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Posted 17/07/2017

Gemmell Awards: Warbeast

Gav Thorpe’s Warbeast has just won the David Gemmell Legend Award for best fantasy novel! The Legend Award is one of the world’s most prestigious fantasy fiction awards, aimed at finding the very best of the year’s fantasy novels through an open vote. Warbeast beat out 58 other fantasy novels to seal this year’s title, and we think it’s a worthy winner.

The novel follows Arkas Warbeast, Lord-Celestant of the Celestial Vindicators, in his quest to recapture Ursungorod, a snow-wreathed tundra in the realm of Ghur. Warbeast must confront both the forces of Chaos and his memories of the past, and the story combines the grand cosmic struggles of the Age of Sigmar with a close look at life in the Mortal Realms. It’s a rich, fascinating and exciting book, one that stands both as a cracking read on its own and a great insight into the Stormcast Eternals and their foes.

It wasn’t just writing that won; Alessandro Baldasseroni was also honoured for some fantastic Warhammer art with the David Gemmell Ravenheart Award. Alessandro’s winning piece is the cover of Josh Reynolds’ novel Black Rift, an iconic image depicting a Stormcast Eternal striding forward in the thick of battle, gleaming sigmarite armour battle-scarred but unbroken.

One of coolest features of this piece is how it hints subtly at the underlying humanity of the Stormcast Eternals – look closely at his mask, and you can see a pair of unmistakably human eyes staring out from it.

The universe of Warhammer Age of Sigmar is an increasingly rich place to explore, with a growing volume of fiction and art set in the Mortal Realms, and we’re very proud that our authors and artists are getting some well-deserved recognition for their work. Whether you’re a Warhammer Age of Sigmar expert, taking your first steps or just fancy a new book to get your teeth into, Warbeast is a worthy choice – get your copy from Black Library.

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