From one of the most exciting new voices in dark epic fantasy comes a novel that is both intensely brutal and brilliantly cinematic; the story of a soldier torn between loyalty to her family and loyalty to her calling in her quest to preserve a kingdom's future.
She was their hope, their martyr, their brother...
Driwna Marghoster, a soldier for the powerful merchant guild known as The Post, is defending her trade caravan from a vicious bandit attack when she discovers a dead body hidden in one of her wagons.
Born of the elusive Oskoro people, the body is a rare and priceless find, the center of a tragic tale and the key to a larger mystery.
But as Driwna investigates who the body was meant for, she finds herself on a trail of deceit and corruption... a trail that will lead her to an evil more powerful than she can possibly imagine.
The Tähtifantasia award for best translated fantasy in 2008 was given to Ellen Kushner for her novel Thomas Riiminiekka (Thomas the Rhymer), published in Finnish by Vaskikirjat. The award is given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society.
The book was translated by Johanna Vainikainen-Uusitalo and published by Vaskikirjat. Vainikainen-Uusitalo was also the translator for Jeff VanderMeer’s City of Saints and Madmen, which won the Tähtifantasia in 2007. Ellen Kushner is the Guest of Honor of Finncon 2010 in Jyväskylä.
Finncon, Kaapelitehdas cultural centre, Helsinki , 10.–12.7.2009
Finncon is a science fiction and fantasy convention held since 1986, together with Animecon since 1999. During the last three years the two combined conventions have gathered over 6 000 visitors from Finland and abroad each year.
The David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy ceremony took place last Friday in London, England. The award went to Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Blood of Elves was originally published in Poland in 1994, but it was translated into English in 2008.
Mythopoeic Awards - 2009
Announcements: Finalists (May 27, 2009)
Source: Mythopoeic Society