Outpost is the first book of The Fylking Epic Fantasy series by F.T. McKinstry
In a war-torn realm occupied by a race of unseen immortal warlords called the Fylking, trouble comes with a price. Using the realm as a backwater outpost from which to fight an ancient war, the Fylking taught human seers to build and ward over an interdimensional portal called the Gate. The Fylking’s enemies, who think nothing of annihilating a world to gain even a small advantage, are bent on destroying it.
After two centuries of peace, the realm is at war. Seers are disappearing and their immortal guardians are blind, deceived by their own kind. A Gate warden with a tormented past discovers a warlock using Fylking magic to gather an army of warriors that cannot die. A King’s ranger who defends the wilds of the realm is snared in a political trap that forces him to choose between love and honor. And a knitter touched by the gods catches the eye of a dark immortal with the power to summon storms.
Forced to find allies in unlikely places, these three mortals are caught in a maelstrom of murder, treachery, sorcery and war. When they uncover the source of the rising darkness, they must rally to protect the Gate against a plot that will violate the balance of cosmos, destroy the Fylking and leave the world in ruins.
The god they serve is as fickle as a crow.
A Word from the Author
It is common for authors to write short stories that turn into books. It’s is as if creating a story gives one a glimpse into a greater thing. Outpost, Book One in The Fylking, had its original inspiration in a tale called “Pattern Sense.” Driven by the nocturnal activities of a mouse, a knitter discovers a strange power in the stitches of her latest knitting project; but when her heart is broken by a warrior, she learns that love is more powerful than even the strengths and pitfalls of the earth’s own magic. It’s a fantasy romance tale that rose from a love of knitting, hedge witchery, warriors and fantasy—not to mention first-hand experience listening to mice chew on the house in the wee hours.
Outpost features the protagonists in this seemingly innocent story, but our knitter’s powers and the turn of her warrior’s heart take on epic proportions, a subplot driven by sorcery, treachery, war, and even the gods themselves. Here, my lifelong interest in Northern European folktales and mythology, swords and sorcery, and the natural world come to life. The shadows of immortals, seers, royals, warlocks and lovers are long and the stakes are high. Who knew a humble mouse could have such a long reach?
(F.T McKinstry, June 2016)
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