The Scottish outlaw Toby Strangerson, known as Longdirk, has used gramarye, dark magic, to defeat the Fiend and save Europe from abject slavery - but he has also made himself the most feared and envied man in all of Italy.
The hordes are re-organizing and plan top sweep over the Alps once more and re-take their lost prize of power and conquest. Toby and his friend Hamish struggle to unite the quarreling city-states into a single, powerful force to resist the invasion in a world where no ally can be trusted and traitors lurk in every shadow.
But there's more at stake than freedom and the destiny of a continent. A woman's love is also hanging in the balance.
This book was originally published under the name Ken Hood.