The Gemmell Awards longlist has been announced. Voting on the Gemmell Awards is open to the public. Voting to narrow the longlist opened on Friday, February 16 and closes at midnight on Friday, March 30. The awards administrators will announce a shortlist. Voting on the shortlist will open on Friday, April 20 and close on Friday, June 1. The awards will be presented at Edge-Lit 7 on Saturday, July 14.
I read and reviewed a number of works on the longlist this year.
The Legend Award is given for the best fantasy book of the year and is named for the late David Gemmell’s first and most famous book. You can find the longlist for the Legend Award here. You can find reviews for four books from the longlist below, in descending order of awesomeness.
The Fall of Dragons by Miles Cameron – 5 of 5 Stars
Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan – 5 of 5 Stars
A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne – 3.5 of 5 Stars
King of the Bastards by Brian Keene and Stephen L. Shrewsbury – 3 of 5 Stars
The Morningstar Award is given for the best fantasy debut of the year. You can find the longist here. I reviewed three books on the longlist, presented below in descending order of awesomeness.
Blackwing by Ed McDonald – 5 of 5 Stars
Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker – 4.5 of 5 Stars
The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso – 4 of 5 Stars
The final Gemmell award is the Ravenheart Award, given for the best fantasy cover of the year. These appear to be UK covers. You can find the longlist here. The two covers above were both longlisted.