People of Abandoned Character (Clare Whitfield) is shortlisted for the Debut Crown and The Devil and the Dark Water (Stuart Turton) is shortlisted for the Gold Crown.
The 2021 Crown Awards (Debut, Gold and Non-Fiction) are for full length books published for the first time in English in the UK between the 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021. The winner's ceremony will take place on the 24th November 2021.
"A stunning piece of modern fantasy writing." R.J. Barker, author of The Bone Ships and Age of Assassins
"A marvelously detailed world with an engrossing adventure from a unique perspective. I enjoyed it!" K. S. Villoso, author of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
Keep an eye out for the cover reveal, but in the meantime, check out the blurb below...
No man is above the law.
The Empire of the Wolf simmers with unrest. Rebels, heretics and powerful patricians all challenge the power of the imperial throne.
Only the Order of Justices stands in the way of chaos. Sir Konrad Vonvalt is the most feared Justice of all, upholding the law by way of his sharp mind, arcane powers and skill as a swordsman. In this he is aided by Helena Sedanka, his clerk and protege, orphaned by the wars that forged the empire.
When the pair investigate the murder of a provincial aristocrat, they unearth a conspiracy that stretches to the very top of imperial society. As the stakes rise and become ever more personal, Vonvalt must make a choice: will he abandon the laws he's sworn to uphold in order to protect the empire?
Two debuts were published last week, and we are delighted these two very special books are now out in the world...
The Spirit Engineer, by A. J. West, is based on the true story of Professor William Jackson Crawford and famed medium Kathleen Goligher. With a cast of characters including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, this wonderful book conjures a haunted, twisted tale of power, paranoia and one ultimate, inescapable truth...
Congratulations to Faridah Àbíké Íyímídé, whose debut YA novel, Ace of Spades has been shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2021, in the Young Adult category.
The BAMB Awards are the only awards to be curated by bookshops, and chosen by readers.
The winners will be announced on Tuesday 9th November at an awards ceremony at Foyles on Charing Cross Road.
To find out more about the Awards, and the shortlists, click here.
Published in eBook in December this year, and in paperback in February 2022, you can pre-order here.