book is really good -- 4-or-5-star material -- but some of it I found disturbing/scary... plus I'm concerned about what happens to all the stuff in The Princess and the Hound if they're messing with stuff way back in time in this one (time-travel is always confusing).

The first half was also rather slow. But once it got going I really enjoyed this book! It was cool to see the hound and bear from the first book some more, and I really liked Richon.

Aside from the creepiness and slow b...more
Fantasy Literature
2.5 stars
I was about three chapters into The Princess and the Bear when I realized that it must be a sequel. The narrative seemed to assume that I knew more about the characters and their situation that I actually did, and after a quick flick to the back of the book (where there was an interview with the author) this was confirmed. The predecessor to this is The Princess and the Hound, the reading of which probably would have given me a greater understanding of the background that this book draw...more
Sarah
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Harrison's tale follows two characters: Chala the Hound and Richon the Bear. When they encounter the Cat Man and his trail of unmagic and death, they travel to find the Wild Man, who is the only one with a way to destroy the Cat Man. Once they reach the Wild Man, he turns them both into humans, sends them back into time when Richon was king, and tells them that only they can eliminate the unmagic. The remainder of the novel chronicle...more
Deborah
I found this book even better than the first book, as in not so predictable. But the book did seem to jump. You were mired in how the king had no magic to all the sudden he had all this magic and was using it to do all kinds of miraculous things. It was a big jump the made me think I missed a chapter. I actually looked back a couple of times thinking I had missed something.
Jaclyn
An interesting take on the fairy tale genre; however, I found the logic a little hard to get past. I normally enjoy a good fantasy and have no trouble getting into that world and believing the story even if it is seemingly unbelievable; however, I had difficulty in dealing with this story. A bear and a dog being friends? And then falling in love when their humans? It was hard to understand the logic behind this. I also had a hard time believing the characters, Chala was a bit too masculine and R...more
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