Friday, June 21, 2013
Book Review: The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
Despite being a sequel to the excellent The Princess and the Goblin, which I reviewed last week, the two books are quite different in tone, perhaps partly due to this one being written more than a decade after the first. Where the previous book was a fun fantasy adventure, this book is darker and occasionally grim. It is not as well-written as the first book, and rambles about more, with the scattered good ideas it has, such as some unique monsters, not being enough to make it a classic. Fans of the first book will likely be disappointed.
There is some mild violence and scariness. It has more weird ideas and mysticism than the first book. Like the first book, it should be fine for anyone old enough to read The Chronicles of Narnia, though the dark tone might bother some children.