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The Princess and the Hound

(The Hound Saga #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  11,795 ratings  ·  1,006 reviews
He is a prince, heir to a kingdom threatened on all sides, possessor of the animal magic, which is forbidden by death in the land he'll rule.

She is a princess from a rival kingdom, the daughter her father never wanted, isolated from true human friendship but inseparable from her hound.

Though they think they have little in common, each possesses a secret that must be hidden
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Eos
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Stephanie No, it does not have anything sexual in it, nor anything that is very controversial. It is more of a...teenager reading-level novel with strong fairy …moreNo, it does not have anything sexual in it, nor anything that is very controversial. It is more of a...teenager reading-level novel with strong fairy tale-style in its telling. So, while it is very accessible for younger readers (probably... 10 and up to get more of the full depth of the novel), it is a solid, rich, wholesome read. (less)
Juny Some people would count damn or ass as swear words which this book does have in it, but very mildly, only in like a scene or two.

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Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Ginny
Ms. Harrison was brave to write a story like this. Most fairy tale stories take away the weirdness, but oh no this one keeps it intact, which most of the time does not work but I think it does in this case.

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:

Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: retellings, ya, fantasy
Despite the cover (and title), the princess and her hound are not the main characters in this story. The narrative centers instead on a boy named George. Prince George, to be exact. And Prince George possesses a pack of problems. His mother died when he was young, leaving him alone in the world with no siblings to share his grief and a father who knows how to rule a kingdom but understands nothing of how to be a father. On top of which, George has the dubious gift of animal magic. He can speak t ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody!
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Lacey Louwagie
May 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one . . .
This book interested me because it claims to be a "retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story" where "the princess is the beast." But this story had SO little in common with the B&B story that it wasn't really justified being called a retelling. In fact, if I hadn't read that about it, it probably wouldn't have reminded me of B&B at all. And although it's categorized as a "romance," the romantic element took backseat to a lot of unimpressive subplots that didn't tie together well at all. The ma ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Prince George is an only child and heir to the throne of Kendel; as a little boy he spends time with his mother with the horses in the stable, the hounds in the kennels, or the wild animals in the forest. From her he learns the languages of animals, and slowly learns to hide his gift of animal magic as his mother does, and to live in fear of it being discovered - anyone caught using animal magic is burned.

At seventeen, many years after his mother died, George travels to a neighbouring kingdom th
Emily Beeson
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Robin McKinley, Gail Carson Levine
Recommended to Emily by: ltue
I thoroughly enjoyed The Princess and the Hound. It is one of those original fairy tales that sweeps you up into a fantasy land of animal magic and princesses.

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
Miss Clark
Oct 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Mistitled. Should read George and the Occasional Appearance of the Mixed-Up Merrit, as the story really focuses on Prince George and his angst about his animal magic and his feelings for the princess of the neighboring kingdom to whom he is betrothed. Boring. Bland. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
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SyaSya Syed Nasir
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-books
4.5 stars. Everything was perfect and I love the retelling. I think this book is one of the best beauty and the beast retelling, except I could not connect with the girl, which is also the beast. No idea why. 😐
Amelia, free market Puritan
This book clearly proves the notion that not every book is for every person. I think it might be just a "me" thing, because I absolutely *hated* this book! Usually, there are good elements and crappy elements in just about every book I read, but this one was just "off". To be fair, I thought the book was pretty decent until about half-way in, then it went gradually downhill until about the last 1/4 of the book, and then the rest of the plot just plummeted. The book sets up as some sort of quasi- ...more
Dec 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of fairy tale style fantasy
This book ended up being different from what I expected, mainly because, despite the title, the p.o.v. is from a Prince, and not the Princess or the Hound.

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
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fairy tales, but also animals, magic, and court intrigue
This books joins some of my favorite fantasy novels reminiscent of fairy tales (although I believe this one is original), and reminds me strongly of Shannon Hale's Goose Girl series in the language, the character driven journey, and the internal struggle of the characters. This book gets points from me for being about the prince, rather than the princess, and therefore joins the ranks of the select few great fairy tale books with a male protagonist (joining Sean Stewart's Nobody's Son, Patricia ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

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" fa
Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2009
I really enjoyed this book. It is supposedly a fairy tale retold - but it's no fairy tale I've ever heard before. It's a story about animal magic, a prince who is trying to figure out who he is, and a princess and hound who are inseparable.

