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: The Harbinger of Death by Paula Boer

IFWG is excited to reveal the cover of Paula Boer’s third instalment in her The Equinora Chronicles, The Harbinger of Death. The cover and design work was by one of IFWG’s regular artists, Steve Santiago (who did all three).

When rotfrogs poison the wetlands in Westlands, Prism, the youngest unicorn, is sent by Aureana, Equinora’s goddess, to overcome the invasion. But despite her golden wings, Prism is unable to fly due to her fear of heights. She makes the long treacherous journey across the mountains on foot, accompanied by Delsin, a spirit man and Rocky, a mortal horse. Prism falls in love with Rocky, but is tormented due to her desire for an immortal soulmate.  

By the time they arrive in Westlands, a blight has spread to all living things. When Prism confronts her grandsire, the guardian of the territory, a battle ensues between the older and younger generations of unicorns, causing devastating fire and floods. Prism must warn all the people and animals of the land to seek safety, at the same time as finding a cure for the plague. However, unless she can master her fear, she won’t be able to save the whole of Equinora from becoming a desolate wasteland.

The Harbinger of Death will be released 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.

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.

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.

New Release: The Stealthcat War

IFWG is excited to announce the world-wide release of Paula Boer‘s YA novel, The Stealthcat War, book 2 in her The Equinora Chronicles. “We are proud to release book 2,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as it continues the story begun in The Bloodwolf War, and adds to the series’ wonderful world-building, in a universe where horses are sentient beings and unicorns absolutely exist.” The cover is masterfully rendered and designed by Steve Santiago.

When unnatural wildfires ravage the prairies, many of the horse herds and human clans are burnt. Precious warmblood mares disappear and mysterious stealthcats are killing foals, forcing a dying stallion to seek help from the guardian unicorns.

Following a confusing prophecy that threatens the whole world, Mystery, the youngest unicorn, is sent to solve the problem. But being of horse parents, Mystery is filled with doubt and scared he has no power. Nevertheless, accompanied by Laila, a young woman, and Meda, her healer dragon, he determines to confront whatever evil is behind the devastation.

The Stealthcat War is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores.