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Drakenfeld (Lukas Drakenfeld Mysteries) Paperback – October 1, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a disappointment. It has been a few months since I have read it, so I don't feel that I can provide an honest critique. Read morePublished on August 29, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The Royal Union has bound the nations of the Vispasian continent together for more than two centuries, with the ultranational police force known as the Sun Chamber being essential... Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by A. Whitehead
OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: I was looking forward to this book since it was announced back in 2011. While I've read the first two books in Mark C. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by M. Wanchoo
I came to Drakenfeld with a number of assumptions. I know that I don't particularly dig historical fantasy. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by ZacharyBonelli