Perhaps no living author of imaginative fiction has earned the awards, accolades, respect, and literary reputation of Gene Wolfe. His prose has been called subtle and brilliant, inspiring not just lovers of fantasy and science fiction, but listeners of every stripe, transcending genre and defying preconceptions.
Did I do that?! When asked to name a successor, Alexander the Great declared that his empire should go "to the strongest". But would rival factions have descended into war if he'd been a little more specific? What if the Vienna School of Art took a chance on a hopeful young student named Adolf Hitler? If Pope Clement VII granted King Henry VIII an annulment, England would likely still be Catholic today - and so would America.
For years the land of Ar has lived at peace. Here the catlike mrem rule by duty and honor. Now, from the East, their legendary enemies have risen again, and only the outcast, dark-furred Talwe, Princess Sruss and the Council of the Three have the magic to battle the Eastern Lords' evil sorcery.