Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Competition, photos, prizes, oh my!

Competition Closed

The contest is inspired by this line from Red Sister.


The prizes are signed trade paperback copies of Red Sister. 
Here is one next to the US paperback of The Wheel of Osheim. As you can see they're substantial books.



So, the contest is about how a book has changed you. All you need to do is send in a before and after photo, with you in both and one or both including the book responsible. It can be as simple as a happy -> sad, or even no change at all. 

Here is an example.

 


The two entries I judge "best" will win books as will a randomly selected entry. So everyone has a chance.

Email me your two photos to empire_of_thorns@yahoo.co.uk

I will post entries here as they come in.

I will give plenty of warning before the contest ends.


Entries

I asked my Twitter and Facebook followers for help choosing the winners. 1st place was a clear choice. 2nd place was very close between three entries (I list the other two as honourable mentions). Very many thanks to everyone for all the excellent photos. It was fun!

WINNER #35 Matthew - Discovered the thug life after reading Gang Town


WINNER #31 David - Finds a new calling in life thanks to Prince of Thorns!




RANDOM WINNER #8 A. - inspired to take up the long sword!


HONOURABLE MENTION #18 Daniel - Too much truth, man! Too much truth!


HONOURABLE MENTION #24 Tracey - Beyond Redemption seems to be what the hairstylist said later on...




#36 Jon - reached for his gun on completing The Dark Tower!





#34 Emilee - started moonlighting as an Assassin after Robin Hobb messed with her mind.




#33 Augustine - discovered a book addiction thanks to The Martian Chronicles.




#32 Darric - found himself snorting gunpowder after reading Promise of Blood.






#30 Andrew - Prince of Thorns had him hanging around briar bushes.




#29 Kyle / Slash - / Slash ... geddit?




#28 Kareem - This book slays him!




#27 Trevor - Red Sister turned him into a cactus? Perhaps he's Sister Thorn now...




#26 Tracey - Ms Hobb again, winning someone over, again.




#25 Laurie - that monster Robin Hobb broke her heart!




#23 Robert - Red Sister clearly made him Google "fetish nun costume"!




#22 Brandon - Metro got him kitted up! ... though it looks as if he has 16 years to wait now.




#21 Reddy - Be careful of the company you keep!




#20 Julia - The Stone Road begins a long path from pacifist to warrior!




#19 Leslie - That Jalan ... he's a hoot!




#17 Marielle - G.R Mathews taught her that things are much better, down where it's wetter, under the seeeeeeeeaaaaaa!





#16 Tom - before Gemmell little did Tom know that he was the Lion of Macedon!





#15 Nikolas - Pressfield's The Gates of Fire gave Nikolas the warrior physique he deserves. 





#14 Bethan - it looks as if Terry Pratchett's Sourcery has open the floodgates for Bethan!





#13 Kile - Robin Hobb made this nice man sad! Stop being mean to Fitz, you monster!





#12 Brittany - Patricia Briggs made her a vampire. #BadThing





#11 Dani - Harry Potter turned her from meh-about-books to an addict raising her own mini-readers.





#10 Peter - Clearly he loses his special edition omnibus and this worries him. 





#9 Andrea - Changes ... the title says it all!





#7 Ken - misses the point entirely. The book is supposed to change you!





#6 Conner - of course the joy of calculus is going to sail over your head when you duck like that!






#5 Malin - converted to vegetarianism by the horrors of Apocalypse Cow.





#4 Laura - turned into a cat by the power of Los Nefilim! 





#3 Darrell - um... from doubtful to blown away by The Star Reckoner's Lot?




#2 D.  - somewhat reduced by Ours is the Storm




#1 Spooky - perked up by Kings of the Wyld!

Monday, 15 May 2017

REVIEW: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

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Hooray! I've finished!

I've been reading this book for 16 weeks!

I'm a sloooooow reader. And it's a long book. At 220,000 words it's longer than any book I've written and almost three times as long as Prince of Thorns! Still, it's only half a George Martin doorstop.

