New Acquisition: The Ferren Trilogy by Richard Harland

IFWG Publishing is delighted to have acquired the rights to publish best-selling author, Richard Harland’s Ferren Trilogy.

The trilogy received critical acclaim well over ten years ago, with literary luminaries such as Isobel Carmody calling the first book, Ferren and the Angel, a “…rare thing, a profoundly original fantasy that is at the same time, funny, tender and wise. A lovely gem of a book.” Ian Irvine called it a “[c]aptivating, dazzlingly original fantasy.” IFWG recognised the brilliance of this trilogy and was acutely aware that it wasn’t released with any significant market penetration beyond Australia’s shores, and that there is a new generation of young adult fantasy readers waiting in the aisles for this masterpiece series.

Additionally, Richard Harland has expressed his eagerness to do a best and final edition of the books, making changes that he believed cried out for improvement. We certainly want to facilitate Richard’s wishes, and so we view this book deal as a rare and ideal collaboration. We are very much looking forward to working with him on this exciting project.

Ferren and the Angel (second edition) will be released in the second quarter of 2023, with books 2 and 3 following through in 2024 and 2025.

A fantasy world like no other – a retro-future where the armies of Earth wage war against the armies of Heaven. Heaven’s armies are composed of angels and archangels, but Earth’s armies aren’t human – they’re artificially created beings known as Humen. The real remaining human beings, or Residuals, have been reduced to scattered primitive tribes, fearful of Heaven, beaten down by the Humen, and living their lives in ignorance and superstition.

Ferren is a young Residual in a tribe that calls itself the People, and he’s a little less beaten down, a little more curious than the rest. When a warrior angel is shot from the sky and crashes to Earth nearby, he goes to investigate.

That’s the beginning of his adventures. He journeys to the military camp of the Humen where he finds out about the horrific technology used to create artificial beings from the raw material of Residuals; encounters the morphs or souls of the deceased no longer allowed into Heaven; fights against the giant Doctor Saniette; unites the scattered tribes in a revolutionary alliance; is deceived by a darkly beautiful angel with a flying wing composed of souls; and finally pursues the invading Humen armies right up into Heaven itself.

In the face of apocalyptic battles, psycho-spiritual weapons, betrayal and monstrous evil, Ferren’s only hope of survival and success lies in joining forces with the damaged warrior angel who crashed to Earth and can never fly again…

Richard Harland is the author of the internationally best-selling steampunk novel, Worldshaker, and its sequels Liberator and Song of the Slums. He also wrote the bizarre gothic-macabre duopoly, The Vicar of Morbing Vyle and The Black Crusade, and for younger readers, the Wolf Kingdom quartet, Walter Wants to be a Werewolf and Sassycat. Other novels include the Eddon and Vail SF series; his published short stories move into horror and the supernatural as well as SF, fantasy, steampunk and slipstream.

Richard has won many awards for his novels and short stories, including six Aurealis Awards, the A. Bertram Chandler Award, and (in France) the Tam Tam Je Bouquine Award.

Before resigning to write speculative fiction full-time, he was a university lecturer, and before that, a folk-rock singer-songwriter and a published (but not very productive) poet. He was born in Huddersfield in England, and grew up in Hadleigh, a very pretty village in Suffolk. But the weather wasn’t pretty, and he escaped to Australia at the age of 22. Since then, he’s moved in a circle around Sydney – Newcastle to the north, the Blue Mountains to the west and the Illawarra to the south. He’s now settled in Figtree, near Wollongong, between the green escarpment and a string of golden beaches. He lives with partner Aileen and labrador Yogi. He writes every morning of every day of the year until about 1.30 p.m., then plans and drafts more writing for a couple of hours in the afternoon. He loves cooking, watching crime series and soccer on TV, and playing with the dog.

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.

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.