January 15, 2016
Here’s the cover for The Summon Stone, the long awaited sequel to The View from the Mirror, and my first Three Worlds novel since 2008. The Summon Stone is Book 1 of The Gates of Good and Evil and it’ll be published worldwide on May 19, 2016.
There was great excitement when I posted it on my Facebook page a few days ago, with many comments and over ten thousand views. I can’t wait to see it.
December 24, 2015
I recently did an interview with Dan Bloom, the inventor of the term ‘cli-fi’ for climate-related fiction, about my Human Rites eco-thriller trilogy, my kid’s book The Last Christmas – The North Pole is Melting, and other things. I hadn’t realised that cli-fi was so widespread – apparently you can study it at hundreds of universities now.
More on The Human Rites trilogy.
More on The Last Christmas.
December 21, 2015
The proofs for The Summon Stone arrived today for checking. They have to be done by early January, at which time the book is officially out of my hands. Not long now until it will be printed. It’s getting exciting!
It’s been 7 years since my last Three Worlds novel (The Destiny of the Dead), and nearly 16 years since I first promised to one day write a sequel to The View from the Mirror. Way too long.
More on The Summon Stone.
December 18, 2015
Excerpt from The Last Christmas in The West Australian today.
More on the Last Christmas website.
December 17, 2015
First reader reviews of A Wizard’s War and Other Stories. Thanks very much for the reviews, everyone, and permission to quote them.
“Another plunge into the fantastical universe that is the Three Worlds cycle, one that I’ve been losing myself in for almost half a decade now! The stories in this collection have both helped to explore the consequences and causes of some of the key moments throughout the books and to get me even more damned excited for The View from the Mirror sequel! As if I wasn’t enough already.” James Butlin, UK.
“These stories have filled in some gaps and left me wanting more. After all this time Irvine can still surprise me.” Talhia Chris Ballinger, Qld.
“Like a lost journal fallen between ancient tomes, A Wizards War is a look into another life.” Michael Neo Andrews.
“I love reading any Ian Irvine novel because if you feel life is treating you harshly, a few pages in and boy your life looks pretty comfy after what his heroes are subjected to!” Sue Knight, Vic.
“Sorry it’s not about the above but I’ve just started the Runcible Jones series and I cannot believe it’s taken me this long to get started! I suspect JK Rowling went reading these before writing Harry Potter, it’s a brilliant series slightly more sophisticated but of the same fast pace as hogwarts. Onto book 2 in only 3 days. Very glad you wrote a quartet here!!!” Lauren.
More on A Wizard’s War.
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December 14, 2015
Read the first chapters from two key stories in A Wizard’s War and Other Stories.
December 9, 2015.
Some nice author quotes on The Last Christmas – The North Pole is Melting!
“The Last Christmas puts a realistic modern twist on Santa’s current operations at the North Pole. This adventurous quest highlights the effects that global warming and corporate greed is having on, not just Santa, his reindeer and elves, but on wildlife that shares their wintry home. Still, where there is an adventurous spirit and will for improvement, there is hope to find a solution. This is a tale with an important message attached – for no one is never too young to start considering the impact that human beings have on our environment.”
“A serious climate change message, a bunch of hilarious reindeer, an absolute charmer of a story! I can¹t think of a better Xmas present – if you can wait that long!”
“The melting of the North Pole and the loss of their home are big enough problems for Santa and his crew. But when a mysterious figure turns up in a flying machine, and offers to take on Santa’s business, all hell breaks loose. Will Christmas really be wrecked forever? Not if the reindeer have anything to do with it!
A rollicking fantasy adventure for young readers, with lively characters and pacy plot. You’ll never think of Santa’s land in the same way again!”
A great interview with Ian in the Brisbane Times yesterday.
Plus a good mention in the Education sections of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age recently.
A charming review of the beginning of The Last Christmas by Pip Wiles, age 7.