Book Two of The Horns of Elfland. The Children and Farinka embark on the long journey to the Hidden Valley and adulthood. Shiannath's Quest remains unstarted and they still don't know what it entails. Tragedy strikes in their first direct encounter with a servant of the Evil One, leaving Farinka heartbroken and uncommunicative for a long time. And when they get to the Western Cave system, there is another puzzle to unravel before the entryway to the Hidden Valley can be opened. The Unnamed Blade is found where Mishaar said it would be, but the dragon Hlammaeth takes control of it until Nemeth returns from the Valley, and Nemeth isn't even sure what it's going to do; he just knows it belongs to him. And, in the tranquility of the Hidden Valley, Farinka discovers another side to herself.
About the Author
I was born and bred in Southern England, and live in a fantasy world in the general area of the New Forest, Hampshire. I'm kind of middling: middle height, middle weight, and middle-aged. Over the years I've been owned by animals of various species, both domestic and agricultural. Many of my family have been journalists and writers; my younger daughter has started writing her own books, and her son is already showing promise in his wordcrafting. I'm somewhat of a recluse; I like to remain fairly anonymous as far as my writing is concerned; it helps me to keep my fantasy world and The Real World separate. I'm one of the many New Forest Commoners – which means that some of the ponies grazing on the New Forest belong to me & my family. "Mark Ash" is a pseudonym behind which I hide; it's actually a local place name.