New Release: The Five Star Republic, Book 1 of the City of the Sun trilogy

It is with great pleasure that IFWG Publishing announces the Australian, New Zealand, and UK/European release of The Five Star Republic by Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice, the first instalment of their alt-history trilogy, City of the Sun. The print edition will be released in the US/Canada on 26th October 2021.

“IFWG has been waiting with anticipation for this day,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as it really is our flagship title for 2021. It has so much going for it: incredibly well researched in Australian/Victorian history, a delightful twist that sends it into ‘what if’ territory, the injection of solar technology (that actually existed in the nineteenth century), and a riveting, compelling storyline spanning generations. We jumped at purchasing the rights to this trilogy and we know it will be a hit among speculative readers and historical fiction readers alike.”

IFWG is also offering preorders for a limited signed edition of The Five Star Republic.

“Multigenerational, sweeping across three continents…Inventive and absorbing alternate history.” -Nancy Kress

The date is 1854. The place is the Australian goldfields in the British colony of Victoria-the richest prize on earth. The story begins with a stockade. The flag of independence is unfurled. Men driven beyond endurance take arms against British redcoats. At their forefront are two hundred Colt-wielding Americans, the California Rangers, led by the charismatic and idealistic Captain James McGill.

The stockade falls. The Rangers are scattered. But from the ashes will rise a new revolution-a revolution powered by the sun. And this one will not fail.

In the 19th century, just how close did we come to a world run on solar power? The Five Star Republic is history with a twist, the story of a world that might easily have been-the future you’ll wish we’d had.

“Original and enthralling…an alternate history imbued with hope and promise.” -Pamela Sargent

“Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat…” -Publishers Weekly (US).

The Five Star Republic is available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores. The US and Canadian release of the book will occur on 26 October 2021.

Preorder Offer: The Five Star Republic limited signed edition

IFWG is very pleased to offer a limited signed edition version of Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice’s new novel, The Five Star Republic. It is in hardcover format, with a signed block page (by both authors) and numbered. There will be a limit of 100 numbered copies available. A similar offer will be available next year for books 2 and 3 of the City of the Sun trilogy.

Furthermore, each reader can, if they wish, nominate up to 3 numbers they prefer to have in the signed block, and if they order book 2 next year, they can opt to have the same number (it will be reserved for a limited amount of time). This additional offer extends to book 3 as well.

IFWG believes that The Five Star Republic will be a notable book for 2021 in the speculative fiction field, particularly for readers of alternate history (Publisher’s Weekly stated that “Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat…”). We believe this signed, limited edition will be eagerly sought after by fans, as well as those investors who recognise it as a fast appreciating asset.

This offer is open until all 100 copies are exhausted. We don’t know how long this will take, but we would advise interested readers to purchase copies as soon as possible (and in particular if a particular number is sought after). Mail-outs will occur in several waves, the first will occur mid October 2021. If a purchaser bids for 1 to 3 numbers and they are exhausted, the purchaser will get the next available lowest number.

This offer is only available to Australian, UK, US and Canadian purchasers. It will be shipped from Australia.

The following preorder offers are available:

Australian readers: AU$65.00 (includes shipping)

US/Canadian readers: US$65.00 (includes shipping)

UK/Europe: GB£50.00 (includes shipping)

Excellent Reviews of Jack Dann’s Shadows in the Stone

In the latest edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction, a wonderful review has been posted for Jack Dann’s Shadows in The Stone, a powerful alt-history fantasy published back in November 2019.

It reminds us that COVID-19 has had a serious effect on the publishing industry and our products published late in 2019 and early in 2020, have not had the opportunity to be marketed as well as we wanted. And yet, we appreciate quality magazines and ezines continuing to review our work, even if some time has passed – we thank them.

To remind readers of the awesomeness of Jack Dann’s latest novel, we would like to pick three particularly notable reviews:

Asimov’s Science Fiction, reviewed by Peter Heck (current issue)
Much is said, and all glowing, but his closing paragraph is notable:
“Dann has always been willing to color outside the accepted lines of genre fiction, while drawing on a stunning range of source material to ground his visions. If you’re in the market for something completely different—in the best possible way—Shadows in the Stone fills the bill.”

Galaxy’s Edge, reviewed by Richard Chwedyk (Jan 2020)
Again, a glowing review, including:
“At heart, I believe, Dann is a science fiction writer, which is why his alternate worlds of magic and wonder are so unquestionably vivid. He scrutinizes angels and demons as if they were aliens from a newly-discovered world. He creates his own physics to allow for magic, and follows its rules fastidiously. And, like many a good science fiction writer, he measures the consequences of great power practiced by we ever-fallible humans. It’s what we do.

And Jack Dann does it brilliantly.

Into the bargain, we get a phantasmagorically brilliant cover by ever-reliable Bob Eggleton.

Now that’s class.”

Locus, reviewed by Paul Di Filippo (Dec 2019)

“With flavors of the work of Gene Wolfe and John Crowley, James Morrow and K.J. Parker, Dann’s new book is guaranteed to take the reader on a whirlwind journey of danger and enlightenment behind the cardboard reality we mistake for the universe’s true substance.”

