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Posted 16 July 2017 - 03:24 PM

<p><a href="https://gavthorpe.co...d-Axe.jpg"><imgsrc="https://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Gav-with-David-Gemmell-Legend-Award-Axe-173x230.jpg" alt="Gav holding Snaga, the trophy for the David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy." width="173" height="230" class="alignleft border size-medium wp-image-430417" srcset="https://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Gav-with-David-Gemmell-Legend-Award-Axe-173x230.jpg 173w, https://gavthorpe.co...xe-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://gavthorpe.co...d-Award-Axe.jpg 1536w" sizes="(max-width: 173px) 100vw, 173px" /></a>Well, what can I say – I really wasn’t expecting to be writing this blog post! When you’re up against the likes of Brandon Sanderson and Mark Lawrence, who are regularly nominated for (and win) pretty much every genre award going, you don’t really believe you could actually win. I’m supposed to be doing re-writes for Ashes of Prospero today, but I’ll have to hope the editors will be understanding…</p>
<h3>The Awards Ceremony</h3>
<p>I attended the awards ceremony last night with Black Library representatives Kate Hamer, Hannah Hughes and Rachel Harrison. The night started off with a celebration, as <a href="https://alessandroba...om/">AlessandroBaldasseroni</a> won the Ravenheart Award for Best Cover Art for ‘<em>Black Rift</em>‘ by Josh Reynolds. As well as writing for Black Library, my original fiction series <em><a href="https://gavthorpe.co.uk/books/empire-of-the-blood-by-gav-thorpe/">Empire of the Blood</a></em> is published by Angry Robot, so I was really pleased to see fellow Robot author <a href="http://meganokeefe.com/">Megan E. O’Keefe</a> win the Morningstar Award for Best Newcomer for her novel <em>Steal The Sky</em>.</p>
<p>And then it was the turn for <a href="http://www.joanne-ha....co.uk/">JoanneHarris</a>, author of Chocolat, to present the Legend Award for Best Novel. I know I made it to the stage as I’ve seen photos, but as for what I said I can’t exactly remember – it’s all a bit of a blur. In any case, I now have a beautiful half size replica of Snaga, Druss the Deathwalker’s axe from the works of David Gemmell (beautifully crafted by the <a href="http://www.raven-armoury.co.uk/">Raven Armoury</a>).</p>
<p><a href="https://gavthorpe.co...ard-4.jpg"><imgsrc="https://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Snaga-David-Gemmell-Legend-Award-4.jpg" alt="Snaga - Trophy for David Gemmell Legend Award 2017" width="600" height="524" class="aligncenter border size-full wp-image-430883" srcset="https://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Snaga-David-Gemmell-Legend-Award-4.jpg 600w, https://gavthorpe.co...d-4-230x201.jpg 230w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></a></p>
<p>Just in case I missed anyone out on the night, here are the thank you’s I wanted to give:</p>
<h3>Voters</h3>
<p>Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for <em>Warbeast </em>in both the longlist and shortlist – obviously I wouldn’t have won without your support. Age of Sigmar was <a href="https://gavthorpe.co...">controversialwhen <em>Warbeast </em>was published</a>, with many readers vowing never to read any of the associated fiction just on principle, and I hope that winning this award will persuade anyone who is still of that mindset to at least dip their toe in the water and experience the new world.</p>
<h3>Marc Gascoigne</h3>
<p>I have a lot to thank <a href="https://twitter.com/...Gascoigne">MarcGascoigne</a> for. For those who aren’t familiar with the name, Marco was responsible for setting up Black Library. As its first editor he commissioned me to write my first short story, <em>Birth of a Legend</em>, and when he left to set up publishing imprint Angry Robot for Harper Collins, he commissioned me to write <em><a href="https://gavthorpe.co.uk/books/empire-of-the-blood-by-gav-thorpe/">Empire of the Blood</a></em> – my original swords and sandals fantasy series. Over the years he has been a good friend and mentor – so thank you Marco.</p>
<h3>Nick Kyme</h3>
<p><a href="https://gavthorpe.co...43743.jpg"><imgsrc="https://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Warbeast-by-Gav-Thorpe-Black-Library-Age-of-Sigmar-HB-213x300.jpg" alt="Cover of Warbeast by Gav Thorpe (Black Library Age of Sigmar) Hardback" width="163" height="230" class="alignright border size-medium wp-image-3892" /></a>Black Library readers will no doubt be familiar with editor and author Nick Kyme. Not only has Nick edited several of my books, he has also been a great sounding board, champion of my work, and weathered many a storm with / from me when the going has got tough. Our good relationship was critical while I was writing <em>Warbeast</em> – it was a new setting, one that I didn’t know if I even liked yet, being written at a time when I was disillusioned with the direction Black Library was taking. Nick kept me sane, and got <em>Warbeast </em>to the point of, well, winning the Legend Award for it! Thank you Nick. If you’re interested in the struggles I had writing <em>Warbeast</em>, you can <a href="https://gavthorpe.co.uk/2016/03/06/warbeast-authors-notes/">read about it here</a>.</p>
<h3>My Partner, Kez</h3>
<p>Thanks also go to my partner Kez. Without her gentle but persistent prompting for me to actually <em>tell</em> people about the awards, and not be so British about the whole thing, I’m sure the number of votes I received would have been significantly lower. She also knocked up a lovely “congrats” banner for me to come home to. Thank you, Kez.</p>
<h3>The Awards Team</h3>
<p>My final thanks go to Stan and Anne Nicholls, Alex Davis, and the rest of the team behind the Awards. Thank you for taking the time to honour David Gemmell, a man who has <a href="https://gavthorpe.co...date/">inspiredme since I was a teenager</a>. And thank you for my wonderful trophy – which you can see more of in this video:</p>
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