New Acquisition: Dream Weaver by Steven Paulsen

IFWG has had a long and fruitful relationship with the very talented Australian author, Steve Paulsen, including publishing a collection of his weird and dark fiction, Shadows on the Wall, as well as publishing some of his short fiction in flagship anthologies over recent years. It is with great pleasure that we can announce the acquisition of his Young Adult historical fantasy novel, Dream Weaver, which will put on display another dimension to Paulsen’s already significant literary repertoire, and which also adds to IFWG’s YA catalogue, which is growing in respect and acclaim.

Dream Weaver will be released in the second quarter of 2023. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming title.

Anatolia – Autumn, 1405 AD.

The Ottoman Sultan and the barbaric Turko-Mongol conqueror Timur Lenk are both dead.

The empire is on the verge of collapse, caught up in bloody civil war. And dark powers are rising, employing Uzbeg mercenaries and blood magic to wrest control of the country.

In a small Mediterranean coastal town, a street-wise sixteen-year-old orphan named Ali starts to have uncontrollable nightmares he thinks are predicting the future, only to learn they are creating the future.

His dreams attract unwanted attention, and in an attempt to rid himself of them, Ali sets off on a quest to find a mythical sage called Luman, pursued by the evil men who killed his mother and will stop at nothing to capture him and corrupt his unwanted powers with gemeye blood magic.

An historical adventure/fantasy/romance story for Young Adults that will appeal to readers young and old.

Steven Paulsen is an award-winning Speculative Fiction writer. His bestselling spooky middle-grade children’s book, The Stray Cat (Lothian/Hachette 1996), illustrated by Hugo and Oscar Award winning artist Shaun Tan, was runner up for the Ditmar Award and has seen publication in several English and foreign language editions. His short stories, described by Isobelle Carmody as beautifully written and subtle, have appeared in books and magazines in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The best of these (including new fiction written expressly for the book) can be found in his short story collection, Shadows on the Wall (IFWG Publishing Australia, 2018), which won the Australian Horror Writers Association Shadows Award for Best Collected Work.

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