Video: Official Launch of Barbara Howe’s The Forge

IFWG is pleased to have hosted a livestream event on Facebook of Barbara Howe’s official launch of The Forge, the fifth and last book in her Reforging series. In other words, this wasn’t just a launch – it was also a celebration of a multi-year project to get the series out.

Watch the recording and celebrate with us – it starts at 4:57 into the video.

Bundle Offer: The Complete Reforging Series by Barbara Howe

IFWG has just released the final of Barbara Howe’s Reforging series, The Forge, and to celebrate this release, as well as the conclusion of this masterful young adult series, we are offering to ship the five books to purchasers, anywhere in the world(*), until the end of January 2022.

What makes Howe’s Reforging so special is the mix of detailed world-building in an alt-historical Europe, combined with strong and realistic female protagonists. She has stated on more than one occasion that she wrote the books so that she could read them to her daughter without cringing at how female characters are portrayed in fantasy novels. IFWG bought the rights to this series on the strength of this, but also because Howe is a superb writer and clearly her books would be enjoyed by mature readers as well.

The five novels are:

  1. The Locksmith
  2. Engine of Lies
  3. The Blacksmith
  4. The Wordsmith
  5. The Forge

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New Release: The Forge by Barbara Howe

Today is the book-birthday, world-wide, of Barbara Howe’s concluding novel in her Reforging Series, The Forge.

While ecstatic at the release of another wonderful young adult fantasy novel by Barbara Howe, and the continuation of her storyline in the Reforging series, it is also a sad occasion for us, as it is the conclusion and we have to settle on there being an end to her story and world-building. This is the second series concluding for us in 2021, and another will occur in March 2023 – we should be getting used to this, but the sad fact is that we can’t when we are enjoying them so much.

Nevertheless, we are certainly very happy to have the complete series now available to readers who love a strong alt-historical bent to high fantasy, and who love realistic, strong female characters. This was what Barbara sold to us when we accepted the series back in 2016, and she delivered above expectations.

We would also like to acknowledge the magnificent artwork and design by UK-based Catherine Archer-Wills, who worked on all five books and, in our humble opinions, delivered the best for last.

Thunder rolls in a continuous barrage, echoing off mountain walls. Lightning blazes across the sky, one jagged flash after another. The bolts that hit their targets leave charred bodies in their wake. The attacks that miss turn spruce and fir into torches, spreading fire until the entire mountain is in flames. Struggling wizards stand out as black silhouettes against the reds and oranges of the forest fire and the white of the deep snow.

In the valley, villagers cower under beds or huddle in cellars. The bravest peek out through gaps in closed shutters and pray for the Fire Warlock to come and save them.

Their prayers go unanswered. There is no Fire Warlock.

The Forge is now available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores. Stay tuned for an offer for all five books bundled, through the publisher.

Cover Reveal: The Forge by Barbara Howe

IFWG is over the moon with the cover of The Forge, Barbara Howe’s last book in her five-part The Reforging YA series. All of the series’ covers were rendered and designed by the very talented Catherine Archer-Wills (UK based).

We will reveal more about this upcoming title in coming weeks.

The Forge will be released world wide on 3 December 2021, and preorders will be available in coming months.

Cover Reveal: The Wordsmith, by Barbara Howe

It is with great pleasure that we reveal the cover of Barbara Howe‘s The Wordsmith, Book 4 in her 5-part Reforging series. As usual, it captures the essence of the series, an alt-history/epic fantasy blend, geared toward Young Adults and mature audiences alike, with very strong female protagonists. Kudos to artist and illustrator, Catherine Archer-Wills.

The Wordsmith will be released on the 15th February 2021, with a call for preorders coming in November 2020. The final instalment of the series, The Forge, will also be released in 2021.

Irene van Gelder’s drudge job is killing her, but how can she earn a living as an air witch when her own guild calls her a fraud?

The Fire Warlock doesn’t ask for her credentials, but with tensions rising between the Fire and Air Guilds, proving her value to him is not a safe move. With the White Duchess and her son intent on revenge, what defences can a failure as an air witch muster? All she has is words. Will that be enough to save herself, and Frankland?

The first three books in the Reforging series (click images):

The Locksmith (Book 1)
Engine of Lies (Book 2)
The Blacksmith (Book 3)

New Release: The Blacksmith by Barbara Howe

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IFWG is pleased to announce the non-North American release of The Blacksmith by New Zealand author, Barbara Howe.  The wonderful cover art is by Catherine Archer-Wills. The North American release will occur on 23rd September 2019.

“This is the third of the Reforging series by Howe,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and it just gets better and better. Barbara shows us how to spin a convincing and evocative fantasy story, and suck the reader right in.”

How is the king like a blacksmith? He has a hammer as well as a sword.

Duncan Archer has heard that riddle many times, but he doesn’t know what it means. No one does, not even the members of the Royal Guild of Swordsmiths. It isn’t Duncan’s business anyway. Good sense tells him to stick to beating iron into shape for the residents of his backwater town, and not worry about the king and his nobles pounding Frankland into the ground.

But good sense never stopped Duncan from poking his nose into everyone else’s business. If it had, he might not be a fugitive, the subject of the biggest manhunt in the country’s history.

With a charge of murder hanging over his head like a sword, understanding that riddle becomes much more urgent…

The Blacksmith is available through all good bricks and mortar and online stores in non-North American regions. North America will have the release on 23rd September 2019.