by F.T. McKinstry
For centuries, a race of immortal warlords called the Fylking have occupied a backwater world to use as an outpost in an ancient war. Here, they guard a mortal realm that contains 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. A Gate warden with a tormented past discovers a warlock gathering an army that cannot die. A King’s Ranger is snared in a trap that pits him against the Fylking’s enemies. And a knitter discovers an inborn power revered by the gods themselves. Caught in a maelstrom of murder, treachery, swords and sorcery, they must rally to protect the Gate against a plot that will destroy the Fylking and leave the world in ruins.
SPFBO Finalist. “Grim, eerie, almost tangible world building.”