But mostly, I had an electronic copy and I don't get on with reading from my laptop - I keep nipping off to the internet!

So - to the book.

First off, it's really well written. Anthony Ryan can write! In fact he's annoyingly good.

There are three point-of-view characters and the story is split reasonably evenly between them.

The main pillars of the book are world-building and story. The magic comes in through gaining powers from drinking the blood of dragons (drakes) - exactly the same as in an unpublished book I wrote in 2001, down to the colours and the fact that a very tiny percentage of people can survive drinking the blood. The implementation though bears no resemblance to mine and the setting is a refreshingly different with late 19th century(ish) technology and a vast commercial empire where profit and trade have replaced royalty or democracy. 

The presence of the drakes and the need to harvest them make for an unusual kind of Victoriana. Plus there's a largely unexplored continent where the drakes are hunted and on which a lost explorer is sought (Dr Livingston, I presume?).

Our characters are a secret operative in the corporate wars, a thief with special talents, co-opted to explore the wilds in search of a unique drake, and a naval officer serving on an ironclad warship.

I loved the naval battles and the life aboard ship stuff. The covert operations were great fun too. And the out in the wilds with the drakes and the natives element was also fascinating. In this last thread we have a wild-west element with gunmen (and women) aplenty.

It's a marvelous piece of imagination with plenty of twists and reveals to keep it going.

Any complaints or doubts? Not on my own behalf. I will say though that the spectacular success of Ryan's debut, Blood Song, was in part due to the focus on a single, young, heroic character. Many fantasy readers like a 'cool' sword swinging hero and they got that in spades in Ryan's first book. Some readers were disappointed by the move to multiple characters in the rest of that trilogy (that I must read!). In The Waking Fire although our secret agent has plenty of smooth moves there really isn't a 'wow' character to appeal to the demographic that love a blood and guts hero. This is a more sophisticated story - although don't worry, plenty of people get shot in the head and the Gatling guns vs winged fire-breathing dragons are very cool (& put me in mind of Myke Cole's Black Hawks vs dragons in the Shadow Ops books).

In short then, it's a great read with tons of twisty story and excellent world-building.

You can go and 'like' my review on goodreads, if you like.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The SPFBO now has an award!

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off now comes with its own award.

(scroll down to see it in the winner's hand!)

The fabulous and coveted Selfie Stick!

The 2016 award goes to Jonathan French for The Grey Bastards.

Ta da!
No, it's not just Dumbledore's wand ... shut up. 

No, I didn't do it in pencil first then go over it ... shut up.

Yes, that is supposed to be a smile.

Hair is over-rated. 


Jonathan French wields his prize for SPFBO 2016 winner, The Grey Bastards.







Saturday, 6 May 2017

SPFBO 2017 - Phase 1

Initially this page has the list of entries, assigned to the ten blogs. It also has links to reviews and blog posts from phase 1, listed as they show up, and the entries will be coloured red as they are eliminated, light green if they graduate from any sub-groups the blogs may consider, and bright green if chosen for the final. Individual reviews will also be linked from the book names.

Click on the book titles for links to reviews.

You can see the blogger list and the duties they've agree to here, And the call to authors here.




A note to authors:

First let me say thank you to all the authors who sent their work in. You were so numerous I wasn't able to respond individually but at the end of this post is a list of all the entries I received, which blogger they went to.

Almost everyone who sent in thanked me for taking the time to do this - of course I've spent only a modest amount of time on the project and it is the bloggers who are going to put in the real hours.

Almost everyone who sent in thanked me for the opportunity. And it is a great opportunity - but let's take a moment to keep expectations real here. If we have 300 entries and each blogger is going to select the book they feel is best from the 30 entries sent to them ... that means that 97% of you will fall at the first hurdle. That's just the unforgiving mathematics of the thing.

You may have written a great book, but there may be one in that 30 that the blogger likes better.

