New Release: The Forge by Barbara Howe

Today is the book-birthday, world-wide, of Barbara Howe’s concluding novel in her Reforging Series, The Forge.

While ecstatic at the release of another wonderful young adult fantasy novel by Barbara Howe, and the continuation of her storyline in the Reforging series, it is also a sad occasion for us, as it is the conclusion and we have to settle on there being an end to her story and world-building. This is the second series concluding for us in 2021, and another will occur in March 2023 – we should be getting used to this, but the sad fact is that we can’t when we are enjoying them so much.

Nevertheless, we are certainly very happy to have the complete series now available to readers who love a strong alt-historical bent to high fantasy, and who love realistic, strong female characters. This was what Barbara sold to us when we accepted the series back in 2016, and she delivered above expectations.

We would also like to acknowledge the magnificent artwork and design by UK-based Catherine Archer-Wills, who worked on all five books and, in our humble opinions, delivered the best for last.

Thunder rolls in a continuous barrage, echoing off mountain walls. Lightning blazes across the sky, one jagged flash after another. The bolts that hit their targets leave charred bodies in their wake. The attacks that miss turn spruce and fir into torches, spreading fire until the entire mountain is in flames. Struggling wizards stand out as black silhouettes against the reds and oranges of the forest fire and the white of the deep snow.

In the valley, villagers cower under beds or huddle in cellars. The bravest peek out through gaps in closed shutters and pray for the Fire Warlock to come and save them.

Their prayers go unanswered. There is no Fire Warlock.

The Forge is now available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores. Stay tuned for an offer for all five books bundled, through the publisher.

New Release: Heroes of Heresy by Paul Mannering

Today we have released, world-wide, Paul Mannering’s concluding novel in his Drakeforth Series, Heroes of Heresy.

This has been a long and happy journey, where in 2017 IFWG bought the rights to the first two novels of Mannering’s series (which were previously published, Engines of Empathy and Pisces of Fate), and it included clauses to completing the series with two original novels (Time of Breath and this new release).

IFWG fell in love with Mannering’s style of writing and also recognised that there wasn’t enough quality humorous and satirical titles in the speculative fiction field today. We have now come to the last of the series and we feel vindicated in our acquisition. Well done Paul, and long may you continue to entertain us and provide your insights into the human condition through wit!

We continue to be gobsmacked by the cover artwork and design by Luke Spooner.

When Arthurian monk, Habeas Yeast found religion he stopped looking for anything else. Now religion is looking for him.

The recently possessed Vole Drakeforth teams up with Pimola Goosebread, passionate tea-critic and leading research scientist in particle physics. 

Seeking the truth behind the very nature of reality, these unlikely heroes find themselves the target of the world’s most customer-focused professional killers.

This is the prequel you will want to read first, but really need to read last for it to make sense.

Heroes of Heresy is now available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores.

New Release: Mistification by Kaaron Warren

In April 2020 IFWG Publishing announced the acquisition of a significant number of works by Kaaron Warren, including three previously published novels (Slights, Mistification, Walking the Tree), an original middle grade novel (Morace’s Story), and a collaborative chapbook with Ellen Datlow (Tool Tales). Most of these works have now been published. We saw these acquisitions as being a major contribution to our strong catalogue of everything Kaaron Warren – acknowledging her amazing talent and ensuring that her work is accessible world-wide to her fans – and at the same time introducing her new work.

Mistification has now been released world-wide, and it is a significant work by Warren, having been out of print for some time. Many of her fans would not have had the opportunity to read this masterpiece of dark fantasy.

We are also extremely pleased with the captivating cover artwork and design by Vince Haig.

They entered the cellar and he locked the door behind them. He drew the mist to give the girl a sense of euphoria and anticipation. 

“There is magic here; tricks,” the girl said. “I know because I blink and things change. I feel like I can see germs in the air. It’s damp. What if I catch something?” 

He said, “You can’t catch magic. You can learn parts of it, you are born with some. Magic is not contagious, though its element is contagion. Some things can influence you long after you have stopped touching them. Some things will never stop touching you, even when they are long forgotten.” His voice was so quiet it gave her comfort. 

Mistification is now available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores.

New Release: Infectious Hope

IFWG is immensely proud to announce the world-wide release of our fourth instalment in our chapbook series, Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope and Resilience From The Pandemic, edited by Silvia Cantón Rondoni. “IFWG didn’t hesitate to take on this project,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as COVID-19 permeated every aspect of all of our lives over the last few years – it made sense to contribute to some form of positive message through our publishing house. Silvia’s editing effort was immense and she was a pocket dynamo in terms of attracting some of the best poets in the world, and not just from the horror genre that she has close ties with. We are still gobsmacked by the table of contents.”

