“The Annals of Santopia” continue with “Duncan in the Other World,” which follows Elf Duncan after he is discovered hiding in Henry’s tool chest after the Grand Sleigh has left them off in London.
Blue Elves like Duncan are expressly forbidden to be in the Other World because they are so mischievous and cannot help themselves from getting into trouble.
While Elf Duncan gets to know Elf Boldo and the other Red Elves, he gets settled in the warren beneath the Tower of London Where the Red Elves live. The Red Elves do not know that Duncan is a lowly Blue Elf because he’s wearing the Gold Elf uniform he slipped into while he was on the Grand Sleigh.
This volume in ‘The Annals of Santopia” tells of the perilous journey endured by Taraxa and Inula after the Pirandelves swept them into the freezing waters below Frozen Lake.
Taraxa convinces the Gelf commander, Spicata, to rescue them by helping them to escape to Santopolis.
In the third installment of “The Annals of Santopia,” Sir Nicholas relates what happened when Taraxa and Inula attempted to sneak out across Frozen Lake while the Baroness von Drear and her dreaded Flying Trelves were occupied saluting Santa as he traveled in the Grand Sleigh through the Forest of Shadows to the Other World on Christmas Eve.
While Taraxa makes a brave escape across Frozen Lake at night in a blizzard to get Noelle out of Drear, the Baroness meets with the Black Haruspex, a Seer of Some Things Unseen, to discuss the subject of Prince Deck being born before Princess Dazzle.
Taraxa makes it to the White Sage’s Palace and when the Sage hears his story, he takes Taraxa and the baby to Santopolis to meet with Santa Pops.
Santa has a new son, and it’s immediately prophesied that the next girl born after the day-old Prince Nicky will grow up to be his Queen. Soon after Nicky’s birth, the Baroness von Drear gives birth to a baby girl, but when she discovers that a girl was born to a peasant family just hours before her own, she sets out to kill the baby girl and her family.