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3.0 out of 5 starsOld-fashioned, meandering, charming
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 16, 2018
There is something charming about this story, though I think the old-fashioned, curlicue language would be difficult for modern kids. I often had to read sentences more than once to figure out what they meant, and then I'd realize there was a "not" in there, so it actually meant the opposite. The plot is quite meandering, but generally it meanders into imaginative and interesting places. I think the title is misleading: there is a princess, and then there are a bunch of goblins, who are the irredeemable villains of the piece, and the princess actually doesn't ever encounter any of them. Instead the princess has her magic grandmother and a brave mining boy who are trying to prevent the nearby goblins from kidnapping her. There's a strong theme of people feeling frustrated when they are telling the truth, but others don't believe them because it seems too fantastical. I think if someone is expecting a straightforward plot where A leads logically to B and so on, they will be disappointed. But it's not a bad ride to go on.