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 Title: Silent Sorrow by Russell Kirkpatrick

IFWG Publishing Australia is closing in on the final titles to be released in 2020 and it is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of Canberra-based author Russell Kirkpatrick’s fantasy novel, Silent Sorrow, the first of his The Book of Remezov series. “Russell has a wonderful record in fantasy literature,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and his newest manuscript blew our team away for its originality. Kirkpatrick’s work is a great inclusion for our catalogue, and adds a certain fantasy dimension to 2020 that we have long sought for.”

Silent Sorrow’s current blurb reads:

It is a foolish thing to banish the gods who keep the world from falling apart…

Remezov of Sarella is a brilliant and ambitious young geographer who, despite his low birth, is determined to be the greatest scientist in all of quake-prone Medanos. He has arrived in the ancient city of Hanemark to be received into the powerful Guild of Geographers – the youngest inductee in decades. Only then will he finally be rid of his despised heritage.

But Remezov has a secret. He’s found a dead scientist’s diary and hopes to pass off the work as his own. It tells of an imminent invasion of Necronym – malevolent beings with the power to set off world-shaking earthquakes. Superstitious nonsense, of course, except the diary explains strange occurrences that have been puzzling him. Should he surrender it, risking expulsion from the Guild and the loss of everything he’s worked for, all for a crazy warning of an invasion that may never come, or keep it and use it to make his name? It’s a decision he has to make soon, because he’s being hunted by something leaving a trail of mutilated bodies across the city.

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Photo Credit and permission to reproduce by Cat Sparks

Russell Kirkpatrick (born 1961, Christchurch, New Zealand) is a geography lecturer, cartographer and a novelist. He holds a PhD in geography from the University of Canterbury, and lectured at the University of Waikato in Hamilton until 2014. He is currently living and writing in Australia, and moonlights as a sessional lecturer at the University of Canberra. He has worked on seven atlas projects, including the New Zealand Historical Atlas (1998), and authored the Contemporary Atlas of New Zealand (1999/2004). He also wrote and was photographer for a book about New Zealand waterfalls – Walk to Waterfalls (2011).

He has written two fantasy trilogies, Fire of Heaven and HuskAcross the Face of the World was the biggest selling debut fantasy in the United States in 2008. He won the Julius Vogel award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Silent Sorrow is expected to be published internationally in the second quarter of 2020.

New Release: Clearing the Web by Cary J Lenehan

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IFWG Australia is excited to announce the third instalment of the epic fantasy Warriors of Vhast series by Tasmanian author Cary J Lenehan, ‘Clearing the Web‘. “Cary’s detailed and comprehensive world building shines out as usual,” said Gerry Huntman (Managing Director IFWG), and as the storyline progresses Cary’s work gets better and better. This is a vast project, no pun intended, and we are proud to be publishing it worldwide.”

Kudos to Catherine Archer-Wills for her artwork and design for this, and previous volumes (with earlier design by Elizabeth Lang).

The world book launch for Clearing the Web will be held at:

Amor Bar,
217-219 Elizabeth Street,
North Hobart
at 7pm 29 November 2018

Clearing the Web continues to follow the unfolding events on the distant, artificial world of Vhast. A lost realm, a visit to a nearby Empire, the arrival of foes, and then a dragon test the recently anointed heroes.

Following on from Intimations of Evil and Engaging Evil, the Princess and her mage wife, the Cat, the priest, the ghazi, and the others leave their small newly freed village and set out to uncover the evil infecting The Land. One obstacle after another appears as the evil fights back.

Clearing the Web is the third book of a series that sees reality confronted and a world re-shaped as new myths are created in an epic fantasy adventure.

Clearing the Web will be released in Australia, UK and Europe on 29th November 2018, and in North America January/February 2019 (to be advised).

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For those of you who have missed the series, click on the images above to get more information.

New Signing: Books 3 to 5 of Warriors of Vhast

It is with pleasure that we can now announce the signing of books 3 to 5 of Cary J Lenehan’s Warriors of Vhast series – ‘Clearing the Web’ (Book 3), ‘Scouring the Land’ (Book 4), and ‘Gathering the Strands’ (Book 5). This follows from ‘Intimations of Evil‘ (Book 1) and ‘Engaging Evil‘ (Book 2).

“Cary’s strength is his world-building,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing, “and he delivers in spades. Books 1 and 2 have garnered a strong following by those who love epic fantasy in lush, vivid worlds, and this is great news for all. We can’t be happier to continue this series.”

IFWG Publishing will be re-releasing Books 1 and 2 in March 2018 (to ensure the look and feel of the series is entirely consistent) and Clearing the Web will be released in July 2018. Books 4 and 5 will follow annually, and it is likely it will continue beyond Book 5.

Cary Lenehan

Cary J Lenehan is a former trades assistant, soldier, public servant, cab driver, truck driver, game designer, trainee 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), the SCA and gaming. 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 the computer is a sweeping view of Mount Wellington and its range.

Cary has a Patreon page where he wants to expand his world of Vhast in all sorts of directions. You might want to consider helping him: Cary Lenehan’s Patreon Page

Cary’s web site: www.caryjlenehan.com

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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.

Sneak Preview: Engaging Evil by Cary J Lenehan

We know fans have been waiting for a while, but we can now announce the release of Engaging Evil, book 2 of Warriors of Vhast, by Cary J Lenehan, on the 23rd of February 2017. Here’s the cover:

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Engaging Evil continues the unfolding series set on a distant and fabricated world where magic takes the place of technology and dragons and monsters dwell in unlikely places.

Following on from Book 1, Intimations of Evil, we follow the Cat, the priest, the princess, the ghazi, the tribesman and others, as they leave civilisation and enter the wilds and discover the hidden village of Mousehole, where lurks bandits and indescribable evil.

Engaging Evil is the second book of a series that sees worlds reshaped and myths confounded in a far-flung fantasy adventure.

Well done to Elizabeth Lang of EL Designs, and artist Catherine Archer-Wills for the spectacular cover.