Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2017
This story was originally published as a chapter in MacDonald's "Adela Cathcart," a novel about a young woman in decline, and how her family and friends write stories and poetry for her in hopes of renewing her interest in life. "The Light Princess" is the first story, told by the book's narrator, a middle-aged bachelor who thinks of Adela as a niece. Like "The Light Princess," most of the stories in "Adela Cathcart" are available either individually or in other collections.
I first read "The Light Princess" as a standalone many years ago, and I've read it at least a dozen times since. What can I say? As much as I love "The Princess and the Goblin" and "Sir Gibbie," this is my very favorite George MacDonald story. I love the prince, the puns, and the point MacDonald makes, and I unashamedly cannot get through it dry-eyed. If you love stories about princesses (and as MacDonald once said, in God's eyes, every little girl is a princess), then this is a must-read. Written in 19th-century English, the language may be archaic, but the story is immortal.