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She is the headstrong daughter of the hound and the bear, heir to all her royal parents' magic and able to transform at will into any animal she wishes.He is an outcast, a boy without magic, determined to make his way in the forest beholden to no one.Though Liva and Jens are as different as night and day, from the time their paths first cross they are irresistibly drawn toShe is the headstrong daughter of the hound and the bear, heir to all her royal parents' magic and able to transform at will into any animal she wishes.He is an outcast, a boy without magic, determined to make his way in the forest beholden to no one.Though Liva and Jens are as different as night and day, from the time their paths first cross they are irresistibly drawn to one another. Each wrestles with demons: Liva with the responsibility that comes with the vast magic she's inherited, Jens with the haunting memories he's left behind. Separately, they keep a lookout for each other and for the immense snowbird whose appearances signify a dark event on the horizon.When a terrible threat surfaces, Liva and Jens set out in an attempt to protect all they hold dear. Much is at stake—for while their failure could spell an end to all magic, their success could bring them together at last....

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The Princess and the Snowbird Reviews

  • Danyelle Leafty
    2019-03-21 17:22

    I really enjoyed this book once I got past the first few chapters. The first few were a bit heavy on humans being evil and twisting magic and destroying nature--more so than was to my tastes. I loved the idea of the Snowbird, and the aur-magic and tehr-magic. I liked that Jens was able to recognize Liva in any form she took, that he saw her in the eyes of the animals she turned into. This was a more serious book with little humor, but one that I enjoyed sinking into.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-04 17:03

