The Princess and the Goblin
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By George MacDonald
The Princess and the Goblin is a captivating tale of courage, enchantment, and friendship. Princess Irene is “a sweet little creature…with eyes like two bits of night sky, each with a star dissolved in the blue,” who lives a lonely life in mountainous kingdom, with only her nurse for company. One day, the Princess follows a secret stairway in her castle and discovers the presence of her great-great-grandmother in a high tower. With the help of her great-great-grandmother, a magical thread, and the healing powers of fire-roses, Irene will join her friend Curdie, the son of a miner, to save the kingdom from evil goblins.
“I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence…. It is called The Princess and the Goblin.” ~G.K. Chesterton
George MacDonald (1824–1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and clergyman. Recognized particularly for his fairy tales and fantasy novels, MacDonald inspired and influenced such literary masters as W.H. Auden, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and E. Nesbit.