Densely sorcerous second hardcover by McReynolds, set in Calm Merioneth in 12th-century Wales, as was The Chalice and the Blade (1997), and again featuring Mychael ab Arawn. Earlier, Mychael and his twin sister Ceridwen entered the coves beneath the castle and met the monstrous Caradoc--to whom Ceridwen was engaged before she fled into adventures in magic, with strange beasts and hot sex. Weird lights and erotic steam bloom here as Mychael, the disinherited heir of Cairn Merioneth and son of the Magus Druid Priestess Rhiannon, enters forests of the night rife with werewolves and the fell legions of Dockalfar, the ancient enemy who had once ruled the caverns below. Will the great wormhole, the weir gate to the dark side, reopen and again allow the renegade pryf, a giant sea worm, to emerge? After his flight from Cairn Merioneth, Mychael is raised in a monastery. Later he leaves to face the blood-brooding dragon that came to him in a dream (and now calls him forth). The elfin Llynya of the Quicken-tree also performs various acts of soft, wet suction on him. A story full of sinews and ruses, war-horns and beast-men: McReynolds clearly had fun steeping herself in Welsh lore to pull off her unwavering mystical tone.