Annal: 2000 World Fantasy Award for Novel

Results of the World Fantasy Award in the year 2000.

Book:Thraxas

Thraxas

Martin Scott

In the enchanted city of Turai, the royal family is corrupt, the politicians can be bought, and the civic guards have better things to do than guarding. Thraxas may look unprepossessing and overweight, and more interested in pursuit of his next beer than pursuit of justice, but if you’re in trouble in Turai, this portly private eye is probably your only hope.

Join Thraxas as he’s hired by a Princess on a case which leads him from the sewers of Turai right up to the Imperial Palace. Never a man to turn his back on a client (or an extra meal), Thraxas, aided by Makri, an axe-wielding young barmaid with a touch of Orcish blood, fights his way through the dark and magical streets of Turai.

Book:Gardens of the Moon

Gardens of the Moon: Book 1 of Malazan Book of the Fallen

Steven Erikson

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand…

Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order—an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice.

Book:The Rainy Season

The Rainy Season

James P. Blaylock

It’s a gray, wet winter in southern California, and Phil Ainsworth is alone. The sudden death of his young wife has left him shaken, and he gets eerie sensations as he roams around the big, old house he inherited from his mother. He’s sure he’s seen people snooping around his property, by the old well that, in this wet weather, always seems ready to overflow. How much is real and how much is in his head? That’s the question.

A late night phone call brings more bad news: Phil’s sister has died, leaving her ten-year-old daughter Betsy an orphan and naming Phil as guardian. It seems like a bad time to bring a child into this unhappy house, but Phil had always promised he’d take care of Betsy—and now she’s all the family he has left.

What he can’t know is that Betsy is a very special child. She has the ability to sense the powerful emotions of the past, to hear the voices of the dead, and to see the uncanny powers that are closing in around this house.

Book:A Red Heart of Memories

A Red Heart of Memories

Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Matt (Matilda) Black possesses the unique ability to speak with inanimate objects and to witness the inner dreams of other people. She spends her days traveling from place to place alone, yet never lonely—for she can communicate with all that surrounds her. She finds a kindred spirit in Edmund Reynolds—a wandering witch on a spiritual quest to help those in need. Together, these two special people will embark on an odyssey of the imagination. They will encounter things both wonderful and terrifying. And after so many years of solitude, they will learn to depend on one another—as they look into the darkest depths of the past.

Book:Tamsin

Tamsin

Peter S. Beagle

Arriving in the English countryside to live with her mother and new stepfather, Jenny has no interest in her surroundings—until she meets Tamsin. Since her death over 300 years ago, Tamsin has haunted the lonely estate without rest, trapped by a hidden trauma she can’t remember, and a powerful evil even the spirits of night cannot name. To help her, Jenny must delve deeper into the dark world than any human has in hundreds of years, and face danger that will change her life forever…

Book:A Witness to Life

A Witness to Life

Terence M. Green

In A Witness to Life, with his spare but powerful style, Green examines the meaning of life, family, death—the connections that bind us all. The story begins at the moment of Martin Radley’s death. His soul, free to drift back over his life, searches for meaning in a welter of change and occasional tragedy. He bears silent witness to his defining moments and the enigmatic patterns of his life.

As Martin grows in a young man in Canada, he meets Maggie Curtis. Soon they are married, have a daughter and son, and are enjoying life. But Maggie dies suddenly, leaving Martin ill-equipped to be the single parent of two teenagers. He does a bad enough job that he loses their respect and the warmth of their affection that he desperately desires.

Lost in a muddle, he falls passionately in love with Gertrude McNulty, twenty years younger. He marries her and they have…[more]

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