If you were wondering how Balur the giant came to be known as Balur One-Eye, you might be interested in reading a short story I’ve recently written.
You can find it in the anthology titled JOURNEYS, alongside a barrage of awesome tales from writers such as Juliet E. McKenna, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gail Z. Martin, and many others. Here’s a link to it, and check out the lovely cover-art below.
Voting on the longlists for the David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy is open. There are three categories and I am so pleased to see that Wrath has been nominated for two of them: the Legend Award, which is for the best fantasy novel of 2016, and the Ravenheart for best cover art.
David Gemmell has been a great influence upon my own writing, so to see a book of mine on a list with David Gemmell’s name at the top makes me feel both privileged and also like a big kid again.
The Gemmell Awards are a readers vote (and that means you), which make it all the more special.
If you’ve read Wrath and you think it deserves a vote then that would be brilliant, and much appreciated. And if Wrath wasn’t your favourite book of 2016 please still head over and vote for one the other many awesome titles on the Longlist – the main thing is that you vote, as the Gemmell’s are run by a selfless team of volunteers and hugely deserving of support. The link is below. Only a couple of clicks…
The Day of Wrath is finally here.
WRATH is published today, 17th November, in the UK. It’s a special moment for me, with a surreal, dream-come-true quality about it.
I began the journey of writing the Faithful and the Fallen over fourteen years ago, and now the last book in the series is being published. It’s a wonderful feeling, though bittersweet as well, saying goodbye to a cast of characters that have been part of my life for so many years.
I’ll be signing copies of WRATH and anything else you put in front of my pen at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore, at 4.00pm on Saturday 19th November. Afterwards all are invited to join me for a pint and informal chat at a pub nearby. It would be great to see you there.
The Quill and Claw have a limited run of signed copies of WRATH. Each book can be personalised with a specific quote, message and or sketch:
You can purchase Wrath from all of the usual suspects:
I’ll just wait now with baited breath and hope that you all enjoy WRATH.
Voting in the final round has now re-opened and begins all over again.
I’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone that voted for RUIN, I’ve always been a huge fan of David Gemmell, and he has played a big influence upon my own writing, so to see a book of mine on a list with his name at the top feels like a great honour.
The shortlist is now open for voting again – if you think RUIN or any other of the fine books on the list deserve your vote please do head on over to the website via the link below:
A huge congrats to the other nominees:
The shortlists are:
Legend Award (best novel)
The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia (Baen)
Gotrek & Felix: Slayer by David Guymer (Black Library)
Ruin by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan)
The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper/Voyager)
Morningstar Award (best debut)
Battlemage by Stephen Aryan (Orbit)
The Traitor by Seth Dickinson (Pan Macmillan)
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig (Harper/Voyager)
Starborn by Lucy Hounsom (Pan Macmillan)
The Vagrant by Peter Newman (Harper/Voyager)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Harper/Voyager)
Ravenheart Award (best cover art)
Kerem Beyit for The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
Jason Chan for The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper/Voyager)
Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia (Baen)
Raymond Swanland for Archaon: Lord of Chaos by Rob Sanders (Black Library)
Paul Young for Ruin by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan)
Voting on the shortlists will close at midnight (GMT) on Friday 19th August.
The results will be announced at a presentation ceremony taking place at 8pm on Saturday 24th September at Fantasycon in Scarborough, UK.
Voting on the longlists for the David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy is open. There are three categories and I am so pleased to see that Ruin has been nominated for the Legend Award, which is for the best fantasy novel of 2015.
David Gemmell has been a great influence upon my own writing, Legend being the first book that I stayed up all night to read. I just had to know what would happen next. So to see a book of mine on a list with David Gemmell’s name at the top, it makes me feel both privileged and also like a big kid again.
The Gemmell Awards are a readers vote, which make it all the more special.
Also, the Legend Award is the coolest prize in fantasy – a replica of Druss’ famous axe, Snaga! SNAGA!
If you’ve read Ruin and you think it deserves a vote then that would be brilliant, and much appreciated. The link is below. Only a couple of clicks…
It’s the fourth and final book in the Faithful and the Fallen series. A bittersweet experience. Exciting to finally reach scenes that I’ve been thinking about for around twelve years, but also sad in a way, saying goodbye to characters that I’ve known for such a long time. It was a marathon write, with a final battle that seemed to keep on growing, and I must confess that I had to stop writing at a certain scene as tears were blurring my vision.
It’s gone down well with my sons and my editor, which is usually a good sign. Edward cried!
It’s the biggest of the four, weighing in at 289,578 words, 991 manuscript pages. I expect my editor Julie Crisp will trim it down a little, though, and give it a good polish along the way.
I don’t have a definite publication date, but I’ve been told towards the end of 2016. I’ll be posting updates on that.
Can’t wait for you all to read it.
Ruin is published today in the USA and Canada, care of those awesome people at Orbit US.
