After several strange occurrences, Mr. Vane believes his library is haunted. It is not until he is acquainted with the mysterious Mr. Raven that Mr. Vane learns of the magical world that lurks within his reach. Upon visiting this world with Mr. Raven, Mr. Vane witnesses many extraordinary things and eventually, his hazardous journey leads him to find love and face death; ultimately he must decide between the two. This story is heavily influenced by Christian themes, as readers must wrestle with the concepts of death and salvation alongside Mr. Vane. This whimsical novel is a dark fantasy tale written for adult readers. Of his fantasy stories, George MacDonald claimed to write not necessarily for children, but for the child-like. MacDonald has been said to be one of the most influential fantasy writers of the 19th century, having inspired writers such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and Madeline L'Engle. -Emmalon Davis, CCEL Staff Writer
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