2018 David Gemmell Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for The 2018 David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy — the Legend, Morningstar, and Ravenheart Awards — have been posted. The awards recognize the best in fantasy fiction and artwork. Open voting on the finalists has begun and will continue until midnight on June 1.

The awards will be presented July 14 at Edge-Lit 7 in Derby, UK.

LEGEND AWARD

The Legend Award is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote.

  • Miles Cameron: The Fall of Dragons, Book 5 of the Traitor Son Cycle (Gollancz)
  • Robin Hobb: Assassin’s Fate, Book 3 of Fitz and The Fool (HarperVoyager)
  • Mark Lawrence: Red Sister, Book 1 of Book of the Ancestor (HarperVoyager)
  • Steve McHugh: Scorched Shadows, Book 7 of The Hellequin Chronicles (47 North)
  • Brandon Sanderson: Oathbringer, Book 3 of The Stormlight Archive (Gollancz)

MORNINGSTAR AWARD

The Morningstar Award honors the author judged to have made the year’s best debut in fantasy fiction.

  • RJ Barker: Age of Assassins, Book 1 of The Wounded Kingdom (Orbit
  • Melissa Caruso: The Tethered Mage, Book 1 of the Swords and Fire Trilogy (Orbit)
  • Nicholas Eames: Kings of the Wyld, Book 1 of The Band (Orbit)
  • Ed McDonald: Blackwing, Book 1 of The Raven’s Mark (Gollancz)
  • Anna Smith-Spark: The Court of Broken Knives, Book 1 of The Empires of Dust (HarperVoyager)

RAVENHEART AWARD

The Ravenheart Award is given to the creator of the year’s best fantasy book cover art.

  • Richard Anderson for Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (Orbit): Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio.
  • Kerem Beyit for The Fall of Dragons by Miles Cameron (Gollancz): Design by Sidonie Beresford-Browne, Abi Hartshorne, Sue Michniewicz and Jamie Tanner.
  • Sam Green for Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz): Design by Tomas Almeida.
  • Jackie Morris and Stephen Raw for Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (HarperVoyager): Design by Dominic Forbes.
  • Kerby Rosanes for Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (HarperVoyager): Design by Micaela Alcaino.

This is the awards’ tenth year.

[Thanks to Mark Hepworth for the story.]

12 thoughts on “2018 David Gemmell Awards Shortlists

  1. Voted.

    Note that they show the covers of the nominees, so you can vote on the Ravenheart just by looking at them on the web site. It’s a tough choice.

    Also, these are the awesomest awards. How great must they look on the bookshelf?!

  2. I didn’t realize Kings of the Wyld would have multiple books and now really excited for the next one. Congrats all!

  3. I haven’t read Kings of the Wyld But I thought that Blackwing was a very strong first novel. Reminiscent of The Black Company, with a touch of Clive Barker, and a tragic love story woven into it.

  4. Voted for 2 of the 3. (No strong feelings on Morningstar)
    Realy routing for Robin Hobb here.
    I don’t remember how the men/women ratio of former Gemmellawards was, but I remember that the Gemmell was not awful.

  5. The Gemmells have only been around for 10 years. Prior to this year, the Legend has had 3 finalists by women out of 46, and the Morningstar has had 10 finalists by women out of 46.

    So 4 women out of 10 finalists this year is a big improvement.

  6. @JJ are there 4 women? I only spotted three, but it’s possible I’m missing a pseudonym.

  7. nickpheas: are there 4 women? I only spotted three, but it’s possible I’m missing a pseudonym.

    Oops, no, looks as though I miscounted, and there are 3 Finalists who are women this year.

  8. JJ: Depends, if you count the artist one, too.
    Robin Hoob, Melissa Caruso and Anna Smith-Spark are all women.
    And Jackie Morris is one of the artist resposible for the Hoobcover.

  9. StefanB: Depends, if you count the artist one, too.

    I didn’t include any statistics about the genders of the artists and designers of the Ravenheart finalists, because there doesn’t appear to be a complete list anywhere, and the Gemmells have usually done a poor job of crediting the designers — but what I could find for cover artists indicates 6 women in 10 years, 4 of whom were Jackie Morris.

