Written by George MacDonald. Embedded Reader’s Guide by Jeri Massi. CS Lewis regarded George MacDonald (who died before Lewis was born) as his literary mentor and guide. Indeed, Christian fantasy in its most vivid form was born in the fantasy novels of George MacDonald. And these literary fairy tales are an excellent gateway to his more serious fantasy novels as well as to CS Lewis’ later and powerful science fiction and myth novels. MacDonald’s grasp of the delight and terror of Holiness, and his unflinching depiction of the degrading and dehumanizing influence of sin, impart to his work a quality of naturalness and vivid splendor.
Christian author Jeri Massi, whose Bracken Series is derived from MacDonald’s wise woman stories, provides an embedded reader’s guide in each book of the trilogy, lending background information, explanation, and showing MacDonald’s ties to Scripture as well as those passages that were used by later authors.
Seventh grade reading level and above, these books are also excellent read-aloud stories for the entire family.