Title: The princess and the bear.
Author: Mette Ivie Harrison.
Published: April 28th 2009 (first published April 17th 2009)
ISBN: 006155314X (ISBN13: 9780061553141)
Sort: Part two of “Princess”
Review part 1: The princess and the hound.
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 each becomes aware of an ever-growing attraction, the stakes are rising and they must find a way to eliminate this evil force--or risk losing each other forever.
This story is told from the POV of the dog and the bear; every chapter switched between them. The story picks up where the first one left. They are staying together and after a while, there is a friendship between the two. When they find ‘Unmagic’ in the woods, they visit the wild man. He transforms the bear back into his real shape: the human king Richoun. The dog takes also a human body and she will go by the name Chala. They must travel back to his kingdom to stop a war and they must find a solution for the one who is using his ‘Unmagic’.
I felt disconnected from both of these characters. Chala is very distant and she keeps longing for her dog appearance. After a couple of times mentioning how it felt to be a dog, I get the point. There were some interesting things about her. The clever way she sees certain situations and how she stays loyal to the king (due to her dog feelings) But I never got to know her enough. It was slightly better with the king, but I don’t know.. He lacked of something.
The story was, like I said, a bit boring. Especially in the beginning when they are in their animal form. There is nothing going on, they just go on with their life and I kept waiting for something to happen. When they took their human form, I expected the story to pick up, but instead it went down hill. They travel a long time to his kingdom and again, nothing happens. There is some treat of Unmagic, but it stays too much on the background. The last couple of pages had a bit of action, but that wasn’t enough for me. I also missed the magical feeling and I’m really started to wonder if I’m going to read the next one. Perhaps just to finish this series, but I'm not sure.