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Hello everyone, and welcome to the announcement of the 2020 Booknest Fantasy Awards winners! In our first round, we asked you to vote for your favorite fantasy books and imprints as nominated by Booknest.eu, Fantasy Faction, Fantasy Book Critic, Fantasy Book Review, The Weatherwax Report, Novel Notions, The Fantasy Hive, Grimdark Magazine, and publishers (ACE, Gollancz, Angry Robot and Tor Books). Only 10 books made the cut into our Shortlists, which you voted for again to produce this year's winners!

 

 

Welcome to the 2020 Booknest Fantasy Awards!

 

In our first round, we asked you to vote for your favorite fantasy books and imprints. Now, we are thrilled to present you with this year's Shortlists! In this final stage, your votes will determine who will receive the engraved swords (pictured below). Once again, we would like to offer our thanks to the blogs,(Fantasy Faction, Fantasy Book Critic, Fantasy Book Review, The Weatherwax Report, Novel Notions, The Fantasy Hive, and Grimdark Magazine) and publishers (ACE, Gollancz, Angry Robot and Tor Books) who helped our team build this year’s longlist of nominees published between January 1st, 2020 and December 31st, 2020. Best of luck, everyone!

 

VOTING ENDS ON MARCH 24th

 

 

 

 BEST TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED NOVEL

THE POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED

BEST SELF-PUBLISHED NOVEL

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BEST DEBUT NOVEL

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BEST FANTASY IMPRINT

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And here’s how our swords look at the hands of a few previous Winners!

 

Welcome to the 2020 Booknest Fantasy Awards!

 

It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to vote for your favorite fantasy novels and fantasy imprints from among this year’s nominees. First, however, we would like to offer our thanks to the blogs (Fantasy Faction, Fantasy Book Critic, Fantasy Book Review, The Weatherwax Report, Novel Notions, The Fantasy Hive, and Grimdark Magazine) as well as the publishers (ACE, Gollancz, Angry Robot and Tor Books) who helped our team build this year’s longlist of nominees published between January 1st, 2020 and December 31st, 2020.

 

 

Phase 1

In Phase 1, you have until Friday, March 12, 2021 to vote for your favorites. Only the top 10 books and top 5 imprints with the most votes will move on to the Phase 2 Shortlists where they can win an engraved sword! So, make sure you share this link if you want to see your favorites win! Best of luck, contestants, and hopefully we will see you again in the next round!

 

 BEST TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED NOVEL

THE POLLS ARE CLOSED

BEST SELF-PUBLISHED NOVEL

THE POLLS ARE CLOSED

BEST DEBUT NOVEL

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BEST FANTASY IMPRINT

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And here’s how our swords look at the hands of a few previous Winners!

Bards and Scribes: The Swashbuckler (Guest Post by Jesse Teller)
27, Oct

 Introduction

Jesse Teller is mentally disabled. He suffers from PTSD from an abusive childhood. He is bipolar, suffers from daily to hourly hallucinations, and has DID (multiple personality disorder).

He has been a member of the self-published fantasy community for four and a half years now, has published fourteen books, with plans to publish countless more.

Jesse Teller is not a sane man. He has been declared mentally unfit and is a certified madman. This blog series is a glimpse into the way he sees a small handful of his peers and a look into his own mind. This is an excerpt from the third volume of his autobiography yet to be published.

 

The Swashbuckler

 

Man, I have been waiting for this one. This dude is fucking cool.

The Swashbuckler can swoop in to a conversation, to a group chat, to any situation and light it all up. Everything he says is encouraging and everything he says is helpful. Picture a dude swinging into a room with a wide brim hat on (go ahead and envision a feather, it suits my needs), and with a bit of fanfare you know he is there. He is beloved by all and popular.

Okay, what nobody outside of the scene knows is that the self-published world is like a high school. You have the quiet dark kids like The Cannibal. You have the academics like The Alchemist, The Druid, and The Judge. You have the fun guys, the guys who love everyone and just get accepted everywhere, like The Panda, and you have the popular kids.

I am not in any of these groups. I am The Lunatic. A lot of people respect The Lunatic, but not many people want to get close to The Lunatic. He says things that can’t be true. He is awkward. He is clingy and he is too loud at the wrong times and too quiet at the wrong times. The Lunatic walks alone. And none of the cool kids read The Lunatic’s books. I don’t know why. I try not to think about it.