       Overall view of this book: It frustrated me, it lacked the magic which really made the first two books, and above all, it did not get me to believe in the story or characters. I wanted to like this book, and I tried really hard to like it. But I found I just could not. (And yet, I still want to read the last two books in the series, for I still hope to find redemption for it as a whole…)   There were elements of what I loved in the first two books here, like interesting takes on magic and a lyricism of the words used to construct the story. In this book though, those elements were mere shadows of what they could have been, and of the precedent set in the first two books. The story had promise and potential – Liva was given her parents’ combined magic for a great destiny which awaited her; the pure aur-magic was being corrupted by and lost because of tehr-magic; and there was a white stone which could draw out and destroy permanently the aur-magic from a being, making them incapable of having, holding, or being affected by magic. All of these elements could have made for a great story, but the story and its execution fell flat for me, and not even the admittedly lackluster final battle and resolution of events could bring it back to life.    I am sure that you could dig in and find deeper meanings and deeper connections to the real world in regards to the Hunter’s philosophy, the opposition of aur-magic and tehr-magic, even the different relationships between Liva, the bear, the hound, Jens, and Tern. However, in my honest opinion, these deeper meanings were brushed by the wayside, not addressed and fleshed out more directly as similar deep ideas inThe Princess and the Hound (Hound Saga, #1) andThe Princess and the Bear (Hound Saga, #2). And that was another area where this book lost something that had been so strong in previous books: there was not enough deep introspection, nor enough substance to what was there, and the story suffered for it.Now, on to the piecemeal and nitpicking part of my review, where I typed up my thoughts after reading chunks at a time:   First impressions after 49 pages: I’m curious how much time has passed since Richon and Chala (for Liva’s parents being a hound and a bear can only refer to one couple…) took on the wild man’s mission to protect magic in the world, as the human society we have seen so far does not seem much different than what it was during Richon’s reign, or even during Prince George’s time 200 years later. Plus, only now do the bear and the hound seem to be showing signs of age (in their actions as well as, at last, they way they share wisdom with Liva). The hound can only speak in the language of the hounds now, and it is not very clear if the bear can speak in more languages than just that of the bears – I hope Richon at least kept enough aur-magic to be able to speak with Chala! Also, I’m curious about this difference between aur-magic and tehr-magic, how it seems to suddenly be a “thing”, and very clearly different from magic vs unmagic. I do find it somewhat…strange… that the bear would seem to have as negative view of humans as he does, considering he was born a man, and he has seen not only some of the worst of mankind, but also some of the best. What’s more, why would they discourage their daughter from mingling with humans? Does one not need to know one’s opponent/antagonist in order to better fight and resist them?   More impressions: (view spoiler)[Impressions up to page 134: As in my status update, I am not able to buy as easily into this instant love connection between Liva and Jens. It is one thing to have them fall in love at first sight à la fairytales or the precedents set up by the relationships of George & Marit and Richon & Chala (for both of whom the word or association of “love” to their feelings was not applied until well into their courtship/relationships), and another for them to be instantly struck by love and be thinking about it right away, and missing the other person so deeply. It is a method which can work, for the right situations, but between Liva and Jens, I just cannot buy it. It does not fit with the fairytale-style of this series; it does not fit with precedents of slowly burgeoning yet inevitable love; and it feels rather hollow to me – all structure, little substance to back it up, even in Jens’ and Liva’s respective musings about the other person.   On the other hand, I am enjoying the glimpses we get of the bear and the hound, the wisdoms they are imparting to Liva – from the bear’s stories of questionable verity but definite life-lesson value, to the hound’s unique insights on life and living from her time as both a hound and a human. Now, at last, they sound (to me) like they have lived long lives and have matured throughout their time protecting the pure animal magic. They have become wise in its fullest sense. Though … I do wonder about the bear’s rather negative attitude towards humans as of late… but when you live as long as he and the hound have lived, you see just how much humanity has changed over the centuries, and it seems like few of the changes have been for the better. Without the unmagic to taint the world as it originally did before Richon and Chala went back in time, and to be the opposite of the wild/animal magic, instead the wild/animal magic (now referred to as aur-magic) found a new opposite in the corrupted tehr-magic.   Impressions up to page 188: The style is much… choppier than previous books. There is not as much beauty in the language itself, one of the aspects which I really loved about the first two books. There are moments where there is beauty of language, but they are few, and scattered about within the rather mundane text. Plus, the structure of the plot/story itself also does not feel as solid as it could be. It’s more like a child-made lean-to of big branches than a solid carpenter-built house frame.   Final Impressions through to the end: Liva threw just about all of her magic into the Hunter’s eleven men, which left her with barely enough for herself – she had no more aur-magic than the average human after that. Given her parentage, and how they had lived a thousand years (Liva says their love lasted a thousand years – while this could be metaphorical, I doubt she would exaggerate to this extent to make her point – she’s not the exaggerating type, she’s the flat truth-type), and even with having lost some of her magic to the white stone knife in her chest (I have issues with that too… a whole knife, in her chest, and she’s walking around still fighting? But I digress…), it seems to me like she should have more magic than she does. Unless, of course, her parents’ magic had already been on the wane when she was born, and she did not receive a “full” inheritance. I don’t know, it just seems her magic level was hyped up more than it was. Though I admit, it could partially be to blame that she compared her level of magic to that of the snowbird’s, which was so much greater than hers. But still, it just did not seem like the magic she performed was really to a level of a “great magic” like Prince George had used, or even the wild man, or even presumably her parents over their very long lifespans. It was very anti-climactic.   