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A race of immortal warriors who live by the sword.
A gate between the worlds.
Warriors, royals, seers and warlocks living in uneasy peace on one side of the Veil.
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About F.T. McKinstry

F.T. McKinstry is the author of the fantasy series The Fylking and The Chronicles of Ealiron, many short stories in various fantasy/sci fi magazines, and a story collection called Wizards, Woods and Gods. She is inspired by Northern European legend and mythology, fairy tales, music, nature, mythical creatures, medieval warfare and shamanism. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s hanging out with her cats and fishes, oil painting, tinkering in gardens or shoveling snow.


Outpost, Book One in The Fylking
Epic fantasy woven with Norse mythology, swords and sorcery.

About the Series: The Fylking
High fantasy woven with Norse mythology, swords and sorcery, this series tells the exploits of the Fylking, an immortal race of warriors akin to the Otherworld. Lovers of strife, song and steel, their empires span the heavens. To them, war is an art with high stakes, as their ancient, dark and malevolent enemies think nothing of destroying a world to gain even a small advantage. Eons of working the fabric of time and space at interdimensional frequencies have made them gods among mortals -- warriors, royals, seers, lovers, warlocks and mercenaries -- generations upon generations coexisting in uneasy peace with the Gods of War.

Also in Series: The Fylking

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Review by: Fee Roberts on Oct. 21, 2016 :
Outpost by F.T. McKinstry is a fantasy novel about immortal warlords called the Fylking, and a warlock using Fylking magic to create an army to destroy the world. This is your typical good against evil fantasy. but the world building and character development is anything but typical. F.T. McKinstry's writing style is superb. For a self published novel, this is an excellent fantasy story. I won the Outpost in a blog giveaway, and all opinions are my own
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Review by: J. Ellyne on June 29, 2016 :
This is a great book. I highly recommend it. It's high magic and sword epic fantasy. I guess there will be a sequel and I'm looking forward to it. There are three protagonists and McKinstry switches from one's POV to another through the book and manages these transitions beautifully. They all need to work together to defeat the Demons who threaten to come through the gateway from Otherworld and destroy the (fantasy but realistic) world of our heroes and heroine. One of the heroes is a Ranger named Othin, a good man betrayed by his bad employer (sound familiar anyone?). Othin has a lover named Mellisande. His knickname for her his Millie. She knows high magic but is very modest about it. I think I can always see the character in a novel who is the author's surrogate and I think Ms. McKinstry has put a lot of her personality into Millie and therefore we get to meet Ms. McKinstry in the pages of Outpost. I wished there would have been more Millie in the book but I bet we get a lot more of her in the sequel and I can't wait.

The final character is mild mannered Arcmael. He's a warden, belonging to a group committed to helping the Fylking, nonhuman alien good guys (mostly good anyway), to protect the towers that keep the gateway to and from otherworld closed to Demons and other bad guys. He doesn't want to fight but is left with no choice. The fate of the world will depend on him, Millie, and Othin. Arcmael also has a good bit of magic which helps and he ends up being pretty good with a sword as well.

A major subplot of the book is the love story of Othin and Mellie. They become separated by events beyond their control. Will they ever get together again? Will they end up living happily ever after? Will they be able to save the world together? Sorry no spoilers. Read it and find out. You will not guess the ending. It's not trite but it's not really sad either. Ms. McKinstry admits she has been heavily influenced by Tolkien, like so many of us have been, but I think in at least one respect she has done Tolkien one better and that's in pacing. Her pace builds like that of a Stephen King novel, laconic at first, then very interesting and mysterious, and finally becoming a thrilling drama, ratcheting along to an epic conclusion at breakneck speed. At some point it will become really hard for you to put the book down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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