I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis, and so I pay attention when I hear about the authors that most influenced him. One of those authors is George MacDonald. MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, poet and pastor. He is known for his fantasy literature and even mentored Lewis Carroll.
I recently had the opportunity to read his book, The Princess and the Goblin. It is a story about a young princess named Irene, who has a great great grandmother, that only she can see. She encounters a miner’s son named Curdie, who is extremely brave and responsible for his age. Both of them are drawn into the mysterious and sinister plans of a race of goblins that live under the mountain.
I absolutely loved the story. I could sense the similarities to Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, but even more to Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Not only was the story a lot of fun, but there was some interesting reflections on faith. Irene gets frustrated that Curdie can’t see her grandmother and the way her grandmother responds, gives some helpful insight into the faith journey of many people. I could see how MacDonald played a role in Lewis’s faith journey.
If you are looking for a good story that you can read to your children, but one that is interesting for the adult, I recommend The Princess and the Goblin.