Old women tell tales of Otherworld beings one must never tangle with. Powerful, elusive and malevolent, these beings will lay traps around one’s ignorance and need, if given the chance. But once in an age, a mortal comes along who dares to either cross or bargain with such creatures...and a darker tale is born.
Ingifrith, an ordinary hedge witch, thinks little of such tales until she falls afoul of the Fenrir Brotherhood, an ancient order of sorcerers who serve the Wolf Gods of the North. They know her secrets. They know her weaknesses. And she has something they want.
So does the sea witch who lures and traps her into a nasty bargain—in return for protection from the Brotherhood’s reach. Fleeing for her life with nothing but a scrap of advice given to her by a demon warlord, Ingifrith must use her wits to trick a seasoned pirate out of a stolen charm, a feat that will either get her killed or placed in the hands of the sorcerers hunting her.
This story is loosely based on an excerpt from The Wolf Lords, Book Two in The Fylking.
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About the Author
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.