Drakenfeld Paperback – 10 Oct 2013
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This is a grounded and realistic example of secondary world-building that works well as an intelligent locked-room mystery and also gives us a cerebral, multi-layered protagonist. Game Of Thrones fans will find plenty to enjoy in the story's sharply-played political skulduggery, and this first book in the series stands as an intriguing introduction to a world that's challenging and provocative without falling into Grimdark clichés (SFX)
A richly written, always engaging work, with well-developed characters and a nice mystery to get stuck into (SciFiNow)
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)
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)
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)
Inspired by the classical world of Ancient Rome and authors such as C J Sansom, Drakenfeld marks the start of a thrilling new fantasy crime seriesSee all Product Description
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After receiving news of his father's death Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is recalled home to the ancient city of Tryum and is rapidly embroiled in a mystifying case. The King's sister has been found brutally murdered - her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple.
Lucan Drakenfeld is a very interesting character indeed; he's a cunning and determined investigator. The book is written in the first person, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. For me it worked and the more I read about Drakenfeld and his motivations the more I wanted to know about the world they inhabit. The order of Sun Chamber which Drakenfeld is a part of is very enigmatic, almost secret and whenever it's mentioned it instantly commands respect.
The setting of the book is a city called Tryum which takes its influences from Rome and Greece albeit in a very subtle way and not overtly obvious.
The lock room mystery was interesting, but gladly wasn't the entire focus of the book, just very cleverly put together in its simplicity once the solution is revealed. It certainly makes you think and question what you know as Drakenfeld's investigation unfolds. Drakenfeld has his work cut out for him trying to separate superstition from certainty.
As the plot steadily unfolds we learn more about Drakenfeld and the struggles he faces, in the shadow of his more famous father, even in death. Drakenfeld's determination to find the killer quickly makes him a target as the underworld gangs of Tryum focus on this new threat to their power. The secondary characters especially Leana and Senator Veron are well formed and the author gives them time to grow in the world they inhabit.Read more ›
Set in a world very much influenced by Ancient Rome, the eponymous Drakenfeld is a rising star of the Sun Chamber, a law enforcement body whose jurisdiction covers the entire Vispasian Union and all monarchies and lands therein. Upon receiving news of the death of his father, Drakenfeld returns to his home city of Tryum to lay him to rest and put his affairs in order. It soon becomes apparent, however, that his father - himself a once prominent member of the Sun Chamber and a force to be reckoned with, let alone lived up to - was living a complex lie, and circumstances surrounding his death are not as straightforward as they at first seem. To add to this mystery, a member of the royal family is murdered during a big party and, as the only Sun Chamber official around, it falls to Drakenfeld to investigate the crime. With all eyes upon him and his own life seemingly at risk from all quarters, Drakenfeld's investigation lead him to the heart of power in Tryum where the truth could upset the delicate balance of the whole continent.Read more ›
I thought the main stumbling block for me here would be that Drakenfeld is written in the first person, which is definitely not my preference. This didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book in the slightest, and the style worked well here with the story we're following, allowing a natural access to the thought processes of our protagonist as he tries to solve an apparently impossible crime.
The crime itself is a classic murder mystery but it's the `who' and the `why' that provide more intrigue than the `how' we spend a fair amount of time puzzling over. When that little chestnut is cracked it's almost a little disappointing in its simplicity, but the other two aspects make up for it, and the cleverness of a second major death is the icing on the cake. There's plenty of room for making your own assumptions, but I did find it a little odd how one key player I suspected almost from the start was never even suggested as a potential suspect in Lucan Drakenfeld's investigation. Perhaps I missed something there, or perhaps it was just my suspicious mind trying to beat Drakenfeld to solving the murder.
The characters and the world they're in are as well fleshed out as the story they're a part of. We're shown the world when we need to see it, allowing it to grow and develop well as we become more deeply engrossed in the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not up to his red suns, i was waiting for something that never showed, not enough fantasy to stir the imaginationPublished 14 months ago by andrew wild
The plot? Ok. The setting/world building? Ok(ish). The prose and writing? O dear!
Did ever a book have such a need for an editor? Let me give an example. Read more
I'll start with the good bits; the story is a genuine page-turner (initially) and the main characters fairly well presented. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Cooper
Dont be fooled by the Germanic eagle on the front, this is set in a fantasy Roman setting. Solid world-building and well realised characters. Read morePublished 19 months ago by T. Andrews
Good price. Came when expected. Looks great. Now to get tucked in.Published 20 months ago by Dan J.
When a fantasy novel is announced as a murder mystery set in a secondary world inspired by Ancient Rome *BOOM* I'm done and sold on reading said novel, especially if it's written... Read morePublished on 4 July 2014 by Mieneke van der Salm
A very interesting mix of crime novel and fantasy novel. very well written. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone looking for a different style of fantasy.Published on 21 April 2014 by Amazon Customer