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F.T. McKinstry grew up studying music and classical literature, and at a young age developed a deep love for fantasy and the esoteric, of which she was an avid reader. J.R.R. Tolkien was her most powerful influence. With a background in computer electronics and software development, she wrote and illustrated technical documentation for many years, during which time she created the fantasy world of Ealiron. A passion for fairy tales and a lifelong study of mythology, plant and animal lore, Celtic legend, shamanism, psychology and mysticism provide inspiration and scope for her work.
Ms. McKinstry has published fantasy in Aoifeís Kiss and Tales of the Talisman. She also has a short story collection coming out soon from Wild Child Publishing.
Ms. McKinstry lives in northern New England with her husband, three spoiled cats and a live-planted aquarium. Other pastimes include oil painting, tinkering in her greenhouse, growing gardens, stacking wood, and yoga.
Lorth of Ostarin is a hunter of men with a long history of obscurity. Lawless, solitary and adept at dealing death, he wields a trained array of magical skills for which he has a strong talent. This uneasy combination of pitilessness and order has made Lorth the highest paid assassin in the land. It is also about to throw his life into chaos.
In the Gray Isles, a northern realm cloaked in legends and storms, lives a secret. For thousands of years it lay in the otherworld, known only in the imaginations of sailors. Now, it has surfaced; first to Eadred, a wizard banished by his kind after being cursed by a witch; and then to Hemlock, a fisherman's son orphaned by the sea. When their paths collide, a change is set into motion that the heavens watch with dread; for the legends tell, it heralds the birth of an immortal and the death of the realm.
Deep in the heart of Loralin Forest, folks whisper of a legendary immortal predator with the body of a male god, towering black wings and the claws and fangs of a mountain cat. Crowharrow, they call it. But one family of troubled wizards knows the winged hunter is not a legend. The youngest, a woman named Tansel, has been sheltered all her life by solitude and the secrets of her ancestors. A diabolical seducer and destroyer of women, the beautiful immortal notices Tansel and ushers her, the last of her kin and two of the most powerful wizards in the land into a maelstrom of peril, deception, and upheaval that exposes a devastating connection between the crowharrow and Tanselís bloodline. Her world shattered by awakened desire and the loss of her innocence, Tansel must heal this curse by discovering her strength as a woman, her true roots, and her destiny as a healer.