THE TIME OF THE WOLF IS AT HAND...Sixteen years have passed since the battle of Armagedir. The Torunnans and Merduks have become close allies in a world that is growing increasingly strange and fearsome. The Himerian Church rules two thirds of the continent and is become a swollen, corrupt theocracy which strangles independent thought; only in Torunna, in Ostrabar and in Hebrion do Kings still rule free of the black-clad Inceptines. But now off the coast of Hebrion, a vast fleet of ships comes sailing out of the empty west. The immortal arch-mage Aruan has returned to the Old World at last, and he intends to claim it as his own.