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The Princess and the Snowbird

(The Hound Saga #3)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,169 ratings  ·  150 reviews
She is the headstrong daughter of the hound and the bear, heir to all her royal parents' magic and able to transform at will into any animal she wishes.

He is an outcast, a boy without magic, determined to make his way in the forest beholden to no one.

Though Liva and Jens are as different as night and day, from the time their paths first cross they are irresistibly drawn to
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Hardcover, 232 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published May 2010)
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Danyelle Leafty
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf
I really enjoyed this book once I got past the first few chapters. The first few were a bit heavy on humans being evil and twisting magic and destroying nature--more so than was to my tastes.

I loved the idea of the Snowbird, and the aur-magic and tehr-magic. I liked that Jens was able to recognize Liva in any form she took, that he saw her in the eyes of the animals she turned into. This was a more serious book with little humor, but one that I enjoyed sinking into.
Stephanie
Apr 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-own, fantasy
   Overall view of this book: It frustrated me, it lacked the magic which really made the first two books, and above all, it did not get me to believe in the story or characters. I wanted to like this book, and I tried really hard to like it. But I found I just could not. (And yet, I still want to read the last two books in the series, for I still hope to find redemption for it as a whole…)

   There were elements of what I loved in the first two books here, like interesting takes on magic and a l
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Mara
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Like The Princess and the Hound and The Princess and the Bear, this one was an intriguing story with strong, likable characters. Also like The Princess and the Bear, it isn't a stand-alone. It's not quite as necessary to read The Princess and the Bear first as it is to read The Princess and the Hound before The Princess and the Bear, but I would recommend it simply so you can understand some of the back-story that is referenced.

I liked Mette Ivie Harrison's writing style in this one better than
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Anne Osterlund
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Liva has magic. So much that she can change forms from hound to bear to pika in a matter of moments. She loves every form except her own. Her human one.

Jens has no magic. Not the magic of the animals, nor that used to lure them to their deaths. His father and the other villagers regard him as worthless.

Then one day Jens finds someone who needs him. Liva.

But when Liva faces a danger so great she may not survive, even with all her magic; how can Jens possibly help her?

The Princess and the Snowbird
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Tina Wilson
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This series is on the dark side and feels very elemental. Not a comfortable read, yet I enjoy the plot and the feel of the writing.
Ashley
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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QNPoohBear
his is the third book in a trilogy that begins with The Princess and the Hound. This is the story of a Snowbird who is the last of his kind, of Liva, the daughter of the hound and the bear and Jens, a human boy born without magic. Choosing to remain in animal form, Liva's parents have given her most of their magic, retaining enough to survive and enough for the bear to help those who are being persecuted for having the aur-magic. Liva has more aur-magic than anyone. She can feel it all around he ...more
~♥Alyssa♥~
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow! I really liked this book. It was written so beautifully, and I liked the style. I hadn't read the first two books in the "trilogy," but it wasn't necessary, because I still understood it. I may go back and read them now, though.

At first, I wasn't sure I would like it. The whole history of the magical snowbirds seemed like the type of short story I wrote for my 7th grade English Creative Writing unit (which isn't really a good thing- way too fanciful). But then I really started to get into i
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Torzilla
Aug 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-tour, reviewed, arc
I signed up for this book on an ARC Tour, excited by the back cover blurb. It sounded like the sort of read that would be an excellent change of pace from all the other books that I've been drowning in as of late. Plus, the cover is beautiful and mysterious in its own way.

While THE PRINCESS AND THE SNOWBIRD was an enjoyable read, I can't help but wish I connected with the characters more. They were intriguing, without a doubt. But aside from some initial interest, my curiosity soon gave way to d
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Even though I have read and enjoyed the previous books, I still found the marriage of the hound and the bear a bit...odd and unsettling. Still, they made better parents than any of the others in the book. Plus, Live got some super sweet powers out of the deal: she can turn into any animal. I so wish I could do that; it would be my childhood dreams come true!

This fantasy novel, much like de Lint's The Painted Boy, is much more about Liva's internal battles than her battle with evil. The final con
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Becca
Interesting, beautiful, lyrical and poetic and a very whimsical way to tell a story. The writing style is so different from anything else I've read that it's almost difficult to fully appreciate what the author has done in her story telling. She barely kisses the surface of the story, just giving us the bones of the conversation, just a hint of what the characters are feeling, and a small peak of what they see. And she weaves words like an artwork that if seen in too much light the effects the d ...more
Laura
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Clark
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings with this book. There were some parts I liked and add one parts I was like, "C'mon, are you really that stupid?" This is why it took me quite some time to finish thd story, considering that the book was not that long.

I liked a Liva because she was brave amd impetuous. My only problem is that because of her innocence and lack of guile, she couldn't make sound decisions. I felt absolutely exasperated with her when she acted so obvious when Karl called her attention. I could
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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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Christie
May 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
Liva is a special girl who possesses aur-magic just as the animals of the forest do. This gives her the ability to change between many animal forms. Her parents both gave their aur-magic to Liva, and chose to spend the remainder of their lives in animal form so they could better protect their daughter. It is obvious Liva is destined for great things. She avoids contact with all humans until the day she meets Jens. Jens is devoid of both aur-magic, and the more common tehr-magic. Tehr-magic is wh ...more
Dlora
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-author, fantasy
Liva is the child of the Hound and the Bear and has inherited vast amounts of magic, which has impoverished her parents to the point that they can no longer change shapes. But that's what they want for her, knowing at some time she'll need all that aur-magic to make a difference in the world. Jens has inherited no magic at all, neither the aur-magic of his mother or the tehr-magic of his father, which is a kind of aur-magic humans have corrupted to their selfish ends. But despite these dispariti ...more
Heather
Jul 06, 2010 rated it liked it
My initial impression of this book was dislike. It's very wordy and descriptive, whereas I've recently read many books that are more action-based. It forced me to change gears quite a bit, and took me awhile to get into it. It's not a bad read. It's just more effort for me to get through the old-style descriptiveness and into the action that starts about halfway through.

