The judges' reports for the 2010 awards are up and they can be read in their entirety from here.
And this is what the fantasy judges for best novel of 2010 said about Stormlord Rising:
"This is classic fantasy full of all the great elements fantasy readers love: a well-balanced magic system, a complex political world and a series of interweaving storylines told from the perspective of several engaging characters. Full of pace, energy and intrigue, Stormlord Rising is a must read for lovers of high fantasy."
And don't forget, folk:
Two months to the publication of Book 3, Stormlord's Exile