The Heir of Night Wins — Yes, Wins! — the 2012 Gemmell Morningstar Award!
I am thrilled to announce that The Heir of Night, The Wall of Night Book One, has won the 2012 Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer.
I found out this morning, via a telephone call from my Orbit UK editor, Jenni Hill. I believe my first words were “I don’t believe it” but I’ve been working on trying to believe it ever since!
The winners in the other two categories were:
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2012: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
The Ravenheart Award for Best Jacket Art: Raymond Swanland for The Blood Of Aenarion (Black Library.)
In terms of the The Heir of Night and the Morningstar Award win, I will post my official acceptance speech—read out for me by Jenni—tomorrow, but I am over the moon that “my story” has just won a major international Fantasy Award — and Reader’s Choice ‘to boot!’
The Heir of Night‘s win also checks several firsts, I believe, being the first time either the Legend or Morningstar awards have been won by either a Southern Hemisphere book or a woman author—so go the HEIR, I say!
Most of all though, a HUGE thank you to everyone of you who voted for The Heir of Night—because we couldn’t have done it without you!
Also, just a ‘place holder’ for friends and supporters in Christchurch or within easy travelling distance: when the Morningstar trophy arrives from the UK, I think we should have a celebratory party here: what do you think?