There are really five popular kids. The Sloth, The King, The Viking, The Wanderer and The Swashbuckler. They are the cool kids. Everyone loves the cool kids. The reviewers love them because they are all spectacular writers. The readers love them because they are larger than life. The other kids want to be them and they talk to very few people. They have inside jokes and they are off by themselves.

The Swashbuckler is not like that. He is around for anyone who needs him. And man, did I need him.

 

See The Swashbuckler understands what I am doing, because The Swashbuckler is doing it, too.

He is working on a masterpiece called First Earth. As I understand it, First Earth is a war, a big fucking war. It spans over a dozen books but these books are broken up into series that can be read by themselves. It is masterful. It is sought after by everyone who reads it. It is huge. There are reviewers and readers salivating all over themselves for any book about First Earth. Anytime The Swashbuckler lets slip any bit of information about First Earth, everyone talks about it for days. If you watch, you can see people whispering about it everywhere. If you watch, you can see the ripples it is leaving everywhere it swims. First Earth is out there and everyone waits with bated breath for the next book.

I was still working on my first act. I had five series, all stand alone, where all you had to do is pull them apart, shuffle them back together, and they would tell one story. Lots of off shoot stories, but really it is all about a boy becoming a man and saving the world. It follows him from ten to twenty-two and he faces off against the worst of the worst and, well, you will have to see what happens.

I still didn’t know what happened. I was working on the ends of all the series. See I had started them all and worked them all to their final books, but I had not yet finished any of them. I had five series open and was looking at the downhill slope. At the breakneck pace I had set, I was going to finish them all in one year. I had released three of my standalones and a short story collection, but I had not finished a single series. I was getting scared and I was coming up on it quick. There was no stopping. The momentum was way too great. The entire thing was either going to lift me up or crush me. I had made so many promises, and though my wife was confident, and my alpha reader was not even worried, I was scared to death. My mind was out of control. I needed to talk about it.

I reached out to the only guy who understood. In my desperation, I sent a message to The Swashbuckler and he wrote me back.

I could go get the minutes. Of course they are all right there. I have every conversation I ever had with this man, and everyone I have talked to, right at my fingertips. That is how Facebook Messenger works. But I will not go back and check because then I would have to quote him and I want you to feel what I felt when he spoke to me on this.

I reached out with something along the lines of, “Heard you were doing a big thing. Heard about First Earth. How is that going?”

“Big. Intense.” He probably used other words but get with me here, I am doing a thing. “Heard about what you are doing. It’s bigger.”

“Yeah crazier, too,” I said.

“Well how are you keeping it all straight?” he asked.

“Not sure. It just won’t leave my head. It is kind of driving me nuts really. I think I am losing my mind.”

“You will be fine,” he said. “Just don’t quit. The right people are watching you.” I am pretty sure that is what he said.

We talked a few more minutes about it. He said some encouraging things. He talked for a while about his process, but a writer’s process of writing is so personal and hand-tailored that they guard it covetously. We only talk about it when we feel safe and when we feel ready. I’m not going to tell you what he said to me. He implied it was work for him, that he had to concentrate a lot on it. I got the idea it was not coming easy, that it was a struggle. He had First Earth in hand but he had to hold on tight.

I have this thing, it’s “The Lunatic thing,” where every time I even get close to talking about what I am doing, I run off at the mouth about it. It is a sickness. I can’t shut up. I vomit all of it out without thinking and without stopping. It is why no one takes me seriously, why no one reads my books. But I went a little crazy on him. I told him everything and I think he could hear the panic in my voice. I think he knew what I was going through.

He told me in a very cool way, without talking down to me, that I was going to be okay. That what I was doing was crazy impressive and that I had it all under control. He talked to me about calming down for a while. I know he sensed I was falling apart.

The Swashbuckler brought me to ease and let me know I did have this under control. He said what we were doing was supposed to be hard. It was not often done. Then The Swashbuckler swung away.

He has been there to pull me back when he sees me going over the edge. He corrected me once when I was out of line and told me to just get it together. He has been a guiding force for me and a constant ally.

And watch this.

