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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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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 EngbergSee all Editorial Reviews
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. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Jane Hinrichs
This book has a very nice story line for young and old. It takes you to a place of magic. The story is so well written you would think this really happened.Published on January 16, 2012 by S. Williams
This is the third book by Mette Ivie Harrison about the same world. While Chala and Richon are in the story, this book revolves around their daughter Liva. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by EA Younker
A hounting,enriching tale.A strong female protagonist,romance and magical adventure.What more can a fantasy story lover can ask?I really loved it. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by IRENE KARAITOU
Out of the three "The Princess and.." books, this was probably my favorite. Mette Ivie Harrison is a solid storyteller who is able to get you quickly situated into her fantasy... Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Amy V