Picking up from where "Beyond the Deepwoods" left off, Twig fortuitously rescues his friend Caterbird from Undertown, and manages to glean some very important information about the floating city of Sanctaphrax, his father, and the amazing power of stormphrax, which comes from a single lightning bolt during the Great Storm.
It seems that there's a by-product of stormphrax, named phraxdust that can instantly purify the foulest of water, and therefore is of vital commercial importance to all the inhabitants of The Edge.
Unfortunately, the conversion of stormphrax to phraxdust is a pursuit fraught with danger, and many poor souls have perished trying to discover the perplexing secret.
Back on the sky ship Stormchaser, Twig erases any Brownie points he has previously notched by losing a valuable cargo, forcing his cash-strapped father to go storm chasing, in a quest to bring back some precious stormphrax and pay off his debts.
His father refuses to take him along, but Twig allows himself to be talked into stowing away, and in doing so, unwittingly reveals one of his father's most precious secrets.
A terrific adventure follows, but unfortunately, not according to plan, and Twig finds himself leading a motley crew through the maddening Twilight Forest and the perilous mire.
Learning the secret of phraxdust, Twig uses it to manipulate the political powers to his advantage, and bargains his way back to the skies, after engineering a coup in the floating city, and distributing the balance of power in Undertown.
Dark, gruesome, disgusting and exciting, this installment has more adventure than the first, but adds politics, greed, deception and treachery to the mix.
Amanda Richards, January 17, 2005
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: CORGI CHILDREN; 1 edition (1 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552569658
- ISBN-13: 978-0552569651
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
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