April 15th 2019, at about three in the afternoon, I remember the day because that was the day Legends of the Exiles came out. I was up. Had been up all day. I was about twenty-two hours into my day, headed to the post office where I would sit in the car, because no one should have to deal with me on days like these, and a reviewer who all writers want reading their books gets in touch with me. He is very interested in reading Exiles. Says it sounds great and he has heard so many good things about it.

I thank him. I manage to keep my cool and not vomit all over him when he says, “The Swashbuckler told me that one day I have to have a conversation with you about your vision. About your master plan. He said that what you are doing is mind-blowing and I need to get involved.”

Now, I have been up for twenty-two hours. I am trembling, I am whirling, I feel drunk and it is release day. It is the day everyone wants to hype up their book. This reviewer has just hosted a guest blog on his site, where I talk about my own child abuse and why I chose that topic to talk about in Exiles. He has heard my very personal story and agreed to air it on his site. So the guy is already invested.

This right here is where I break, right? This is where I just avalanche all of my crazy on this very influential reviewer. But right when I am about to scream and break loose of myself, I clamp it all up. In his message this reviewer had said “one day” and I caught it. I can’t tell you where I am in the city. I am so fucked up that I know if my wife makes me walk home I will wander the streets and eat cigarette butts all day because even though I have a debit card in my pocket, I can’t figure out money right now. Everything in me is telling me this is my moment. But in this totally Lunatic moment, I shut up.

“Well, The Swashbuckler is a cool guy. Very generous. I do have something in the works and I would love to talk to you about it when you get time. Thanks for your interest,” I manage through grit teeth. “And thanks again for hosting my blog.”

Then, in this insane moment, I pretend I am sane and I set the phone down. I bite my lip ’til it bleeds and I wait for my wife to get back to the car. Because not only did I do good in not screaming and running down this reviewer’s street, but I realized one thing.

The Swashbuckler is looking out for me.

TOUR HOSTED BY FANTASY BOOK CRITIC

SEE ALSO:

THE DRUID

THE PANDA

THE ZOMBIE QUEEN

THE GUNSLINGER

Author Bio:

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to understanding the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

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Hey folks,

We have a great new interview here with two of Onyx Path Publishing's best and brightest: Matt McElroy and Matthew Dawkins. Together, the two have played a part in creating WORLD OF DARKNESS: GHOST HUNTERS, which is a new tabletop roleplaying game supplement coming out for the World of Darkness 20th Anniversary line.

Like many projects from Onyx Path, this is going to first appear on the Kickstarter platform for crowd-funding and promotion. It just started today and already has filled its initial goals. I look forward to seeing what stretch goals can be met before the end.

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/ghost-hunters-for-world-of-darkness-20th-anniversary

Now let's go talk about the project!

Interview with Matthew Dawkins IV - Let the Streets Run Red
08, Sep

Hey folks,

I'm very pleased to have conducted another interview with Onyx Path Publishing developer Matthew Dawkins. The writer of books like Beckett's Jyhad Diary and They Came From Beneath the Sea, he is here to talk about a new book coming out called Let the Streets Run Red for Vampire: The Masquerade's Chicago by Night setting.

Let the Streets Run Red is a chronicle book, containing four lengthy adventures that players will be able to get a number of sessions out of. Perhaps even enough to do an entire character's unlife from. All of these adventures are set within the American Midwest within driving distance of Chicago, IL. Each contains a different flavor of horror and while the player characters are monsters, they may not be the worst things out there.

It will be coming out this year, going first to backers of the original Chicago by Night 5th Edition Kickstarter.

Now let's talk about its contents!

Interview with James Aquilone
03, Sep

A couple of months back I reviewed James Aquilone’s second novel, Dead Jack and the Soul Catcher – a wild, supernatural, film noir style alternate reality in which a dust-addicted zombie detective is thrust into a world-ending caper he wants nothing to do with. It’s an incredibly fun book, in an equally engaging series. Today, it is my absolute pleasure to share with the BookNest community an interview with James Aquilone himself, in which he discusses the series, as well as his other creative ventures.

 

 

We at BookNest.eu are incredibly excited to announce that we have reached the extraordinary milestone of TWO THOUSAND reviews! That’s an incredible number, considering all of the hours that go into crafting even a single review. We are proud of our reviewers, who have worked for years with passion and dedication to deliver our reviews to the fantasy community in the hopes of increasing awareness of authors and titles we are excited about.