Here are my views on 'failure'.


& the annual title wordle!



From which we can see that our average title hovers in the "Magic Storm-Dragon" to "War of the Blood Empire" region.

And the gender breakdown:




SPFBO 2017 posts
There is now a discussion group on Facebook, open to all.
How it will go down at Fantasy-Faction.
Nitty gritty details from Bookworm Blues.
Fantasy-Faction talk about SPFBO 3 and the world of self-pub.
Booknest lay down the law!
Spiffbo central for the Qwillery.
Pornokitsch claims not to be a dick.
On Fantasy Book Critic Mihir tells us what plans he and Cindy have.
On Fantasy-Faction Laura provides banners galore.
The eponymous Lynn reminds us that there can be only one.
Kitty G video blogs on the SPFBO and the titles allocated to her.
I am collecting the finalists for the cover contest here.
For Fantasy Book Review James selects his three favourite covers from their batch and joins in the prediction game!
- Pornokitsch offers some unwanted writing advice.
- On Venturelaxread Katherine selects her cover finalists.
- Fantasy Book Critic select their top covers.
- Bookworm Blues posts their finalists for the cover contest.
- Fantasy-Faction kick off their campaign.
- On Lynn's Books we see her favourite covers!
- Fantasy-Faction talk about the cover contest.
- James chooses Fantasy Book Review's overall top 4 covers
- Lynn is ready to go!
- Booknest kicks off with the first review of SPFBO 2017
- Booknest reviews Throne of Ice
- Pornokitsch reviews and cuts 26 titles!
- Booknest reviews Mercenary
- Lynn reveals her first 5
- On Kelly Stock's blog there's an SPFBO tag & reviews of her fellow contestants
- On Bookworm Blues the first semi-finalist is chosen
- Booknest reviews The Final Harvest
- On Fantasy Book Critic news of a contestant give-away.
- Kitty G on youtube talking about her 1st SPFBO books.
- Booknest review The Ring and The Flag.
- Booknest review A City of Hope and Ruin.
- Booknest review Shadow Shadow
- Bookworm Blues chooses a 2nd semi-finalist!
- Booknest review The Fading Dusk
- Booknest review 99 Days
- Booknest review Blossom and the Beast
- Venturelaxread swings the axe and twenty titles go down
- Booknest choose their first semi-finalist
- Booknest review Men and Dragons
- Fantasy Book Review select Winter's Reach as their 1st semi-finalist
- Fantasy-Faction cut five titles.
- Pornokitsch has criteria!
- Pornokitsch reviews Under Witch Moon
- Pornokitsch reviews Dead Letter
- Pornokitsch reviews Irons in the Fire
- Booknest reviews Spire City
- Pornokitsch selects their finalist!
- Booknest reviews War of the Black Tower
- 1st Semi-finalist selected on Fantasy Book Critic
- Booknest reviews City of Masks
- Booknest reviews Shadowbane
- Booknest reviews The Shattered Orb
- Venturelaxread reviews Magic comes to Whiteport
- Four titles go out on Lynn's Books
- Booknest reviews Rune Empire
- Booknest reviews Requiem for the Wolf
- Booknest picks a second semi-finalist!
- Lynn selects her next 5 titles
- Fantasy Book Critic reviews The Crimson Queen
- Booknest reviews The Silent Song
- Booknest picks a third semi-finalist!
- Booknest reviews Fall Far From The Tree
- Bookworm Blues chooses a third semi-finalist!
- Booknest reviews The Tainted Shrine.
- Kitty G video blogs about her first five titles
- Fantasy-Faction cut more books
- Fantasy Book Critic choose a 2nd semi-finalist!
- Kitty G video reviews semi-finalist The Exercise of Vital Powers.
- Kitty G video reviews semi-finalist Gift of the Phoenix
- Lynn deals with her second batch
- Booknest reviews Pilgrim of the Storm
- Kitty G youtubes about her 2nd group
- Fantasy Book Review reviews semifinalist A Threat of Shadows
- Fantasy Book Review reviews semifinalist Where Loyalties Lie
- Venturelaxread reviews A Conspiracy of Shadows
Venturelaxread reviews Toric's Dagger
Venturelaxread reviews Destiny of the Wulf
- Booknest reviews Wreckers Gate
- Fantasy Book Critic reviews semifinalist Neferitis' Heart
- Fantasy Book Critic interviews A.W. Exley
- Booknest review A Star Reckoner's Lot
- Kitty G video reviews Devil's Night Dawning
- Venturelaxread reviews The Eagle's Flight
- I pontificate on flaws and fairness in the SPFBO
- Venturelaxread reviews Faithless
- Booknest reviews The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan
- Venturelaxread cuts two titles
- On the Weatherwax Report Esme is reading 100 SPFBO books and reviewing at a great rate of knots!
- Another round of mini-reviews on Bookworm Blues
- Kitty G videos her third round up!
- Fantasy Book Critic third round, 2 semi-finalists chosen!
- Booknest reviews Kindling
- Fantasy-Faction cut five more books
- Fantasy Book Critic review The Woven Ring
- Booknest reviews Benjamin Ashwood
- Kitty G video reviews her fourth five
- Fantasy Book Critic review The Songweaver's Vow
- Fantasy Book Review reviews Cage of Deceit
- Lynn looks over her 4th bunch
- Fantasy-Faction cut five more titles.
- Fantasy Book Critic selects another semi-finalist
- Kitty G video reviews her fifth five
- On Bookworm Blues the last five face judgement
- The five semifinalists on Bookworm Blues
- Venturelaxread reviews The Censor's Hand
- Venturelaxread reviews The Way Into Chaos
- Venturelaxread's finalist announced!
- Qwillery reveal their six semifinalists
- Kitty G reviews her last batch of five
- Kitty G selects her final seven and chooses a finalist!
- Valley of Embers reviewed on Bookworm Blues
- Lynn's Books selects another semifinalist.



