"[P]owerful, surprising, moving, and deep. . .
The Princess and the Hound is a classic.
It defies rules and formulas. It does nothing
in the way that other fantasies have taught
us to expect. Yet every rule-defying decision
by Harrison is exactly right, leading to a
breathtakingly right ending."
Orson Scott Card [To read Card's complete review, click here]
"Like a tale spun out over many winter evenings."
"The tale's perspective from that of the marriageable prince, not the more usual
damsel's view, makes this stand out from other novels set in a folklore framework."
"With the language and feeling of a fairy tale, Harrison tells the story of . . . a likeable
hero, a nuanced character who is sensitive to the needs of others while he is also
trying to be strong and brave. Well-written and intriguing. Harrison has a PhD in
Germanic literature and her intelligence and love of language shine throughout."
"What I loved about the book was not so much the retelling aspect
. . . but the idea of the secrets we keep, and when it is necessary to disclose them. . . . [T]he world
of Harrison's novel is one where such secrets may bring about persecution and death. . . I think a lot of teens
will relate it to high school."
"Harrison's writing style is most evocative of Robin McKinley but still all her own. Readers of
fantasy, animal stories and subtle romances will enjoy this novel and hope for more from this
skilled author. Fans of Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, Franny Billingsley, Cornelia Funke and
Sherwood Smith should add this to their "must" be read list.
Heidi Anne Heiner, SurlaLune Fairy Tales
"Haunting. A handsome prince, a beautiful princess, an unusual hound, two secrets, dangerous enemies -
this book has all the elements of a classic tale. This is Beauty and the Beast with several
unique twists. Readers will admire the courage of the Prince and his intended bride. And who is the beast?
The answer will surprise you."
The Toledo Blade
"Not since Tale of Desperaux have I opened a book and wanted to read aloud so much.
In her prologue Mette Ivie Harrison evoked exactly the tone and voice of a classic fairy tale
in the oral tradition. . ."
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