The Princess and the Hound
The preface Is magical, absolutely beautiful with a true Celtic-tale appeal, you will feel confident in your choice based off of this foreword, but it is duping.
TPATH had so much potential, and I was bitterly disappointed by the choppy dialogue, the twisted, sometimes contrived love story and the forced conclusion. The story drags for about fifty or so extra pages at the end and though I recently read this book I cant seem to remember why exactly the Princess was turned to a Hound. Its really too bad, as I said the potential of this story was great.
Thoughts on the covers: Great covers! This is a trilogy thus far and the covers are magical, Celtic and true to the premise, the potential, oh the potential!
Thoughts on the names: Beatrice and Merit are both very interesting names and I think they are great counterparts.
What I did enjoy about this book is the fantasy element. I haven't enjoyed a good fantasy book in a while so it was really refreshing. I enjoyed reading about the animal magic and the power that it had. Imagine being able to communicate with all types of animals. How cool would that be? Way cool.
However, I didn't enjoy the beginning of the novel as much. It seemed to me that the first fifty to a hundred pages could have been eliminated. I really feel that the prologue that was in the beginning of the novel was enough to set up the book so I didn't see the whole point in talking about George's childhood life.
The characters were kind of ...distant. I didn't feel any real emotions and personalities from George, Beatrice and Marit. George is always like: I don't know what it's called - the thing I feel for Beatrice/Marit. And I'm like...okay...o__O
Anyway, the ending was awkward too. It was like I love you. Oh, I do love you too, you know. SO awkward. Like I said, the characters seems to show no real emotion and so I didn't really enjoy it that much.
Overall, Princess and the Hound has a nice cover but I feel like that's all there is to it. I hope Princess and the Bear is better.
Prince George has a terrible secret to hide from the public: a secret that will betray his family and will shock the peasants. A secret of the animal magic. He must now marry to the fierce Princess Beatrice, daughter of the land that his land fought in war. Their engagement is a settlement between the two lands, and their meeting a battle.
Princess Beatrice is not like many: she is unaccepted by her father because she is a woman not a man and she shirks from people, her only friend a hound that never leaves her side. Yet, she too has a secret to hide.
As they come together, they mold into each other, but secrets must come out. When George's father suddenly becomes ill, George must find the reason why and fix it before it is too late and the world spirals away. Will they learn to trust and build a kingdom stronger than before on their own? Will they learn to love?
Keep a lookout for the sequel!
The Princess in the Hound is a story of subtle romance with a dash of intrigue.
George lives in a kingdom where animal magic is forbidden. But the thing is, he has animal magic. And not only that, he's the prince of said kingdom. However, he's not alone as his mother also has animal magic and she takes care of him. Until she dies, leaving George alone with his father. George finds himself becoming a different person, one who finds duty and responsibility the most important. So important, in fact, that he allows duty to dictate his marriage. He is to marry Princess Beatrice in order to bring the two rival kingdoms together.
Beatrice on the other hand, has isolated herself from others. Her father hates her and constantly mocks her. Her only companion is her faithful hound. Can these two individuals bond together?
The story starts off slow but builds up speed as we learn of the poisoning of George's father and the chase to catch the poisoner.
This book had a few surprises which only made the book better. The book was well written and the characters were well-drawn out. I can't wait to read the next book, The Princess and the Bear.