After escaping from the Sea of Trolls, the apprentice bard Jack plunges
into a new series of adventures, traveling underground to Elfland and
uncovering the truth about his little sister Lucy.The children 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). Sequel to Sea of Trolls.