Paperback: 309 pages
Publisher: Corgi Childrens (4 Sep 2003)
Moving on some fifty years after the conclusion of Midnight Over Sanctaphrax, we encounter a somewhat changed city, where the Librarians hide out beneath Undertown. And a deep sickness has affected all the previously buoyant skyrocks, so that the ships no longer fly, and the floating city of Sanctaphrax is now kept clear of the ground only by a forest of wooden props.
Yes, this is the first in a new trilogy (the Rook Trilogy) that makes use of the same setting as the Twig Trilogy, but that looks at the long term consequences of that previous story. Cowlquape is in prison, guarded by the Guardins of Night, including the treacherous Xanth. There is one, just one, sky ship, and its wheareabouts aren't known. To get across the Mire and the Twilight Woods, the only option is to take a raised road ruled by the cruel birdlike Shrykes. And that is the path that young Rook Barkwater has to take, with his two fellow candidates as Librarian Knights.
It's very much more of the same. The characters have changed, the political setup has changed, but this is very much evolution of the world.