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The Princess and Curdie (Princess Irene and Curdie #2)

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In this sequel to The Princess and the Goblin, Curdie is granted the power to see what kind of "animal" a person is at heart. However, Curdie must resolve his own skepticism before he can use the powers to defeat the evil that is threatening the future of the kingdom.
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Published January 1st 2005 by Tantor Media (first published 1883)
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Sep 09, 2008 whalesister rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves children's lit.
Recommended to whalesister by: my mom
Shelves: middle-grade
See my review for The Princess and the Goblin. My kids made me read this to them for four hours straight Sunday afternoon (I wasn't hard to persuade), and then were disappointed that we had to stop for dinner. Eric hurried and got ready early for school the next morning so I could read another chapter, and the first thing he said to me when he got home from school was "Princess and Curdie!" and grabbed a snack and the book and a blanket and headed outside with me and Abby to read on the lawn. Gu ...more
Barb Terpstra
I love George MacDonald. I especially like his fairy tale and fantasy books. Like C.S. Lewis, I love the theology in the stories, and I always find something that speaks to me, or causes me to think more deeply. For example, "It is always dangerous to do things you don't know about." What a simple phrase, but how many times don't I rush in to "fix" something without knowing all there is to know about a situation.

But I digress from the story itself, which is the story of how Curdie, a miner's bo
This is a strange, strange little book, and it was even stranger for me when I first read it without having read "The Princess and the Goblin". The religious allegories in the book now remind me of C.S. Lewis' "Perelandra" trillogy, and a lot of the rest is VERY dark for a children's book. There's a scene towards the end where a monster BITES OFF SOMEONE'S FINGER for crying out loud. People get maimed by teeth and roasted alive in a fire of roses. And the last page of the book is either the happ ...more
David Gregg
This sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin" starts a little oddly (though the discussion of the mountains is beautiful), but it develops into a wonderful and rich tale.

"The Princess and Curdie" picks up about a year after the events of "The Princess and the Goblin." It starts a new adventure, while remaining firmly a part of the story of the first book. I read the second book immediately after finishing the first, so I can't quite imagine appreciating it as much without the history I feel with
I re-read this recently on my Kindle. Classic older children's book, sequel to 'The Princess and the Goblin'. In this story, Curdie sets out on an adventure where he discovers a city full of corruption and treachery, and determines to stand up for what is right. Plenty of Christian allegory for those who are interested in seeing it, and lots of excitement and adventure for all. Recommended.
Nicholas Kotar
The Princess and Curdie is one of my five favorite books of all time. Really. The perfect blend of fairy tale, romance (yes, romance!), morality play, allegory, adventure, and poetry. All of MacDonald's books are beautiful, but this one tops them all. Highly recommended.
The second of MacDonald's books about Curdie the Miner and Irene the Princess. Curdie is sent out by the Princess' grandmother on an errand - he does not know what it is, but only that he must go to the King and do what is needed when he gets there. Like all MacDonald's books it is steeped in Christian imagery and meaning, the main theme here being faith.
When I read it as a child I remember being very struck by the gift that Curdie is granted of being able to fell the true shape of a person's s
This was a great little read; quick and easy with loads of good morals for kids. Namely, 'don't judge a book by its cover'.

MacDonald uses the same setting and many of the same characters from "The Princess and the Goblin", but focuses on Curdie; the young, adventurous miner boy. The 'Princess' in this book is actually refering to Irenie's great great grandmother, who is some kind of godess or fairy or something (there are several parallels between the grandmother and the North Wind from MacDonal
Curdie is given a great task by princess Irene's great-grandmother. He must learn to see past a persons outward appearance and see what is in their hearts. Only by doing this will he be able to save Irene's collapsing kingdom. He is given a great gift. When he takes a man's hand he will be able to either feel a human hand, or that of the beast that is inside the man. Heading out on a dangerous journey, not knowing what perils he will face, Curdie sets off on a road that will change him forever. ...more
This is the second book which follows Curdie, the miner boy from the first book : The Princess and the Goblin. I liked this story much better than the first book...probably since this story seemed more cohesive to me. It mainly followed Curdie and didn't jump viewpoints. There weren't too many author asides like the first "gentle readers" that I remember; so, if there were any, they weren't as numerous as in the first book. I cheered for Curdie and his odd/ugly companion - Lina...and w ...more
"The Princess and Curdie" finishes the tale started in "The Princess and the Goblin." While "The Princess and the Goblin" felt mystical, this one seems more allegorical. The allegory distracts from the tale, though, because its theology seems off. Rather than dwelling on misleading concepts I found myself hurrying through the story. Still, reading the book allowed me to see how George MacDonald may have inspired C. S. Lewis.
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Maybe 3.5 stars. Not very much princess in it, and she's not quite as heroic as she was in The Princess and the Goblin, but brave in a womanly sort of way. The enemies this time are corrupted people, not goblins. And the messages are a bit more heavy-handed. Still a good read if you liked the first book.
Colleen Lynch
I. Loved. This. Book. Oh my god I just read this for my Tolkien class at uconn and it was our first reading of the semester and I just loved everything about this book it took me into another mindset and it was so fantastical and interesting and unique and well-written and imaginative. George macdonald has to be one of my favorite authors now! READ THIS. I don't care what you like, you will be happy you read it.
Sherry Elmer
The worst thing about this book was having to stop reading at certain points, and causing acute distress to my 8 year old, who invariably cried, "You can't stop here! It's too exciting! Pleeeeeease read one more chapter!"