225 of 300 eliminated.


Entries 

Reviews (where available) are linked from the book titles. Just click.


M.M. Perry - Whom The Gods Love
T.O. Munro - The Medusa's Daughter
Kathy Cyr - Max Hamby
Trip Ellington - Evermage: Clash of Chaos 
Glenn G. Thater - Gateway to Nifleheim
Marie Andreas - The Glass Gargoyle
Elizabeth Baxter - The Last Priestess
Gemma Perfect - The Kingmaker
Taddeus White - Kingdom Asunder
Dale Triplett - Halcyon's Wake: Faith
Bethany Adams - Soulbound
Joyce Reynolds-Ward - Pledges of Honor
Nancy Foster - An Ominous Book
Brian Decker - Lamentation's Peak
Grace and Thomas Lockhaven - Quest Chasers - The Deadly Cavern *
James Beach - Ghost Magnet
Luke Chmilenko - Ascend Online +
Andrew Rowe - Sufficiently Advanced Magic +
Steven Kelliher - Valley of Embers +*
Elena Bryce - Guardian of the Grail
Howard Gurney - Twin
Jonathan Yanez - Of Angels and Men
Joshua Robertson - Anaerfell +
Linn Tesli - Reborn
Alesha Escobar - The Tower's Alchemist
Stephan Morse - Once Lost Lords +


