Jian begins a brutal climb up the ranks of the Daechen as the Emperor's long plans near fruition. Sulema is initiated into the ways of Atualon and the power of Atulfah, and finds that her father's city is built on a foundation of terrible secrets. Hafsa Azeina treks down paths stranger and more dangerous than even she could have imagined. And the Zeeranim must face not only their traditional, external enemies, but treachery and betrayal from within.
Deborah A. Wolf has some personal knowledge of life as a barbarian warrior, having grown up in a wildlife refuge in Alaska. She later worked as an Arabic linguist for the US Army. Before Wolf's formative years in Alaska, she spent some of her early years on a deserted island. She has a love of different cultures where she can use those settings to create giant monsters, as well as flora and fauna. Deborah currently lives in northern Michigan.