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):
It is with great pleasure that we reveal the front cover of Russell Kirkpatrick’s upcoming novel, Silent Sorrow, book 1 of his The book of Remezov series. It will contribute to our Masters of Fantasy sub-imprint of titles.
Luke Spooner, a long-standing artist and cover designer with IFWG, has masterfully echoed the atmosphere and vibe of the artist Vermeer, which in turn captures the fantasy setting depicted from Kirkpatrick’s book.
We will reveal more in the near future, leading to its world-wide release on 1 June 2020.
This year’s launch, for the fourth volume of the Warriors of Vhast series, Scouring the Land, again took place at Amor Bar in North Hobart. Rather than doing a speech, the floor was thrown open to questions and a very productive Q&Q ensued.
Questions came in that covered a wide variety of areas. Some of these involved the origin of the books, the history of Vhast itself, and what will happen after the series finishes. Most of the people present asked at least one question, much to our surprise. The Q&A showed that attendees had read the books (and that most had also read at least some of the short fiction available through Patreon as well).
The way the Q&A was received showed us that next year we should look towards live streaming a session and allowing readers around the world to take part interactively.
After much chat, and quite a few drinks, we closed up again for another year when we will be back for more drinks and the launch of Book 5, Gathering the Strands.
Some photos taken at the event (courtesy of Cary Lenehan):
IFWG is pleased to reveal the cover for Cary J Lenehan‘s Scouring the Land, Book 4 of his epic fantasy Warriors of Vhast series. The lovely art and cover work is by Catherine Archer-Wills. It will be released on 1 December 2019.
Scouring The Land continues to follow the unfolding saga on the distant and artificial world of Vhast. The inhabitants of Mousehole begin to discover their strength, and that of their Adversaries, as the story ranges over The Land and beyond.
Following on from Intimations of Evil, Engaging Evil,and Clearing the Web, the Princess, and her wife the mage, the Cat, the priest, the ghazi, and the others that are gathering around them, begin to strike out and discover how widespread is the influence of their enemy.
Scouring the Land is the fourth 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.
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.
IFWG is very excited to announce the world-wide release date of Paula Boer’s young adult novel, The Bloodwolf War, the first volume in The Equinora Chronicles. The wonderful cover art and design is by IFWG regular, Steve Santiago.
The Bloodwolf War will be released on 15 November 2019.
Equinora, the world where horses live in harmony with people, is in trouble. The six unicorn guardians created by the Goddess have abandoned their roles and vicious bloodwolves rampage across the land, massacring the herds and villagers.
Fleet, a young stallion without a territory, dreams of galloping with other horses and building a herd of his own. But an attack by a bloodwolf leaves him poisoned and alone. Driven by despair and a promise to fulfil his dying dam’s vision, Fleet sets out to discover how to vanquish the bloodwolves. The only help the renegade unicorns provide is to insist Fleet follow a prophecy to confront the villainous Shadow, an equine so powerful that the Goddess imprisoned him to prevent him destroying her realm.
Accompanied by Yuma, a young man desperate to escape his destiny, and Tatuk, a tiny dragon, Fleet seeks Shadow and a cure for the bloodwolf poison. But even as he begins to fear the selfish unicorns have sent him to his death, he discovers a secret that might mean he has a chance to save all horses and people from annihilation.