Then there was still the whole relationship between her and Jens…I’m just grateful that they held off on marriage until about a year had passed, even though I still could not quite buy into their love. It helped that they fought the Hunter side by side – after a fashion, that is – and that they spent a year’s worth of courtship, seeing each other for anywhere from a few hours to a full day at a time. But I was still not sold on their love for each other, not in any way. It was still more insta-love than fairytale love in my opinion. And I’m not even going to go into Liva’s motherly-but-I’m-too-young-to-be-his-mother feelings for Tern. Nor how as soon as the Hunter was gone, suddenly aur-magic was okay. Or how his son, Dofin, had been "working against him" - though there were no real indications of what he was actually doing to work against the Hunter - and once the Hunter was gone, became a leader and called himself "Duke". It seemed like that last bit about Dofin was just to set up something, a conflict to be continued at a later time (there had not been a king in the north for a time, but Liva is a princess, and well, a duke is someone of nobility... Basically, this book could have used some serious editorial guidance - it was more of a middle draft than a final draft ready for publication. (hide spoiler)]   Oh, I did enjoy the sheer variety of animals mentioned in this book. I mean, how many people (at least, in the US) have heard of a pika? How many people know what a herd of aurochsen are? But I still can’t give it any more than 1 star. The quality itself might be more of a 2, but I all but felt that I wasted my time reading this book and just plain old did not like it.Quotes and selected commentary:   Felfrass (animal) – page 24 – I was not sure what this was, not even with the somewhat vague description. So I googled it. My best guess is that it is a wolverine, based on the suspected etymology on Wikipedia: “The animal's name in older Norwegian, fjeldfross, meaning "mountain cat", is thought to have worked its way into German as Vielfraß [vielfrass], which means "glutton" (literally "devours much"). Its name in other West Germanic languages is similar (e.g. Dutch: veelvraat)”    “You underestimate the power of humans. You are only one, and they are many, with or without the aur-magic.” – page 37    “I do not want to hurt you,” said Jens.    “Then that is the difference between us. You will never be a hunter if you do not learn to be ruthless.” [replied Torus.]     “And you will never have any true friends. They will all be waiting to hurt you when you are weak.” – page 55   It was not that he thought she had been harmed, but it was so good to see her again, to know that she cared for him enough to return, even after all that had happened to her. – page 65 – Hrm… insta-love…. It leaves a weird taste in my brain…   (view spoiler)[“We all die,” her mother said more gently. “That is the way of being mortal. Animals and humans, it makes us the same. Your father has never wished to escape from that. It is living this long that has been the most difficult for him. Think how he has outlived all others he has ever known, for the sake of saving the true magic. Will you make him sacrifice again, live longer again, despite his desire for rest? Only because you are afraid?” – page 87-88   Liva could not remember much talking between [the bear and the hound]. They did not share the same language. And though Liva could have translated for them, they had never asked her to. They had become so used to each other, it seemed they never needed to use words to communicate with each other. – page 112 – Ah, I had wondered about that. But then, after centuries of being together (as Jens later notes, it has been centuries since a king ruled in the north…which if I remember right, is roughly where King Richon’s kingdom was?), I am not surprised that they could communicate without words. Though I still wonder why they never used writing to communicate… Richon knew how to read and write, and I would assume that Chala learned between her time as “Princess Beatrice” and as Richon’s queen.   “What they do is the same as eating,” said her mother.   “You do not like them. I understand,” her father said. He turned to Liva. “[… The magpies] smelled the hound on her.”   “Horrible things,” said her mother. – page 135-6 – Except, not too long ago Liva mentioned how her parents could no longer speak with each other – if that’s the case, then her parents would have been talking independently to her, and would not be likely to build off of what the other said. Plus, this exchange was confusing: whether they were talking about humans or magpies at any given moment seemed to change.   [The Hunter said,] “If we are to grow past what we once were, we must destroy what belongs in the past and move on to the future.” – page 160 – Negative message-counterpoint, this is.   But [Liva] had left [Jens] in the forest, safe. Why had he come after her? – page 179 – Um, maybe because you left him a map of where you were going??    “[…] I am not saying you have to leave the forest to wear this [circlet]. But your mother meant for you to have it. She believed that you would grow into it. That you would become for those with aur-magic what she and your father once were, though in a different form. […]” – page 203 – Jens’ little speech here sounded too knowledgeable given how little he actually knows about Liva and her parents and their heritage. The story did not convince me to believe it.   “I cannot do that, you know,” said Jens. “If you are gone, there is no life for me.”   […] Liva felt a bursting sense of joy, and at the same time, a terrible, crushing fear. This was what it was like to be in love.   She had met him for the first time so young, but a part of her had known even then that he was her destiny. She had been working her way back to him since that day, and there had only been chance crossings. Now they were together again, and even the threat of the Hunter seemed nothing compared to that. They belonged to each other, as her mother and father had, through all of time, no matter what happened. – page 207 – This is so much INSTA-LOVE! I’m sorry, but I just cannot buy this.   “That much aur-magic was never meant to belong to one person. It’s gone back to where it belongs, to the forest, to be shared. And I have no regrets.” – page 221 – I’m sorry, but wasn’t there a problem with aur-magic disappearing from the world all over, even in the forests, where humans went? That when aur-magic was forced out of someone/thing or transformed by tehr-magic, it was lost, never to be recovered again? Yes it might be able to be shared better from the forest, but it is more of a passive sharing/saving of the aur-magic than an active one this way.   “Do you look at me and see all that I do not have?” [Jens asked Liva. …]   “You know that I don’t,” said Liva.   “Then why do you think I would do that to you? […] Why would you do it to yourself? […] I felt the aur-magic,” he said, his voice rough. […] “Can’t it be enough?” – page 226 – Something about this… it just is not hitting the right chords for me, somehow.   […] in the dense part of the woods south of the cave where he had once lived alone. – page 228 – Except, he had lived in a tree, not a cave. Liva lived in a cave with her parents. On page 120: “Jens began walking south again, to the huge trees that he had become used to climbing and sleeping in.” (hide spoiler)]Typos:He father looked at Liva sternly, …– page 37 – “He” should be “Her”The older guard looked pitying. – page 142 – “pitying” as a verb can be used without an object, but that is not how it is used here, and I don’t think the guard himself looked “pitiful.” Possible revisions that make contextual sense: “…looked pityingly at her”; “…looked with pity at her”.His mouth opened and a croaking sound came out, as though she thought he could speak in the language of frogs. – page 197 – I think the “she” should be “he”, as it does not make much sense as it is now.

