New Release: Following the Braid by Cary J Lenehan

IFWG Publishing is very pleased to announce the release of the sixth book in Cary J Lenehan’s Warriors of Vhast series, Following the Braid.

“This is the sixth instalment in an eight-book epic fantasy series,” said Gerry Huntman, MD of IFWG, “and represents an immense amount of fantastical world building by Lenehan. We are very proud indeed to publish his work, and see the intricate storylines unfold. We encourage any reader of fine fantasy fiction – particularly those who love extensively created worlds – to take the plunge with Warriors of Vhast.”

Following the Braid begins in the cold sub-Arctic northern seas as the inhabitants of Mousehole continue their war against their foes. The story continues across the continent of The Land on the planet of Vhast, from the frigid seas to the hot and wet south. More is revealed about the background to the world and the events taking place on it.

This story follows on from Intimations of Evil, Engaging Evil, Clearing the Web, Scouring the Land, and Gathering the Strands: the Princess and her wife the mage, the Cat, the ghazi, and the others in the growing village of the Mice increase their influence over the affairs of the continent. Over most of it, the forces of evil are confounded and driven away from their influences over the levers of power.

The Warriors of Vhast series adds science fiction to epic fantasy. It is set on a fabricated world that is used as an experiment in magic by a long-lived alien race. Unbeknownst to most of those below, the Shing-zu struggle with their foe, the Daveen. These struggles extend to the world of Vhast as a battle between good and evil.

Following the Braid is available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores in Australia, UK, Europe and New Zealand. It will be released in ebook and print formats in the USA and Canada in July 2022.

Cover Reveal: Following the Braid by Cary J Lenehan

IFWG Publishing is very pleased to reveal the cover for Cary J Lenehan’s sixth instalment in his epic 8-part fantasy Warriors of Vhast series, Following the Braid. Artwork and design by UK-based Catherine Archer-Wills – we think this is one of her best.

“Again we have chosen a non-combative scene for the cover,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as Lenehan’s work is a triumph of world-building and this, like book 5’s cover, adds richness to the presentation of his narrative tableaux. The quality of Archer-Wills’ work is outstanding as usual.”

Here is the artwork for the full wrap – we are impressed!

artwork by Catherine Archer-Wills

Following the Braid will be published world-wide on the 2nd May 2022.

New Acquisition: Final Three Books of the Warriors of Vhast series by Cary J Lenehan

IFWG Publishing has had a strong association with Cary Lenehan, exclusively with his long-running epic fantasy series, Warriors of Vhast. Right from the beginning we were entranced with the world building he carried out, and the diversity of characters, associated (inexplicably, but with reason) with many real human cultures. This was and is his strength and sales and a continuously growing fan base has vindicated our decision to publish his novels.

To date we have published books 1 to 5 of the series, and understanding that it will finish at book 8, we have acquired the rights to the final three instalments: books 6 to 8. We are very happy to have completed the legal end of this acquisition and now can focus on the production side, to continue the saga to its fantastical conclusion.

Book 6, Following the Braid, is earmarked for May 2022 – please keep checking in on more news about this exciting new instalment in the series.

Cary J. Lenehan is a former trades assistant, soldier, public servant, cab driver, truck driver, game designer, fishmonger, horticulturalist and university tutor— among other things. His hobbies include collecting and reading books (the non-fiction are Dewey decimalised), Tasmanian native plants (particularly the edible ones), medieval re-creation and gaming. Over the years he has taught people how to use everything from shortswords to rocket launchers.

He met his wife at an SF Convention while cosplaying and they have not looked back. He was born in Sydney before marrying and moving to the Snowy Mountains where they started their family. They moved to Tasmania for the warmer winters and are not likely to ever leave it. Looking out of the window beside Cary’s computer is a sweeping view of Mount Wellington/Kunanyi and its range.

March Release: Gathering the Strands by Cary J Lenehan

Gathering the Strands by Cary J Lenehan is part of IFWG’s ‘Uncaching the Treasures‘ campaign, and is the fifth novel in Lenehan’s Warriors of Vhast series. It was released world-wide on 1 March 2021 and the cover was once again rendered by the talented Catherine Archer-Wills.

A few events have already taken place with respect to Gathering the Strands, including an entertaining podcast interview of Lenehan by Jason Henderson of Castle of Horror (particularly about world-building), and a blog interview by Maureen Flynn. The official launch has just occurred in Hobart.


Gathering the Strands starts to bring together the story of adversaries struggling over the distant and artificial world of Vhast towards what looks to be resolution. The inhabitants of Mousehole, instead of reacting to what is happening around them, begin to strike out and shape their own future as they travel around The Land.

Following on from Intimations of Evil, Engaging Evil, Clearing the Web, and Scouring the Land, the Princess, and her wife the mage, the Cat, the priest, the ghazi, and the growing number of people that they are bringing together, strike out both in lightning raids and in mobilised armies, against their foe. Now they are being reacted to instead of hitting out blindly at unfathomed foes.

Gathering the Strands is the fifth book of a series that sees magic as a scientific experiment as good struggles with evil in a world made by an alien race for their own ends.


Gathering the Strands is now available worldwide through all good bricks and mortar and online stores, print and ebook.

Cover Reveal: Gathering the Strands by Cary J Lenehan

IFWG Publishing is pleased to reveal the cover for Cary J Lenehan’s fifth instalment in his epic fantasy Warriors of Vhast series, Gathering the Strands. Artwork and design by UK-based Catherine Archer-Wills.

“We love the cover art and design for this volume in the series,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and especially with a non-combative scene, depicting one of the series’ long-standing characters in a professional setting. The quality of Archer-Wills’ work is outstanding, and captures the vivid world that Lenehan has created.”

Gathering the Strands will be published world-wide on the 1st March 2021. Preorders will be offered in January 2021.