Review posted February 10, 2010.
eos (HarperCollins), 2007. 410 pages.
A big thank you to my sister Becky for giving me this book for Christmas. It's one I'd heard of and had been meaning to read, and Becky's recommendation was enough to get me to go ahead and do it.
People with animal magic had been hated and feared in this kingdom ever since the time of King Davit, a hundred years ago. So Prince George doesn't dare let anyone know that he has it. He has to use it periodically, though, or he would die like his mother, burning up from the inside.
When George reaches seventeen, he is betrothed to Princess Beatrice of Sarrey. Beatrice has a reputation of being cold, and she always keeps a large black hound by her side. She treats the hound like a person, her constant companion. Yet George is sure she doesn't have animal magic. There is something else strange going on between the princess and the hound.
Both George and Beatrice have secrets, and uncovering those secrets will transform both of them and their kingdoms.
I enjoyed this book, though somehow it didn't captivate me as much as some other fairy-tale type stories. The plot is nicely woven and the story is interesting. I felt a little sorry for George's character, but he didn't quite capture my heart.