  • Mara
    2019-03-15 15:04

    Like The Princess and the Hound and The Princess and the Bear, this one was an intriguing story with strong, likable characters. Also like The Princess and the Bear, it isn't a stand-alone. It's not quite as necessary to read The Princess and the Bear first as it is to read The Princess and the Hound before The Princess and the Bear, but I would recommend it simply so you can understand some of the back-story that is referenced.I liked Mette Ivie Harrison's writing style in this one better than the others. There were not as many choppy sentences and things flowed together better. However, The Princess and the Hound is still the superior story, and The Princess and the Bear an even better one than this sequel. The Princess and the Snowbird is shorter, and the storyline sometimes seems to ignore a lot of what occurred in its prequel. Also, a lot of it felt like a loosely-disguised barrage against "humans are destroying the wild; humans just take and never give back" themes. Honestly, such a theme should never be used in a book - especially adventures and romance; it always smacks of personal political opinions of the Author, and never should personal opinions influence a storyline so heavily.Still, The Princess and the Snowbird was an enjoyable read, and I intend to buy it.

  • Anne Osterlund
    2019-03-17 17:15

    Liva has magic. So much that she can change forms from hound to bear to pika in a matter of moments. She loves every form except her own. Her human one.Jens has no magic. Not the magic of the animals, nor that used to lure them to their deaths. His father and the other villagers regard him as worthless.Then one day Jens finds someone who needs him. Liva.But when Liva faces a danger so great she may not survive, even with all her magic; how can Jens possibly help her?The Princess and the Snowbird is the final novel in Mette Ivie Harrison’s trilogy. I liked Jens, and how, ultimately, his emotional gift to Liva was even more powerful than his actions.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-10 12:19

    Originally reviewed on my blog (with the other two books in the trilogy). You can read it at Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.The Princess Trio by Mette Ivie Harrison begins with The Princess and the Hound, continues with The Princess and the Bear, and then finishes with The Princess and the Snowbird. The series takes one main story arc and follows it between three very different women. The trilogy takes place in a kingdom rich with magic. The aur-magic, also referred to as animal magic is a powerful force throughout the kingdom, and it is what keeps everything in harmony. It is magic born from the link between animals and humans. The aur-magic is within all animals and it used to be in many people. It is the magic of life, the original and true magic. Those who possessed the aur-magic were respected and it was looked upon as a blessing. But as time passed, people began, as they always do, to fear that which they did not understand. Those with the animal magic slowly fell out of favor until an event involving a wild man full of the magic, his army of animals and the transfiguration of their king from man into bear eliminated all positive feelings toward the magic. The world in which each of these stories takes place is not a good place to find yourself a wielder of the aur-magic, for those who are possess it are burned immediately upon discovery. There is no trial, there are no chances. To possess it means death. If this were not bad enough, there is another magic that begins to emerge in these stories, and that is the tehr-magic, a corruption of the original that destroys and kills instead of healing and giving life and the aur-magic is meant to do.Each of the three books explores a different aspect of the aur-magic, it's reception among the people and the emergence of the darker tehr-magic. If the tehr-magic is allowed to spread too far, it will destroy all aur-magic, which effectively destroys the animals. Each princess has her own struggles within the story, each has her own demons to deal with. Describing their individual circumstances is impossible without spoiling much of the mystery around these three stories, so I won't offer details, but each is unique and each gives them a special advantage in their fight to save the aur-magic and those who carry it.I will be honest and say that I didn't love the first book in the series. I liked it, but it didn't connect with me the way novels like this generally do. I remember finishing the book and being unable to find anything actually wrong with the book. Mette Ivie Harrison is a very talented writer. Her descriptions and world building are astounding and detailed without ever being overwhelming. And her characters- well, in my opinion this is where her strength as a writer lies. Because I believed in them. I believed in their actions, their motivations, their pasts and their futures. The story also intrigued me and held my attention for the entire duration of the book. So, without being able to pinpoint exactly what, something was missing for me. But, I liked it enough to read the second book when it became available, and this one, The Princess and the Bear is my favorite of the three.The main couple in this story are my favorite. Of the three main character couples, these two are the couple I most believed in, the one I was rooting the hardest for, and the one I most wished to see again. I find that my preference for main characters is identical to my preference for story order. The second book is my favorite in the series, although the third is a very close second with the first in the series being my least favorite.None of these are bad books, and all are worth reading, but they don't fall onto my favorites shelf. I think the Harrison is a strong writer, gifted at telling stories and creating believable worlds, even when they area full of magic. I think what is missing in these stories for me is the emotion. I don't feel along with her characters that way I do in other stories and that lessens how much I enjoy books over all. I also never felt the urgency one expects to feel when reading a story about an impending war and a dark magic that can alter every aspect of our existence. It was almost as if I were watching the events unfold over a filter rather than allowing me a closer glimpse of the events.On a sidenote, this series does have some of the most beautiful cover images. I think that all three of them are stunning, although, once again, The Princess and the Bear is my favorite. (The Princess and the Hound comes in second this time though, rather than third). Misty reviewed The Princess and the Hound earlier in the event, which I have linked here. If you have read this, I would love to hear your thoughts! What do you think of Harrison's Princess trio?

