John
John

John

John Scritchfield spends his days caring for his four children and his nights wearing costumes and pretending to hit people with blunt weaponry. There is very little money it. He holds an MFA in Acting, which he puts to use as the Creative Director for the Calvin Theatre Company at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he also teachesIn his free time, he enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, children, and two cats (Jasnah and Vin). Oh, he's also the Booknest co-Admin.

 

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

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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!

Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson’s most recent doorstop entry in the Stormlight Archive, was released in November of 2020. At 1,232 pages, it is the longest novel in the series and for this reviewer the densest. I began my journey with Sanderson in December of 2017 with The Way of Kings, and despite having never read anything else by him, I was instantly hooked by his mysterious world, compelling characters, and thrilling magic system. Little did I know how essential the rest of his Cosmere was to this series, and how much more I would appreciate Rhythm of War having gone back and read specifically the six Mistborn novels and Warbreaker.

How many other authors set out to write a novella and accidentally write a novel? To be perfectly honest, I don’t know of many. I do know a former professor of mine who once received a master’s degree he didn’t know he was working toward if that counts, but I don’t think it does. In any case, this was the case with Brandon Sanderson’s Dawnshard, the second Stormlight Archive “novella.” Written as part of BranSan’s kickstarter for the leatherbound Way of Kings, Dawnshard was originally supposed to be about the same length as Edgedancer but ended up over 56,000 words (double what it was intended to be). While this is short for a SFF novel, it is technically long enough to be considered a novel.