Malice and StormdancerWe are absolutely delighted to announce that we have not just one, but two books up for the David Gemmell Legend Awards! Whoot!

Jay Kristoff's Stormdancer has been nominated in *all three categories*, so for the Legend Award (Best Novel), Morningstar Award (Best Debut) and Ravenheart Award (Best cover art). And, John Gwynne's Malice is up for the Morningstar Award for Best Debut. Conn Iggulden even said that Malice was 'Influenced by Gemmell’s Rigante . . . Hell of a debut: Highly recommended.' The announcement was made yesterday at the epic Nine World's Geekfest convention, and the results will be presented at the World Fantasy Convention in October. See below for more info, free extracts and praise for those great books. 

You can also see info on the full shortlists here on the David Gemmell Legend Award site. And voting is also open already, if you want to have a say in who gets those final awards. Click here for the Legend Award, here for the Morningstar Award and here for the Ravenhart Award.

by Jay Kristoff

Click through the link for an extract from Stormdancer

Praise for the book
‘Mythic creatures, civil unrest, and a strong female protagonist? I'm afraid I missed everything you said after "Japanese Steampunk." That's all I really needed to hear’ 
Patrick Rothfuss

‘Rocketing action, eccentric and convincing characters…I'll be waiting for more from Mr Kristoff’
K.W. Jeter


The plot...
A debut dystopian fantasy set against the backdrop of feudal Japan

The Shima Imperium verges on collapse. Land and sky have been poisoned by clockwork industrialisation, the Lotus Guild oppresses the populace and the nation’s Shōgun is lost to his thirst for power.

Yukiko and her warrior father are forced to hunt down a griffin at the Shōgun’s command. But any fool knows griffins are extinct – and death will be the price of failure.

Disaster strikes and Yukiko is stranded in the wilderness with a fabled griffin, now furious and crippled. Although she hears his thoughts and saved his life, Yukiko knows he’d rather see her dead than help her. And discovery of the talent allowing them to communicate would mean her execution. Yet together, the pair will form an indomitable bond, and rise to challenge an empire.

Malice by John Gwynne

Click through the link for an extract from MALICE

Praise for the book
'Influenced by Gemmell’s Rigante and G.R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones – two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot – it gets faster and more fascinating by the page ... Hell of a debut: Highly recommended’ 
Conn Iggulden

‘A strong contender for the “if you like Game of Thrones, why not try this?” award’

‘John Gwynne hits all the right spots in his epic tale of good vs evil, the first in the Faithful & The Fallen series . . . there’s a lot of pleasure to be had in this debut novel; Gwynne is definitely one to watch’

The plot...
malice-pb_2Even the brave will fall . . .

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars.

High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.

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For most posts on our shortlisted authors on, search here for Jay Kristoff and here for John Gwynne.