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The Princess and the Bear

(The Hound Saga #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,824 ratings  ·  292 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 each be
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published April 17th 2009)
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Anne Osterlund
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it

3.5 Stars
Anna Sheehan
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
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
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
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jessica Chittester
I was disappointed by this book. I actually skim read it and felt like I didn’t miss anything.
The writing was dull and simple; no detail. It felt to me that he story had no life.
It had a good premise: a hound, a bear - one human, the other not. Sent back in time to heal the world of bad magic. But, it fell flat.
Such a shame.
I have owned this book for several years at least and I'm trying to read more from my bookshelves this year. I enjoyed the tone of the writing and got attached to the characters. Now I have to decide whether to hunt down the others in the series at the library, since I don't own any of them.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know what I thought of this book. I started it a while back and grew bored halfway through and set it aside. I decided to finish it and I just couldn't get into it fully. I guess it wasn't for me.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really did enjoy this book, but I felt that it somehow just shy of how great the first book was. I am looking forward to the third book in the trilogy. I do have to say that I enjoyed the love story between Richon and Chala more so than Marit and George.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
   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 d ...more
This story is meant to be a companion to The Princess and the Hound rather than a sequel; notes by the author state it could be a standalone story. However, I found it very hard to understand some things. The bear was once a selfish prince; that much was clear. The story behind the hound was much harder to understand. Was she a princess who’d been turned into a hound, liked it so much that she found it hard to readjust to being a princess and was therefore thrilled to be a beast again? Or was sh ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jaycee Limutau
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay so I rounded up because over all I enjoyed the story quite a lot. The first half of the book that was a bit of a drudgery for me. It starts out where the first book ends with the bear and hound choosing to be companions. The chapters go back and forth between their perspectives which was slow and annoying and wondering where is the author going with this. I felt like the author could have done better at merging the storytelling and building the characters relationship in the beginning. Then ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, fluff, ya
I've had this one on my queue for years and I read the first book so long ago, that I don't remember it at all. It is a good thing this is a companion rather than a sequel or I would have been really lost. I loved this book. It was a super romantic story, but not in the traditional sense. Their love grew over many years and they were helpmeets rather than a damsel in distress. The way the story was told was interesting, but the story itself was a slow burn and it was simply lovely. I adored the ...more
Heidi J.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Probably 2.5 stars. I might have liked it better if I had read the first book (didn't realize it was a sequel of sorts until I was a few chapters in). It wasn't a bad book, I just struggled to connect with or care about the main characters. And midway through the book it grew so bleak that I put it down and had little interest in picking it back up. It does eventually resolve things, but this story did not move me much at all.
Rebecca McCormic
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Solid fantasy novel and a stunning follow up to The Princess and The Hound. I enjoyed it more than the first book and I think this was due to the struggle between the characters to define human or animal rather. As they come to accept themselves and their nature they grow as characters and teach a valuable lesson.
I didn’t really like this book. The introduction was just too long and it took forever for anything to happen. I also had a lot of trouble with the way the characters were referred to in the story. Just wasn’t really a book for me. I think I read the first one forever ago when my book preferences were different.
Isolde Oneil
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
These are young adult books but the stories are ageless. I enjoyed this for it's pure simplicity. Calm but refreshing.
Lydia MPLS
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I had forgotten much of the events in The Princess and the Hound but couldn't resist the urge to continue this series. This story continues to be well-written and adorable.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
not as good as the first but still worht the read!
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, own, 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
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012
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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