The David Gemmell Awards shortlists were announced today. Founded seven years ago and named after the late British fantasy writer, the awards celebrate the best in fantasy literature. Winners of the Legend Award receive a scale replica of Snaga, the battle axe wielded by Gemmell’s character Druss. The award is created and engraved by Raven Armoury.
Fans are invited to vote for the three awards here. Voting closes on July 17 and the awards will be presented Nine Worlds Geekfest on Saturday, Aug. 8.
The nominees are as follows:
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
- Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Review)
- Valour by John Gwynne
- Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
- Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
- The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut in English
- Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
- The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
- The Godless by Ben Peek
- The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (Review)
- Age of Iron by Angus Watson