Other than that, it's a fabulous book and belongs on every child's bookshelf.
Zach Sparks
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Deeply disappointing. I so enjoyed The Princess and the Goblin that I couldn't wait to start the sequel. Very quickly I realized that it was no match for its' prequel. The tone is different. Yes, there are some easily recognizable Christian elements in The Princess and the Goblin but not enough to put off any non-religious reader. This book, however, was overtly preachy and loaded with Christian allegory. I knew that George MacDonald influenced C.S. Lewis and JRR Tolkien and in this book one can ...more
Fantasy Literature
The Princess and the Goblin is one of the gems of children's literature that deserves to sit on any bookshelf. The same can not be said of its sequel The Princess and Curdie, which differs so much in tone and content from the original that it is sometimes difficult to remember it is in fact a sequel to the dreamy, beautiful The Princess and the Goblin. Don't get me wrong, I love George MacDonald's wonderful books, and although there are some nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout the book and Ir ...more
Even better than The Princess and the Goblin, to which this book is a sequel. Like all of MacDonald's works, it couples a deep understanding of Goodness with a rich imagination.
Barnabas Piper
I do believe this is better than The Princess and the Goblin in some ways. Less fairy tale and more fable, and so poignantly powerful. Just a beautiful book.
MacDonald was masterful at the inner story. Princess and Curdie was no exception.

The action clips along after Curdie receives his mission from the great grandmother, but even that act is a kind of mercy--saving Curdie from himself. Curdie proceeds with a kind of flint-faced determination, not caring that those who don't understand him don't approve. And that's a critical lesson as he'll face a lot of resistance along the way.

As the story of kingdom rescue unfolds, you learn that every character
Once when I was telling my mom about an idea I had for a story I was writing, she told me it reminded her of the book The Princess and the Goblin. I was intrigued for several years until I finally gave in to my curiosity and read it. The humorous thing is, either a couple hours or the day after I finished the first book, my grandmother came over to my house and gave me the only book she could find in the series; The Princess and Curdie. I thought it was quite funny that she should bring me the s ...more
I absolutely loved this story. I wish that I had read this sequel back when I was a kid and first read The Princess and the Goblin, and I'm going to be on the lookout for a nice hardcover of the two, although I think the sequel is probably the superior of the two.

I'm sure that some would find this book a bit preachy, but although its morals were abundantly clear, I found that the writing was so strong that rather than finding it didactic and annoying, I found that this book genuinely makes me wa
Katherine L.
I'm pretty sure I read this in my young years because MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblins was my favorite book. The book starts out in beautiful literary style, not in the children's style of the first book - maybe for young adult. It is a sequel that doesn't have the same qualities as the first book. Curdie is a teenager and he has decided to be a miner like his father rather than serving the Princess's father. But he has an encounter with the old princess from the first book. She has a st ...more
Folks, sometimes I read a book just so you don't have to. It was an absolute slog trying to get through this sequel to The Princess and the Goblin. MacDonald, a minister, is clearly on a moralizing tear. There are long sections on accountability, responsibility, and believing in things you cannot see. There are examples of the evils of alcohol and greed and a nice little piece on how it is a privilege to be poor.

His vocabulary doesn't get any more accessible either, keep an eye (and a dictionary
It all begins when Curdie, on his walk home from another day at the mines, kills a pigeon. He then realizes that pigeons were associated with the mysterious and wonderful great-great grandmother of Princess Irene. So he takes the dying bird to her, but what is restored is not merely the dying bird but the dying spark in Curdie's life, that is being slowly quenched by coarseness and beastliness. He is bid to thrust his hands into a fire of rose petals through which the beastliness is cleansed and ...more
wonderful story filled with incredible characters and inspired imagery

“There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others:in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. One of the latter sort comes at length to know at once whether a thing is true the moment it comes before him; one of the former class grows more and more afraid of being taken in, so afraid that he takes himself in altogether, and comes at length to believe in n
Deborah Ideiosepius
I recently got my hands on this book and re-read it. As I already owned The princess and the goblin, I was quite familiar with the story and was very fond of it. I had remembered this sequal being as good as the first one.

On a second reading it did not hold up as well. It is still a very good story; MacDonald created a very, very nice fairy tale and it is very open to comparison with other fairy tales; the ageing king who needs a mystical renewal, the country suffering as their king is not renew
Sep 02, 2013 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children 10 and up
I think if I was to read this to a kid under 12, I would chose to end it a few paragraphs early, and cut out a bit of the more violent parts. Let them read more into it when they're older. *spoilers from here on*

I never read The Princess and the Goblin, but I loved the movie when I was a kid, enough to buy it on DVD for nostalgia and posterity. Its a fairly typical story about a poor boy with a heart of gold who rescues a princess and helps her save her kingdom from goblins. Both do a little bit
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George MacDonald 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, and Madeleine L'Engle. It was C.S. Lewis that wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I be
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