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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061553174
  • ASIN: B004F9OUZI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9 Two very different young people cross paths and their lives are changed forever in this fantasy seemingly set during the Middle Ages. Liva has aur-magic, which enables her to change into any animal she wishes. She lives in a cave with her loving mother and father, a hound and a bear. Jens, on the other hand, has no magic. He lives in a village with a cruel and abusive father. Liva and Jens both share a love for animals, compassion for all living things, and genuine selflessness. They are drawn together by this commonality and by a common enemy. The Hunter believes that aur-magic lowers humans to the level of animals and wants to destroy all those who possess it. As events unfold, readers learn that both Liva and Jens have an even greater reason to pursue and stop the Hunter. The author skillfully combines adventure, magic, and romance, and her exquisite use of words draws readers into the story. Lana Miles, Jackson Elementary School, Rosenberg, TX
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From Booklist

Pulling themes and even characters from The Princess and the Hound (2007) and The Princess and the Bear (2009), Harrison offers another satisfying, stand-alone fantasy, framed in folklore, that explores archetypal divisions between good and evil, life and death, and human and animal. Liva, the daughter of a hound and a bear, possesses strong, nurturing magic, including the ability to shape-shift into animal form. Young human Jens has no magical talent, but the characters' potent attraction draws them into an epic quest to save humans from themselves. Once again, a strong female protagonist, romance, magical adventure, and provocative questions will capture teens. Grades 6-9. --Gillian Engberg

More About the Author

I write YA fantasy/romance with heavy emphasis on character and tricky dilemmas. My latest is The Rose Throne, about two princesses who can't afford to follow their hearts. They have to choose to take power or to be destroyed. My first non-fiction, Ironmom, should be out in June or July 2013, and is part memoir, part how-to manual on my experiences in triathlon, from a rank beginner to a national ranking.

I write frequently on tumblr: metteharrison and am on twitter: metteharrison. I talk a lot about romance and what bothers me about the "rules" (I also have a youtube series about this), but also what I find triumphant about romance and the women-power that romance always shows triumphing, from Jane Austen to Courtney Milan.

I also write a lot about the process and about the business of publishing. My first novel The Monster In Me was a contemporary young adult set in Heber City, Utah, close to where I live.

My next novel, Mira, Mirror, is the story of the mirror in the Snow White fairy tale, left in the castle for a hundred years after the evil queen dies. She's the enchanted foster sister of the evil queen, on a quest to become human again. I've done a lot of retellings in this kind of unique style. They're not like anyone else's, and sometimes may seem pretty distant from the original.

The Princess and the Hound is a kind of Beauty and the Beast retelling, but again, you really have to read carefully to figure out who is the Beauty and who is the Beast. Because of its success, I turned this book into a series (The Princess and the Bear, The Princess and the Snowbird, The Princess and the Horse, The Princess and the Wolf).

Tris and Izzie is a retelling of the original German epic from 1100 A.D. in Middle High German. It is NOT like the James Franco movie, which is tons of fun, but is really more Romeo and Juliet than Tristan and Isolde, since there is no love potion and no serpent or other magic. Medieval epics have tons of magic and stuff.

I've got 5 kids (4 of them teens) and talk about them sometimes, and about my alternate life as a competitive triathlete. I've done 4 Ironman competitions and do about 15 races a year. In 2012, I ended up ranked 163 for the USAT for my age group nationally, which I am pretty proud of.

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I've read all three books and I adored them.
IRENE KARAITOU
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.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
While she dispenses good advice, I think the books works because of her voice, rather than my love for her characters.
Chocolette

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chocolette on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"The Princess and the Snowbird" addresses the final solution to the problem of the people's aversion to animal magic from the first two books in the trilogy. Here, we are introduced to Liva, daughter of the hound and the bear, who have dedicated their lives to helping those with animal magic. In their hopes to truly make a difference, the two give up their magic and give it all to Liva, who, with their combined magic, is able to shift to any animal she desires.

The story sets forward, showing the reader how the sheltered Liva, who had only lived in the forest, comes to understand human nature and its cruelty to those who are different, and also discover hope - that not all men are evil.

Much shorter than the other two books, and slightly different, with two types of magic identified, it takes a slight shift in perspective. Harrison writes in her bookflap, "The trick to making a reader believe that two characters will fall in love with each other is to make the reader fall in love with both characters". While she dispenses good advice, I think the books works because of her voice, rather than my love for her characters.

Harrison's voice is quite mesmerizing - dragging you into the story, even if the premise is quite outlandish.

Definitely would recommending reading the first two books to understand what is going on in this story and to get the full conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dolphinlady on February 2, 2012
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I enjoyed reading The Princess and the Snowbird. The book was alittle short for my liking but the story was a good one. I will look forward to buying more books from Harrison.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah J. Andreasen on March 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 immune to it, is the only person who can help her. Together, they must track down and stop the Hunter from mutilating and killing other humans with aur-magic.

This is the third installment in Mette Ivie Harrison's Princess trilogy - I don't know the official name. The love story in this was probably my favorite because it came so early on in the book and was not really a surprise to the characters. But as far as story content, I think it was a little lacking from the other books. It was still a beautiful book, and it wasn't as long as the others. That works both for and against it.

Definitely worth reading though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina (A Reader of Fictions) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 conflict concludes swiftly and anticlimactically, leaving another two chapters in a short book. The focus is on her coming to terms with her humanity. In some sense, the ending reminds me of Kristin Cashore's Graceling, of how dark it is and how everything isn't perfect.

As a consequence of that, the most interesting aspects of the novel were the philosophical. Mette Ivie Harrison's fantasy world clearly reflects the way humans destroy nature, poisoning it and taming it to meet human needs. Her world definitely appeals to me, with the animal languages and the different kinds of magic. What I love about this, although it's a bit preachy, is the message that humans are no better than animals. It has always been a major pet peeve that we humans consider ourselves better than our animal counterparts. So many people claim that we are different from animals, that we aren't animals. Except for the part where we totally are. So, Mette Ivie Harrison, you rock for sharing my (totally correct) opinion. Also, I met her at ALA very briefly and she's a really sweet woman!

I recommend this book to those who enjoyed the previous books in the series. Although this one is not quite as good, it is a short read and thought-provoking. I would not suggest beginning here if you have not read any of the other books, since I think aspects of it would be confusing and off-putting.
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By Ann on July 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I like to read mystery and fantasy.
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I disagree with other readers who say this isn't as good as the other two. I believe it is. It might be because I read them all one right after the other. It isn't as long as the other two, but it is long enough. I loved it. It is a perfect third book in the series. It is different than the other two but in a good way.
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