"The Princess and Curdie" is George MacDonald's 1883 sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin" in which we find Princess Irene and Curdie a year or two older. In this fantastical adventure Princess Irene and Curdie must overthrow a set of corrupt ministers who are poisoning Irene's father, the king. When Curdie meets Irene's mysterious Grandmother he is sent off on a quest with a strange dog-like creature named Lina, who was once human, to help save Irene's father. A classic tale of fantasy, "The Princess and Curdie" is one of George MacDonald's most perfect children's tales.
About the Author
George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, George MacDonald inspired many authors, such as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle. It was C. S. Lewis who wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence."