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FROM THE SEA OF TROLLS
BRAVE THEIR WORST
NIGHTMARES -- UNDERGROUND.
Jack is amazed to have caused an earthquake. He is thirteen, after all, and
only a bard-in-training. But his sister, Lucy, has been stolen by the Lady
of the Lake; stolen a second time in her young life, as he learns to his
terror. Caught between belief in the old gods and Christianity (790 AD,
Britain), Jack calls upon his ash wood staff to subdue a passel of unruly
monks, and, for his daring, ends up in a knucker hole. It is unforgettable
-- for the boy and for readers -- as are the magical reappearance of the
berserker Thorgil from a burial by moss; new characters Pega, a slave girl
from Jack's village, and the eager-to-marry-her Bugaboo (a hobgoblin king);
kelpies; yarthkins; and elves (not the enchanted sprites one would expect
but the fallen angels of legend). Rarely does a sequel enlarge so
brilliantly the world of the first story. Look for the conclusion in The
Islands of the Blessed in 2009.