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-03-10 12:29

    his is the third book in a trilogy that begins with The Princess and the Hound. This is the story of a Snowbird who is the last of his kind, of Liva, the daughter of the hound and the bear and Jens, a human boy born without magic. Choosing to remain in animal form, Liva's parents have given her most of their magic, retaining enough to survive and enough for the bear to help those who are being persecuted for having the aur-magic. Liva has more aur-magic than anyone. She can feel it all around her and inside of her. It's who she is and part of her destiny. She's one with the animals and the forest and thinks little about humans until a chance encounter with a human boy causes a connection she hadn't thought possible. Jens lives in a village where tehr-magic is prized and aur-magic is hated. Humans claim to have conquered animals and the forest and by their superiority will prevail over the wild, untamed world. Most men of the village use their magic to torture and kill animals, but Jens, born without any kind of magic at all, can't understand why this behavior is so appealing. When he first sees Liva in animal form, he senses her kindness and warmth and feels connected to her. When Liva and Jens next encounter each other they are a little older and Liva is searching for her missing father while Jens is struggling to become a man. The connection between the boy with no magic and the girl with so much remains strong. Each has a unique gift which will help them save the world they both love. The young adults must fight the evil that threatens to destroy the magic in the land and determine their own identities as adults. This is a wonderfully written coming-of-age story set in the world begun in the Princess and the Hound. The first half of the book slowly sets the story that forms the connection between Liva and Jens. It's a little slow without much plot but readers of The Princess and the Bear will like reading about what happened to them. The second half of the book deals with the plot to rid the world of magic. It's very fast-paced but just right for the story. I especially liked the ending because it wasn't rushed and it was very appropriate for the target age group and for the story. The romance is stronger in this book than the previous too and so sweet it will make you say "aww!" I love the way the characters grow up and come into their own and how they deal with the gifts they've been given or not given. If you choose to take away a message in the story, it's very timely and relevant, but subtle and not heavy handed in any way. The title is a bit misleading because it doesn't match the plot in the way that the previous two books did. I really liked this book and love the trilogy as a whole and would definitely recommend them to young adults and adults both.

  • ~♥Alyssa♥~
    2019-02-26 16:23

    Wow! I really liked this book. It was written so beautifully, and I liked the style. I hadn't read the first two books in the "trilogy," but it wasn't necessary, because I still understood it. I may go back and read them now, though.At first, I wasn't sure I would like it. The whole history of the magical snowbirds seemed like the type of short story I wrote for my 7th grade English Creative Writing unit (which isn't really a good thing- way too fanciful). But then I really started to get into it. I didn't like the character of Jens at first; he was supposed to be a sympathetic character, but I didn't feel like I had a good sense of him. Liva, however, I really liked. She was a realistic heroine, and was portrayed very well as the brave, innocent girl raised in a magical forest. She's definitely not a damsel-in-distress, either, and I liked her powers. My biggest complaint was how quickly Liva and Jens' connection/friendship/understanding turned to love.I absolutely loved the idea of the aur-magic and the tehr-magic, and how the latter was a distortion of the original magic by humans. However, I thought the portrayal of humans was very unrealistic and way overdone. They were so evil and destructive, and it was tiring to read about. That got better as I kept reading. But with the whole message of humans manipulating nature, and that being the conflict - the evil that the protagonist needs to stop - it made me wonder if this book had a little bit of an agenda. Humans need to be saved from their own natures? I wonder where I've heard that before...Then, when it got to the main action, I thought it was paced a little too fast. It was hard to keep up and got a little confusing. I'm glad that it slowed down toward the end, though, and the resolution took time. Some similar books I've read end too quickly, and this was perfect. It was a very satisfying ending.The two main characters lose so much, particularly Liva, and I thought their reactions were completely realistic. The author did a fantastic job of expressing their emotions. My favorite character was the hound, Liva's mother. She was an awesome character! (SPOILER!) I wasn't very affected by the bear's death, but I absolutely sobbed when her mother died.All in all, it was an awesome read. It was very hard to put down, and I would recommend it to anyone who like fantasy or just a good, unique book.

  • Torzilla
    2019-03-19 17:19

    I signed up for this book on an ARC Tour, excited by the back cover blurb. It sounded like the sort of read that would be an excellent change of pace from all the other books that I've been drowning in as of late. Plus, the cover is beautiful and mysterious in its own way.While THE PRINCESS AND THE SNOWBIRD was an enjoyable read, I can't help but wish I connected with the characters more. They were intriguing, without a doubt. But aside from some initial interest, my curiosity soon gave way to detachment. It became clear, after a certain point in the book, that I would have no further connection with the characters. It could have been an amazing story if I felt more connected with the characters. Alas, I never felt like I got into their heads, which disappointed me. I didn't care whenever someone got stabbed or lost their powers. I just didn't care about their well being.The love story felt like it was edited into the book at the last minute. It felt brief and well, I was not convinced at all. I think I would have liked the novel better if there wasn't a romance, because the romance cheapened it. We don't get an explanation about how the two feel. Suddenly, after seeing each other three times, love is being hinted at. Three meetings, and you think you're in love? Though, I suppose their feelings could have been intensified somewhat after their second run in. Either way, I was not feeling the romance in this one.I think the snowbird was my favorite character... and it wasn't even a "character" so to speak. It was mysterious, I wanted to know how it would avenge its ancestors. How would it help defeat the evil Hunter? Well, the question is answered, and it remains my favorite creature in this story.So characters aside, I did enjoy the story. It was an interesting and unique approach. I'm also intrigued enough that I might try to hunt down the previous two books at my local library. Assuming I renew my card and actually catch up with all the other books I have to read. And assuming I actually... well, make myself go.Would I recommend buying it? Maybe used, but you're better off hunting it down in the library.

