There was a time when we had YA fantasy and Paranormal Fantasy categories and many high-selling books went into those groups making things a LOT easier for epic fantasy. For example, King of Thorns, came 4th in Fantasy back in 2012 and I was pretty unknown at the time.
These days both those lucrative subcategories are bound up with epic fantasy and things are much tougher. So I am very pleased that Red Sister squeezed in!
Being in the awards, and especially making it into the final, is a great help for any author, so your vote will be hugely appreciated by whoever you give it to.
Here's how the nominees stack up in terms of Goodreads ratings (which correlate strongly with sales).
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So you can see that Red Sister has its work cut out if it is to make the finalist list of 10 after the 5 write-ins are added in to bring the total to 20.
I have included The Core which didn't make the list to show the "bias" Goodreads give to book 1s. I put bias in quotes as I don't feel it is necessarily a bad thing here. Sure Tad Williams is a famous author, but it is still more interesting to see new series, so The Witchwood Crown getting on with 700 ratings where The Core did not with 2500 ratings, is understandable to a degree. One of the books on the list is #11 in a series and it would be dull if all the entries were just late entries in long popular series.
The only book on the list that I've read is Robin Hobb's excellent Assassin's Fate and my vote will head that way.
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