Preorder Offer: Shadows in the Stone by Jack Dann

SHADOWS IN THE STONE - FRONT COVER

IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased to announce that Jack Dann’s upcoming fantasy/alternate history novel, Shadows in the Stone: A Book of Transformations, will be released worldwide on 1 November 2019, and preorders are now available.

The author of The Age #1 bestselling novel The Memory Cathedral returns to Renaissance Italy with a transcendent vision of the ultimate battle between good and evil.

In Shadows in the Stone Jack Dann creates a fully-realized, living, breathing universe, a universe where the Vatican is in Venice, Jehovah is really a lesser god known as the Demiurge, and the magus John Dee’s experiments with angels are true and repeatable. Here you’ll discover a nun who has the expertise and agility of a Ninja warrior, the reincarnated snake goddess known as the Daughter of Light, the famed Florentine magician Pico Della Mirandola, a young magus who is part stone, the Knights Templar of the Crimson Cross, the sapphire tablet: the most secret of the Dead Sea scrolls, and a 15th Century dirigible kept aloft by imprisoned souls. Here you’ll find wild adventure and Machiavellian subtlety, treason and heroism, love and carnality, joy and loss, magic, machines, the cosmic machinations of angels, demons, gods, and half-gods; and the absolutely breathtaking vistas that are their battle grounds.

New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson has compared Shadows in the Stone with Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, calling it “such a complete world that Italian history no longer seems comprehensible without [Dann’s] cosmic battle of spiritual entities behind and within every historical actor and event.”

Join Jack Dann’s protagonists—Louisa Morgan and Lucian Ben-Hananiah—and the fellowship of The Dark Companions in their apocalyptic battle against the Demiurge—described in the forbidden Gnostic texts as the demon god Yaldabaoth… and known to us as Jehovah.

Print preorders will close 30 September 2019.
Hardcover

Print Hardcover preorder: UK Addresses (UK£19.99 inc shipping)

Print Hardcover preorder: US/Canadian Addresses (US$24.99 inc shipping)

Print Hardcover preorder: AU/NZ Addresses (AU$44.95 inc shipping)

Trade Paperback

Print Trade Paperback preorder: UK Addresses (UK£13.99 inc shipping)

Print Trade Paperback preorder: US/Canadian Addresses (US$17.99 inc shipping)

Print Trade Paperback preorder: AU/NZ Addresses (AU$34.95 inc shipping)

 

eBook formats:

Kindle (except North America)

Kindle in North America soon

Other formats available soon

Cover Reveal: Shadows in the Stone by Jack Dann

SHADOWS IN THE STONE - FRONT COVER

It is with great pleasure that IFWG can now present the final front cover image of Jack Dann’s forthcoming alt-history/Renaissance fantasy novel, Shadows in the Stone: A Book of Transformations. The amazing artwork is by multi-award winning artist, Bob Eggleton, and the design is by the very talented Marianne Plumridge.

The title will be released in hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook formats on 1st November 2019.

The author of The Age #1 bestselling novel The Memory Cathedral returns to Renaissance Italy with a transcendent vision of the ultimate battle between good and evil.

In Shadows in the Stone Jack Dann creates a fully-realized, living, breathing universe, a universe where the Vatican is in Venice, Jehovah is really a lesser god known as the Demiurge, and the magus John Dee’s experiments with angels are true and repeatable. Here you’ll discover a nun who has the expertise and agility of a Ninja warrior, the reincarnated snake goddess known as the Daughter of Light, the famed Florentine magician Pico Della Mirandola, a young magus who is part stone, the Knights Templar of the Crimson Cross, the sapphire tablet: the most secret of the Dead Sea scrolls, and a 15th Century dirigible kept aloft by imprisoned souls. Here you’ll find wild adventure and Machiavellian subtlety, treason and heroism, love and carnality, joy and loss, magic, machines, the cosmic machinations of angels, demons, gods, and half-gods; and the absolutely breathtaking vistas that are their battle grounds.

New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson has compared Shadows in the Stone with Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, calling it “such a complete world that Italian history no longer seems comprehensible without [Dann’s] cosmic battle of spiritual entities behind and within every historical actor and event.”

Join Jack Dann’s protagonists—Louisa Morgan and Lucian Ben-Hananiah—and the fellowship of The Dark Companions in their apocalyptic battle against the Demiurge—described in the forbidden Gnostic texts as the demon god Yaldabaoth… and known to us as Jehovah.

Book Signing: Shadows in the Stone by Jack Dann

IFWG is over the moon with the acquisition of Jack Dann’s new novel, Shadows in the Stone. This will be a significant work added to Jack Dann’s impressive catalogue of works, and we believe, one of his outstanding pieces.

Jack says: “Like The Memory Cathedral, Shadows in the Stone came to me initially as an image; not one overwhelming catalyzing image, but a series of images. The first and strongest image that come to mind are two illustrations depicting scenes from Milton’s Paradise Lost by John Martin (1789-1834), an artist famous in his own time, but now largely forgotten: two mezzotints, entitled “Pandemonium” and “Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council” seemed to me to encapsulate (or perhaps generated) my vision of the aeon Belias as dark angel and place.”

Pandemonium

Pandemonium by John Martin

Satan Presiding by John Martin

Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council by John Martin

The following is the accompanying text from the novel:

As the theurgist Pico Della Mirandola fell into eternity, into the abyss of souls, Pietro Neroni and the aeon Athoth journeyed across Belias’ empty, crystalline wastes.

In a sense Pietro and Athoth were stepping over or passing through the dark aeon’s volcanic, thundering body, for Belias and his world—his dark heaven—were the same, each a glittering reflection of the other, a reflection of a reflection, a reflection nested in itself; and if one wished to visualize these moments as Pietro experienced them, one might imagine Athoth, the beautiful aeon Athoth and his club-footed companion Pietro simply walking together. Around them was a darkness so deep and sharp and soul-destroying that the surrounding mountains and cratered ice sheets were simply chiaroscuro contrasts of the same tenebrous void. As Pietro moved through this negative terrain, he imagined that he was looking into (or through) a crystal gazing globe that had been crazed with glittering cracks, so that the darkness within appeared as shards of black, their various changing shapes defined only by slight differences of darkness and edgings of silver.

The darkness was palpable, tactile, numbing; and Pietro experienced a cold yet distant grief as he tried to remember his tender feelings (love?) for the beautiful Isabella as he visualized her heart shaped, freckled face and dark curly hair; and he remembered, yes, he remembered when she had caught him gazing into Maestro Mirandola’s gazing globe, which was now part of his soul and viscera; remembered her calling him a heretic in the catacombs of Florence…remembered his prediction that she would betray all her companions.

Shadows in the Stone will be published next year – details of the release date will be forthcoming soon.