The Princess and the Hound (The Hound Saga #1)
He is a prince and heir to a kingdom threatened on all sides, possessor of the forbidden animal magic.
She is a princess from a rival kingdom, the daughter her father never wanted, isolated from all except her hound.
In this lush and beautifully written fairy-tale romance, a prince, a princess, and two kingdoms are joined in the aftermath of a war. Proud, stubborn, and...more
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I'd like to debunk something in this review and say this is not a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. While I can see why they have classified it as such, but do not go in thinking this is the case because it will probably disappoint.
All right now for a quick rundown of what it’s about:
At seventeen, many years after his mother died, George travels to a neighbouring kingdom th ...more
Prince George shares a deadly secret with his mother. They have the animal magic. Those with animal magic are burned to death because the people fear them. When George's mother dies because of her magic, George tries to supress his, but it almost kills him, too.
As George grows up, he tries to do everything a king-to-be should do. He agree ...more
This story is told pretty much in the classic fairy tale style.
As such don't expect today's usual tropes: there's no waste of pages telling how pretty and special our characters are.
Also, unlike most stories, here our main character is the guy, Prince George, and we get to see him growing up. That means, that yes, this is mostly a slow type kind of story, but I had no problem with that, because the author nailed the story's "voice" perfectly.
I liked that George wasn't the usual "perfect" fairy ...more
NOTE: Don't read further if you haven't read the book, because it is impossible to summarize without giving away more than the jacket description does. So, if you want to read it entirely unspoiled, don't read on!
Prince George has grown up with a loving, sweet mother, who is different from those around her: she can talk with animals. Prin ...more
The first book I read by Mette Harrison was Mira Mirror and it was also about magic and I enjoyed it. But there was no romance in that book. This book had a nice, subtle romance and it was told from the prince's perspective, which I really enjoyed. You don't ...more
Even though this book is not told by, or really about a Princess or a Hound, I still really liked it, and had a hard time putting it down. So... I guess is was a goo ...more
It's a little hard to explain because my feelings about it are a little contradictory. I feel like it was well written, but I feel like it wasn't. It often felt passionless to me, though I don't doubt Harrison't passion. There was just some strange ...more
So, let's look at the way the story was put together.
Setting: This was a fairly generic setting of medieval times. Most of the story revolved around the castle and the immediately-surrounding forest. The rest was set in the other kingdom's castle and immediately ...more
George and Princess Beatrice of a rivaling kingdom are engaged to be married and the f ...more
I loved the lessons of the importance of being true to yourself and allowing others to be themselves, without trying to force them into molds they should fit into. I loved seeing love overcome fear.
But the overall feel was very dark. It fit with the theme of the book, but there was a lot of description and seeing of the thoughts of the ma ...more
how young George struggle to hide his ability..
how he meet Beatrice, startle the princess live inseparable with her Hound, like old friend or sibling...strange attitude for princess.
how George find his father's side, which make him to find the cure, no matter happen...
how in his quest to find the cure with Beatrice, he find another fact about Beatrice and her Hound
it's good to read from George POV...but I find another mismatch a part of story, make me confuse. I think ...more
Clean Teen Fiction's review of The Princess and the Hound
In this framework, the transformation aspect of the plot works well with the theme.
A nontraditional fairytale that examines prejudice and the relationship between animals and humans.
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It made George wonder why love was suppose to be such a wonderful thing. As far as he could tell, love was just another excuse for causing pain.”