Ignacio is primarily known for his historical-thriller series of novels featuring Arturo Andrade, which consist of Soles Negros (Alfaguara 2016), El Arte de Matar Dragones (Algaida 2003; Alfaguara 2016; Felipe Trigo Award), El tiempo de los emperadores extraños (Alfaguara 2006; Violeta Negra Award 2011 at Toulouse Festival "Toulouse Polard du Sud" 2011; Critic of Asturias Award 2007, Special mention Dashiell Hammet Award 2007, Books which leave a mark award 2006) a novel that has been taken to the big screen by the Spanish producer Gerardo Herrero with the title Silence in the Snow ( featuring Spanish actors Juan Diego Botto and Carmelo Gómez, released in 2012), Los Demonios de Berlín (Alfaguara 2009; Critic of Asturias Award 2010) and Soles Negros (Alfaguara 2016).
He has also written contemporary novels such as De donde vienen las olas (Aguaclara 1999; Salvador Garcia Aguilar Award), El abrazo del boxeador (KRK 2001; Asturias Joven Award), Como el amor no transformó el mundo (Espasa 2005) and Busca mi rostro (Plaza & Janes 2012), a short-stories compilation under the title Caminando sobre las aguas (Páginas de Espuma 2013) and Índigo Mar (Pez de plata, 2017)
Further to the above mentioned prizes, Ignacio has also been awarded with many national prizes for his short stories. His works have been translated to several languages. He currently writes an opinion column at both newspapersEl Comercio de Gijón and Panamá América and cooperates with El Viajerofrom El País and various other media.
From 2012 to 2015 he occupied the position of subdirector y and coordinator for Europe of the Panamanian cultural foundation Mare Australe.