Lorth of Ostarin is a hunter of men. Lawless, solitary and obscure, he is trained in magic and its inherent order. This uneasy combination of pitilessness and structure has made him the highest paid assassin in the land. It is also about to throw his life into chaos.
The trouble begins when Lorth returns home from a long absence to find his old haunts compromised by a cruel, upstart warlord who has invaded the realm and pushed it to the brink of war. Lorth’s cavalier attempt to elude a political sandpit quickly deteriorates into a series of skirmishes that he negotiates with a sword and a reckless penchant for using magic against the rules. He flees with a price on his head; but no angry warlords, wizards, foreign aristocrats or spooky apparitions can rattle him from the dark stability of his profession—until he is captured and condemned to execution by a formidable wizard who serves the old powers.
In his quest to prove his innocence and loyalty to the realm, Lorth discovers a profound sense of identity in his internal confluence of war and wizardry. But his quest turns bloody when love for a priestess and a will to avenge his homeland drives him to infiltrate an enemy occupation bent on domination and a blatant disregard for the forces of magic. This brings him to his greatest test, where he must surrender to the darkness of his nature to become a hunter unlike anything he has ever known.
About the Author
F.T. McKinstry grew up studying music and reading books, and at a young age acquired a deep love for fantasy and the esoteric, of which she was an avid reader. With a background in computer electronics and software development, she wrote and illustrated technical documentation for many years, during which time she created fantasy worlds. A lifelong interest in plant and animal lore, Northern European mythology and folklore, fairy tales, shamanism, mysticism and music provides inspiration and scope for her work.
F.T. McKinstry is the author of the fantasy series Chronicles of Ealiron, Double Dragon Publishing. Her short stories appear in Tales of the Talisman, Aoife's Kiss, and Wizards, Woods and Gods, Wild Child Publishing. Aside from writing and reading books, she enjoys oil painting, gardening, yoga, hanging out with her cats and fishes, and being in the woods.