This is the sequel to the Book: Dark Lord, The Teenage Years, although you do not have to have read the first book to make sense of what is happening in the second. Dirk is not your typical teenage boy. He is the Dark Lord of The Dark Lands, who has been trapped in the body of a mortal, teenage boy by his arch enemy, the white wizard, Hasdruban. In the first book we see Dirk struggling to come to terms with our world and the limitations of his puny, human body, with the help of his friends Christopher and Sooz. In this sequel, Sooz has accidentally been sent back to the Dark Lands instead of Dirk, and Dirk and Christopher are left trying to figure out how to rescue her, while Sooz is called upon to keep herself safe in the Dark Lands, surrounded by goblins and paladins who are out to destroy her. This is a funny and page turning book. It has a lot of traditional elements of a fantasy novel but which are turned on their heads because of the element of time travel, and also the fresh approach the author brings to the characters and their personalities. It has elements of a typical teen novel which you don't usually find in a fantasy book. Sooz is a goth chick with more than a passing interest in Dirk. Dirk struggles between wanting to sever heads and enslave mortals, and his new, human personality, and Christopher tries not to be jealous of Dirk's relationship with Sooz whilst shucking off his inner wimp. This book has a lot to recommend it and is perfect for eight years and upwards.