Princess And The Hound

Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
Eos, HarperCollinsPublishers: 2007.
Fairy Tale



006-113187-3 / 410pgs
A love story. Prince George is a possessor of the forbidden animal magic. His betrothed, Princess Beatrice, is inseparable from her hound. They both have secrets, and they both feel burdened by the doubts and responsibilities heaped upon them by their parents.


George is a prince, a wielder of animal magic, just as his mother had been. But in a country where animal magic is feared and even outlawed, it is something he must hide, despite the pain it brings. His mother died of not being able to practice her animal magic, and now he suffers great headaches and nausea because of it. His father, the king who has always treated George as a prince instead of a son, doesn't even acknowledge the power.
George is betrothed to Princess Beatrice of a rival kingdom, a princess her father never wanted and a princess never seen with human company but never apart from her hound. George falls in love, and knows quickly that he can trust Princess Beatrice completely, and yet there is something strange about her and her dog Marit.
When his father becomes increasingly ill and bed-ridden, George becomes suspicious of the doctor medicating him, and when the doctor disappears, sets off in pursuit — the morning after Princess Beatrice arrives at his castle. Together they set out in search and when they find the doctor, many secrets are discovered — and Prince George must bear them and resolve them.


GeorgePrince who will someday rule the land
Beatrice — the princess to whom George is betrothed
Marit — Beatrice's hound
Henry — one of the prince's guards

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Summary: George has always felt burdened by his princely duties, and even more by the need to hide the magic through which he speaks with animals, but when he is betrothed to the strange princess of a neighboring kingdom, his secret, and the persecution of people like himself, must come to an end.

{1. Princes — Fiction. 2. Human-animal communication — Fiction. 3. Magic — Fiction. 4. Kings, queens, rulers, etc. — Fiction. 5. Self-actualization (Psychology) — Fiction. 6. Fairy tales.}

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