Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Honored to make the short list




A few weeks ago I posted about the Booknests' Fantasy Award, and how Age of War was picked by a panel to be one of the 50 titles submitted for consideration. The judges included nine popular fantasy blogs (Bookworm Blues, Fantasy Book Critic, Fantasy Book Review, Fantasy-Faction, Grimdark Magazine, The Fantasy Hive, The Fantasy Inn, The Grim Tidings Podcast, and The Weatherwax Report), three big fantasy imprints (Gollancz, Harper Voyager, and Orbit), and two well-respected agents (John Jarrold and Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency).

What an amazing list with some incredible books, and I was pleased to be included. What I didn't expect was to make the short list. After all,  forty books had to go, and I expected mine would be one of them. But out of some miracle (and thank you to everyone who voted), the book made it to the shortlist.


Once again, I'm including some data from Goodreads (which I've updated from my last post). The odds-on favorite would be Children of Blood and Bone although I won't count out how much people enjoy Brandon Sanderson's work.

Title
Author
 Rating 
 # Ratings  
 # shelved 
A Time of Dread
John Gwynne
4.47
1,031
5,769
Age of War
Michael J. Sullivan
4.47
3,764
18,415
Bloody Rose
Nicholas Eames
4.39
1,750
8,624
 Children of Blood and Bone 
Tomi Adeyemi
4.28
45,682
183,220
Iron Gold
Pierce Brown
4.26
21,141
72,530
Master Assassins
Robert V.S. Redick
4.18
658
4,466
Oathbringer
 Brandon Sanderson 
4.63
59,709
142,362
Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik
4.32
15,225
69,506
The Fall of Gondolin
J.R.R. Tolkien
4.08
593
7,812
The Girl In The Tower
Katherine Arden
4.42
17,319
52,275

Voting is open for the next round, and again don't feel obligated to vote for Age of War (you'll just be throwing your vote away, but by all means, vote for whichever book you want to see win.

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