    This is what I managed to pull together, from about 7 different websites:

    2018
    Richard Anderson for Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (Orbit): Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio
    Kerem Beyit for The Fall of Dragons by Miles Cameron (Gollancz): Design by Sidonie Beresford-Browne, Abi Hartshorne, Sue Michniewicz and Jamie Tanner
    Sam Green for Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz): Design by Tomas Almeida
    Jackie Morris and Stephen Raw for Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (HarperVoyager): Design by Dominic Forbes
    Kerby Rosanes for Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (HarperVoyager): Design by Micaela Alcaino

    2017
    Alessandro Baldasseroni for Black Rift by Josh Reynolds
    Jason Chan for The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
    Sam Green for The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
    Kerby Rosanes for Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
    Paul Young for Wrath by John Gwynne

    2016
    Kerem Beyit for The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
    Jason Chan for The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper/Voyager)
    Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia (Baen)
    Raymond Swanland for Archaon: Lord of Chaos by Rob Sanders (Black Library)
    Paul Young for Ruin by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan)

    2015
    The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, cover art by Laura Brett (Gollancz)
    Half a King by Joe Abercrombie, cover art by Mike Bryan (HarperCollins UK)
    Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence, cover art by Jason Chan (HarperCollins UK)
    Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, cover art by Sam Green (Gollancz)
    Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb, cover art by Jackie Morris (HarperCollins UK)

    2014
    The Republic of Thieves—Scott Lynch, cover art by Benjamin Carré (Gollancz)
    Emperor of Thorns—Mark Lawrence, cover art by Jason Chan (HarperCollins UK)
    Skarsnik—Guy Haley, cover art by Cheol Joo Lee (Black Library)
    Promise of Blood—Brian McClellan, cover art by Gene Mollica and Michael Frost (Orbit)
    She Who Waits—Daniel Polansky, cover art by Rhett Podersoo (Hodder)

    2013
    Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for The Red Country by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
    Dominic Harman for Legion Of Shadow by Michael J. Ward (Gollancz)
    Clint Langley for Besieged by Rowenna Cory Daniells (Solaris)
    Silas Manhood for The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks (Orbit)
    Colin Thomas for Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Pan Macmillan UK)
    Stephen Youll for The Black Mausoleum by Stephen Deas (Gollancz)

    2012
    Aaron Briggs for Kim Falconer’s Journey By Night (Harper Voyager Australia)
    Frank Victoria for Mary Victoria’s Oracle’s Fire (Harper Voyager, Australia)
    Blood of Aenarion – Raymond Swanland
    The Heroes – Didier Graffet and Dave Senior
    Among Thieves – Larry Rostant

    2011
    Olof Erla Einarsdottir – Power & Majesty
    Todd Lockwood – The Ragged Man
    Cliff Neilsen – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
    John Sullivan – Shadow King
    Frank Victoria – Tymon’s Flight

    2010
    Didier Graffet (sword) and Dave Senior (mapwork) for Illustration, and Laura Brett for Art Direction for Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
    Jackie Morris for Illustration, and Dominic Forbes for Art Direction for The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
    Larry Rostant for Illustration, and Loulou Clarke for Art Direction for Fire by Kristin Cashore
    Jon Sullivan for Illustration, and Sue Michniewicz for Art Direction for The Cardinal’s Blades by Pierre Pevel
    Jon Sullivan for Empire by Graham McNeill

    2009
    Didier Graffet & Dave Senior (Illustration) and Laura Brett (Art Direction) for Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
    Jackie Morris (Illustration) and Dominic Forbes (Art Direction) for The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb (Voyager)
    Larry Rostant (Illustration) and Loulou Clarke (Art Direction) for Fire by Kristin Cashore (Gollancz)
    Jon Sullivan (Illustration) for Empire by Graham McNeill (Black Library)
    Jon Sullivan (Illustration) and Sue Michniewitz (Art Direction) for The Cardinal’s Blades by Pierre Pevel (Gollancz)

    If anyone knows a Wikipedia editor, they might point them at this list, so that at least Wikipedia has a complete list of the Ravenheart Finalists, even if the Gemmell Awards site doesn’t.

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