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-03-21 18:14

    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.

  • Becca
    2019-03-05 10:26

    Interesting, beautiful, lyrical and poetic and a very whimsical way to tell a story. The writing style is so different from anything else I've read that it's almost difficult to fully appreciate what the author has done in her story telling. She barely kisses the surface of the story, just giving us the bones of the conversation, just a hint of what the characters are feeling, and a small peak of what they see. And she weaves words like an artwork that if seen in too much light the effects the darkness have on it will be lost. It is like epic poetry sung by a bard.Main stream literature, at least among novels at the moment are all trending toward wordy, sometimes lyrical but intensely detailed works to draw the reader in. Harrison takes the trend and stands it on its ear, yet produces an enchanting and breath-taking story that will, in my opinion, stand the test of time. I read The Princess and the Hound years ago and still remember the awe I felt when the book concluded. I loved it so much I ran out and bought it, which is the highest recommendation I can give a book. The Princess and the Bear was read at the wrong time in my life and I hated it because of the lack of detail and the jumps in the story that are the trademark of Harrison's writing style. I wasn't wanting the sampler plate, but the full meal deal, so I just couldn't appreciate how good this author is at painting a pictures with the barest of lines. I now want to go back and re-read the trilogy so I can appreciate the beauty that has been created in this story arc. What a beautiful place she has taken my soul on this journey that explores what it means to be human.

  • Laura
    2019-03-14 13:08

    The last book in a trilogy begun with "The Princess and the Hound," I enjoyed this book, but I felt the ending came up very suddenly, and I was left with quite a few unanswered questions. A running theme throughout the three books is magic, and the loss of magic in nature as humans basically mess everything up. The main bad guy in this book, The Hunter, has no magic at all, so he hates all those who do have it. His purpose is to completely eradicate magic in order to once and for all break humans' ties to animals. Why or how he was born with absolutely 0 magic, not aur-magic (nature/animal magic) nor tehr-magic (human corruption of aur-magic), is never explained. He also has this rock that can basically suck magic out of something and make it completely disappear. What is this rock? Where did he get it? Why can it do that?The book is lovely, and I liked the main characters, I just felt there was all this build up and then suddenly the end happened, and it was a bit anti-climactic, and I would have liked explanations for some of those questions that never got answered. It's been quite awhile since I read the first two books, so it's possible I'm forgetting some information from them that may have explained my unanswered questions, but this book reads like it could stand alone, so even if that information was in one of the previous books (which I can't remember if it was or not), it should have been in this one too. Still, I did like it. My favorite of the trilogy is probably the second book though, "The Princess and the Bear."

    2019-03-12 10:22


  • Clark
    2019-03-19 18:00

    I have mixed feelings with this book. There were some parts I liked and add one parts I was like, "C'mon, are you really that stupid?" This is why it took me quite some time to finish thd story, considering that the book was not that long. I liked a Liva because she was brave amd impetuous. My only problem is that because of her innocence and lack of guile, she couldn't make sound decisions. I felt absolutely exasperated with her when she acted so obvious when Karl called her attention. I could have screamed to her, "Pretend you're dumb! Make them believe that you're weak and without powers." Liva did the worst that she could have done: She ran. That made things ten times worse because the boys chased after her.As for Jens, he wasn't much better. Imagine bribing the jail guards just like that. Did he really think the guards would just curtsy and let Liva waltz out from jail just like that? I'm glad though that he was described as being handsome, that's a consolation.What I truly have an issue with is the ending. I can't believe Liva lost all her powers. It would have been better Liva could at least still be able to transform into one animal. Maybe a bear, a wolf, etc. And the Hunter's death, talk about an anti-climax! I wish Jens was able to kill the Hunter, maybe throw him off a cliff or cut off his head. Oh well, at least Liva and Jens still got married. That's something at least.

  • Dlora
    2019-03-24 11:59

    Liva is the child of the Hound and the Bear and has inherited vast amounts of magic, which has impoverished her parents to the point that they can no longer change shapes. But that's what they want for her, knowing at some time she'll need all that aur-magic to make a difference in the world. Jens has inherited no magic at all, neither the aur-magic of his mother or the tehr-magic of his father, which is a kind of aur-magic humans have corrupted to their selfish ends. But despite these disparities, Liva and Jens are drawn to each other. On writing a romance, author Mettie Ivie Harrison says that "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." Harrison accomplished that for me. I love their honor and goodness and selfless desire to help each other as they are pitted against The Hunter whose goal is to bleed the world of all magic, making everyone the same. Harrison's writing, though, has a fairy tale quality, kind of spare and lacking in details or in explanations for magical events. If I didn't like the main characters so much, and if my heart didn't swell with their caring for each other, I wouldn't like these series as much. I liked the plot of The Princess and the Bear and The Princess and the Hound better.

