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June 3rd, 2015

Yes, I will admit, it’s a little late to encourage you to exercise your democratic right in the UK General Election, especially if you happen not to be a British citizen, but wherever you are in the world (or the wider cosmos, for that matter), you can still have your say in the winner of this year’s David Gemmell Legend Award, for the lengthy longlists have been narrowed down to shortlists of five contenders in each category:

Legend (Novel)
  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (HarperCollins)
  • Valour by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK)
  • Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (HarperCollins)
  • Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
  • The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks (Orbit)
Morningstar (Debut)
  • Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell (Jo Fletcher Books)
  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley (Angry Robot)
  • The Godless by Ben Peek (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK)
  • The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK)
  • Age of Iron by Angus Watson (Orbit)
Ravenheart (Cover)
  • Laura Brett for The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Gollancz)
  • Mike Bryan for Half a King (HarperCollins)
  • Jason Chan for Prince of Fools (HarperCollins)
  • Sam Green for Words of Radiance (Gollancz)
  • Jackie Morris for The Fool’s Assassin (HarperCollins)

Some good books on there and some great authors, with the obvious exception of Brent Weeks who all right-thinking people know to be the devil in human shape.  The Gemmell is still getting established and relies on getting as wide a public vote as possible, so do go vote.  You could vote for Half a King if you wanted.  You could vote for something else.  I think you’re crazy, but you could.  You could maybe even read some of the books in question and compare them one with another on what ever criteria should please you.  Jared from Pornokitsch is going to be doing that very thing over the coming weeks and he usually talks a lot of sense, so you could always just go see what he thinks about it.

But, in any case, VOTE.

Posted in announcements by Joe Abercrombie on June 3rd, 2015.

10 comments so far

  • Darren says:

    Vote placed!

    Well, placed for the Novel anyway – a lot of reading is going to be taking place before the next two votes are placed……….

    ok now its making me want to read all my old Gemmell books again!

  • Dave says:


  • Lisa says:

    Yeah I loved a lot of Gemmells work too.

    The Bloody 9 vs Druss The Legend! No idea who’d walk out of that one.

    Yep, you’ve got my vote Joe. Good luck.


  • Andrew says:

    Have you watched the fallout 4 trailer note?

  • Andrew says:

    Have you watched the fallout 4 trailer joe?

  • gabriel says:

    share the first two chapters from half a war and see how fast everybody votes for you.. i would say good luck, but you know how it goes with hopes and luck. best.

  • Costas says:

    What is going on between you and Brent Weeks?

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    Misdirected physical attraction.

  • Costas says:

    Can’t decide who is better.
    Brent, portrays females very well, and some more.
    You, fighting scenes, and some more.
    Excellent work man, excellent.

  • AntMac says:

    Surprisingly few female authors in those lists, when you consider how very prolific women have been in writing and publishing fantasy in recent years.

    Just Hurley and Brett?. I am not widely read enough to have an opinion on it, but it just seems strange because far more than half the fantasy I see on shelves is by females.

    Oh well, I guess I ought to read more books then, only thing for it. 😉

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