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Outpost by F.T. McKinstry

In a war-torn realm occupied by a race of immortal warlords called the Fylking, trouble can reach cosmic proportions. 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 puts him on the wrong side of the Fylking's enemies. And a knitter discovers an inborn power revered by the gods themselves.

Forced to find allies in unlikely places, these three mortals are caught in a maelstrom of murder, treachery, sorcery and war, fertile ground for both their personal demons and those of their immortal masters, who cast long shadows indeed. 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152025064
Publisher: F.T. McKinstry
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Series: Fylking , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 915,341
File size: 566 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

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Outpost 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
J_Ellyne More than 1 year ago
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. I'm going to also post this review on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo because Outpost is available as an Ebook at all those places, worldwide. You should buy it, you won't be sorry.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anna Smith for Readers' Favorite Outpost (The Fylking Book 1) by F.T. McKinstry is an epic fantasy that takes place in a warring realm ruled by warlords called the Fylking. The Fylking taught human seers to guard a portal they called the Gate. But the Fylking's enemies want the Gate destroyed and don't hesitate to sacrifice lives in order to achieve their goals. Suddenly, after centuries of peace, seers start vanishing. A guardian of the Gate finds out that a warlock is using Fylking magic to build an army of warriors that cannot be killed. A King's Ranger, who defends the realm's wilds, becomes locked in a political trap. And a third mortal sees a dark immortal who has the power to summon storms. These three mortals join together to discover the source of the growing evil. They must put aside their differences and come together to save the Gate. Because if they cannot, the fall of the Gate into evil hands will upset the world's balance, destroy the Fylking, and ruin the world forever. Outpost is a richly described fantasy world that I could immediately envision. McKinstry does an excellent job of describing the characters and the landscape with such detail that I felt as if I was immersed in the world. This made the reading experience so much more interactive and I really appreciated this attention to detail. McKinstry created a complex world with many interesting characters with powers and abilities. I was amazed at the skill needed to keep the characters' stories separate and unique. I enjoyed this story thoroughly.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite Outpost (The Fylking Book 1) by F.T. McKinstry is a detailed fantasy world about unlikely heroes being called upon to save the world. Seers are disappearing and the Gate, which is a portal between dimensions, is becoming less and less guarded. We start the novel by getting a backdrop of our heroes in their daily lives as they slowly merge into the story and the story truly begins. This is indeed an epic fantasy with a lot of interesting environments the characters are thrust into, and a huge overarching story to the entire world being built up. The novel ends with a cataclysmic showdown and furthers sets up the next novel in the series. The writing is clean, if a bit over descriptive, and the story is interesting and unique. I enjoyed learning about the Fylking and their enemies, and I thought the heroes created a good dynamic. The dialogue is a bit stiff at times, but there are a lot of humorous and entertaining moments that keep it alive and interesting. My favorite character was Melisandre because she seemed like the least likeliest hero who ends up performing amazing feats by the novel's end, and I appreciated the obstacles she had to overcome. Outpost (The Fylking Book 1) by F.T. McKinstry is an entertaining epic fantasy novel with a unique and distinctly new world sure to entertain anyone who is a fan of the genre. Great story, I really enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Outpost by F.T. McKinstry is the first novel in The Fylking series. This novel is simply WOW. The story is complicated but in a good way. I have been on the look out for a series that is as good as The Lord of the Rings and this novel came closer than any other series I have read previously. The story is about a world controlled by the Fylking. This is an immortal race that taught human seers to build an inter-dimensional portal called the Gate. The Fylking’s enemies are hell bent on destroying it and they will go to any lengths to get what they want. After a period of peace, the war is on again, but this time it is something fierce. The seers are disappearing and the opposition is creating an army of warriors that cannot die. Will this be the end of the world as we know it? Or will a hero arise and save the world? This is a novel that will get your heart racing and make you bite your nails. I had to re-read a few things to make sure that I understood what was happening around me, but that is the only negative. The tension was palpable, the dialogues were crisp and the characters were real, despite having powers. They had human flaws that made them approachable and understanding. I will definitely read the next novel in the series because, seriously, who can stop once they have started this series?
