A nice fantasy offering from Cherryh. Not as involved her other harder sci-fi novels, but still very enjoyable.
Standard paper-back sized hardcover book.
Things weren't right in the little kingdom of Maggiar, not right at all. So the princes Bogdan and Tamas set off to seek an answer to the kingdom's troubles in the land over-mountain, a world they knew only from legends told by 'old Gran.' And Yuri, the youngest prince, chafing at being left behind, soon followed the older to boys . . . But the land over-mountain was in turmoil, for the goblins had declared war. The kingdoms the princes had come to find had all been ravaged. No sooner haad the brothers crossed out of Maggiar than their party was ambushed. Bogdan, the eldest, was carried away to the fortress of the goblin queen herself. Yuri, the youngest, wandered lost through an evil wood, in search of his brothers. And Tamas was caught up in darkest sorcery, for he fell in with Ela, a witch'e apprentice who possessed a shard of the goblin queen's powerful magic mirror. With that single sliver of the queen's great power, Ela planned to challenge the ancient goblin queen herself. And Tamas, the middle prince, would be the focus of the battle. It was even remotely possible that he might actually live through the experience, perhaps . . .
A remarkable Hungarian tale--