Symbolic & Helpful Animals

Animals are fantasy tools, often symbolizing powers or acting as helpers to their human counterparts
See also Animal Fantasy.

Birds

Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine — magic goose helps a baker's son win the heart of a princess
Light of the Oracle by Victoria Hanley — birds determine powers and priests & priestesses

Cats

Blue Sword by Robin McKinley — Harry is befriended by Narknon, a large wild cat
Terrier by Tamora Pierce — Beka Cooper is accompanied by Pounce

Dogs

Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison — Princess Beatrice is inseparable from her hound Marit until the prince and the bear come between them

Horses

Other

Plague of Sorcerers by Mary Frances Zambreno — Jermyn's animal familiar is a skunk

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