James Long (Orbit Books), Ian Drury (Sheil Land), and Natasha Bardon (Voyager) with the Gemmell Morningstar, Legend, and Ravenheart Awards respectively, being received on behalf of Brian McClellan, me, and Jason Chan.
Last night (Friday 13th) the great and good of publishing gathered along with readers and genre fans at the Magic Circle in London for the 6th annual David Gemmell Awards ceremony.
The shortlists ran thusly:
The prizes went to:
Brian McClellan for Promise of Blood (which I must read this year!)
And a hugely deserved Ravenheart award for Jason Chan for the Emperor of Thorns cover:
Jason will be getting this beauty:
Brian gets a chunk of glass, useful for braining intruders:
And I get:
I'm sorry that I couldn't be at the ceremony - the thought that I might win seriously never entered my thinking but even if they'd told me in advance I really need about 6 months notice and for the stars to align if I want to go more than 10 miles from my house. My duties caring for my very disabled daughter make attending any events nearly impossible.
To say I was incredibly surprised at the win would be gross understatement. I thought I had a decent chance at the Morningstar in 2012. I thought I had a small chance at the Legend in 2013, but this year, really no way.
The award means a great deal to me as a long time fan of David Gemmell's work. I've been keen that the world of fantasy have a lasting memorial to the man, and the success and growing impact of the Gemmell Awards is very heartening. It's great to have this vote of confidence from the readers, and on a personal note - this really is the only way I could ever get a battleaxe past my wife into the house - so thanks to all who helped me to get it!
Special thanks to my agent, Ian, for taking to the stage on in my stead. Each year he dutifully asks if I have a few words for him to say on my behalf, and in '12 & '13 I gave him some. He asked this year and I replied:
>uh ... it would be THESE AWARDS ARE FIXED! ...because there's no way Sanderson/Jordan won't win.
> Have a good time!
I've no idea what he did say, but thanks!
Here's a list of my fellow award wielding authors from years gone by
Andrzej Sapkowski 2009
Graham McNeill 2010
Brandon Sanderson 2011
Patrick Rothfuss 2012
Brent Weeks 2013
Mark Lawrence 2014
Read more about it on the Gemmell Award website.