By "old-style descriptiveness" I mean that it reminds me of fables and fairy tales of old. It spends a LOT of time laying the
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Deborah Andreasen
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
She is endowed with aur-magic beyond anything anyone has seen before.

He has no magic, and is shunned by his village because of it.

Liva is the daughter of the Hound and the Bear who spent their long lives protecting animal magic and those who hold it. Jens has lived his life being beaten, ignored and persecuted because of his lack of magic. They seem the most unlikely of pairs, but theirs is a love that transcends magic.

Liva must live up to her heritage to protect and save magic, and Jens, who is
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Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer
Although Mette Ivie Harrison writes some pretty strange stories, I really like that she just writes what she writes and is completely unapologetic about it.

The last installment of her Princess and the Hound trilogy starts out great. The daughter of the hero and heroine of the previous book (The Princess and the Bear) lives in the forest with her parents and is able to nurture the magic within her, which is greater than her parents have seen before. But her parents are getting old, and her father
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Katie
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Check out the other reviews for this series as well!
(3/3)
This book gave me the most trouble, out of the three of them. I think maybe it was because the characters were younger, compared to the more fully-formed adults of the first two books, but I just couldn't really get into them at all. I didn't really get the whole snowbird story, and it seemed like all of the action happened rightattheendofthenovel--which isn't something I usually enjoy. If I recall correctly, this was the shortest of the t
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Jeanna
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fairy-tales
Frivolous item: I really like the dress on the cover!

Slightly less frivolous item: Not a fan of love at first sight stories, but at least this one was mitigated a bit by magic.

Interesting item: After reading the other two books in the series, I found it very strange that suddenly the animal magic had names to go with it. It just felt off somehow. So it was pretty interesting to meet the author and hear her mention that she hadn't originally named the magics but then an editor/agent/someone came
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Kristen
Nov 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Mette's books and loved seeing this book's perspective from the daughter of two characters I have loved and see what she turns into. It's definitely a dark book, with the abusive way of not belonging so evident in Jens past. I really love the world and the plot of these books and this last one did not disappoint. The reader gets a fuller glimpse into the world around these interesting characters who can change their form and contain magic.

The bad guy in this book was horrific a
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Arya
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
After enjoying the first two books in this series so much I was immensely disappointed with this book. The story takes place mostly in the woods
(whereas the other two took place in a "court" like setting). I found myself comparing this book to Mistwood more than once and found that I enjoyed Mistwood much more! If you enoyed this book I would HIGHLY recommend Mistwood, which I found much more entertaining and loveable.

As always there is something about Mette Ivie Harrison's writing which is lyr
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Mina
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm in love with the series so far. I liked the first part, loved the second part and adored the third part! It was really nice to see where the second part left off, especially this time, this story is about the bear and the hound's daughter. The story was incredible, especially when she meets a human boy and how she starts communicating with him and introducing him to her world. There are some tragic deaths that happens in the book, which left me in tears. But I guess it just makes the story b ...more
Kimberly
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
A girl is born with the strong aur-magic, trying to keep it hidden from those who would destroy it with the competing tehr-magic. A boy meets her and he has no magic at all. Naturally, they fall in love for no reason whatsoever.

Yeah, I didn't care for this one. I didn't realize it was a sequel until I was pretty far into it, which I think goes to its credit. But then again, I thought the love story was lame, and for some reason I kept imagining the kids as about 12 years old, which doesn't work
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Katie
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Even though this book ended nicely, it still felt really depressing. I didn't really enjoy it very much, even though the writing style was pretty good. Plus, it kind of irritated me that 3 books into the series, she completely changed the system of magic. It took me a long time to figure out what the difference between tehr-magic and aur-magic were, and how they correlated to what was previously referred to as just animal magic. Truthfully, I'm still not sure I have it figured out, nor do I care ...more
Tara SG
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
* * 1/2

--This book in 6 words:

I couldn’t connect with the characters

--Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?

I signed up for this book via Around the World Tours after reading the summary and hearing some good things about the series. Unfortunately I couldn’t get into the books. I didn’t really care for the first one and couldn’t finish the second. Each book focuses on a different couple and I didn’t feel like I missed much by skipping to the third. However, I just couldn’t connect with the le
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Barb in Maryland
Jun 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance, sf-f
Well, I claim I've read it, when in fact what I did was skim it. For some reason (whatever...)it just did not engage me to the point where I wanted to read every word. And the further I got into the story and the DARKER it got, the happier I was to be skimming.
Easily the darkest of these three intertwined books, it takes a really long while before there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
While this book can stand on its own, the reader is best served by having read the first two(Princess and Hou
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Diana Godwin
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed. The I usually enjoy books from this author very much but this one just didn't have it. The previous two books in this series were set in a rich world with depth and texture-- this one seemed sadly flat. I never really liked the heroine and the hero was nice but never developed enough to be truly interesting. The villain was the most potent part of the story, but it never really made sense how he held any position of power. I was also a little put off because I do not really c ...more
H
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a nice addition to the other two books in this series. I was a little confused at the beginning with the aur-magic and tehr-magic, since I think they're only referred to in The Princess and the Bear as magic and unmagic, but I figured it out pretty quickly. I liked the characters, especially Jens, and I thought the plot moved along really well. It was hard to put down, not necessarily because there was a thrill in every page, but because it moves so fluidly forward that it's h ...more
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