Thursday 12 January 2017

The Stabbies - reddit r/fantasy awards 2016

It's all about the Stabby. The voted award handed out each year by r/fantasy in many categories, including Best Book, Best Debut, and Best Self-Published Book. 

Check out the official results and the nominations

The book results (many more categories on site)

Best Fantasy 2016

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Morning Star - Pierce Brown

The Obelisk Gate - N.K Jemisin

The Wheel of Osheim - ME!!!!!!

Age of Myth - Michael J. Sullivan

City of Blades - Robert Jackson Bennett

Blood Mirror - Brent Weeks

Best Fantasy Debut 2016

Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee

All the Birds in the Sky - Charlie Jane Anders

Steal the Sky - Megan O'Keefe

Too Like the Lightning - Ada Palmer

Paternus by Dyrk Ashton

Best Self-published / Independent Fantasy 2016

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The Mirror's Truth - Michael R. Fletcher

Unsouled - Will Wright

The Demons We See - Krista Ball

Path of Flames - Phil Tucker

Paternus - Dyrk Ashton

Congratulations to all!

Despite The Wheel of Osheim managing a measly finalist place, I did get a surprise compensation for the second year in a row in the form of the Stabby for favourite active author on r/fantasy. So HOORAY! Many thanks to everyone ... I promise to only use it on people who annoy me in any way at all.

See the results of the 2015 Award2014 Award2013 Award and the 2012 Award.

Reddit r/fantasy has 145,000 members (up from 85,000 last year and 69,000 the year before) and is the most active fantasy forum on the internet. Well worth checking out - though the interface is a steep learning curve at first.


  1. I had never even heard of this award. I'm going to have to check out the nominees and expand my library. Can I say that I also love that it's called the "stabby award" complete with a dagger. :) Too awesome!

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  3. I don't know if this is the right place to ask.
    Will be other books of yours outside prince of thorns translated in romanian?
    I read Jors's trilogy in english but i'd like to have them in my native language.

    1. You would have to ask Editura Trei. I know that they offered for the rights to all three books and were accepted. Sometimes a foreign publisher decides not to spend money translating the next book in a series if not enough readers bought the first.

    2. Update: Although Editura Trei have paid for the rights to King of Thorns (& are contracted to pay for the rights to Emperor of Thorns) they won't be publishing the books as sales of Prince of Thorns were too low.

      This is part of a vicious circle where publishers abandon series at book 1 because of low sales so readers refuse to buy series until all the books are published, so there are low sales (return to the beginning).

      Since the trilogy has sold over a million copies world wide there is always the chance it will return to Romania at some point with a different publisher.

  4. Wow that was quick. Thanks!