  • Christie
    2019-03-10 17:17

    Liva is a special girl who possesses aur-magic just as the animals of the forest do. This gives her the ability to change between many animal forms. Her parents both gave their aur-magic to Liva, and chose to spend the remainder of their lives in animal form so they could better protect their daughter. It is obvious Liva is destined for great things. She avoids contact with all humans until the day she meets Jens. Jens is devoid of both aur-magic, and the more common tehr-magic. Tehr-magic is what most humans possess, and use for not so nice things. When Jens sees Liva in animal form he knows she is special. They are immediately drawn to one another. Liva is unsure because of her limited contact with the human world, but is fascinated by Jens’s kindness. He has spent all of his life as an outcast because of his lack of magic, and shunned by his father who blames him for his mother’s death. Together they will have to stop the Hunter from carrying out his plans.The Princess and the Snowbird is a companion novel, but I felt it worked fine as a standalone. At just 232 pages this was a very quick read. I did enjoy the story and characters, but it didn’t wow me like I’d hoped. I would have liked to see more development of the characters, and their relationships. Still an entertaining read, and with only mild violence a safe choice for even young teens

  • Heather
    2019-03-12 18:22

    My initial impression of this book was dislike. It's very wordy and descriptive, whereas I've recently read many books that are more action-based. It forced me to change gears quite a bit, and took me awhile to get into it. It's not a bad read. It's just more effort for me to get through the old-style descriptiveness and into the action that starts about halfway through. By "old-style descriptiveness" I mean that it reminds me of fables and fairy tales of old. It spends a LOT of time laying the groundwork before actually getting into the action. That's not a bad thing – by the end you see how it all works together. I've just got a bit of a preference for faster-paced reading. What I liked best about this book: The cover is GORGEOUS and the book should have ended with "... and they lived happily ever after. The End." As much as I know not to judge a book by its cover, I often tend to gravitate toward books with covers that catch my eye. Regarding the end, it made me smile. I actually had a smile on my face when I closed the book. I can't remember the last time that has happened!I would recommend this book to anyone who likes classic fairy tales with a princess, a prince, a clear antagonist, and a happy ending. It's a fun, imaginative read.

  • Deborah Andreasen
    2019-03-09 15:10

    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.

  • Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer
    2019-03-02 13:25

    Although Mette Ivie Harrison writes some pretty strange stories, I really like that she just writes what she writes and is completely unapologetic about it.The last installment of her Princess and the Hound trilogy starts out great. The daughter of the hero and heroine of the previous book (The Princess and the Bear) lives in the forest with her parents and is able to nurture the magic within her, which is greater than her parents have seen before. But her parents are getting old, and her father's task of protecting the old way of magic falls to her.When she finds an unlikely love with a young man who has absolutely no magic, her life is thrown into even more chaos, a chaos necessary to win the battle against The Hunger, who would destroy all magic, new and old. What does a snowbird have to do with this? Well, she shows up now and again to shed a magic feather or two and bring hope to the people and animals of the forest.This story gets slightly weaker as it goes on and, overall, it's pretty short, but I still enjoyed the storytelling.

  • Katie
    2019-03-22 16:24

    Check out the other reviews for this series as well!(3/3)This book gave me the most trouble, out of the three of them. I think maybe it was because the characters were younger, compared to the more fully-formed adults of the first two books, but I just couldn't really get into them at all. I didn't really get the whole snowbird story, and it seemed like all of the action happened rightattheendofthenovel--which isn't something I usually enjoy. If I recall correctly, this was the shortest of the three, so I suppose there had to be a bit of that. The reason this hit three stars was because of all the evils in the story. At every turn our main characters hit evil after menacing evil and manage to overcome it in a very heartwarming way, such that even though I didn't really like them particularly well I was cheering for them. This one also got kind of weird compared to the other two, so I'd like to see where the next books go.

  • Jeanna
    2019-03-15 18:09

    Frivolous item: I really like the dress on the cover!Slightly less frivolous item: Not a fan of love at first sight stories, but at least this one was mitigated a bit by magic. Interesting item: After reading the other two books in the series, I found it very strange that suddenly the animal magic had names to go with it. It just felt off somehow. So it was pretty interesting to meet the author and hear her mention that she hadn't originally named the magics but then an editor/agent/someone came through and suggested the made-up names. She said she always thought it felt off too! Neat.Overall: Of the three I've read, I definitely liked Princess and the Bear best. And this was probably my least favorite, partially because of the magic naming, partially the love at first sight, partially other random things that can't easily be explained.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-16 12:01

    I'm a huge fan of Mette's books and loved seeing this book's perspective from the daughter of two characters I have loved and see what she turns into. It's definitely a dark book, with the abusive way of not belonging so evident in Jens past. I really love the world and the plot of these books and this last one did not disappoint. The reader gets a fuller glimpse into the world around these interesting characters who can change their form and contain magic.The bad guy in this book was horrific and one that I won't soon be forgetting. I think it takes a really well made bad guy to turn the story into something darker and this one definitely does such. Mette writes so beautifully and really engrosses you in a world so magical that it comes alive in the reader's mind. I can't wait to read her latest novel, Tris & Izzie.

