The Princess and the Bear is one of the most unusual stories that I have read in a long time. This story is actually the sequel to a story called The Princess and the Hound about a princess and a hound who switch bodies by magic.
The Princess and the Bear follows the story of a hound and a king trapped in a bear’s body. The universe in this story is very original and strange. The idea behind this universe is that animals and humans can understand each other and turn into each other through magic. The longer the world exists, the less magic there is between humans and animals, and the harder it is to transform.
The hound and the bear end up traveling 200 years back in time in human form to fight the unmagic, which is what causes the break in the magical bond between humans and animals.
This story is very unusual and somewhat strange. The book is classified as a young adult book, but I think it is more of an adult story. Some of the themes are disturbing, and the idea of animals and people possibly being romantically involved is not something I would give to children. However, an older teen might enjoy the story.
Because this story is so unique and also well written, I give the book three stars, even though I did not really care for the story.