Merry Christmas

It’s been quite a year at Chateau Gwynne. A lot of ups, a few downs. I’m going to mention some recent updates, but first I want to wish you all a huge

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Gwynnes





Malice has been out a year in the UK now, and recently published in the US (December 3rd by Orbit US).

Reviews are starting to trickle in from across the water –

Here’s what Library Journal had to say:

Library Journal - Malice

and some links to a few other reviews:

Malice by John Gwynne | BooksBooksBooks

The Half-Strung Harp: Review: ‘Malice’ by John Gwynne

Malice by John Gwynne – Review [Lord of the Night] | The Founding Fields

One of the biggest ups of the year has to be Malice winning the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy of 2012. It came as a huge surprise and an even huger pleasure. I’m a massive Gemmell fan, so winning something associated with his name feels like an incredible honour.

Another great moment was my youngest son William throwing himself into Victorian Day at school, pictured below with his teacher Mr Mark Roberson

William (the artful Dodger) with Mr Roberson (aka the Child Catcher)

William (the artful Dodger) with Mr Roberson (aka the Child Catcher)

The biggest down of the year was without question losing my lovely dog Hammer to heart disease. He was only three years old and it came as a terrible blow – really knocked the whole family for six.




He is sorely missed.

We were given the most lovely present the other day –


A portrait of Hammer by our wonderful friend Janina Haddrell.

Malice is my debut novel, and I came to the writing world really with few expectations – my experience of the whole ‘writing thing’ this year has been constant surprises – in a good way. One of the biggest shocks is the amount of people that have taken the time to email me and let me know that they enjoyed reading Malice. To all those people I’d like to say a big thank-you.

News for next year is that book 2 of The Faithful and the Fallen will be out – Valour – with a release date scheduled for March 2014, meanwhile I am working hard on book 3.

So, a big thank-you to all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,


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