 

In celebration of this occasion, our reviewers have compiled a list of our picks for the top one hundred fantasy novels that have been published this century. This list is, of course, subjective, so if your favourite book is missing, we apologize in advance. We have not read every book in the world, and the taste of our reviewers may not reflect your own.

 

We at BookNest believe strongly that the books we selected for this list are exemplars of the fantasy genre, chosen not only from among the two thousand books we reviewed, but also from among thousands of others we have collectively read. There are many books we loved that did not make the cut. It’s an expansive genre, and it was difficult to limit our selection to only one hundred of our favorites. We had to make many painful, and sometimes emotional, decisions. For those authors whose books are listed, this should be considered an extraordinary level of accomplishment, and our hats are off to you.

 

Without further ado, we at BookNest.eu present to you our list of the TOP 100 FANTASY BOOKS OF OUR CENTURY.

 

NOTE: The books are sorted alphabetically.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

A Crucible of Souls (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence) by Mitchell Hogan

 

A Dance of Cloaks (Shadowdance) by David Dalglish

 

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic) by V. E. Schwab

 

A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1), by Marie Brennan

 

A Threat of Shadows (The Keeper Chronicles) by J.A. Andrews

 

A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone) by John Gwynne

 

A Wizard's Forge (The Woern Saga) by A.M. Justice 

 

Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori) by Lian Hearn

 

Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom) by R.J. Barker

 

Air Awakens by Elise Kova

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

 

Battle Mage by Peter Flannery

 

Beyond Redemption (Manifest Delusions) by Michael R. Fletcher

 

Black Stone Heart (The Obsidian Path) by Michael R. Fletcher

 

Blackwing (Raven's Mark) by Ed McDonald

 

Blood Song (Raven's Shadow) by Anthony Ryan

 

Chasing Graves by Ben Galley

 

Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves) by Andy Peloquin

 

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orīsha) by Tomi Adeyemi

 

Circe by Madeline Miller

 

Cold Iron (Masters & Mages) by Miles Cameron

 

Darkmage (The Rhenwars Saga) by M.L. Spencer

 

Dragon's Trail (The Outworlders), by Joseph Malik

 

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini

 

Dragon School: First Flight by Sarah K.L. Wilson

 

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool) by Robin Hobb

 

Foundryside (The Founders) by Robert Jackson Bennett

 

Frey by Melissa Wright

 

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

 

The Light of All That Falls (Licanius) by James Islington

 

Godblind (Godblind) by Anna Stephens

 

Half a King (Shattered Sea) by Joe Abercrombie

 

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire) by Naomi Novik

 

Hope and Red (The Empire of Storms) by Jon Skovron

 

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga) by Fonda Lee

 

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

 

Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand) by Richard Nell

 

Kings of the Wyld (The Band) by Nicholas Eames

 

Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw

 

Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen) by John Gwynne

 

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

 

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson) by Patricia Briggs

 

Northern Wrath (The Hanged God) by Thilde Kold Holdt

 

Orconomics (The Dark Profit Saga, #1), by J. Zachary Pike

 

Paternus: Rise of Gods (The Paternus) by Dyrk Ashton

 

Penric's Demon (Penric and Desdemona), by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War) by Mark Lawrence

 

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire) by Mark Lawrence

 

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage) by Brian McClellan

 

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor) by Mark Lawrence

 

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel) by Josiah Bancroft

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

 

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

 

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight) by Katherine Arden

 

The Black Prism (Lightbringer) by Brent Weeks

 

The Blade Itself (The First Law) by Joe Abercrombie

 

The Blood-Tainted Winter (The Song of the Ash Tree) by T.L. Greylock 

 

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy) by S.A. Chakraborty

 

The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust) by Anna Smith Spark

 

The Crimson Queen (The Raveling) by Alec Hutson

 

The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing) by R. Scott Bakker

 

The Ember Blade (The Darkwater Legacy) by Chris Wooding

 

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle) by Nghi Vo

 

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) by N.K. Jemisin

 

The Final Empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson

 

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

 

The Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss

 

The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands) by Jonathan French

 

The Guns Above (Signal Airhship) by Robyn Bennis

 

The Gutter Prayer (Black Iron Legacy) by Gareth Hanrahan

 

