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Gemmell Awards Shortlist for 2017 Announced

The shortlist for the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy have been announced and voting is open.  Voters have until midnight (GMT) on Friday 2nd June to vote at the website listed above.

The finalists are:

RAVENHEART AWARD  (Best cover art)

Alessandro Baldaserroni for Black Rift by Josh Reynolds  (Black Library)

Jason Chan for Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence  (Harper Voyager)

Sam Green for The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson  (Gollancz)

Kerby Rosannes for Nevernight by Jay Kristoff  (Harper Voyager)

Paul Young for Wrath by John Gwynne  (Tor)



Mark de Jager, Infernal  (Del Rey UK)

Christopher Husberg, Duskfall  (Titan)

Megan E O’Keefe, Steal The Sky  (Angry Robot)

Adrian Selby, Snakewood  (Orbit)

Jon Skovron, Hope and Red  (Orbit)


LEGEND AWARD  (Best novel)

John Gwynne, Wrath  (Tor)

Jay Kristoff, Nevernight  (Harper Voyager)

Mark Lawrence, The Wheel of Osheim  (Harper Voyager)

Brandon Sanderson,The Bands of Mourning  (Gollancz)

Gav Thorpe, Warbeast  (Black Library)


David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy Now Open to Public Nominations

I received the following press release about the Gemmell Awards this morning, so go ye forth and nominate:



The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy enters its ninth year in 2017, once again giving readers and fans of the genre their chance to vote for the best fantasy novel, best fantasy debut and best fantasy cover art.

As of the 13th January, members of the public will have the chance to nominate their favourite titles for the Awards Longlist alongside the nominations from publishers. Titles must be in the category of epic or heroic fantasy, be traditionally published by a mainstream or independent press (self published titles will not be considered) and have been first published in English in 2016. Nominations must be made by email by the 31st January, including the category you would like to nominate each title for – The Legend Award for best fantasy novel, The Morningstar Award for best fantasy debut or The Ravenheart Award for best fantasy art.

Awards Chair Stan Nicholls said: ‘The Gemmell Awards have always very much been about giving the readers the chance to have their say on what has been the best fantasy, and the public nominations are a key part of that. If there’s a fantasy book you’ve loved this year, let us know and it can be considered for the awards process.’

Public nominations should be sent to Alex Davis, Awards Administrator, at with the subject header GEMMELL AWARDS NOMINATIONS. Nominations must be received by midnight on the 31st January 2017 (UK time) to be considered.

The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy will be presented on the evening of the 15th July 2017 at the Edge-Lit 6 event in Derby. For more information on the event, visit or for more about the awards visit


The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy were launched in 2009, in tribute to bestselling fantasy author David Gemmell, who passed away in 2006, and to honour the best fiction and artwork in the heroic fantasy field. Recipients of the awards include authors Andrzei Sapkowski, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Brent Weeks, John Gwynne, Mark Lawrence, Brian McClellan and Peter Newman; and artists including Didier Graffet, Raymond Swanland, Jason Chan and Sam Green.

The awards’ website page can be found at and its Facebook page at

Gemmell Award Winners

The David Gemmell Awards were announced over the weekend.  (Yes, I’m behind and getting further behind every day.)  Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

The winners are:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

  • Jason Chan for the cover of The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)

The winners were announced September 24, 2016 at Fantasycon. Winners received trophies based on David Gemmell’s novels and characters.  Go here for a complete list of nominees.

The only one of the nominees I’ve read is The Vagrant, and I’m not quite finished with it.  I will say that it’s deserving of the award.  Hopefully I can finish it and get a review up soon.

Gemmell Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the Gemmell Awards was announced earlier today:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

  • Kerem Beyit for the cover of The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
  • Jason Chan for the cover of The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
  • Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for the cover of Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia (Baen)
  • Raymond Swanland for the cover of Archaon: Lord of Chaos by Rob Sanders (Black Library)
  • Paul Young for the cover of Ruin by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan)

The winners will be announced September 24, 2016 at Fantasycon, held at the Grand Hotel and the Royal in Scarborough UK.  Voting closes at midnight GMT on Friday, August 19.

As usual, most of the Legend nominees, the exception being Son of the Black Sword, are in series I’ve either not read or am not current on.  I’ve only heard of two of the Morningstar Nominees, The Traitor Baru Cormorant, which I know from reviews will not be my flagon of ale, and The Vagrant, which looks interesting.  I’ll try to read at least one or two of the nominees, but the way the summer is going, I may be sitting out this year’s awards simply because I won’t have time to read enough nominees to cast an informed ballot.

Preliminary David Gemmell Ballot is Live

_41941602_gemmellrex_203300The preliminary ballot for the David Gemmell Awards is now live.  You can vote here.  There are three categories:  the Legend Award for Best Novel, the Morningstar Award for Best First Novel, and the Ravenheart Award for best cover illustration.

We here at  rank the Gemmell Awards as one of the most important, if not the most important, in the field.  It’s open to all fans, there’s no gatekeeping fee you have to pay, so go vote!

Congratulations to the Gemmell Award Winners

words of radianceThe winners of the 2015 David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy were announced last weekend.  The winners are:

RAVENHEART AWARD (Best cover art) Sam Green for Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)

MORNINGSTAR AWARD (Best debut) The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Stavely (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK)

LEGEND AWARD (Best novel) Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)

Adventures Fantastic would like to offer heartiest congratulations the winners.

Reminder: Voting Deadline for Gemmell Awards is Friday

legendawardsnaga-196x300Just a reminder to those of you who are interested but haven’t yet voted, that the deadline to cast your ballots for the David Gemmell Awards is midnight, Friday, July 17.

There are three awards, the Legend (best novel), the Morningstar (best first novel), and the Ravenheart (best cover illustration).  That’s the trophy for the Legend Award  there on the right.  It’s a life size model of the axe Snaga.  How cool is that?

Anyway, you’ve only got a couple of days left if you haven’t voted and want to.

The Rest of the Summer

The July 4th holiday, AKA Independence Day, is fast  approaching, which means for me that the summer is half over.  I’ve done a bit of traveling but that’s about to stop for the most part.

I’ll be teaching a class the second summer term, which starts on Tuesday.  It’s at 8:00 a.m.  That’s early, but that’s okay.  I’m tanned, I’m rested, I’m ready.  What that means is I’ll have a lot less free time on my hands.

Twelve Kings in SharakhaiCurrent projects are to finish Bradley Beaulieu’s new novel, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai.  I’ll do that in a bit and try to get the review up tomorrow night.  (Spoiler:  It’s awesome.)

I’ve not done a BAF post in a while, but I’ll start on the next book this weekend.  I’m going to try to read the short fiction that’s up for the Hugo that I’d not already read when the ballot was announced.  Ditto for the Gemmell Awards.  I won’t be able to finish everything on the Gemmell ballot before the deadline, but I’ll at least get a couple of books out of the way.

Aeronaut's WindlassI was accepted into the Ace Roc Stars program earlier this year.  What that basically means is that i get advanced copies of most of the upcoming books by either Ace or Roc.  The first batch of titles didn’t have much that interested me, but the second batch is a gold mine.  The first volume in Jim Butcher’s new series, the second Lizzie Borden novel by Cheri Priest, a couple of new fantasy novels and the first volumes in some space opera series.

In addition I”ll be trying to read as much fantasy, science fiction, and crime as possible.  I want to read as many of the Shamus Award nominees as I can.  Anyway, that’s what’s going on with reviewing and blogging.  Writing I’ll discuss in another post once i have some things in better shape.