I had the pleasure of reading The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison not too long ago. I knew I was going to read her books as I was to be her assistant for the conference this year. So I looked up her name and what did I see?
Books about Princesses. And animals.
Yes, I’m a guy. A man’s man. I typically like the books I read to be action-packed! Full of manly stuff! (what’s manly stuff? I dunno… not really. Red meat? Burping? Facial hair? >.>)
Anyway *cough* I had read some good things about The Princess and the Hound so I opened it up expecting good things.
And good things it had!
I have, through recent years, realized how important character is. I used to think if there was enough action in a book, that’s all it needed. Yeah… no. Character is of the utmost!
I liked George right off. His character was likable and interesting. I like the struggles he goes through and the hopes and desires he shows. He has a secret he must keep and in his struggle with this secret he is able to grow in character.
Beatrice and Marit were interesting right off. Beatrice the princess and betrothed to George and Marit, her faithful hound. I enjoyed their struggle to get to know George and to come to terms with their problems. I loved how both of them had a distinct character.
All of the supporting characters felt real and added to the story.
The suspense and the conflict in the book felt real and fresh. I loved the way Ms. Harrison weaved the story and kept me reading! As the plot developed I didn’t want to put the book down. I found myself cheering on the characters as they grew and developed and overcame their challenges. And I did happen to finish it in one evening.
Then I bought The Princess and the Bear.
Then I bought The Princess and the Snowbird.
Then I bought The Princess and the Horse.
I read them all in about a week. I love the world, the magic, the characters, and the stories. I think even manly men can enjoy these books. I certainly did!
(flexes and burps)