Ginny O - The Dawn Warrior
A.R Winterstaar - The Child Revealed
Meghan Richardson & Tina Verduzco - Storm and the Mermaid's Knot
Alexia Purdy - Ever Shade
Richard Parry - Night's Favour
Ryan Mueller - Empire of Chains *
Scott Fitzgerald Gray - Clearwater Dawn
Melissa Snark - Valkyries' Vengeance
Brian D. Anderson & Steven Savile - Akiri: The Scepter of Xarbaal
C.D. Gallant-King - Ten Thousand Days
Marina Finlayson - Stolen Magic
Charlotte E. English - Draykon
Terri Bruce - Hereafter
Angela Holder - The Tale of Gurion Thricebound
K.S. Villoso - Jaeth's Eye
V.R. Cardoso - The Dragon Hunter and the Mage *
Jade Kerrion - Illusions
Kristal Shaff - Life-charmer
Brett Herman - Chaos Trims My Beard
Ulff Lehmann - Shattered Dreams
Nigel Bird - Drawn In
Michael-Scott Earle - Wings of Justice
Joe Bailey - Spellsinger *
Brandon Barr - Ella Dethroned
Guerric Hache - Zeroth Law
Christopher G Nuttall - The Zero Blessing
Gus Campbell - Pagan Heart
Christopher Bunn - A Storm in Tourmay


M.M. Perry - The Arbiter
Charlotte E. English - Miss Landon and Aubranael
Tiffany Cherney - Forgotten Relics
Victor Poole - The Slave From The East
Pippa DaCosta - The Heartstone Thief
Danielle E Shipley - The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale
Matthew Presley - The Woven Ring +
Dominique Kristine - Shadows for a Princess
J.C. Staudt - Warcaster
Rachel Medhurst - Thunder Hunter
Alex Hutson - The Crimson Queen +
R.A. Steffan - The Lion Mistress
C.H. Baum - Gods of Color
A.W. Exley - Nefertiti's Heart +*
Dale Kutzera - Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds
Laura VanArendonk Baugh - The Songweaver's Vow +
Ken Lozito - Haven of Shadows
S.K. Wee - Absence of Color
Quenby Olson - The Half Killed
Richard Writhen - The Hiss of the Blade
JT Stoll - The Rift
Adrian G Hilder - The General's Legacy
A.M. Macdonald - Dybsy
Dhesan Neil Pillay - Wrath of the Exiled
Samuel Gately - Night of the Chalk *
Derek Siddoway - Windsworn


Justin Sloan - Land of the Gods *
Elizabeth Baxter - Everwinter +
Charlotte E. English - Faerie Fruit
Ken Lozito - Road to Shandara
Layla Nash - War Witch +
Watson Davis - The Archbishop's Amulet
Aldrea Alien - The Rogue King
Jenna Elizabeth Johnson - Faeborne
Tirzah Duncan - Grace the Mace
Josh Rhoades & Mike Rutledge - The Apotheosis Break
Alan Tucker - The Devil You Know
Scott Haworth - Dark Moonlighting
Jordan R Murray - The Emperor's Horn
C.V. Dreesman - Cursefell
Kelly Stock - The Soul Guide
Burke Fitzpatrick - Today Is Too Late +
James Jakins - Jack Bloodfist
Clayton D Baker & Michael H Kuecker - The Sage of Dirt and Poncho +
Patty Jansen - Sand and Storm
Gayle Torrens  - The Tralls of Nindarry
Rob Cornell - Darker Things
Phil Tucker - The Empire of the Dead *
Jim Beach - Wishful Thinking
Anthea Sharp - Feyland: The Dark Realm
Ilana Waters - The Age of Mages
Sandy Hyatt James - A Gaze of Flint
Autumn M Birt - Spark of Defiance *
S.E Burr - Goblin Fruit
Tiffany Turner - The Lost Secret of the Fairies
Tom Gaskin - Search of the Lost


