Summary (From Front Flap)
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 the true human friendship but inseparable from her hound.
Though they think they have little in common, each possesses a secret that must be hidden at all costs. Proud, stubborn, bound to marry for the good of their kingdoms, this prince and princess will steal your heart, but will they fall in love?
I enjoyed “The Princess and the Hound” by Mette Ivie Harrison a lot. While I was surprised that the book was written with Prince George in focus, it was still very enjoyable. The 3rd person point of view was refreshing because it didn’t include the usual dither about wanting to be free, hating the constricting clothes, etc. (All a very usual portent of princess novels!) I also liked how this book kept you guessing about Princess Beatrice, she was a very multi-faceted character. The whole “animal magic” part is hard to understand at first, but throughout the novel, “animal magic” is explained and you come to understand how important & feared it truly is.
This novel is certainly different compared to other novels of its kind. While there is a prince & princess romance, it’s not a usual romance, seeing as they don’t fall in love on sight, or outright declare love like many novels do. You really have to think about what Prince George is like, and what he’s planning on doing; because, for once, this novel makes you honestly believe that Prince George & Princess Beatrice are very, very, real and that animal magic surrounds us all.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! Are you interested in reading “The Princess and the Hound” by Mette Ivie Harrison?