The inspiring cover art and design was also rendered by Silvia Cantón Rondoni.

Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope and Resilience From the Pandemic is a call out for positivism and resilience during lockdown and isolation. Editor and poet Silvia Cantón Rondoni has curated a poetry anthology that includes a spectacular range of diverse poets from around the globe, and focuses on their insights and strength during the pandemic.

A poetic vaccination of the soul, and a reminder that we are in this together and are stronger than we know. This anthology contains the creativity of 47 poets, including luminaries Fiona Wright, Joe R. Landsdale, Isobelle Carmody, Roz Kaveney, and Linda D. Addison, as well as an introduction by Lee Murray.

This chapbook is available now and can be found in all good print stores, online and bricks and mortar. This book is not available in ebook formats.

North American Release: The Five Star Republic, Book 1 of the City of the Sun trilogy

It is with great pleasure that IFWG Publishing announces the North American release of The Five Star Republic by Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice, the first instalment of their alt-history trilogy, City of the Sun.

“IFWG has been waiting with anticipation for this day,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as it really is our flagship title for 2021. It has so much going for it: incredibly well researched in Australian/Victorian history, a delightful twist that sends it into ‘what if’ territory, the injection of solar technology (that actually existed in the nineteenth century), and a riveting, compelling storyline spanning generations. We jumped at purchasing the rights to this trilogy and we know it will be a hit among speculative readers and historical fiction readers alike.”

IFWG is also offering preorders for a limited signed edition of The Five Star Republic.

“Multigenerational, sweeping across three continents…Inventive and absorbing alternate history.” -Nancy Kress

The date is 1854. The place is the Australian goldfields in the British colony of Victoria-the richest prize on earth. The story begins with a stockade. The flag of independence is unfurled. Men driven beyond endurance take arms against British redcoats. At their forefront are two hundred Colt-wielding Americans, the California Rangers, led by the charismatic and idealistic Captain James McGill.

The stockade falls. The Rangers are scattered. But from the ashes will rise a new revolution-a revolution powered by the sun. And this one will not fail.

In the 19th century, just how close did we come to a world run on solar power? The Five Star Republic is history with a twist, the story of a world that might easily have been-the future you’ll wish we’d had.

“Original and enthralling…an alternate history imbued with hope and promise.” -Pamela Sargent

“Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat…” -Publishers Weekly (US).

The Five Star Republic is available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores.

IFWG will be announcing the details of the virtual book launch to be held 12 December 2021 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

New Release: The Five Star Republic, Book 1 of the City of the Sun trilogy

It is with great pleasure that IFWG Publishing announces the Australian, New Zealand, and UK/European release of The Five Star Republic by Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice, the first instalment of their alt-history trilogy, City of the Sun. The print edition will be released in the US/Canada on 26th October 2021.

“IFWG has been waiting with anticipation for this day,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as it really is our flagship title for 2021. It has so much going for it: incredibly well researched in Australian/Victorian history, a delightful twist that sends it into ‘what if’ territory, the injection of solar technology (that actually existed in the nineteenth century), and a riveting, compelling storyline spanning generations. We jumped at purchasing the rights to this trilogy and we know it will be a hit among speculative readers and historical fiction readers alike.”

IFWG is also offering preorders for a limited signed edition of The Five Star Republic.

“Multigenerational, sweeping across three continents…Inventive and absorbing alternate history.” -Nancy Kress

The date is 1854. The place is the Australian goldfields in the British colony of Victoria-the richest prize on earth. The story begins with a stockade. The flag of independence is unfurled. Men driven beyond endurance take arms against British redcoats. At their forefront are two hundred Colt-wielding Americans, the California Rangers, led by the charismatic and idealistic Captain James McGill.

The stockade falls. The Rangers are scattered. But from the ashes will rise a new revolution-a revolution powered by the sun. And this one will not fail.

In the 19th century, just how close did we come to a world run on solar power? The Five Star Republic is history with a twist, the story of a world that might easily have been-the future you’ll wish we’d had.

“Original and enthralling…an alternate history imbued with hope and promise.” -Pamela Sargent

“Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat…” -Publishers Weekly (US).

The Five Star Republic is available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores. The US and Canadian release of the book will occur on 26 October 2021.