By the way, hope you like my new sword…
This one’s all about RUIN, book three of the Faithful and the Fallen.
Ruin is out in hardback and ebook in the UK on the 16th July, so only a couple of weeks to go, now. A box-of-books turned up on my doorstep – my author copies come a little early. My wife Caroline and I took a few photos of them in the garden, and the dogs decided to get involved.
RUIN can be purchased from all of the usual places:
There are also a couple of other editions that you may be interested in.
Goldsboro Books is an independent bookshop specialising in signed first editions. I LOVE Goldsboro Books. It is situated in Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London, and is one of those places that you can wander into and easily lose a few hours, its shelves stacked with so many rare and wonderful gems. * A bit of random trivia for you – apparently Cecil Court was J.K Rowling’s original inspiration for Diagon Alley. *
I first met the owner of Goldsboro Books, David Headley, at Herstmonceux Medieval Festival. I wandered into a tent with my son Edward and my brand new Dane-Axe over my shoulder and found him running a stall selling books (of course). Goldsboro Books have been hugely supportive of the Faithful and the Fallen, and so they are running a limited signed first edition of Ruin.
Apparently their initial stock sold out in pre-orders, so if you check in with them and RUIN is not available, don’t panic, more are on the way.
You can also find something different featuring Ruin over at Quill and Claw. This is a website set up by fans for fans. They are quite unique, in that they offer very limited runs that are not only signed by the author but in which you can request a favourite line to be quoted, and/or a doodle by the author. For example, one of the orders already submitted has asked for me to doodle Storm in the front pages alongside my signature. I think this a great opportunity to have something uniquely personalised. If that is something you’d be interested in, the link is below.
There’s one other thing I’d like to tell you about. If you’re in the London vicinity on the 16th July my publishers have arranged for me to do a signing at Forbidden Planet Megastore, from 6-7pm. Afterwards the idea is to head on over to the Phoenix Artists Club for a pint of something cold and a more informal chat about all things Banished Lands with anyone who wishes to join me. If this sounds like something you’d like to do please feel free to turn up. If you’d like more details just email via the contact us page.
These are very exciting days for me. Book three done and about to be set loose upon the world, and also I’m writing book four right now, which is the final instalment in the Faithful and the Fallen. It’s a strange affair, both wonderful to be writing scenes that I’ve been imagining for over twelve years, but also a little bittersweet, to be saying goodbye to characters that have really become part of my life for such a long time.
I hope that you’ve all enjoyed the journey so far. I certainly have.
To my immense shock and great pleasure Valour has made it through to the shortlist for the David Gemmell Legend Award. Voting has now re-opened and begins all over again.
I’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone that voted for Valour, you’ve made a bald man very happy! I must confess that a jig was danced!
A huge congrats to the other nominees:
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
The shortlist is now open for voting again – if you think Valour or any other of the fine books on the list deserve your vote please do head on over to the website via the link below:
Some exciting news I’d like to share:
￼ For release: 11.00am 13th May 2015
Publicity contact: Sam Eades Tel. +44 (0)20 7014 6182 Email: Sam.Eades@macmillan.com
PAN MACMILLAN BUYS NEW TRILOGY IN THE TRADITION OF GEORGE R. R. MARTIN AND DAVID GEMMELL
Pan Macmillan is delighted to report the acquisition of a new epic fantasy series by John Gwynne. Senior Commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought World rights from agent John Jarrold, in a six-figure deal.
This new standalone trilogy will be set in the same stirring Celtic-inspired world as John’s first quartet, the Faithful and the Fallen. Here, the Banished Lands now seem at peace. However, guardians appointed to enforce it have their own agenda, and mankind will suffer. One central character, Rae, is part-guardian and part-human. And if she can prevail through conflict, crisis and adventure, she may hold the key to humanity’s ultimate freedom.
John Gwynne’s debut novel, Malice, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut.
And on the new deal, Gwynne said: ‘I’m absolutely overjoyed that Pan Macmillan will be publishing a new trilogy set in the Banished Lands. I’ve loved working with the team and it’s both wonderful and exciting news to hear their enthusiasm about expanding this world. Ideas have been worming their way into my head for quite some time now and my fingertips are itching to get typing on this new series’
Pagan shared her enthusiasm, saying: ‘I couldn’t be happier about this new deal. John has proved he can write heart-pounding, character-driven adventures of the most immersive form, and his next works will be just as thrilling. Readers everywhere – prepare to be enthralled!’
Bestselling author Conn Iggulden had high praise for Malice: ‘Influenced by Gemmell’s ‘Rigante’ and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones – two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot – it gets faster and more fascinating by the page . . . Hell of a debut. Highly recommended’
Pan Macmillan will be publishing the new books from Autumn 2017, following John Gwynne’s current series. His next book, Ruin, will be published in July this year.
I hope that you’re as excited about this as I am.