Eight-year-old Princess Irene lives a lonely life in a wild, desolate, mountainous kingdom, with only her nursemaid, Lootie for company. She is protected from the outside world and oblivious to the existence of goblins, hideous creatures that live underground and only come out at night. One day, while out walking, Irene and Lootie get lost. As ...Read MoreEight-year-old Princess Irene lives a lonely life in a wild, desolate, mountainous kingdom, with only her nursemaid, Lootie for company. She is protected from the outside world and oblivious to the existence of goblins, hideous creatures that live underground and only come out at night. One day, while out walking, Irene and Lootie get lost. As night falls, strange shadows creep out from under boulders and around corners, closing in on them. Terrified, they try to run but the goblins give chase. It is then they run into Curdie, the brave miner's son who isn't afraid of the goblins and knows how to scare them away. He leads the pair to safety, back to the castle. While working late one night in the mines Curdie overhears a diabolical plan the goblins are plotting. The terrible goblin Queen plans to kidnap the princess and force her to marry her son. That way she believes humans will be forced to accept goblins as their rulers. Can they be stopped and the kingdom be saved before it is too late? Before the creation of Middle Earth or Narnia, George MacDonald was inventing wonderful kingdoms and populating them with magical creatures and enchanted beings. It is a must-read for all fantasy aficionados and fans of J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. RowlingRead Less
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A decidedly delightful fairy tale, of honor, bravery, and peril!
This is my first of George MacDonald's, and I can honestly say I enjoyed this little fantasy adventure. I so enjoyed following the Princess, as she has now become a favorite literary character of mine, the way she so sweetly handles her royal privileges.
I'm now looking forward to the sequel!
Oct 7, 2014
Spirituality Taught Through a Fairy Tale
Another wonderful book by the late George MacDonald,as he uses tales that appeal to both children and adults.
I'm 72 and I'm still reading these wonderful stories written years ago by MacDonald.
MacDonald was a mentor for C.S.Lewis....and Lewis got his ideas of using literature mainly directed at children to get his points across concerning his beliefs about God and Spiritualty.
These stories are loved by both adults and children to this day.....
The stories are wonderful and the message is even more wonderful.
I love them.
Sep 8, 2011
Deep in the mountain
A children's book suitable for a ten year old with some imagination. I found that too much of the story was underground in the dark.
Jul 29, 2010
I remember reading this as a chid in an old book with engravings. I enjoyed it almost as much this time through so many years later but I do miss the old engravings. This story is a pleasant fantasy for the youth without the twistedness or bad attitudes so prevalent in much of what I have read for young people in recent years. Written in the 1800's the children are polite and considerate, generally obedient to the authorities over them whether a "nurse" or a parent.
Jun 21, 2010
Wonderful fairy tale!
I read this book as a kid and am now reading it to my class of 3rd and 4th graders. It's a wonderful old story about a princess and a young boy who save a kingdom. The kids LOVE it and can't wait to hear more every day.
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