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.