James Jakins - Son of Thunder +
Matt Gilbert - The Dead God's Due
Rachel Aaron - Nice Dragons Finish Last
Alexander Grant - The Forbidden City
Simon Rudman - Threads of an Empire
Katika Schneider - Devotion
Brandon Lee - The Beginning After The End
Tamra Westberry - Curse of the Ice Dragon
Lindsey R Loucks - Petrified City
K. Bird Lincoln - Tiger Lily +
C.K. Rieke - The Road To Light
M.T. McGuire - Few Are Chosen
Jack Simmonds - The Boy With Purple Eyes
M.R. Anthony - Soldiers' Redemption  :: 2nd place in cover contest. +
Pauline M Ross - The Dragon's Egg +
Lucia Ashta - Magic Awakens
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan - Seasons' Beginnings
Jessica V Fisette - Fire and Ice
Mathew Moss - The Path of Man +
Vicki L Weavil - Crown of Ice
Alex Vick - Breaking Magic
Anthea Sharp - Elfhame
D.K. Holmberg - Soldier Son +
Elle Casey - War of the Fey
Jeramy Goble - Souls of Astraeus *
Linda Acaster - Torc of Moonlight
Cynthia Clay - The Romance of the Unicorn
K.R. Boyter - The Legends of Grimous Ironblood
Sonja Black - The Snow White Files
Adam Vine - Corruption *


Antonio Urias - Irons in the Fire +
Benjamin Descovich - Dead Letter +*
Alex Perry - The War of Undoing
Maria Schneider - Under Witch Moon +
Devin Madson - The Blood Whisperers
Phil Norris - Life in the Fast Lane
Watson Davis - The Devil's Library
Alexia Purdy - Reign of Blood
Alison Blake - The Road to Cordia
Peter Petrack - Wayfarers Highway
Kerry La Porte - Past Perfekt
Brian Terenna - Talent Storm
J Philip Horne - Joss the Seven
Laura Perry - The Bed
Jackson Lear - A God Among Thieves
Dominick Murray - Red Season Rising
Aidan Hennessy - The Grey Mage
Aaron Hodges - Rebirth
Tora Moon - Ancient Enemies
Colleen Ruttan - The Last Falcon
Harvey Click - Demon Frenzy Entered last year!
Marsha A Moore - Seeking a Scribe
Brian W Foster - Repulsive
Traci Loudin - The last of the Ageless
Lucas Thorn - Trail of the Necromancer *
Marylin Vix - Everything for Love *
Dorian Hart - The Ventifact Colossus
J.L. Scritchfield - The Last Days of the Wanderer
Craig A Price - The Crimson Claymore
Carl Harwood - Hale's Fire
Louisa Clarkson - The Silver Strand


Lilian Oake - Nahtaia
S.J. Madill - Magic comes to Whiteport  +
William C Tracy - Tuning the Symphony
Clinton Harding - Our Monsters
Everly Frost - Beyond the Ever Reach
Tamara Westberry - Divine and Dateless
Meghan Ciana Doidge - Catching Echoes
Kari Stewart - Second Olympus
Jamie Edmundson - Toric's Dagger
Harrison Davies - Destiny of the Wulf
Kay Ling - Beyond the Forest
Christopher Bunn - The Fury Clock
Christina Ochs - The Forsaken Crown
Harmon Cooper - Fantasy Online
Cameron Smith - The Holtur Enigma
David J Normoyle - The Silver Portal
Holly Evans - Stolen Ink
Jesse Teller - Liefdom *
Aidan Meyer - Arcana Zero
Harry Connolly - The Way Into Chaos +
V.B. Marlowe - A Girl Called Dust
Dean F Wilson - The Call of Agon
J.L. Madore - Blaze Ignites
Daniel Olesen - The Eagle's Flight +
Skyler Wood - Dungeon Crawl
Graham Austin-King - Faithless +
R.S. McCoy - The Killing Jar +
Adam Steiner - The Censor's Hand +*
R.D. Henderson - Wit Fallo *
James Kelly - The Fey Man (replacing title not meeting entry requirements)
Randy Nargi - A Conspiracy of Shadows  (replacing title not meeting entry requirements)



