Masters of the Veil

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Welcome to the official page for Masters of the Veil, Book Three in The Fylking. This novel is in the works. It’s big, bad and beautiful, and I hope to have it out in 2023…for preorder, at least.

The War of the Veil, they called it, the last in the nine-millennium occupation of the Fylking, immortal overlords of the mortal realm of Dyrregin. Their ancient enemy, a fiendish warlock named Vaethir, wove an intricate spell that compromised the Veil between the worlds and flooded Dyrregin with armies of demons, dark elves and Niflsekt before stalwart mortals with reckless connections to the Otherworld called in some favors.

Scarred yet undaunted, the Fylking’s mortal allies, including seasoned warriors haunted by grief and trauma, an order of witches who serve the old gods, and powerful seers who tend the Fylking’s interests in the mortal world, have returned to their lives to rebuild the realm and bury their dead. And while the Fylking repaired the Veil as only they could, no one trusts the sanctity of liminal spaces as they had before the war.

As warriors know, the lingering effects of war often appear as nightmares, flashbacks and the resurrection of old fears. But distrust deepens when an outbreak of attacks from the Otherworld begins to spread, marked by encounters with dark, dangerous beings that seem to target those most deeply wounded and sensitive to the unseen.

Despite this, mortals and immortals alike take comfort in Vaethir’s demise, knowing the warlock will never again return to wreak his personal vengeance on the realm. But there is one thing they had not counted on, as they put the Fylking’s most redoubtable foe to a fiery sword.

His master.

Little Tree, by F.T. McKinstry

Outpost Cover ArtOutpost, Book One in The Fylking.

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.
Until now.

“The tone is excellent, reminiscent of some of the earliest examples of grim Norse fantasy.” – G.R. Matthews, Fantasy Faction
SPFBO Finalist
Read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

The Wolf Lords Cover ArtThe Wolf Lords, Book Two in The Fylking.

A wounded immortal warlock bent on reprisal.
An ancient order of sorcerers hungry for power.
Warriors beset by armies of demons and immortals.
And a lonely hedge witch whose dark secrets could change everything.
…If only they could find her.

“This is a gem of a novel.” – Leslie Jones, Readers’ Favorite
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© F.T. McKinstry 2023. All Rights Reserved.

3 thoughts on “Masters of the Veil

  1. I am thoroughly enjoying this trilogy! Your world-building is excellent, and the characters are so well-rounded. I’m curious, how do you approach creating such a vast and intricate universe?

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    • Hello Brent! Thank you for your kind words. It’s wonderful to hear that you’re enjoying the story. As to your question, well, to begin with, I have no idea where the ideas come from (any writer who tells you otherwise is selling you swampland). My approach is broody and open-ended. There are clever writers who draft outlines of their stories so they have something to work from. I’ve tried that, but it always ends up feeling like a cage, so I just wing it and see what happens. Sometimes, it feels like the story already exists and I’m taking dictation or watching a movie — but that shifts around too, so I don’t get attached. It’s a bit like working and reworking a painting. 🙂

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      • Thanks for your reply. I am also a pants writer. I write an almost daily email in that manner. Some work, some don’t. I think we all have more ideas than we know what to do with, but we often forget them as fast as they come in. I find that starting the email triggers the ideas.


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