Still, we needed others, and two bloggers rose spectacularly to the challenge: Ghost Ryter and Clara Diane Thompson, both of whom have busy lives of their own and took time out of their schedule to read and review the books for the awards.
Thank you so much, Hannah, Ghosty, and Clara. You, along with these authors, are the true stars of the Blogger Awards.
But even with these great people, we couldn't do it without the books. Twelve books in total, written by ten different authors. Twelve wonderful books, which we highly recommend. So thank you Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Andrew Peterson, Jill Stengl, Clara Diane Thompson, Brandon Sanderson, Jennifer Freitag, Emerald Barnes, Rachel Heffington, Melanie Dickerson, and Jaye L. Knight for your unique and extraordinary contributions to literature.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, we are pleased to conclude the 2014 Blogger Awards with the final category, Best Book of 2014.
Anon, Sir, Anon, by Rachel Heffington, is often described as 'cozy'. The word does not quite do it justice. The debut adventure of niece-and-uncle detective team, Vivi and Farnham, is both sumptuously, deliciously mysterious and relatable and familiar-feeling. It has all the snap and wit of Shakespearian comedies, and I can see how the authoress draws inspiration and style from the Bard. Our judges adored level-headed Vivi and sharp-tongued Farnham, and we strongly hope there are more adventures to come.
Golden Daughter, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, spans the epic journey of Masayi Sairu, assassin for the emperor. In a novel that spans over five hundred pages and countless plots, subplots, and intertwining secrets, characters live, die, love, and fight in a massive power struggle that spans both the Near World and the Far, humans and mortals, evil... and good. The judges hold this book in the highest regard, rivaled only by the previous books in the series.
The Warden and the Wolf King, by Andrew Peterson, concludes the adventures of the Igiby family. Plunged from their stately, beloved life as common villagers into a world of politics, intrigue, and rebellion, they have struggled to remain whole as a family. The last battle between mankind and the Nameless One will tear those fragile ties apart. The judges would like to issue a statement regarding the superb quality of this series, but we'll need to stop hysterically sobbing first.
All three of these are epic, glorious books to which we, the judges, give the highest recommendation and honors. But only one could win. And that one is...
"The Warden and the Wolf King," by Andrew Peterson, is an awe-inspiring, emotional conclusion to a series that literally reduced three of our four judges to teary wrecks. It has spectacular poetry and profound truth, but most amazingly, it has characters that, by the end of the series, will feel like your brothers, your sister, your grandfather, your mother. Your friends. People you've never met but you've known your whole life.
Mr. Peterson was gracious enough to write an acceptance speech for the awards: "Thank you... I’m so honored."
And this, ladies and gentlemen, concludes the 2014 Blogger Awards. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed them! If you wish to host a category for the 2015 Blogger Awards, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. On behalf of myself and the judges, have a blessed, merry Christmas!