He’s a man with a dark past and a possibly darker future, a troubled soul who walks the narrow path between healer and warrior. Since his first appearance in The Unquiet Grave, Timber MacDuff has fascinated readers of the Caitlin Ross series. The four stories in this volume finally give fans a peek into the mind and motives of this complex character with accounts of significant events in his life. “The Source of the Sword” tells how Timber left his youth behind and took up the practice of the broadsword. “Summoning Scáthach” relates his first encounter with the warrior goddess and the circumstances which led him to seek her out. “Battle Blessed” details how he tracked down and fought the Ring of Omicron, and “Without Holding Back” is the story of how he followed Caitlin Ross to Gordarosa and, eventually, married her.