Now that the dust has begun to settle on this year's Awards, I thought people might be interested to know just who made it into the TOP 20 of the Longlist - who was narrowly pipped at the post for a Shortlist position... The following list IS in vote order...
BLOOD OF ELVES - Andrzej Sapkowski
THE HERO OF AGES – Brandon Sanderson
THE WAY OF SHADOWS - Brent Weeks
THE LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS - Joe Abercrombie
HEIR TO SEVENWATERS - Juliet Marillier
THE TWO PEARLS OF WISDOM - Alison Goodman
THE KINGDOM BEYOND THE WAVES - Stephen Hunt
HAVEMERCY - Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
THE PAINTED MAN - Peter V. Brett
TOLL THE HOUNDS - Steven Erikson
GLADIATRIX - Russell Whitfield
EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD - Adrian Tchaikovsky
GRACELING - Kristin Cashore
KING'S SHIELD - Sherwood Smith
HELDENHAMMER -Graham McNeill
THE STEEL REMAINS - Richard Morgan
WRATH OF A MAD GOD - Raymond E. Feist
WOLFBLADE - Jennifer Fallon
THE SOLDIER KING - Violette Malan
MAGIC BURNS - Ilona Andrews
What's very encouraging to my mind, is that there are many authors on the list who DO NOT have a strong web presence, or legions of established fans (as some internet pundits have implied or predicted) In fact, (correct me if I am wrong) there are at least SIX debut novelists on the list - which is very gratifying to see.
As the Members here know, we've had great comment and feedback in particular on 'The Two Pearls of Wisdom' The Painted Man' and 'Empire in Black & Gold.'
Also, exciting from my point of view is that there are SEVEN female authors in the top 20 (speaking as a female Fantasy author myself).
A special mention too, for 'Gladiatrix' by Russel Whitfield - published by a small independant publisher in Newcastle - Myrmidon. I know Russ is a massive Gemmell fan & was very happy to be on the Longlist - kudos to him and his Editor for polling so high... and it's a terrific book to boot!
Guess what? It seems to me that readers and fans voted for THE BOOKS THEY ENJOYED! Also, people have gone out and read books from the ist that they otherwise might have missed out on. We may even have made some new Fantasy readers... That makes my day & makes the DGLA worthwhile.
What do you think guys?