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A fast-paced fantasy thriller which should appeal to readers of CJ Sansom. Independent on Sunday A fast-paced fantasy thriller which should appeal to readers of CJ Sansom. Independent on Sunday A richly written, always engaging work, with well-developed characters and a nice mystery to get stuck into SciFiNow Drakenfeld is an interesting blend of Historical Fantasy and Crime Fiction, set in a beautifully imagined world that seems to have been inspired by Ancient Rome ... a novel that became more and more interesting as the depths of its groundwork became clear The Book Smugglers Charan Newton's new novel Drakenfeld shares more with the historical fiction and detective fiction novels than it does with traditional epic fantasy, but there's just enough to his world that will make this feel just at home with most epic fantasy readers. The result is a deliberate, interesting novel that grows in scale from beginning to end io9.com Not every story has to have its own completely unique and original world. Sometimes taking inspiration from a past era works out better than creating a new world, and Mark Charan Newton proves that he can do both Fantasy Literature --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mark Charan Newton was born in 1981, and holds a degree in Environmental Science. He has worked in bookselling and as an editor. His writing has appeared in a variety of non-fiction publications including The Ecologist and The Huffington Post, as well as for BBC Radio 4. He is also the author of the Legend of the Red series. For more information and updates, visit his website www.markcnewton.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (October 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023076682X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230766822
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Charan Newton was born in 1981, and holds a degree in Environmental Science. After working in bookselling, he moved into editorial positions at imprints covering science fiction and fantasy. He has written for a variety of non-fiction publications including The Ecologist and The Huffington Post, as well as science fiction for BBC Radio 4.

He currently lives and works in Nottingham. You can find him online at markcnewton.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Viktoria Michaelis on November 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Time to delve into other worlds again, and explore the mind from a different point of view through the latest work by Mark Charan Newton: Drakenfeld. You may well have come across him, if you're into Roman-era style novels and historical crime, through the Legends of the Red Sun series. Drakenfeld brings us both a new character, in the form of Lucan Drakenfeld, an officer of the Sun Chamber, and the start of a new series of fantasy crime based, loosely but noticeably, around Roman times. The hero, Drakenfeld, has his side-kick in the form of Leana, a sword-wielding warrior every ready to put her many skills to the test, and something of a history both through his own exploits - and investigative methods - as much as through members of his family, notably his father who, we learn, was also a member of the Sun Chamber.

There is much to be recommended about this new work, from the very beginning where we are given an insight not only into Lucan Drakenfeld's work as an investigator but also his character as a thinking man. He comes across as thorough, almost pedantic, honest and loyal but also slightly lost in a world which is changing around him, which is beset with empirical problems caused by a thin but sturdy conglomeration of States held together, despite social and historical differences, by a common law. We are taken straight into the down-side of his work: the punishment he is required to enforce for those who break society's rules, who have fallen foul to the temptation of corruption, to the evil of personal gain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike A. Wants on October 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton is a swirl of crime fiction, fantasy, and ancient history. A combination I hadn't encountered before, but it makes a very interesting read.

The story revolves around Lucan Drakenfeld, an Officer of the Sun Chamber. The Sun Chamber is an independent organisation that keeps the peace between the nations of Vaspasia. He works together with his bodyguard Leana. At the beginning he's ordered back to his home city Tryum, because his father, another officer of the Sun Chamber, has died. From his arrival onwards, Lucan is ensnared in the mystery about his father's death and the death of the King's sister. The reader follows him through the maze of leads, hints, and speculation. The murder of the King's sister is a locked room case and it's not easy to resolve. Torn between the duty to his father and his duties as a Sun Chamber officer, Lucan has a lot to deal with and many mysteries to uncover. In their search for the truth they make powerful enemies and not many friends.

The setting is a mix between ancient roman culture and the greek city states. It is very well done and Tryum is an interesting mess of different religions, cultures, and groups. It is a dangerous place and Leana has to show her skills with the sword to protect Lucan. Not only that, strange magic seems to drift around the place too. The Sun Chamber and it's place as a peace-keeper is a great idea. Officers have extensive powers, even over kings and queens. Though they keep the peace in Vaspasia, not everyone is happy with the current system.

Both characters have interesting personalities. They carry their burdens and do what's necessary to enforce the law. We learn many things about them over the course of the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johann on October 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
First off I really like the cover. It's bold, colourful and will surely stand out on the shelves between all the hooded men and daggers populating the shelves. According to Mr. Newton himself, the cover is the banner of Detrata, the nation in which the story plays out. The plan is that the following books covers' will also depict the nation's flag in which the story takes place. That's a pretty smart idea and should make for a real striking collection of books.

The main character, Lucan Drakenfeld -who has possibly the coolest name ever in fantasy- , is a detective. As an Officer of the Sun Chamber it's his job to keep the peace and find those that disturb it. The first time that we are introduced to Drakenfeld he is busy overseeing the sentencing of someone who broke the law. It's not pretty, but shows that Drakenfeld is damn good at his job, fair and that the Sun Chamber is not to be messed with.

Lucan is summoned home on the death of his father, who was a highly placed member of the Sun Chamber. The travel home reveals quite a bit of the world we find ourselves in, and sets the first blocks for the rest of the woldbuilding that is necessary to the story. His struggle fitting back into society in the capital also helps the reader get the lay of the land and to figure out who some of the power players are early on, which makes for fascinating reading.

The interaction between Lucan and his assistant, Leana, is well done throughout the book. Leana comes from a neighboring kingdom and the outside view she brings to proceedings is quite a nifty way to slip a few facts about the world into the story, fleshing out the world at large as well.

This book is light on the magic, seeing as it's honestly a detective novel.
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