TOR TRIUMPHS AT THE BRITISH FANTASY AWARDS
26 September 2016
By Phoebe Taylor
Those of you who follow us on Twitter (@TorUK) will know that we had an exciting and eventful weekend at Fantasycon by the Sea! If you feel you missed out, you can check out the #fcon2016 hastag for vital information such as:
-Whether or not Frances Hardinge is a spy
-What famous literary fantasy moment still makes Lucy Hounsom angry
-What element Adrian Tchaikovsky feels could improve all non-genre books (hint: they're winged, scaly, and have a tendency to breathe fire)
-What skills will be useful in a post-apocalyptic world (answers may involve beer)
-What superpowers our authors would like to have (answers may also involve beer)
-How to avoid accidentally falling into another dimension at the Royal Hotel, Scarborough
BUT most importantly - we are absolutely delighted that Tor authors Zen Cho and Naomi Novik have been honoured at this year's British Fantasy Awards!
Zen Cho has been dubbed Best Newcomer, for her Regency fantasy SORCERER TO THE CROWN, whilst Naomi Novik's glorious fairytale UPROOTED won Best Novel! Zen was there in person to accept her award, with grace and aplomb and no beatboxing. Naomi couldn't make the ceremony (being on the other side of the world) so Tor editor Bella Pagan accepted the award on her behalf.
If you haven't already read these wonderful novels, what are you waiting for? You can sample a free extract of UPROOTED here, and a free extract from SORCERER TO THE CROWN here.
This is the third major award for UPROOTED - following the 2016 Nebula Award AND Locus Award - and the first (surely of many) for debut novel SORCERER TO THE CROWN. Both books have garnered endless praise from authors, critics and fans alike:
PRAISE FOR SORCERER TO THE CROWN
‘A warm, funny debut’
‘A captivating debut’
‘A winning combination of magic and thrill’
‘Witty, wise and wonderful . . . an admirable achievement and a deep delight’
PRAISE FOR UPROOTED
‘Enchanting in every sense’
URSULA K. LE GUIN
‘New takes on old myths and legends . . . A delight’
‘Wild, thrilling and deeply, darkly magical’
‘Like a lost tale of Grimm newly come to light . . . bewitching’
If this isn't enough to convince you that these are THE books to read this year (or any year) . . . I'm afraid you need to reconsider your life choices.
Appropriately bookend-shaped awards for Zen and Naomi! If you look carefully you can spot a Tor editor lurking in the background...
Renowned Author Zen Cho signs a copy of her book for Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear!
Last but not least, we are very happy for our sister companies, Tor Books and Tor.com, who also had a highly successful evening!
Ellen Datlow's The Doll Collection won the Best Anthology Award, The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman T. Malik won Best Novella, and Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma won Best Short Fiction. A very good evening for Tor all round!