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The Enchanted Castle

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  6,185 Ratings  ·  442 Reviews
Gerald, Kathleen, and Jimmy hope to find adventure when they set off to explore the woods, but they get far more than they bargained for when they discover the Enchanted Castle.

At first they seem to be in a fairy tale come true, until a friend turns invisible, thanks to a magic ring that she can't remove. Adventure follows adventure as they seek to control the magic--but t
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 21st 1992 by HarperCollins (first published 1907)
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This is a novel I like a lot, which I've experienced in different ways at different points in my life. I first read it when I was six or seven, and thought it was a great story. There are these kids, and they find a castle, and a magic ring. At first they think it's an invisibility ring. Then, to their surprise, they find it can make inanimate objects come to life, or make you rich. After a while, they come to a truly startling conclusion: the ring can do anything at all! When its latest power w ...more
I started this book in the naive hope that it would be a palate cleanser after the book on Pierpont Morgan. While it was mildly more sophisticated than Five children and It it seemed less adroit than The Railway Children, and again as always with E.Nesbit, founder member of the Fabian Society, part of me is reading wondering 'where's the Socialism' (view spoiler)?

Then all
E. Nesbit is one of the greatest authors of all time. You might not think so, but if you could only see the chain of minds that lead directly from children like me who read her books and grew up to be grown ups that believe in the power of both magic, and common sense, it would be a golden chain of the greatest stories of magic for the last 100 years.
Mar 19, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, nesbit
There are two types of enchantment in this book. One is the everyday sort, evidenced by how enthralled the reader might be as they proceed through the book, and especially by the young charmer Gerald who sweet-talks his way through pretty much every situation. This is enchantment that lives up to the term's origins, where chanting, speaking, singing and silent perusal of words creates the magic that keeps us literally in its spell.

Then there is the sort of enchantment that manifests itself most
Sarah Hale
Aug 05, 2012 Sarah Hale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book very close to my heart, and in my top ten of my all-time favourite classic children's books. I first read this when I was 8 or 9, and have re-read it many times since. In fact my copy is looking decidedly battered and worse for wear (you always know you're on to a good book when the cover threatens to fall off). In many ways this is an underrated novel of E. Nesbit, and I will readily admit it is not one of her best. Nonetheless, I still love it more than 'The Railway Children', ' ...more
Elena Delos (EscribadeAvalon)
¡Uno jamás termina de aprender! Hace poco fui a mi librería de viejo favorita (que vende libros en excelentes condiciones, lucen como nuevos y son originales, además de tener ofertas increíbles!) y encontré un librito llamado "el castillo encantado" y se me enredó en los dedos, por ende lo traje a casa ¡y que bueno! pues no conocía la obra de Nesbit y me impresioné mucho, ahora entiendo de donde es que se inspiraron grandes como C S Lewis...

La historia de tres hermanitos que conocen un castillo
Jun 14, 2007 Trin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why don't more people know about E. Nesbit? (Kids these days! cries the 23-year-old.) Her fantasies are rich and original, with an undercurrent of creepy that keeps me coming back even as a (semi-)adult(ish-type-person). The sequence with the statues in this book is especially shiver-worthy if you've read Nesbit's short horror story, "Man-Size in Marble," which I highly recommend. (It's in the Edward Gorey-edited-and-illustrated Haunted Looking Glass, recently re-issued.)

New note: Anyone who
Nov 06, 2010 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mg, comfort
An old favorite that I just re-read and it's still so wonderful. I think my favorite part is when the respectable Ugly Wugly goes into the secret passage and finds "a really good hotel," because as E. Nesbit so truly points out, that really is some people's idea of a dream come true. Excitingly, my daughter is reading it now and discovering the magic of E. Nesbit. My life and point of view has been so shaped by the English children's books I read as a child that it is very exciting to see her be ...more
Melissa McShane
I re-read this recently while I was experimenting with my new e-reader and downloading free books sourced from Project Gutenberg. I have a theory that the format in which you read a book affects your reading experience, that an e-book is actually different from a print book, and the different editions of a print book offer a changed experience. (It occurs to me that you might create this effect simply by altering the font and size in your e-book, too.) But in this case, my enjoyment was marred b ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a general rule I do not like fantasy but I had heard that this book was similar to but better than Harry Potter and I do like HP. For me, this book was okay, at best. I think what made HP so much better than other fantasy books I have read is that Rowling made me care about the characters and created a world that I could truly imagine and be interested in. This book just read like a chronology of events about people I knew nothing and cared nothing about. It also seemed very disjointed...a li ...more
Nov 03, 2008 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Gerald, Kathleen and Jimmy find the enchanted castle they don't immediately take it seriously. Yet bit by bit they realize the magic is more powerful than expected, and they need every ounce of imagination and courage to come out on top.
Cynthia Egbert
I love Nesbit and this one is no exception. All of the greatest fantasies and nightmares of childhood in one delightful story!

