Welcome to Shadowpaw Press

Shaping words…shaping worlds

We publish science fiction and fantasy primarily (but not necessarily exclusively). Come explore entire worlds, all shaped from that most marvellous of building materials—words.

Why Shadowpaw Press? It’s named after our lovely Siberian cat (that’s him at left), because why not? (Besides, he’s already had a book dedicated to him—Shadows, Book 2 in E.C. Blake‘s Masks of Aygrima trilogy from DAW Books.)

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Now available in ebook format: Shapers of Worlds, featuring short stories by award-winning, bestselling science fiction & fantasy authors

Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, Shapers of Worlds features fiction by some of the first-year guests of the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers, hosted by Shadowpaw Press’s publisher and editor, Edward Willett.

It’s now available for purchase in ebook format, with the trade paperback available November 14.

The anthology includes new stories from Seanan McGuire, Tanya Huff, David Weber, Lee Modesitt Jr., D.J. Butler, Christopher Ruocchio, John C. Wright, Shelley Adina, and Edward Willett; plus reprints from John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, David Brin, Julie E. Czerneda, Fonda Lee, Gareth L. Powell, Derek Kunsken, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, and Thoraiya Dyer.

Within these pages lie eighteen stories from eighteen worlds shaped by some of today’s best writers of science fiction and fantasy, all of whom were guests on the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers during its first year.

Some of these writers are bestsellers. Among them are winners and nominees for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, Aurealis, Ditmar, British Science Fiction Association, and Dragon Awards. Some have been writing for decades, some are still early in their careers, but all have honed their craft to razor-sharpness.

A teenage girl finds something strange in the middle of the Canadian prairie. A xenobiologist tries to liberate a giant alien, enslaved by humans on its own homeworld. The music of the spheres becomes literal for an Earth ship far from home. A league of superheroes interviews for new members. Strangers share a drink on a world where giant starships fall. Two boys, one a werewolf, one a mage, get more than they bargained for when they volunteer to fight an evil Empire. A man with amnesia accepts a most unusual offer. A young woman finds unexpected allies as she tries to win a flying-machine race in steampunk London . . .

Ranging from boisterous to bleak, from humorous to harrowing, from action-filled to quiet and meditative; taking place in alternate pasts, the present day, the far, far future, and times that never were; set on Earth, in the far reaches of space, in fantasy worlds, and in metaphysical realms, each of these stories is as unique as its creator. And yet, they all showcase the innate, irrepressible need of human beings to create, to imagine, to tell stories:

To shape worlds.

Now available: From the Street to the Stars

Cover art for Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star

Our newest release (only in ebook for now, but the print edition will follow in due course) is From the Street to the Stars, Book 1 of Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star.

Originally published by Roussan Publishers as Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star, this is a newly-revised-by-the-author edition of this exciting far-future young-adult science-fiction adventure, which was shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and an Our Choice selection of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

It garnered great reviews from Quill & Quire and elsewhere on its original publication, but this one from a young reader sums it up best:

“The book is like Star Wars plus drug dealers plus rock stars all joined into one book. If you like to read about that stuff then you will love this book…This is a cool book so check it out!”

In the works: Star Song, YA science fiction

A peek at a new young adult science fiction novel by Edward Willett coming later this year (release date TBA). Cover art is by Dan O’Driscoll.

Kriss Lemarc is a teenager alone on a remote planet where he doesn’t belong. The guardian who raised him in a backwoods village has been murdered. His parents died when he was a baby. His only link to them is a strange musical instrument, an instrument that pulls his innermost feelings to the surface and pours them into the minds of his listeners. 

Kriss plans to take that instrument off-world and trace its origin and his own–but the artifact proves to be far more than just a musical oddity. It holds the key to ancient alien powers, and ruthless people will stop at nothing to get it.

Befriended by a girl of the space-going, gypsy-like Family and a former Family member, but mistrusted and even hated by some of their comrades, Kriss seeks to learn about his parents and his true home, to keep the instrument from falling into evil hands–and ultimately, to learn his own worth and find a place where he truly belongs.

New ebooks: The Shards of Excalibur series

The Shards of Excalibur is a five-book young-adult fantasy series originally published by Coteau Books. Orphaned when Coteau went bankrupt, the series is now available in new ebook editions from Shadowpaw Press, with new print editions to follow in due course.

Book 1: Song of the Sword

Cover design by Tania Craan

Long-listed for The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic for Best Young Adult Novel

“Every so often … a writer is skilled enough to utilize the stories of King Arthur and Camelot to significant effect. Guy Gavriel Kay’s Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy is definitely on the list. So, too, is Song of the Sword, the impressive new YA novel from Regina writer Edward Willett … a taut, compelling narrative, well-drawn characters, and a keen sense of genuine peril and true wonder. It’s a powerful, fun, engaging read, and it’s the first of a series, so readers have much to look forward to.” – Quill & Quire

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Book 2: Twist of the Blade

Finalist for the Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Novel

“A satisfying second installment…Twist of the Blade offers an enticing sense of danger and excitement as Ariane pursues her mission, but the narrative doesn’t shy away from the story’s human elements…It’s refreshing to read a story in which the heroes and villains are not cut-and-dried, and readers can look forward to three more installments in this genuinely entertaining myth-based series.” – Quill & Quire

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Book 3: Lake in the Clouds

“At the heart … is the evolving relationship between Ariane and Wally. In a world of absent parents…they must rely upon themselves and upon each other. They must learn to trust each other, for they are being changed by their contact with and use of old magic steeped in old conflicts, desires and mysteries — all of which become particularly vital in Lake in the Clouds. How Ariane and Wally deal with such changes, and with the increasing responsibilities of their quest, makes them truly admirable characters. Willett’s The Shards of Excalibur series…gives fresh life to the Arthurian legends, and there is, indeed, much to look forward to in the next two installments.” – Matthew Johnstone, Canadian Children’s Book News

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Book 4: Cave Beneath the Sea

“In Cave Beneath the Sea, Edward Willett has created as exciting a read as the earlier books in the series, continuing to develop his characters and their relationships while the action-filled plot carries the reader to intriguing national and international locales. Both Ariane and Wally feel the power of the sword, drawing them to its shards but also compelling their anger in those who have hurt them: parents, siblings, bullies, enemies. And while they struggle with those yearnings, they are finding their way to a hitherto-unknown girlfriend-boyfriend relationship that provides them the family they both crave. It’s hard for me to decide which is the stronger foundation for the story, the characters or the plot, as both are substantial and intricate. Regardless, Cave Beneath the Sea takes The Shards of Excalibur a fast-moving step closer to the Door into Faerie, the magical entity and Book 5 in the series.” – Helen Kubiw, CanLit for Little Canadians

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Book 5: Door into Faerie

Finalist for the Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Novel

I loved this YA fantasy. Willett wields his well-honed writing chops from page one, and my interest was maintained until the final word…I can’t imagine teens not enjoying this entertaining story, perhaps especially if they’ve read the books that’ve preceded it. This adult enjoyed it, too … ” – Shelley A. Leedahl, SaskBooks Reviews

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