David Gemmell Legend Award

David Gemmell was one of my favourite writers as a teenager. His high octane fantasy novels such as Legend and A Wolf in Shadow really rocked my world. In memory of his fantastic stories the David Gemmell Legend Award has been established to celebrate the best in fantasy writing (with a focus on epic and heroic fantasy to judge by the shortlist ((the very long shortlist)) )

I haven’t picked my favourite yet, but reading through the list I’m realising just how little recent epic fantasy I have read. This needs to be remedied…I feel a visit to the bookshop coming on! Any suggestions for where I should start appreciated.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

3 thoughts on “David Gemmell Legend Award

  1. Try Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok Banker. The first (and only, as far as I’m aware) epic fantasy series from an Indian author written in English. It tells the three thousand year old story of Rama but it has all the epic fantasy ingredients; good vs. evil, magical swords, a fortress never invaded in a land of warriors never defeated now threatened by an unstoppable demon, a young hero guided by a wise seer and clichés by the bucketful. Good stuff.



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