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Australian and New Zealanders shortlisted for Gemmell Awards, they need your vote!


Recent release of the finalists in the international Gemmell Awards for Fantasy revealed exciting Australia-New Zealand news: one of the books shortlisted for the Morningstar Award (Best Fantasy Newcomer) and two of those with cover art shortlisted for the Ravenheart Award (Best Fantasy Book Jacket/Artist) are by Australia-New Zealand authors—and all three books are authored by women!

In the running for the Morningstar Award is THE HEIR OF NIGHT (Hachette), the first novel inHelen Lowe’s debut epic fantasy series.

In the  Ravenheart Award we have:

  • Aaron Briggs for the cover of Kim Falconer’s JOURNEY BY NIGHT (Harper Voyager)
  • Frank Victoria for the cover of  Mary Victoria’s ORACLE’S FIRE (Harper Voyager)

You can read Dark Matter’s feature interview with author, Helen Lowe, in issue 9, out soon.

So please vote and support these excellent Australia-New Zealand books, their authors and artists!

To Vote:

— for ‘THE HEIR OF NIGHT – Helen Lowe’ to win the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer,  click HERE (Then click again in the circle immediately above the book and author.)  

— for either ‘Aaron Briggs – JOURNEY BY NIGHT’ or ‘Frank Victoria – ORACLE’S FIRE’ to win the Ravenheart Award for Best Book Jacket/Artist, click HERE     (Then click again in the circle immediately above the book and author you wish to support.)

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Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


  1. :Helen, this is the most beautiful inuidotctron and quite blush-inducing. In fact I didn’t know what to do with myself on the day, listening to it I can only say thank you, on behalf of both Frank and myself. It was an honour to have you saying a few good words’ about Chronicles of the Tree!

    • :Thank you, Gillian. I think Mary was pleased with how the lanuch went, and we had a great post lanuch session at The Larder, the cafe down the road, where we were joined by a number of other guests including recently arrived UK writer, Alyson Bird, and her family. A very enjoyable day, at the end of which Oracle’s Fire was well toasted and well lanuched.

      • Ravenheart sounded poufrewl. It’s inspired by his real-life stepfather, who was a life-saving sort of figure in Gemmell’s life. I didn’t finish Legend, but I’ve been told it’s not his best work. As you said in your review, it was his first.

    • I was just discussing this with the guy at B&N trynig to sell me the nook. I just don’t like Gemmell for some reason, though obviously I should given the content. I feel his prose is workmanlike and dry. Yet others love him. To each his own I guess.


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