I'm looking for help identifying an urban fantasy type book (or series!) which I read in 1994.
The book takes place in modern day. The main things I remember from the story:
- a young boy learns that his family has a long history of being guardians or something
- he finds or receives one or more iron rings which he keeps on his belt. I don't remember the significance.
- there is a scene which occurs inside a barrow or underground cavern
- the boy is able to stop time by splaying or spreading te fingers on his hand
The novel was probably considered children's or YA.