Voyager’s Lucky Friday 13th

‘Best Friday 13th ever!’ tweeted an excited Mark Lawrence, as the news hit that he had scooped not one, but two trophies at the 2014 Gemmell Awards last week.

Lawrence follows Patrick Rothfuss, Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson to win the Legend Award for Best Novel with Emperor of Thorns, the devastating conclusion to the Broken Empire series.

As if that wasn’t enough, Jason Chan received the prestigious Ravenheart Award for Best Cover Art for his stunning Emperor of Thorns design. Chan creates concept art for computer games by the likes of Sony, Microsoft and Electronic Arts, as well producing brilliant illustrated covers for Marvel, Tor, Simon & Shuster, and of course, HarperCollins.  You can check out more of his work here:

The Legend Award for Best Novel (centre, collected by Mark's agent, Ian Drury) and the Ravenheart Award (right, collected by our very own Natasha Bardon, Voyager Editor).
The Legend Award for Best Novel (centre, collected by Mark’s agent, Ian Drury) and the Ravenheart Award (right, collected by our very own Natasha Bardon, Editor).

The Gemmell Awards were designed to celebrate excellence in the genre. This is the first time in the history of the awards that one title has won not one, but two prizes.


If you’re new to The Broken Empire series, Prince of Thorns, the first in the trilogy, introduces us to Jorg Ancrath, a charming, immoral boy who leads a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. Returning to his father’s castle, Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood with all hands turned against him.

If you have already read it, we have just released Mark’s new, humourous yet bloodstained book, Prince of Fools, book one of the Red Queen’s War series. Jalan Kendreth, coward, cheat, womaniser and reluctant hero, becomes unwillingly entangled with Norse axe man, Snorri, and forced to follow him on a quest to the North. Read the first chapter here.


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