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1st edition paperback, John and Charles, the protagonists of St. Giles's Fair, return in this second of three volumes. In the first book, they were split into adult- and child-selves, and the adults had to rescue the children from the seductive false world of a witch. In this book, the now-whole boys fall prey to a trap even more clever. The twisted wizard and word-master who imprisoned their mother in the first volume has now tempted the boys, along with Susan, a character new to this volume, with presents that give them tremendous power to do good. But the gifts work only in the Land of Dreams. And so the children are drawn by their own better natures to abandon the real world, easing the pains of those who live within dreams. "Is suffering any the less suffering," asks Charles, "for being in a dream?"