Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Voting for 2018 BookNest Fantasy Award



I'm pleased to announce that Age of War has made the long list for the 2018 BookNest Fantasy Award. Voting to create the shortlist will continue from now until Sunday 14th October. 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 & The Weatherwax Report), three big Fantasy Imprints (Gollancz, Harper Voyager & Orbit), and two well-respected Agents (John Jarrold & Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency) helped to create the nominees.

All told, there are 4 categories for you to vote on including:
  • Best Traditionally Published Novel
  • Best Self-Published Novel
  • Best Debut Novel
  • Best Imprint (Publisher) 
You don't need to vote for my book, but please do go and vote for your favorites.  The full list of nominees in the Best Tradtiionally Publihsed Novel Category is presented here along with some data from Groodreads regarding how many books have been shelved, what people have rated the books, and how many ratings have come in. Any book on Goodreads with a rating higher than 4.3 is truly exceptional, so I highlighted some of those.

Title
Author
 Rating 
 # Ratings  
 # shelved 
A War in Crimson Embers
Alex Marshall
4.14
341
1,007
Age of War
Michael J. Sullivan
4.48
3,507
18,163
A Time of Dread
John Gwynne
4.47
992
5,666
Aru Shah and the End of Time
Roshani Chokshi
4.15
4,384
22,944
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
Ruth Emmie Lang
4.23
6,428
29,821
Blood and Tempest
Jon Skovron
4.11
329
900
Blood of Assassins
RJ Barker
4.20
451
1,183
Bloody Rose
Nicholas Eames
4.41
1,386
8,181
Charmcaster
Sebastien de Castell
4.34
705
2,448
Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi
4.28
43,536
178,630
Circe
Madeline Miller
4.36
42,200
162,103
City of Lies
Sam Hawke
3.94
528
6,848
Darksoul
Anna Stephens
3.81
895
2,285
Fire Dance
Ilana C. Myer
3.47
1,115
1,392
Foundryside
 Robert Jackson Bennett  
4.39
1,843
19,432
Furyborn
Claire Legrand
3.89
6,490
59,536
Grey Sister
Mark Lawrence
4.47
7,183
19,112
Iron Gold
Pierce Brown
4.26
20,597
71,528
Jade City
Fonda Lee
4.01
2,355
14,248
King of Assassins
RJ Barker
4.56
194
815
Magic Triumphs
Ilona Andrews
4.63
7,920
27,301
Master Assassins
Robert V.S. Redick
4.19
634
4,411
Oathbringer
Brandon Sanderson
4.64
58,330
140,180
Port of Shadows
Glen Cook
4.21
354
3,751
Quillifer
Walter Jon Williams
3.90
288
1,064
Ravencry
Ed McDonald
4.33
516
1,521
Seventh Decimate
Stephen Donaldson
3.21
614
2,657
Shadowblack
Sebastien de Castell
4.16
1,593
4,237
Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik
4.33
13,882
67,472
Starless
Jacqueline Carey
4.12
1,383
8,901
Tempests and Slaughter
Tamora Pierce
4.12
7,452
39,075
The Bitter Twins
Jen Williams
4.36
228
693
The Deathless
Peter Newman
3.91
131
2,018
The Ember Blade
Chris Wooding
4.18
61
1,812
The Empire of Ashes
Anthony Ryan
4.19
1,122
4,198
The Fall of Dragons
Miles Cameron
4.33
1,652
4,525
The Fall of Gondolin
J.R.R. Tolkien
4.11
413
7,247
The Forbidden City
Deborah Wolf
4.39
18
165
The Girl In The Tower
Katherine Arden
4.44
16,749
51,409
The Infernal Battalion
Django Wexler
4.33
1,869
5,658
The Land You Never Leave
Angus Watson
4.44
25
262
The Last Namsara
Kristen Ciccarelli
4.17
6874
26,818
The Mere Wife
Maria Dahvana Headley
4.15
620
5,365
The Outcast
Taran Matharu
4.24
924
7,515
The Poppy War
R. F. Kuang
4.12
6,483
41,804
The Skaar Invasion
Terry Brooks
4.16
779
2,536
The Tower of Living and Dying
Anna Smith Spark
4.35
82
553
Trail of Lightning
Rebecca Roanhorse
4.17
2,878
18,157
Witchsign
Den Patrick
3.78
94
2,448
Wrath of Empire
Brian McClellan
4.56
2,723
8,459

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