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.

 

Forthcoming Release: The Blacksmith by Barbara Howe

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IFWG is pleased to reveal the cover of Barbara Howe‘s third book in her Young Adult Reforging series, The Blacksmith. It will be released on 1 August in Australia/UK/New Zealand, and 23 September in North America. The ebook in Australia and New Zealand is out now. The wonderful cover art is by Catherine Archer-Wills.

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…

New Release: Engine of Lies by Barbara Howe

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IFWG Publishing Australia is delighted to announce the release of Engine of Lies, by Barbara Howe, book 2 in her  young adult Reforging series. “IFWG has long recognised the immense catchment of speculative talent in New Zealand,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “and Engine of Lies is the latest title representing that impressive pool. This series is impressive and what attracted us to publishing Barbara’s work is the strong female protagonists – young adults and adults alike will love them.”

NEVER, EVER, LIE TO A WARLOCK

He never promised happily ever after, but Lucinda is still dismayed by how quickly reality intrudes on her fairy tale. Assassination attempts and lightning strikes disturb her honeymoon, but the return home brings no peace of mind. When the discovery of a magical conspiracy shakes her faith in everything she trusts, she vows to expose the Fire Warlock’s most shameful secret and see justice done.

As a hot summer draws towards a violent end, Lucinda teeters between terror and rage. She’d be less angry about risking her life if she didn’t suspect her husband – her hero! – intends to step aside and let her die.

Engine of Lies is now available from all good bookstores, online and bricks and mortar, in Australia, Canada and the US, and online in other geographies. It is available in print (North America, Australia, International) and ebook formats (North America, Other Geographies).


For those who haven’t been introduced to the Reforging series, read first Book 1, The Locksmith.

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Cover Reveal: Engine of Lies by Barbara Howe

Book 2 of New Zealand writer Barbara Howe‘s Reforging series, Engine of Lies, is locked in for release in Australia, New Zealand, UK and North America on 16th July. In the meantime, here is the cover (art and design by Catherine Archer-Wills), which instills the young adult book’s characters and setting perfectly.

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NEVER, EVER, LIE TO A WARLOCK

He never promised happily ever after, but Lucinda is still dismayed by how quickly reality intrudes on her fairy tale. Assassination attempts and lightning strikes disturb her honeymoon, but the return home brings no peace of mind. When the discovery of a magical conspiracy shakes her faith in everything she trusts, she vows to expose the Fire Warlock’s most shameful secret and see justice done. 

As a hot summer draws towards a violent end, Lucinda teeters between terror and rage. She’d be less angry about risking her life if she didn’t suspect her husband – her hero! – intends to step aside and let her die.

For those who haven’t read the magic of Book 1 of the series, The Locksmith, it can be found in all good bricks and mortar and online stores.

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New Release: The Locksmith by Barbara Howe

As foreshadowed in recent posts, IFWG Publishing is pleased to announce the release tomorrow of our third New Zealand title, the young adult fantasy novel, The Locksmith, by Barbara Howe. This is the first in a  five part series, ‘Reforging’, and for those of you who will read Book 1, you will definitely be impatient for future instalments.

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The Locksmith will be officially launched at Lexicon, Lake Taupo NZ on 4 June – not only will Barbara and Ali (The Rejects) will be there for their launches, but Gerry Huntman (Managing Director IFWG Publishing Australia) will be MC at the event, and Kaaron Warren will also be there.

In a world where membership in one of the four magic guilds guarantees respect and wealth, it is strange that Lucinda Guillierre is terrified of being exposed as a witch. The Fire Warlock finds her attitude puzzling, but does not give her his full attention until a long-buried secret comes to light.

She has good reasons to be afraid.

As war looms and dangerous romance beckons, who will have the best chance to kill her? Her enemies, her friends, or Lucinda herself?

From tomorrow The Locksmith will be available in all good print and ebook online bookstore, and will soon be available at all quality bricks and mortar bookstores. You can also opt to purchase direct from the publisher right now: Print and ebook.