Jesse Teller - Mestlven
Louise Cypress - Mermaid Abroad
Elise Edmonds - Where Carpets Fly
Josh Brannan - Bookland
Craig Schaefer - Winter's Reach +*
J.C. Hart - Serafina's Flame
Michael Timmins - The Awakening
Rebecca Thorne - Mage Slave *
Andrea L Staum - Blood of the Sire
S.M. Schmitz - Shadows of the Gods
Aldrea Alien - Dark One's Mistress
Jennifer Baldwin - The Thirteen Treasures of Britain
Z.V. Hunter - Calamity Rising
Jennifer Anne Davis - Cage of Deceit +*
J.A. Andrews - A Threat of Shadows +
Alexa Grave - Mind Behind The Mind
C.J. Brightley - The Lord of Dreams
Rob J Hayes - Where Loyalties Lie +
Christian Ellingsen - The Silver Mask +
David Palmer - Ours is the Storm
Amy McNulty - The Ballad of the Beanstalk
Mel Dunay - Marrying a Monster
Sarah Ash - The Flood Dragon's Sacrifice
Will Weisser - Aetheria's Daemon
Catharine Glen - The Rose Crown
Bailey Montagne - Knight and Wizard
John Ryers - The Glass Thief
Jamie Le Fey - Ahe'ey
Kevin McLaughlin - Valhalla Online
Stephanie A Cain - Shades of Circle City


Booknest.eu  (30)
Remy Thomas - Kindling
A.C. Cobble - Benjamin Ashwood
Zig Zag Claybourne - The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan
Yehya H Safwat - The Final Harvest
Sarah Dalton - The Dragon Wakes
Kit Campbell - City of Hope and Ruin
Paula M Hunter - Throne of Ice
Sandell Wall - Rune Empire 
Paul Francois - Shadowbane: Age of Aelfborn
Michael Wisehart - The White Tower *
Jon Kiln - Mercenary
Ashley Capes - City of Masks
Russ Linton - Pilgrim of the Storm
Melissa Giorgio - The Fading Dusk
Eric Knight - Wreckers Gate *
Keith Ward - 99 Days
Jack Conner - War of the Black Tower
Tara Saunders - Requiem for the Wolf +
Darrell Drake - A Star-Reckoner's Lot +
V.B. Marlowe - Shadow, Shadow +*
Toby Bennett - The Silent Song
Amy McNulty - Fall Far From The Tree
E.S. Furlan - The Tainted Shrine
Samuel E Green - The Shattered Orb +
Bailey Montagne - Men and Dragons
R.S. McCoy - Blossom and the Beast
Shane Ramey - The Children of Espen
Jonathan S Pembroke - Pilgrimage to Skara


Roland Boykin - The Pain of Compassion
B.R. Kingsolver - Chameleon Assassin
Giselle Marks - Princess of Zenina
Joseph Malik - Dragon's Trail
Tim Marquitz - Influx
M Gregg Roe - Audrey of Farmerton
V.B. Marlowe - Naomi Grim
Damien Black - Devil's Night Dawning +
M.L. Spencer - Darkstorm +
Toby Bennett - Umbra +
Sable Aradia - Showdown
Megan Crewe - A Mortal Song
Steven Harper Piziks - Danny
Amy McNulty - Nobody's Goddess
Maya Starling - Dragon's Treasure
Ian Gregoire - The Exercise of Vital Powers +
Paul Lavender - The Eighth God
Cate Dean - Shattered Throne
Gavin Poludniowski - The Fall of Rath
Nyki Blatchley - At An Uncertain Hour
Jodi Cummings - The Four Powers
Phil Tucker - One by One
Beth Hammond - The Sound of the Stones
Jaclyn Dolamore - The Sorcerer's Concubine
Steven Laidlaw - Pulse


RESERVE LIST
Donna Maree Hanson - Argenterra
Travis M Riddle - Wondrous
L.L. McNeil - Moroda
James A Hunter - Viridian Gate Online
B.T. Lowry - Fire from the Overworld
Jenna Black - The Gifted Dead
D.M. Almond - Secrets of the Elders
Kevin Wright - Lords of the Asylum 
Ruthanne Reid - Half Shelf Prophecies
Sarah Waldock - Falconburg Divided

+ Semi-Finalist
* Cover finalist




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