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John

John Scritchfield spends his days wrangling three future readers 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 by teaching at a Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and as the Creative Director for the Calvin Theatre CompanyIn his free time, he enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, three children, and two cats (Jasnah and Vin). Oh, he's also the new Booknest Admin.

 

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

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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!

 

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

THE POLLS ARE CLOSED

BEST FANTASY IMPRINT

THE POLLS ARE CLOSED

 

 

 

 

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.