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The Gemmell Awards longlist and voting is go!

The mighty SnagaIt’s that time of year again: the longlists have been announced for the 2014 David Gemmell Legend Awards, and voting is open. Go feast your eyes on the candidates on display. Go on, I’ll wait.

Right, so, if you’ve been and had a look you might have spotted that one of the names on that there list is mine, up for the Legend Award for The Raven’s Shadow.  If you feel so inclined, you can vote for it here. Personally, I think it’s my best book so far, and I am immensely proud of it, but it is for readers to judge whether it is worthy of a click on the voting form.

And you must do what you feel is right, of course.



  1. Mike S


    I am glad I discovered your books. Any idea as to publish date here in the US?

    • Ellie

      It’ll come out in the UK first; so far the US releases have been about 8 months after the UK ones. As soon as I have more info, I’ll update the blog. HTH!

  2. Mike S


    Looking forward to it. I am glad I discovered your books. Any idea as to publish date here in the US?

  3. Mike S

    I just finished your third book – The Raven’s Shadow- i have read al three books in the last three weeks. Fantastic!

    I wish the books included a map of the the world they occur in. Any reason why there is not one? will you be adding one for the fourth book?

    I can’t wait for “The Dragon” to come out!

    • Ellie

      Three books in three weeks – that’s dedication! I’m delighted you’ve enjoyed the journey so far.

      I love maps, absolutely adore them, but I never felt that the first book needed one because the action was fairly localised. By the time my publisher asked about a map I was in the process of changing editors and there was just no time to get one drawn up and still hit the expected publication date. I haven’t discussed maps with my editor for the fourth volume, so the best I can tell you is “we’ll see”.

      I hope you enjoy THE DRAGON HOUSE as much as the rest of the series!

  4. Harry

    Ms. Cooper,
    Thanks very much for an interesting series. Usually I read the books from the local library, but I couldn’t wait, so I purchased them. Now I’m waiting for the fourth book (The Dragon) to arrive so I may complete the series, if it stops with the fourth book. Very interesting plot line, with very enjoyable characters. Reading your stories is not as tiresome as Jordon became in his Wheel of Time series, however I am sometimes challenged to recall who has done what and to whom. This comes, I suspect, from my reading long past my normal bedtime.

    Keep up the work as long as you are able. Despite your physical challenges, your way with words challenges many of us to understand where you are going -which is what, in my thinking anyway, makes an excellent read. Like you, I started reading at an early age and have never given it up, nor do I plan to quit reading. I have noticed many Science Fiction and Science Fantasy authors go back to the classics (Homer, Illiad, Ceasar, etc) to refresh their insight on what makes a story exciting. Current authors I enjoy include David Weber and Mercedes Lackey; both who have as unique a style of writing as you do.

    Again, thanks for writing!

  5. Eon

    You have my vote, done & dusted.

    The Raven’s Shadow is superb storytelling

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