The second book in the trilogy, the quest has now built up to breathtaking levels of unsuperable doom! This should be a standard text for would-be fantasy authors. It has everything, magic swords, dragons etc.etc., beautifully realised in 'a world gone mad' (tho' no elephants yet!). The pivotal character, Simon, starts off in the kitchens, as is only right, proper and traditional in these sagas but is soon caught up in a world threatening conspiracy which aims to ensure the return of the evil (and technically dead) Storm King, a vengeful, disembodied elf-prince. Williams' deft touch with ongoing cataclysm hurtles you through interesting quantities of weather and slaughter without letting the pace drop and spits you out breathless and hungry for the next instalment. The fact that this trilogy is barely portable is an advantage in my view, as it's so difficult to find books that last longer than a snack but don't get bogged down in 'on the three hundredth day of our quest we saw lots more grass and some mountains'. If this tale has a fault it is only that, in common with his other yarns, it takes a little while to warm up at the beginning, once its feet are under it, the actions never lets up. A superior example of its genre.