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Ta-rah! Ta-rah! Taran-taran-tarah! Liana Burrage has done it again! Check out her trailer for Book 2 of the Ferren Trilogy. As good as the first for Book 1? I think it’s maybe even better!

DOOMSDAY MISSION reviewed in the Independent Book Review

Harland strikes again in this thrilling sequel.

The Ferren sequel captures that same level of excitement I expected after that first book. There is some enormous character development within the main protagonists. Ferren, merely 15, must grow up exponentially as a resilient leader …

Ferren also has a bit of girl trouble. A girl from a new tribe has set her intentions on him while he’s maintaining his growing feelings for Miriael. And Miriael’s … aspirations and identity have changed ever since she fell from Heaven and met Ferren. Harland has managed to change these characters after the first book while still giving plenty of new reasons for readers to root for them.Harland instills genuine fear in the reader with these Humens. They were creepy and heartless before. Reading them again brings back that disturbing energy …

It’s refreshing to meet a new Residual tribe in the sequel. It’s a way into the deeper parts of Harland’s rich lore and worldbuilding …

Ferren and the Doomsday Mission checks all the boxes for a successful sequel. It carries you through various emotional levels and is filled with a number of exciting events—giving us what we loved about book one but making it feel fresh. Richard Harland has outdone himself again. May the last book in the Ferren trilogy hit its target as hard as these two have.

by Alexandra Duckworth for the Independent Book Review

The full review is posted on the Blog page.


Ferren and the Doomsday Mission, sequel to Ferren and the Angel, comes out on July 29th. And the cover – you guessed it – is by the fabulous Lena Betti again!


“This was another fantastic entry into the author’s rich, fantasy-driven dystopian world. The immense scope of the world-building the author took on in bringing this story to life was incredible to see expanded upon in this book. The threat of Dr. Saniette and the Humen in this story and the action-packed drama that unfolds as the battle rages on make this narrative genuinely memorable.

Yet the action and drama are so well balanced, thanks to the rich character dynamics. The friendship and the evolution of the relationship between the protagonists, Miriael and Ferren, is the core heart of the narrative. However, the exciting directions their journey takes them on as individuals, from the interesting romance/love triangle between Ferren, Kiet, and Miriael to the twist connection Miriael has to Asmodai, and the impact Miriael has on the growing alliance amongst the last of the tribes of humanity made this a remarkable narrative to get lost in.

The Verdict: Exhilarating, thrilling, and heartfelt, author Richard Harland’s “Ferren and the Doomsday Mission” is a brilliant sequel and a memorable fantasy-driven story that readers won’t put down. The twists and turns in the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats, and the cliffhanger final moments will bring readers back for the third book of the Ferren trilogy. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

from Author Anthony Avina (blogging at https//


And a great start with the first review of Doomsday Mission. 

Here are the first and last three paragraphs –

“Ferren and the Doomsday Mission” by Richard Harland is an exciting coming-of-age fantasy for teens and young adults, though being a not-so-young adult, I have to say it’s a memorable reading journey to be enjoyed by all ages. As the second volume in The Ferren Trilogy, this book soars with a stronger adversary, riskier challenges, and escalating stakes. 


Character development is always a key factor for me, in evaluating a story. In our travels with Ferren and Miriael, we meet a diverse cast of characters, many falling into the category of “those you won’t soon forget.” There are no cookie-cutter humans or celestials to be found and they each stand out for their qualities (and weaknesses). I enjoyed meeting all the characters in this ravaged world, but I have to say I have a soft spot for the Morphs, poor things. Ferren and Miriael are protagonists you want to root for because they are less-than-perfect – as it should be. Very few of us can relate to perfection, *wink*! But perhaps the most outrageous character in this book is Dr. Saniette. I have NEVER before met a character of his make-up, nor am I likely to again. Seriously out of this world creative! 

The writing is ideal, spot-on for the genre, especially the special languages and sound effects interspersed throughout. The short chapters provide a sense of urgency that will keep readers engaged in the action. Did I mention creativity? I did, but it bears repeating. Seriously out of this world creative! Harland knows how to entertain!

“Ferren and the Doomsday Mission” shines as the second book in The Ferren Trilogy by Richard Harland and sets the stage for a dynamic conclusion.

————- Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (03/2024)

The full review is posted on the BLOG page


Ferren and the Angel has just taken the Silver Award in this year’s Reader Views Literary Awards! Yay! 

The award is in the Teen Fiction category, and it’s the top fantasy novel in the category. Yay and triple yay!


To celebrate the Reader Views Silver Award AND the announcement of a release date for the second Ferren book – Ferren and the Doomsday Mission on July 29th – IFWG Publishing is giving away 5 PRINT COPIES of Ferren and the Angelfree on GoodReads. You have to be a US resident, because that’s the limit of the GoodReads giveaways program right now. (Well, US and Canada, but IFWG Publishing would have a postage problem for Canada.) Sorry, everywhere else! But if you’re a US resident, jump in and enter!


Ferren and the Angel is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads, Kobo, Apple Books and more. Also good bookshops everywhere. RRP in the US is $16.99 for print, $5.99 for ebook.

Ferren and the Doomsday Mission is available for pre-order.


by Liana Burrage (check our Creating the Trailer under The Ferren Trilogy>Ferren and the Angel)


by Italian artist Elena Betti (check out Creating the Cover under The Ferren Trilogy>Ferren and the Angel)

the cover of Ferren and the Angel
Elena Betti’s Cover


Reviews for Ferren and the Angel! Here’s what Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer at Midwest Book Review had to say on Ferren and the Angel:

“Its powerful, unpredictable brand of fantasy is highly recommended for young adult to adult readers and for libraries seeking something refreshingly new in the fantasy genre …

… Richard Harland’s approach to entwining the perceptions, lives, and clashes between very different peoples is thoroughly engrossing. From Hypers and Residuals and pale threatening ghosts to mechanical actions that happen all by themselves with no humans at the helm, Ferren’s journey introduces him to realizations that he never saw coming.

Pair spiritual, philosophical, and social struggles with the unusual friendship that rises between an angel and a human of opposing forces, add sound effects and clashes that challenge their roles and perceptions, and build a firm relationship from a shaky foundation of mistrust for a sense of the powerful and disparate forces contrasted and profiled in Ferren and the Angel.

Midwest Book Review

And here’s Alexandria Ducksworth of Independent Book Review:

The worldbuilding here is addictive … This story has a great plot, some incredible conflict, and secrets just waiting to be revealed. Dystopian fans are in for a treat.

 Independent Book Review

More reviews on my Blog>Reviews page

Richard Harland photo

I guess I’m best known for the steampunk world of Worldshaker and its sequels, but this world of the Ferren Trilogy goes one step further! It has steampunk qualities in parts, with the Humen armies and the Humen camp, but it also has the transcendental sublime of angels and Heaven. I’ve aimed to recreate and fully imagine the traditional lore of theological ‘angelology’.

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