OrangeRhinoceros More than 1 year ago
Outpost, Book One The Fylking, the author’s meticulously crafted new fantasy series, is a truly masterful achievement. The Fylking are powerful, otherworldy beings who use the planet Math as a portal to numerous planes of existence where they battle the mysterious and deadly Niflsekt. While respected and feared among the people of Math, the Fylking are also distant and abstract, and the novel creates a wondrous sense of human beings battered by unknown forces beyond their comprehension, playing out their own conflicts with a disturbing yet fully accepted belief that godlike beings always have the final say and may be manipulating humans to their own ends. Book One focuses on three excellently drawn main characters, who anchor and make concrete the novel’s world-building: Arcmael, a warden tasked with being an intermediary between humans of Math and the Fylking; Melisande, a knitter who begins to understand that the “pattern sense” she weaves is actually ancient magic with more power than she ever suspected; and Othin, Melisande’s lover, a warrior and King’s ranger who becomes a renegade to escape a dreary political marriage with his boss’s manipulative daughter. Constantly encountering serious trouble against the background of coming war, each of these characters has limitations and powers which they must face up to during their adventures. These aren’t just stereotypical fantasy characters or superheroes who always know exactly what to do. Their past defines them but they are open to vast future change. They learn about themselves and discover new strengths even as conflicts erupt many levels above their understanding. The three are multi-layered personalities, products of their culture, subject to its traditions and with their own psychic shadows. The novel has a sensuous, visceral, you-are-there feel. The settings and plot are well-wrought but never overdone. As you suffuse yourself in the complex characters, the background of the coming of war and the history of Fylking involvement on this planet unfold effortlessly. The bad characters are also very real, again not overdone, acting from ambition and power impulses not so different from what we encounter in real life, so that when they oppose our main characters, their actions are all ring true. I have no idea what lies in store for the second book, but the thoroughly satisfying ending does beg for more investigation of the Fylking. There is an epic structural sense about this series already apparent in Book One. The Fylking have been demonstrated to be central to this book, but in many ways they’ve been backstage during the narrative; thus we look forward to further revelations in Book Two, and we sense it won’t be a mere sequel, that the author has much more to unfold about this intriguing planet and its uncanny gateways to other worlds. Review by Michael D. Smith
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
They became three misfit warriors, allies in the battle between good and evil. Now the fate of their world lay in their hands. Welcome to the Outpost, where the portal to another realm must be kept closed or the wrath of hell and power hungry monsters will plow every living creature down in a bloodbath of terror and annihilation. The Fylking, alien immortal warriors have long used the realm as an Outpost against infiltration from an ancient intergalactic foe and its army of zombie-like soldiers. Arcmael a seer and once the son of power and wealth, has chosen a solitary life where he has become the servant of the Fylking. It is time to leave his tortured past behind as the dangers of magic and war become an ever-growing threat. Will he rise up from the ashes of his life with newfound pride and purpose? Melisande will live through the vilest of circumstances, in part because she has a god-given power to knit magic into the yarn she uses. Feared by her countrymen and sought after by armies, her heart belongs to one the one man who has been kept from her through politics and treachery. Othin’s duty is to defend the realm, but one night of drunkenness leaves a gap in his memory that will be the tool of blackmail used, forcing him to choose between his love for Melisande and his sworn duty to uphold the honor of another. Together these three will make unlikely heroes most likely to die, but in times of need unlikely allies will rise to stand with them. Follow their journey, watch their hidden strengths evolve as the world around them becomes a battleground for warlocks, immortals and the soldiers of a dead army. F.T. McKinstry has shown great strength in writing and blending three separate tales, one for each character into one huge tapestry of suspense, treachery and magical wars. From the details of scenes that seem to come from the past, take the paths uncovered through dense and deadly forests and step inside a small cottage with the smell of wood smoke and herbs. Watch as each character comes to life, or in the case of the draugr, re-animate in death. A well told dark fantasy that twists around itself like a cobra waiting to strike. I received this copy from F.T. McKinstry in exchange for my honest review.