The Ascendants storyline was first introduced in Rising Son in January 2003; its last appearance prior to now was in August 2009’s The Soul Key, to which this book makes a number of references. Then, with the Destiny time jump, it seemed to vanish entirely, with some vague references to it having happened during the missing years. Finally with July 2015’s Sacraments of Fire it returns for an explanation at long last—six years since its previous appearance, over twelve since it first began. And here am I reading it eight years after that. It’s been two decades since Rising Son!