Tower in the Crooked Wood coming in audiobook

It goes without saying I believe in the books we publish. That’s why when Paula Johanson offered us her wonderful YA fantasy, Tower in the Crooked Wood, I was so excited to bring to publication this West Coast First Nations influenced story. That was back in 2015. Five years later, Tower in the Crooked Wood is still available in ebook. In December this year it’s also going to be available in audiobook. Canadian actor, artist, graphic designer…

What has been, and what is yet to come

Reflections on 2019 It has been an eventful year at Five Rivers. We published the last two novels by Dave Duncan, Pillar of Darkness, and the final novel in the King’s Blades series, The Ethical Swordsman. We also released in audiobook the first in that series, The Gilded Chain, skillfully narrated and produced by Austin Vanfleet. It was bittersweet, but also hopeful because Dave’s work lives on. In an irony that follows so many individuals involved in the arts, Dave’s…

On being a small publisher

First the shock wave In the past few weeks there has been a bit of a tremour run through the small press world in Canada, particularly in the SF&F community. First it started with discussion of lack of payment and royalty statements from one Alberta publisher, along with complaints of unfulfilled contracts, lack of communication, dismissive attitude. Then the bomb hit about an Ontario small press publisher which specialized in horror and dark fiction with…

The Gilded Chain now in audiobook

Dave Duncan’s first novel in the King’s Blades The first novel in Dave Duncan’s wildly popular King’s Blades series, The Gilded Chain, is now available in audiobook, masterfully narrated by Austin Vanfleet. This introduction to The King’s Blades sets the stage for the eight novels which streamed from that remarkable imagination of Duncan’s. As unwanted and rebellious boys, the King’s Blades find refuge in Ironhall…. Years later, they emerge as the finest swordsmen in the realm—a magical ritual of a sword through…