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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A spellbinding opening to the Chronicles of Ealiron series, The Hunter's Rede by F.T. McKinstry is stellar in the epic fantasy genre, a novel with strong conflict and a protagonist that is multidimensional — and the other characters are multifaceted as well. It tells of the journey of Lorth of Ostarin who returns home after a long absence to discover that an up-and-coming warlord has compromised his world and brought it to the brink of war. Trained in magic, he is also a ruthless assassin. He attempts to stop a bloody confrontation but ends up pitting himself against the warlords and powers of the realm. With a price on his head, Lorth is out to prove his innocence, but the adventure is far more dangerous than anything he has confronted in the past.
This is a story with a surprising twist, cleverly plotted and filled with action. I loved the protagonist, a man who seems content with his solitude, a man who carries darkness in his soul, but falling in love with a priestess brings out the human aspect of his personality. F.T. McKinstry is a great storyteller with the skill to grab and keep the attention of the reader. While the plot is gripping with surprises stacked along the way, it was the skillful handling of character that caught my full attention. I am always looking for characters that are intriguing and that constantly reveal new dimensions and this author gave me one in Lorth. The novel has a beautiful setting; a world that is magical where the very nature of coexistence breeds conflict. You won't notice the passage of time as you read this gripping fantasy.