Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison

The Princess and the Hound is a fantasy book, set in a realm of forgotten legend, frothing with mysterious abilities and a sense of superstition. A young prince will be marrying his betrothed very soon, but Princess Beatrice is aloof and awkward around her Husband-to-Be, the Prince George. Her only companion is the hound Merit, a hound who takes on the characteristics of a human. Who is the Prince’s true love? What happened to her?
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 can’t seem to remember why exactly the Princess was turned to a Hound. It’s 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.

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