We want to remind readers of these reviews and what Jack Dann’s masterpiece can offer to them. Next year, with an expectation that industry sales figures will improve, IFWG will be taking steps to roadshow its many new titles that were meant to be published in 2020, as well as ensuring that those that were caught on the cusp – such as Shadows in the Stone – are given an opportunity to be properly showcased. Stay tuned.

Title Video: Shadows in the Stone

IFWG is very pleased with the response to Jack Dann’s latest novel, Shadows in the Stone, and to celebrated this, we have a wonderful promo video here for your viewing pleasure.

Shadows in the Stone is available world-wide from every quality book store, online and bricks and mortar.

New Release: Shadows in the Stone by Jack Dann

SHADOWS IN THE STONE - FRONT COVER

IFWG is over the moon with the release of Jack Dann’s dark fantasy/alt-history novel, Shadows in the Stone. For those in the know, it could be seen as a sequel to Dann’s award-winning novel, The Memory Cathedral. “This is a work of art,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and while I seldom edit for my company, I couldn’t resist. I had to read the book three times to edit as I was too distracted by the eloquence, research, and deep understanding of history and religion. This is a novel we absolutely had to publish.”

Shadows in the Stone: A Book of Transformations is now published world-wide, in hardback and trade paperback print forms, and also available worldwide in multiple ebook formats. The cover art is by the wonderful artist, and multi-award winner, Bob Eggleton, and the design is by Marianne Plumridge. The internal pages of the title include numerous reproductions of The Paradise Lost of Milton, with illustrations designed and engraved by John Martin, 1827.

Kim Stanley Robinson says: “Shadows in the Stone joins Dann’s The Memory Cathedral, The Rebel, and Promised Land, as one of his deep plunges into historical characters we thought we knew, but whose true natures have never before been seen so clearly and dramatically. It’s an amazing gift Jack has.”

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro says: “Jack Dann has gone beyond alternate world to alternate universe in this stun­ning take on the Renaissance. His language is eloquent, his characters wholly engaging—this is a book to lose yourself in. You’ll be the richer for it.”

The author of The Age #1 bestselling novel The Memory Cathedral returns to Renaissance Italy with a transcendent vision of the ultimate battle between good and evil.

In Shadows in the Stone Jack Dann creates a fully-realized, living, breathing universe, a universe where the Vatican is in Venice, Jehovah is really a lesser god known as the Demiurge, and the magus John Dee’s experiments with angels are true and repeatable. Here you’ll discover a nun who has the expertise and agility of a Ninja warrior, the reincarnated snake goddess known as the Daughter of Light, the famed Florentine magician Pico Della Mirandola, a young magus who is part stone, the Knights Templar of the Crimson Cross, the sapphire tablet: the most secret of the Dead Sea scrolls, and a 15th Century dirigible kept aloft by imprisoned souls. Here you’ll find wild adventure and Machiavellian subtlety, treason and heroism, love and carnality, joy and loss, magic, machines, the cosmic machinations of angels, demons, gods, and half-gods; and the absolutely breathtaking vistas that are their battle grounds.

New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson has compared Shadows in the Stone with Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, calling it “such a complete world that Italian history no longer seems comprehensible without [Dann’s] cosmic battle of spiritual entities behind and within every historical actor and event.”

Join Jack Dann’s protagonists—Louisa Morgan and Lucian Ben-Hananiah—and the fellowship of The Dark Companions in their apocalyptic battle against the Demiurge—described in the forbidden Gnostic texts as the demon god Yaldabaoth… and known to us as Jehovah.

Preorder Offer: Shadows in the Stone by Jack Dann

SHADOWS IN THE STONE - FRONT COVER

IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased to announce that Jack Dann’s upcoming fantasy/alternate history novel, Shadows in the Stone: A Book of Transformations, will be released worldwide on 1 November 2019, and preorders are now available.

The author of The Age #1 bestselling novel The Memory Cathedral returns to Renaissance Italy with a transcendent vision of the ultimate battle between good and evil.

In Shadows in the Stone Jack Dann creates a fully-realized, living, breathing universe, a universe where the Vatican is in Venice, Jehovah is really a lesser god known as the Demiurge, and the magus John Dee’s experiments with angels are true and repeatable. Here you’ll discover a nun who has the expertise and agility of a Ninja warrior, the reincarnated snake goddess known as the Daughter of Light, the famed Florentine magician Pico Della Mirandola, a young magus who is part stone, the Knights Templar of the Crimson Cross, the sapphire tablet: the most secret of the Dead Sea scrolls, and a 15th Century dirigible kept aloft by imprisoned souls. Here you’ll find wild adventure and Machiavellian subtlety, treason and heroism, love and carnality, joy and loss, magic, machines, the cosmic machinations of angels, demons, gods, and half-gods; and the absolutely breathtaking vistas that are their battle grounds.

New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson has compared Shadows in the Stone with Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, calling it “such a complete world that Italian history no longer seems comprehensible without [Dann’s] cosmic battle of spiritual entities behind and within every historical actor and event.”

Join Jack Dann’s protagonists—Louisa Morgan and Lucian Ben-Hananiah—and the fellowship of The Dark Companions in their apocalyptic battle against the Demiurge—described in the forbidden Gnostic texts as the demon god Yaldabaoth… and known to us as Jehovah.

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