This week I thought I’d recommend some nearly forgotten fantasy novels that have been collecting dust on your library shelves. These have been around long before Harry went to Hogwarts, some even before Bilbo left the Shire.
The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald
"The story of young Princess Irene and her friend Curdie, who must outwit the threatening goblins who live in caves beneath her mountain home." — I read this when I was a little girl, and I was enchanted by its magic. Just a fun note: MacDonald's goblins were part of the inspiration for Tolkien's orcs.
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
"When orphan Maria arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she's come home. Her new guardian is kind and funny, and everyone there is like an old friend. But beneath the beauty and comfort lies a tragedy." — I thought this book was all about me when I read it (mostly because my last name is Mooney, so of course I am a moon princess).
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
"The adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain." — I was actually really late learning about these books, and I regret that. I could see my twelve-year-old self devouring them.
The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany
The Once and Future King Series by T. H. White
Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry
The Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce
"Alanna of Trebond disguises herself as a boy and makes her way to the castle of King Roald to begin training as a page. As she masters the skills necessary for battle, Alanna must also learn to control her heart." — This is another series I started reading in high school, and I've reread it many times since. It's a must read for any fantasy lover.
Some of these books are out of print, but you can still find them at your local library, or you can buy them used on Amazon.
Are there any forgotten books that you think people should start reading again?