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The Princess and the Snowbird

The Princess and the Snowbird

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by Mette Ivie Harrison
     
 

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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

Overview

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 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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Sarah Flowers
In this companion novel to The Princess and the Hound (HarperCollins, 2007/VOYA August 2007) and The Princess and the Bear (HarperCollins, 2009/VOYA, August 2009), Liva is the daughter of a former king and queen who are now, respectively, a bear and a hound. Liva herself is full of "aur-magic," which enables her to take the form of any animal she wishes, and to understand their speech. Jens is a boy with no magic at all, neither the aur-magic of the animals nor the tehr-magic of the humans. These two loners meet and find themselves fighting against the Hunter, a magic-less human who seeks to drain the magic from all humans who possess it. Together, Jens and Liva have skills and abilities which, along with the help of the mysterious snowbird, enable them to defend themselves and those they care about. It's an interesting idea, but the book suffers from not enough action and too much exposition, especially of the type in which a character happens to overhear a conversation in which all the details he needs to know are conveniently explained. Although not based on any particular folktale, this book will likely appeal to fans of that genre. Reviewer: Sarah Flowers
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Two very different young people cross paths and their lives are changed forever in this fantasy seemingly set during the Middle Ages. Liva has aur-magic, which enables her to change into any animal she wishes. She lives in a cave with her loving mother and father, a hound and a bear. Jens, on the other hand, has no magic. He lives in a village with a cruel and abusive father. Liva and Jens both share a love for animals, compassion for all living things, and genuine selflessness. They are drawn together by this commonality and by a common enemy. The Hunter believes that aur-magic lowers humans to the level of animals and wants to destroy all those who possess it. As events unfold, readers learn that both Liva and Jens have an even greater reason to pursue and stop the Hunter. The author skillfully combines adventure, magic, and romance, and her exquisite use of words draws readers into the story.—Lana Miles, Jackson Elementary School, Rosenberg, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Harrison's two earlier titles, The Princess and the Hound (2007) and The Princess and the Bear (2009), were beautifully restrained tales of the magical ties between humans and animals, the fear of magic and the power of the forest. In this book, Liva, daughter of the Hound and the Bear, has inherited their powerful magic. She knows her parents mostly in animal form, and they keep her away from humans. Liva can transform into almost any animal at will, and she knows their languages and their secrets. But human magic and animal magic are at war, and a terrible stone can leach the magic and dissipate it. Jens, a man who has no magic, finds himself opposed to the campaign of a human Hunter who seeks to destroy all the animal magic, and he and Liva are drawn together powerfully. The author's gift for delineating animal natures and human attraction is still evident, but this is a much less nuanced and structured story than its predecessors, with too much telling rather than showing and not enough depth or character development. The snowbird of the title plays a lovely but not entirely convincing role in a magical denouement. Each of these titles stands alone, but this one is less satisfying than the other two. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061993411
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
693,155
File size:
374 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Mette Ivie Harrison has a PhD in Germanic literature and is the author of The Princess and the Hound; Mira, Mirror; and The Monster in Me.

Of The Princess and the Bear, she says, "I never thought there would be a sequel to The Princess and the Hound, but when I read through the galleys, I realized that there was another book waiting in the story of the bear and the hound. In some ways, you might think of it more as a parallel novel than as a sequel, because it stands on its own as a new story. But who knows? Maybe I’ll look at these galleys and find another story demanding to be told."

She lives with her family in Utah.

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Princess and the Snowbird 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Jinx687 More than 1 year ago
Loved all three books, i plan to read a lot more from this author
Beata Batista More than 1 year ago
Its very good love it
dragonloverJT More than 1 year ago
I loved it, but some things could have been clarified better. The details made you feel like you were part of the story though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst way to portray a powerful character. What a frustrating novel. Never buying a book from this author again
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teacher_and_avid_reader More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the preceeding two books in the series. Felt like a poor wrap up of the series. Interesting but not fabulous. The Princess and the Hound and the Princess and the Bear were great so this was a let down.