A few thoughts I must remember:

"'Perhaps there's given up being magic because people didn't believe in it anymore,' said Kathleen. 'Well don't let's spoil the show with any silly old not believing,' said Gerald with decision. 'I'm going to believe in magic as hard as I can. This is an enchanted garden, and that's an enchanted chaste, and I'm jolly well going to explore.'"
Molly Westerman
Jul 27, 2010 Molly Westerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, including but not limited to children and fantasy-lovers
This book is just delightful. Nesbit doesn't create perfect little darlings, though her child characters are certainly likable and engaging--it's just that they seem to be actual people. They get hungry and irritable, and have moments of sweeping exhilaration, and want to be kinder and braver and better-organized and all that than they manage to be most of the time. The adult narrator of The Enchanted Castle has a low-lying dry wit that I enjoy; this voice seems to ally itself with the children ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm being generous with my ratings because I was not the intended audience for this book and while I thought it was good I wish I had read it twenty years ago. The book has a timeless feel that many children's Brit Lit books do. The plot is basically that four ordinary children find a magic object and have strange things happen to them. Some of the things seemed silly to me (once again - I am not the intended audience) but some of the things were really funny. At one point the little boy in the ...more
Josh Wilson
Jul 18, 2015 Josh Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josh Wilson
This is a whimsical story about four children who find a magic ring, after they stumble upon a hidden passage to a magnificent castle estate. Every chapter is its own episode. I think E. Nesbit has written a British version of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. They're not similar in theme, but they both give the sense of taking you through several mini-plots until the end, which reveals the overarching narrative. I was afraid the end would simply be the conclusion of another of these episodes,
Nov 07, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it
Four English children discover the magic of a ring, a castle, true love, and many adventures. How amazing that over 100 years later this story still enchants children and adults alike. The mix of magic with everyday life is brilliant! My children and I enjoyed reading this story that inspired other fabulous authors like C.S. Lewis. We're grateful for Nesbit's creativity that not only kept us spellbound, but also opened the way for many of the modern fantasy books that we love.
Apr 15, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: E. Nesbit fans
I read this book years ago and the only thing I really remembered about it was the children finding a princess in the center of a hedge maze, who turned out to be the housekeeper's daughter. (That's basically chapter 1.) I liked E. Nesbit's writing style, but the children in the book were rather selfish at times. The book is okay, but it didn't make me want to go on a big E. Nesbit kick or anything.
Ana Rînceanu
The banter and humor was fantastic and subtle. I need to go on another adventure with Nesbit and see what other characters she comes up with. Her writing is magic. The Railway Children is next!
Mar 25, 2016 Kavya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book as a quick read to complete my Pre-Tolkien requirement for a reading bingo. So the irony that the Pre Tolkien book I picked turned out to be a different type of cautionary tale about the danger of magic rings is rather delightful.
Mar 14, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice old-fashioned tale of children experiencing magic.
Jul 16, 2016 DD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this isn't a movie! My kids will be reading this.
Sean DeLauder
Jun 20, 2016 Sean DeLauder rated it liked it
Not as riddled with commentary and digressions as Peter Pan and not as thin as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (two books I appreciate for their place in child fantasy history, and continue trying, but failing, to finish), but somewhere in the middle. The middle is not necessarily a good place to be, depending on your surroundings. Sitting between a sweaty man and a screaming child on a cramped subway car is not an ideal location. I'm sure both have fans and for some the halfway point between the two ...more
It was pretty good.
Eva Lucia
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Edith Nesbit wrote “The Enchanted Castle” in 1907 and introduced the readers of the early 1900s to an enchanting and creative universe. There are so many great elements in this book. It is the story of four children (Gerald, Jimmy, Cathy and Mabel) and their fairy tale which becomes a quest for discovery and a meeting with unfamiliar and magical features and creatures. The reader is presented to this unique world and is allowed to join the four children on their jou
جرالد گفت:"حلقه چه قدر بی گناه و معصوم به نظر می آید!اصلا کسی فکر نمی کند جادویی باشد!درست مثل یک حلقه ی قدیمی معمولی ست"
بله!این کتاب خواستگاه ایده ی بزرگ نویسنده ی عزیز و تکرار نشدنی-تالکین بزرگ-بوده.ایده ی حلقه ی قدرتی که از قضا نامرئی می کنه
و من این کتاب رو وقتی شروع به خوندنش کردم با چنان احترامی در دست گرفتم که نگو.به هر حال هرچی باشه الهام بخش تالکین بوده
و بخوام بی پرده بگم از همون اولش خیال می کردم وارد دنیایی می شم که توش جادوگرای بدجنس وجود داره و شاهزاده خانم های واقعی و افسون شده و
Jun 03, 2013 Gale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This turn-of-the century children's classic proves a gentle fantasy in the style of her FIVE CHILDREN AND IT. Typical of her fantasy stories these children learn the hard way that wishes are not really free--that sooner or later there is a price to be paid. In this tale three siblings and a neighbor girl (who pretends to be a princess) find themselves relatively free of adult supervision one summer in the English countryside. Obviously the lack of parents and guardians is a c
Jan 22, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time, there were three bored but imaginative little children left all alone in a boarding school with one nosy maid and an agreeable French governess for the holidays. Having securely wrapped the governess around their collective little fingers, they secure her permission to go into the woods one afternoon. In the woods, they find a castle garden, and in the garden they find a sleeping princess dressed all in pink silk with a magic ring on her finger.

Well. All right. So she's the hou
Mark Dewey
[Although I read Gutenberg EText no. 3536, I strongly recommend reading no. 34219 instead—the formatting is way better and it's divided into chapters. That edition is also listed on Goodreads.]

Let me preface this by saying it is a very interesting book, and that I may reveal some things in the story (although not the plot—the plot isn't standard, though, it seems: it's more adventure-driven on a case-by-case basis, kind of like a collection of stories about the same people, only linked together,
Feb 11, 2017 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
Thoroughly delightful. Good for reading aloud to children (I imagine).
When three children discover a castle, a sleeping princess, and a magic ring over their summer holiday, what they find are magics false and true and tricky, beginning them on a rambling journey of enchanted adventure. The Enchanted Castle is a book of fluff and whimsy, but it's not without heart. Much of the plot is the near-episodic doing and undoing of mischievous magicstales of "be careful what you wish for," but never quite in the way either characters or audience expect. Characterization is ...more
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Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connec
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