IndieBRAG, the highly-respected champion and arbiter of quality indie publishing, has honored Glen Craney’s The Spider and the Stone as its most recent winner of the coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion award.
IndieBrag judges are highly selective and must unanimously agree on a selection after conducting a months-long, rigorous assessment of submissions. Previous winners of the Medallion for historical fiction include such luminaries of the genre as Helen Hollick (managing editor of the Historical Novel Society), Steven McKay, Anna Belfrage, Derek Birks, Paula Lofting, Prue Batten, Katherine Ashe, and Jo Ann Butler.
Earlier this year, Foreword Reviews tabbed Craney’s novel about Scotland’s 14th-century wars of independence as a Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist.
Earlier reviews of the novel:
“The book is an interesting, well-crafted scenario … [Craney] has woven an interesting tale proposing that the crowning of Robert the Bruce occurred largely because of the help and sacrifice of James, Scotland’s Black Douglas and the love of his life, Isabelle MacDuff.” — Historical Novel Society
“The best book I’ve read this year.” — John Graham, seneschal of the Society of Creative Anachronism
“It was a marvelous book and I was moved to tears at the long and sad ending.” — Kathleen Ingram, Reading the Ages
“[A] memorable, well-researched, and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction! Great read that is highly recommended!” — Crystal Book Reviews
“An atmospheric and heart wrenching depiction of a time of upheaval in Scotland.” — Caroline Wilson Writes
More about the B.R.A.G. Medallion selection can be found here.