This press release reaches us from Alex Davis, PR Officer for the David Gemmell Legend Awards:
GLITZY CEREMONY CROWNS GEMMELLS AWARD WINNERS
Hallowe'en night saw the awards ceremony for the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy taking place in Brighton, with prestigious prizes given to the very best in fantasy fiction over the last year. In the fabulous surrounding of the Metropole Hotel, and in front of a packed crowd, the awards were presented by some of the genre's most acclaimed names.
The opening award of the evening, the Ravenheart Award for best cover art, was presented by Freda Warrington to Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for Joe Abercrombie's Red Country. Didier and Dave were winning the award for the second time, previously taking home the prize for the cover of Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold.
The second award at the ceremony, the Morningstar Award for best debut novel, was awarded to British author John Gwynne for his stunning first novel, Malice, the beginning of the Banished Lands series. The prize was presented by acclaimed thriller and horror author Michael Marshall Smith.
The final award of the evening, presented by Stella Gemmell, was the Legend Award for best fantasy novel. This award, along with the stunning snaga trophy, went to Brent Weeks for his epic The Blinding Knife, the second book in the Lightbringer series. Brent becomes the third US author to win the award, following on from Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss.
The ceremony also saw the official launch of the Legends anthology, a collection of stories written as a tribute to the work of David Gemmell. The book is newly released from NewCon press and features new stories from a host of the field's leading talent, including Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Storm Constantine, Tanith Lee, Juliet E McKenna, Anne Nicholls, Stan Nicholls, Jan Siegel, Adrian Tchaikovsky and many more.
Awards Chair Stan Nicholls said: 'The Gemmell Awards for Fantasy are unique in being determined by a public vote, and a true chance for the readership to recognise the finest fantasy of the year. I'm delighted by the international nature of the awards – we've got winners from France, the UK and America, highlighting that these awards do have true worldwide significance.'
To find out more about the Gemmell Awards, visit http://www.gemmellaward.com/