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
Coney Zealley
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
All I can really say is that it wasn't a waste of my time. The story was fine, I've got nothing to complain about the writing, but the book lacked life. The emotions felt like wood instead of fire: dead, predetermined, realistic enough to be believable, but also boring. It was deep, but there was nothing that pulled me in so deep I couldn't put it down. You won't regret reading it, the story is intriguing and I wanted to know how it ended, but it's not something that will make you wish you could ...more
I enjoyed this, but didn't love it, as so many others seem to have done. The characters are likable, for the most part, and even the villains are sympathetic and not your typical cardboard cutout "evil dudes." But the love story...has gaps. Big ones. And those gaps just make it really hard to believe, or to care. The animal magic is pretty interesting, although it's never really explained terribly well because the main character in the book barely knows anything at all about it. And I liked the ...more
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This book is a liar. It is not really about a Princess or a Hound. It is about a boy named George, who is a Prince with Animal Magic. That type of magic is forbidden in his kindgom, and this book is about the different struggles the characters go through to each hide parts of themselves from the world that are deemed "unacceptable."

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
"But she -- she is my hope for your future. Where I have damaged, she can repair. And perhaps you can do the same for her."

I love the cover on this book! It's interesting that the "princess" and the "hound" really don't take center stage in this story; the main character is Prince George, only child of King Davit, whose mother, Queen Lara, passed away when he was a little boy. He harbors a terrifying secret, something he inherited from his mother. When he meets Princess Beatrice, to whom he is t
This book isn't my cup of tea. I remember reading this when I was younger and thinking it was okay, but I really don't care for it now. My biggest beef with this book is the lack of development on the whole (characters, dialogue, plot, etc.). Harrison takes too much time developing the magical world and that slows down the story.

I would recommend this to girls that have a love for romance, magic, and dogs.

Warnings (didn't get far)
-sex: nope
-language: minute
-violence: nada
Erudessa Aranduriel
I've been wanting to read this story for awhile. Wow, definitely not what I expected, but it was grand!
Sep 23, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
Couldn’t make myself read it. The writing bored me
I was excited for this one because I thought it sounded like a really interesting premise (and, um...I am a sucker for the cover, which is pretty).  And though there were things I really enjoyed about it, for the most part I felt a little let down.

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
May 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I read the entire second half in one sitting (it was hit and miss before that as I got into the story - which is why it is not a 10 rating). I even got a bit teary-eyed in a couple places (that's a good thing).

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
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I met the author at an event for my children's school. I really like fairy tale-esque books and decided to give this book a try.

I thought this story was very original. I had no idea what was going to happen. It is not a re telling of an old story. Rather a unique story that was waiting to be told.

I found the characters were easy to like. Even the "evil" people were easy to relate too. I really enjoy that in a book, especially one with an element of fantasy. I appreciate that people, even those
Idril Celebrindal
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
More like 2.5 realistically. The author's note at the back mentions that the novel's plot and structure changed over the 7 years or so during which she was writing it, and I think it ultimately shows. Characters behave inconsistently from scene to scene, or make statements that don't align with prior events. One character is let off the hook so dramatically and bizarrely that for me it completely undermined the worldbuilding of the book (view spoiler) ...more
Halle Lusk
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Prince George loved his mother, she taught him, loved him and showed him the world. The queen shared his same gift, animal magic. Animal magic was a gift that was feared and hated by most in their kingdom and those who had it tried to hide it. When Georges mother passes away, George and his father are devastated. George grows up and has to figure out a way to deal with his gift, that nobody knows about, alone.
George and Princess Beatrice of a rivaling kingdom are engaged to be married and the f
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book really took me by surprise and I loved it far more than I thought I would. I was expecting an average book that would be enjoyable but wouldn't make much impressions on me but I was wrong. I was expecting it to be narrated by the princess, but George was an unexpected but a very interesting person to see through the eyes of. The story is told in a gentle but very down to earth manner resulting in a deep, mature novel. The summary on the book and the title are very misleading, making it ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Interesting story 'narrated' from the prince's perspective. I say 'narrated' because the story is told from a pretty boring authorial POV. More than just the lack of character in the voice--3rd person omniscient isn't bad--is the fact that it's a RETELLING rather than creating a story. Dialogue is implied and everything is in a weird past tense that doesn't invite reader connection. I had to put it down after four or so chapters of just summary--loads of info dumping without character developmen ...more
Apr 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Kudos to the author for writing from a prince's viewpoint instead of the title character. Jeers to the publisher for marketing this like a girly fairy tale! Don't get me wrong, I love fairy tales, but it's a shame that young male readers might be put off by the title and cover art. Despite some typos and editing errors, the writing is smooth and largely invisible, so the reader can sail along through the story without being distracted by the author's voice. George, Beatrice and Marit are all lik ...more
the story is interesting...

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
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