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A love against all odds . . .

A battle against ancient forces . . .

He was once a king, turned into a bear as punishment for his cruel and selfish deeds.

She was a once a princess, now living in the form of a hound.

Wary companions, they are sent—in human form—back to a time when magic went terribly astray. Together they must right the wrongs caused by this devastating power—if only they can find a way to trust each other. But even as their attraction grows, an old evil resurfaces, and they risk losing each other and destroying magic forever.

The Princess and the Bear

by Mette Ivie Harrison

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Overall Review:  

The Princess and the Bear is the second book in a trilogy by Mette Ivie Harrision.  Less of a sequel and more of a companion book, the reader would still benefit from reading the first book, The Princess and The Hound, as the back story is alluded to, but never re-capped in detail.  The Princess and the Bear is told in third person, alternating among a hound, a bear, a princess, and a king.  Its lyrical style is reminiscent of a bard's telling.  A sweet story with messages of self-forgiveness and redemption in which the action plays a minor supporting part to a romance and magical philosophizing.  Harrison constructs a fantasy world complete with its own magical theories.  This book is perfect for the reader that likes a touch of romance with their fantasy.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  1 scatalogical word.


Violence/Gore: A story is told of a creature that kills animals and people; animals fight and hunt; a character is stabbed; report of an execution; a couple of characters are run through with a sword (no details); animals are found dead; report of the deaths of family members; a story is told of a man killing an animal; a character has violent thoughts; there is a fist-fight; a character is punched; a horse is dying and put out of its misery; recounting of an execution and a hand being cut-off; extended battle scene (4 pages) with medieval style fighting (swords, axes, etc.) and limited/brief description.


Sex/Nudity:  A character remembers a woman's "ample breasts"; an unspecified rude gesture is made; women are sent to the army with vague implication; second hand report that two women "had been defiled", no further details; characters kiss; characters are married and it states that they went to the bedchamber and awoke in the morning.

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Death, loyalty, betrayal, prejudice.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A character goes to an alehouse for a drink.

Reviewed By Cindy
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