  • Mina
    2019-03-12 16:24

    I'm in love with the series so far. I liked the first part, loved the second part and adored the third part! It was really nice to see where the second part left off, especially this time, this story is about the bear and the hound's daughter. The story was incredible, especially when she meets a human boy and how she starts communicating with him and introducing him to her world. There are some tragic deaths that happens in the book, which left me in tears. But I guess it just makes the story better. Loved the story, and I'm not sure if the author is coming up with another part, but even if she doesn't, I loved this book as an ending to a great story, and consider this to be one of the best trilogies I've read in a long time.

  • Arya
    2019-03-01 15:07

    After enjoying the first two books in this series so much I was immensely disappointed with this book. The story takes place mostly in the woods (whereas the other two took place in a "court" like setting). I found myself comparing this book to Mistwood more than once and found that I enjoyed Mistwood much more! If you enoyed this book I would HIGHLY recommend Mistwood, which I found much more entertaining and loveable.As always there is something about Mette Ivie Harrison's writing which is lyrical and beautiful to read, but I did not enjoy this book anywhere near as much as the two previous ones. . .2.5

  • Diana Godwin
    2019-02-27 16:21

    I was disappointed. The I usually enjoy books from this author very much but this one just didn't have it. The previous two books in this series were set in a rich world with depth and texture-- this one seemed sadly flat. I never really liked the heroine and the hero was nice but never developed enough to be truly interesting. The villain was the most potent part of the story, but it never really made sense how he held any position of power. I was also a little put off because I do not really care for the theme of humanity as the ultimate evil. I do really like this author, and I know there were some things I enjoyed, but overall it was less than I expected.

  • H
    2019-03-18 12:25

    I thought this was a nice addition to the other two books in this series. I was a little confused at the beginning with the aur-magic and tehr-magic, since I think they're only referred to in The Princess and the Bear as magic and unmagic, but I figured it out pretty quickly. I liked the characters, especially Jens, and I thought the plot moved along really well. It was hard to put down, not necessarily because there was a thrill in every page, but because it moves so fluidly forward that it's hard to find a place where you'd feel okay stopping at without wanting to continue. I've really enjoyed Harrison's writing, and this was no disappointment.

  • Barb in Maryland
    2019-03-04 15:59

    Well, I claim I've read it, when in fact what I did was skim it. For some reason (whatever...)it just did not engage me to the point where I wanted to read every word. And the further I got into the story and the DARKER it got, the happier I was to be skimming.Easily the darkest of these three intertwined books, it takes a really long while before there's a light at the end of the tunnel.While this book can stand on its own, the reader is best served by having read the first two(Princess and Hound, Princess and Bear).Oh yeah, keep the box of tissues handy.(But not to worry, there is a really good and sweet ending).

  • Katie
    2019-03-08 13:59

    Even though this book ended nicely, it still felt really depressing. I didn't really enjoy it very much, even though the writing style was pretty good. Plus, it kind of irritated me that 3 books into the series, she completely changed the system of magic. It took me a long time to figure out what the difference between tehr-magic and aur-magic were, and how they correlated to what was previously referred to as just animal magic. Truthfully, I'm still not sure I have it figured out, nor do I care to waste any more time trying to sort it out. Kind of a crappy end to this series, it didn't even really feel like it belonged with the first two books.

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-04 18:21

    A girl is born with the strong aur-magic, trying to keep it hidden from those who would destroy it with the competing tehr-magic. A boy meets her and he has no magic at all. Naturally, they fall in love for no reason whatsoever.Yeah, I didn't care for this one. I didn't realize it was a sequel until I was pretty far into it, which I think goes to its credit. But then again, I thought the love story was lame, and for some reason I kept imagining the kids as about 12 years old, which doesn't work when they're talking about love. The characters and their conflict all fell pretty flat for me.

  • Tara SG
    2019-03-15 18:07

    * * 1/2--This book in 6 words:I couldn’t connect with the characters--Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?I signed up for this book via Around the World Tours after reading the summary and hearing some good things about the series. Unfortunately I couldn’t get into the books. I didn’t really care for the first one and couldn’t finish the second. Each book focuses on a different couple and I didn’t feel like I missed much by skipping to the third. However, I just couldn’t connect with the lead female and felt like the end was way too rushed. Some of this might be caused by Clockwork Angels staring at me from my bookshelf…

  • melissa1lbr
    2019-03-21 12:19

    I love reading these books! Fairy tale retellings are a favorite of mine, but I also love when authors manage to create a believable and well-written fairy tale-esque story. I liked the characters and the world that these three books have created. I found the romance wasn't quite as complex and realistic than The Princess and the Bear, but I still liked Liva very much. Full of depth and great writing. Full review at One Librarian's Book Reviews.