The Wolf Lords

The Fylking Book Two

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
502 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2019
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In The Wolf Lords by F.T. McKinstry, the inhabitants of Math are in turmoil and caught between deadly enemies waging war on each other to gain control of Math's Gate, which leads to other dimensions. The invisible warlords, the Fylking, are waiting patiently for their chance of retribution since their near defeat with their newly formed army. Meanwhile, Vaethir, the leader of a brutal gang of sorcerers, and the War Lords are determined to destroy the Gate to thwart the Fylkings' plan, but also hunt down the sorcerer Leofwine who deceived them. When the War Lords destroy the shield between the two worlds, it makes Math open to an onslaught from powerful beings. Leofwine and Othin, the Captain of the King's Rangers, must risk everything to find the one person who can bring peace and order back to the humans on Math. Only she holds the answer, but reaching her may be impossible.

This second novel in The Fylking series exceeded all of my expectations for a fantasy novel. An alluring plot weaves intrigue that tempts you into the world of invisible warriors, magical spells and demons. The characters are so vivid and enchanting, they practically leap from the page. I especially loved the tortured, heartbroken character of Othin, who tries to overcome losing his true love. The author's writing style is beautifully descriptive with so much detail that it draws you completely into the world of the characters. Her ability to build tension and develop character relationships is extraordinary. I could not help compare the storyline to Nordic folklore. This is a gem of a novel.

K.C. Finn

The Wolf Lords is a superb fantasy sequel penned by author F. T. McKinstry and forms the second book of The Fylking series, following Outpost. As an age-old war rages on between the Fylking, a race of immortal warriors, and those who would seek to destroy the Math Gate and leave the world around them in ruins, a new order of sorcerers joins the fray in progress. The Fenrir Brotherhood, the Wolf Lords of the novel’s title, are intent on letting the gate’s Destroyer into the land, and it’s up to those they call their enemies to prevent a whole new war and further destruction from occurring.

Written for adults due to its dark nature and graphic violence, this is also a highly political and complex tale which requires a lot of thought to enjoy. The depth of the reading experience is very worthwhile as author F. T. McKinstry puts a lot into the worldbuilding, lore, and history of this setting, giving traditional fantasy fans a lot to sink their teeth into. Different factions have their own ideas about how the world, and the other worlds beyond it, should be run or destroyed, and it’s this mixture of powerful forces which gives the story its excitement. Caught in the middle are those who seek the crucial information which could alter the fate of all worlds, racing against the brutal threat of death to uncover it. Overall, The Wolf Lords is a superbly told immersive fantasy novel sure to please hardcore fans the world over.

Rabia Tanveer

The Wolf Lords: The Fylking Book Two by F.T. McKinstry is definitely a novel for adults. Its dark themes and strains of graphic violence give it an edge. I have not read the first novel in the series, but I was easily invested in the story right from the beginning. The vivid imagery and the realistic descriptions just lured me right in and had me reading on until the very end. The story itself is very complex and has layers upon layers of plot that I loved to uncover.

After the events of the last book, the humans of Math are struggling to survive. The supernatural powers have a heavy hand over them and the humans just cannot survive for long if things don’t get better any time soon. With a new threat looming over their heads, it is up to Othin, Leofwine, and Ingifrith to find a way to save the people and their world from the clutches of not one, but many evils at the same time. Can these three save their world from the ever-powerful supernatural beings?

The character development was simply amazing. I enjoyed how the author treated every character equally and gave them a chance to grow and develop at their own pace. The Fenrir Brotherhood was an enigma that I was very interested in and I also loved the mystery behind the witch who just didn’t want to be found. Every character added something new to the story and added a new element that made it even more interesting. I loved the flow, enjoyed the setting, and simply cannot wait for the next novel in the series. Very entertaining.

Christian Sia

The Wolf Lords is the second book in The Fylking series by F.T. McKinstry and continues a narrative that started nine thousand suns ago with a race of immortals who came from the stars and established an outpost in the world of Math. They are the Fylking and they are not seen by mortals, except by those select few with the gift of piercing the veil into the otherworld. In this installment, an immortal warlock and archenemy of the Fylking, who destroyed the Gates of Math, is poised for revenge and he has gathered a powerful army for the onslaught. The veil is torn and mayhem abounds everywhere with forces from the otherworld mingling in the fray. There is only one hope of restoring balance - a witch with the secret magic to change everything - but can she be found before it is too late?

This epic fantasy is a series that had the same effect The Lord of the Rings had on me. The narrative is focused and the author imagines worlds where conflict thrives easily and creates powerful factions with conflicting interests and characters that are sophisticated. The Wolf Lords explores the role played by The Fenrir Brotherhood, an ancient order of sorcerers with dreadful secrets, in a phenomenal conflict. The action is intense and pulsating and the scenes are so beautifully written that they leave vivid images in the minds of readers. F.T. McKinstry establishes a unique, strong signature in the genre of epic fantasy with a series that will set readers on an exciting adventure.

Romuald Dzemo

The Wolf Lords is the second book in The Fylking series by F.T. McKinstry. This is a blend of science fiction and the supernatural, a story filled with originality that bears witness to the author's vivid imagination. The reader is introduced to a rare breed of immortal warriors, the Fylking, that came from the stars. They find themselves in a world similar to theirs, a universe called Math. It's what becomes known as Dyrregin, Gateway of the Gods. These warriors are only seen by a select few and they eventually form a kind of alliance with mortals who guard the portal into their world. But they face a powerful enemy, a dark warlock who has finally discovered the spell to tear the veil separating the two worlds. When the veil is torn, what happens is mayhem, a clash of supernatural and powerful forces.

This is a story that explores the allure of power and the ills that come with it. Conflict is developed at multiple levels and it is interesting how the author builds segments of power and creates powerful groups to oppose each other. The language is unique and the people inhabiting the worlds the author creates have a unique way of naming things. For instance, the reference to years as suns. While the characters are drawn from different worlds, the author imbues them with a realism that makes them not so very different from mortals. A sophisticated plot with compelling characters and gorgeous prose. The Wolf Lords follows the tale of an ancient order poised to redeem a world quickly falling apart. It is intense and deeply moving.