The Heresy Within (The Ties that Bind) by Rob J. Hayes

 

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood) by N.K. Jemisin

 

The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman

 

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard) by Scott Lynch

 

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

The Warded Man (Demon Cycle) by Peter V. Brett

 

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

 

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

 

The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons) by Jenn Lyons

 

The Rules of Supervillainy (The Supervillainy Saga) by C.T. Phipps

 

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

 

The Sword of Kaigen (Theonite) by M.L. Wang

 

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade) by Seth Dickinson

 

The Vagrant by Peter Newman

 

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson

 

The Way of Shadows (Night Angel) by Brent Weeks

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The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy) by Marie Rutkoski

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Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations) by Michael J. Sullivan

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) by Rebecca Roanhorse

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Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats) by Sebastien de Castell

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Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness) by Tamora Pierce

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Under Heaven (Under Heaven) by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Unsouled (Cradle) by Will Wight

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire) by Devin Madson

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Where Oblivion Lives (Los Nefilim) by T. Frohock

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti

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Hello, and welcome to BookNest.eu

SPFBO 6 commences tomorrow, and we're proud to announce that BookNest will return as a Judge for the fourth year in a row in our continued efforts to support self-published authors. Many thanks to Mark Lawrence for this opportunity!

We are here today to reveal the process we will follow to choose our Finalist. This year, our team consists of eleven people! In the first round, our Regular Reviewers, Katerina, Max, Janelle and Natasha, as well as our two Guest Judges, Dyrk Ashton & D.M. Murray, will read and review 5 books each and pick their favorite as Semi-Finalists. You read that right - we will read and review all 30 books assigned to us, as we've always done so far. When we have our 6 Semi-Finalists, myself (Petros) and C.T. Phipps will read all of them and pick the best one as our Finalist, which will then proceed ti the Second Round of the SPFBO, to compete against the other 9 Finalists. In the Second Round, our Regular Reviewers, Gary, Jordan and Drew will read and review 3 Finalists each. Bellow, you can see the books assigned to us, and who will read what. We will keep this page updated everytime we review a book, or when we pick a Semi-Finalist, so you may want to bookmark it! 

D.M. Murray Dyrk Ashton Max
The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson The Jealousy of Jalice by Jesse Nolan Bailey The Obsidian Palm by C.W. Snyder
Sorrowfish by Anne C. Miles Wayfarer by K.M. Weiland Auring's Wrath by Justin DePaoli
The Phoenix Embryo by Jeanne Marcella A Storm of Silver and Ash by Marion Blackwood Meadowcity by Liz Delton
Dire by John Bailey Architect by RT Mulder Bull and the Goblin Raid by Matt Heppe
Covenant of Blood by H.R. van Adel Chasing Sunrise by Emily Mah The Stone of Knowing by Allan N. Packer

 

Katerina Janelle Natasha
Dragon's Reach by JA Andrews The Brightest Shadow by Sarah Lin The Chaos Circus by Renee Dugan
Until All Curses are Lifted by Tim Frankovich Kingdom of Aces - Ruby Edition by Steven Smith The Delving by Aaron Bunce
Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater A Brush with Vampires by Betsy Flak Dragon Mage by Tameri Etherton
Star Compass by Anthea Sharp The Bear Cavalry, A True (Not!) History of the Icelandic Bears by D.G. Valdron Heart and Soul Fist by Chris Ing
Blackbirds Sing by Aiki Flinthart The Ninth Knight by Stephen James Wright The Power of Convinction by Catrin Russell

 

I would ask that you do not contact one of our reviewers directly, lest they choose to contact you on their own. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on Facebook! Best of luck to all contestants!

Hello everyone, and welcome to BookNest.eu! Today we are lucky enough to reveal the cover of Incursion, first book in The Necromancer's Key series, by Mitchell Hogan, one of my favorite authors. Mitchell Hogan is the author of the Sorcery Ascedant Sequence, The Infernal Guardian duology, and Revenant Winds, an excellent standalone novel. He also recently joined the Jaberwocky Agency, and he is now repped by Joshua Bilmes, the agent of Brandon Sanderson, Myke Cole, Michael J. Sullivan & Peter V. Brett! Incursion will be self-published as a paperback, but the audiorights have been directly acquired by Audible. Here's what Mitchell himself has to say!