Following on from our post a few months back the Gemmell award short list were announced over a week ago. Its all based on public vote so take te time to submit your opinion. I’m a big fan of the Gemmell’s as it suits my fantasy taste much more than a lot of other awards and I know who my favourites to win here are. Mild suprise that Robin Hobb missed the cut but it happens. Head to this link to vote http://www.gemmellawards.com/award-voting-2016/
Legend Award for best Novel
- Miles Cameron, The Dread Wyrm (Gollancz)
SOME ARE BORN TO POWER
SOME SEIZE IT
AND SOME HAVE THE WISDOM NEVER TO WIELD IT
The Red Knight has stood against soldiers, against armies and against the might of an empire without flinching. He’s fought on real and on magical battlefields alike, and now he’s facing one of the greatest challenges yet.
A joyous spring event, the flower of the nobility will present arms and ride against each other for royal favour and acclaim. It’s a political contest – and one which the Red Knight has the skill to win. But the stakes may be higher than he thinks. The court of Alba has been infiltrated by a dangerous faction of warlike knights, led by the greatest knight in the world: Jean de Vrailly – and the prize he’s fighting for isn’t royal favour, but the throne of Alba itself.
Where there is competition there is opportunity; the question is, will the Red Knight take it? Or will the creatures of the Wild seize their chance instead . . .
‘A stirring, gritty and at times quite brutal epic fantasy’ Tor.com
‘This series promises to be the standout epic fantasy for the ages’ Fantasy Book Critic
- Larry Correia, Son of the Black Sword (Baen)
After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts, until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Yet as centuries passed, Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The Age of Law began.
Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war—and destruction.
- David Guymer, Gotrek & Felix: Slayer (Black Library)
With enemies on all sides and destiny calling, Felix must make a choice: to follow Gotrek into the darkness that awaits him, or to abandon his oldest friend once and for all.
For many long years, Felix Jaeger has followed the dwarf Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson across the world. Their adventures have been extraordinary, their heroic partnership the stuff of legends. Now it ends. With their friendship in tatters after a series of betrayals, the pair march south at the head of a ragtag army, intent upon driving the forces of Chaos out of the Empire and returning Felix to his wife. But Gotrek’s doom is at hand, and great powers are at work to ensure that he meets it. With enemies on all sides and destiny calling, Felix must make a choice: to follow Gotrek into the darkness that awaits him, or to abandon his oldest friend once and for all.
- John Gwynne, Ruin (Pan Macmillan)
The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures. At his back stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to bring Asroth and his host of the Fallen into the world of flesh, but to do so they need the seven treasures. Nathair has been deceived but now he knows the truth. He has choices to make, choices that will determine the fate of the Banished Lands.
Elsewhere the flame of resistance is growing – Queen Edana finds allies in the swamps of Ardan. Maquin is loose in Tenebral, hunted by Lykos and his corsairs. Here he will witness the birth of a rebellion in Nathair’s own realm.
Corban has been swept along by the tide of war. He has suffered, lost loved ones, sought only safety from the darkness. But he will run no more. He has seen the face of evil and he has set his will to fight it. The question is, how? With a disparate band gathered about him – his family, friends, giants, fanatical warriors, an angel and a talking crow he begins the journey to Drassil, the fabled fortress hidden deep in the heart of Forn Forest. For in Drassil lies the spear of Skald, one of the seven treasures, and here it is prophesied that the Bright Star will stand against the Black Sun.
- Mark Lawrence, The Liar’s Key (Harper/Voyager)
The Red Queen has set her players on the board…
Winter is keeping Prince Jalan Kendeth far from the longed-for luxuries of his southern palace. And although the North may be home to his companion, the warrior Snorri ver Snagason, he is just as eager to leave. For the Viking is ready to challenge all of Hell to bring his wife and children back into the living world. He has Loki’s key – now all he needs is to find the door.
As all wait for the ice to unlock its jaws, the Dead King plots to claim what was so nearly his – the key to the underworld — so that his dead subjects can rise and rule.
Morningstar nominations for best newcomer are as follows . I’ve only read one of these (which I loved so won’t comment too much on it)
- The Traitor by Seth Dickinson
- The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
- Starborn by Lucy Hounsom
- The Vagrant by Peter Newman
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- Battlemage by Stephen Aryan
And Ravenheart Award for best art (see previous Gemmellpost for all the artwork in question -https://dragonandjetpacks.com/2016/05/17/cover-artworks-nominated-for-the-ravenheart-award-in-2016/)
- Kerem Beyit for The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron
- Jason Chan for The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence
- Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia
- Raymond Swanland for Archaon: Lord of Chaos by Rob Sanders
- Paul Young for Ruin by John Gwynne
Also see the following link for Mark Lawrences always interesting insight into the nominations and awards process –
AND DON’T FORGET TO VOTE !!!