The Elves are forever in fear of the Trolls, whose sole purpose in being, it seems, is to catch and eat Elves. A group of Elf children goes missing just before the Elf community is to depart for far lands to seek respite from the constant threat of the Trolls. By the time the children are discovered the bulk of the Elf community have departed and the children, with the assistance of a few adults, are left to fare for themselves.
Seeking shelter from the constant threat of Troll attack they head for parts unknown and dangers of a different sort, determined to set up a happy community away from the threat of being eaten.
This story captivated me, as did many of the Elven characters. I will admit I struggled initially with the Trollish language, but it didn't take too long into the book before I was able to interpret their meaning, without recourse to the excellent glossary of terms at the end of the book.
Phipps has presented us with a wonderfully imaginative world and equally amazing characters. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, romance and exciting new worlds.