I get the impression, that this sequel was original written quite quickly after the magnificent Children of the Stones but not picked up by the TV company. I get the impression that, given some of the references and modes of speech, it was polished up about 15 years ago and then re-polished for publication last year. As a result, it doesn't really read too well.
The plot is slight and seems to involve, um...not a lot really. There is a visit to the stones and a mish-mash of African and other mythologies that don't really amount to an awful lot. The central conceit of the Millbury Time Loop is jettisoned, robbing the story of it's unsettling atmosphere in favour of hippy-drippy nonsense that really isn't that threatening. Some returning characters were quite welcome, others, like Dai The Poacher who has become some sort of New Age guru, seem extremely unlikely.
What startles me most is that I recognise the elements of the story from a single issue of a magazine called "The Unexplained" that ran in 1980. It's probably coincidence, but it really feels like a mashup of the articles in issue one: The Dogon, the Legend of Count St. Germain, etc. and as such, seems....a bit desperate?
it's great to see the characters again, it really is, ( and I can't think of Adam Brake as anyone other than a curmudgeonly Gareth Thomas) but I do wish they'd been given something better and more satisfying to do.
I still love the original though!