2020 Booknest Fantasy Awards

Booknest Fantasy Award Sword

The winners of the 2020 Booknest Fantasy Awards were announced March 31.

AWARDS PROCESS. The BookNest Fantasy Awards are selected by a hybrid process. The longlist of nominees was assembled with recommendations by the blogs Fantasy Faction, Fantasy Book Critic, Fantasy Book Review, The Weatherwax Report, Novel Notions, The Fantasy Hive, and from Grimdark Magazine and publishers ACE, Gollancz, Angry Robot and Tor Books. Then a round of public voting winnowed that down to  10-book shortlist, and a final round of public voting determined the winners.


  • Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Also Shortlisted

  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • A Killing Frost by Seanan McGuire
  • American Demon by Kim Harrison
  • Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
  • Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
  • The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  • The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
  • The Trouble with Peace by Joe Abercrombie


  • Black Stone Heart by Michael R. Fletcher

Also Shortlisted

  • Age of Death by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Along the Razor’s Edge by Rob J. Hayes
  • Black Tie Required by Craig Schaefer
  • Dragon’s Reach by J.A. Andrews
  • Flesh Eater by Travis M. Riddle
  • Incursion by Mitchell Hogan
  • Paternus: War Of Gods by Dyrk Ashton
  • Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire
  • The Torch that Ignites the Stars by Andrew Rowe


  • The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold

Also Shortlisted

  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  • Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  • Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
  • The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
  • The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell
  • The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
  • The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood
  • The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson


  • Angry Robot

Also Shortlisted

  • ACE
  • Gollancz
  • Jo Fletcher Books
  • Orbit
  • Tor

[Thanks to Dann for the story.]

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2 thoughts on “2020 Booknest Fantasy Awards

  1. Is that sword.thingy a.trophy? I’d be scared to death if I won that.

    Though it would make a conversation starter as a letter/can/door opener. Yikes!

  2. @Brown Robin: The guy in the video talks about shipping the swords to people, so yeah, I presume it is a trophy. 🙂

    He looks like a violent sort. 😉 (scroll down for the photo of him by his bio) LOL.

    [ETA: Fixed a typo; violent, not violet.]

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