The Princess and Curdie

by George MacDonald
272 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Jenny

An excellent fantasy with timeless values.


Young miner Curdie receives a command from the Princess Irene's great-great grandmother to journey far from his home to the capital to help the ailing King and re-establish order in the fractured kingdom. With his companion Lena by his side, Curdie sets out to purge the court of its sinful ways and give the King the heart to rule once more.


Good is rewarded and evil is punished.

Spiritual Content

God is never specifically mentioned, but Biblical principles are shown throughout the story and are treated in an allegorical fashion.


There is some brief violence, such as a man's leg being broken, but nothing described in detail. Nearly all violence is in the context of punishment.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wine is drunk, and is used as means of poisoning. There are no explicit instances of drunkenness, but those who have been drunk are punished.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



As the sequel to MacDonald's "The Princess and the Goblin," this is a very deep and inspiring story. There are many unique conceptions presented in this book which are exploited and expounded upon by other writers such as C.S. Lewis. Every character has dimension and life, and justice is executed with glorious deliberation and triumph.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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