It’s obviously been a good year for heroic fantasy – and I am thrilled to be able to tell you that our very own Sebastien de Castell has been shortlisted for the DAVID GEMMELL Morningstar Award for Best Debut for Traitor’s Blade, the first in the Greatcoats saga.
He’s got some worthy competition for the Morningstar, so hearty congratulations not just to Sebastien, but to Kameron Hurley, Ben Peek, Brian Stavely and Angus Watson too.
And whilst we don’t have a contender in the Legend or Ravenheart stakes we’d like to raise a glass to Mark Lawrence, as well as John Gwynne, Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks, up for the Legend Award for Best Novel. And let’s not forget the artists competing for the Ravenheart Award: Jackie Morris’ cover for The Fool’s Assassin, Mike Bryan’s cover for Half a King, Laura Brett’s work on The Slow Regard for Silent Things, Jason Chan’s cover for Prince of Fools and Sam Green’s artwork for Words of Radiance.
More than 17,000 fantasy readers worldwide voted in the shortlist, and now it’s time to pick the winners: so Vote Early! Vote Often!*
Voting for the shortlists opens today, June 1st, and will close at midnight on July 17th. You can find out how to vote here.
The winners will be announced at the Gemmell Awards ceremony, which will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday August 8th as part of the Nine Worlds convention.
* Joko! You really can vote only once – so make it count!