Sequel to "The Sorceress and the Cygnet". The continuing story of the sorceress Nyx who is heir to Ro Holding, and her cousin Meguet who is Guardian of Ro Holding. A normal day becomes surreal and mysterious as mage walks into Ro Holding, and freezes time in order to find something that Nyx did not even know existed. He is followed soon after by a magical creature whose cry is terrible and whose flames turn carts into jewelled trees. This is an example of the lyrical language to look forward to in the book: "It came straight at them; its vast shadow, flung forward, reached them first. It seemed, as the earth darkened beneath its broad underbelly, to have swallowed the sun. Then it veered, loosed the sun from beneath its wing." - I found the writing quite beautiful.