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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  533 ratings  ·  90 reviews
The Royal Vispasian Union monarchies have been bound together for 200 years by laws enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. Nations have flourished, but corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way. Following his father's death, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is called home to Tryum and rapidly embroiled in a mystifying case. The King's sister has been fou ...more
Paperback, 429 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Tor (first published October 1st 2013)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

If you ever get the opportunity to check out Drakenfeld, I highly recommend doing so! Go ahead and pick up the book, take your time to admire that striking, gorgeous cover, and give the first chapter a whirl. For myself, I was irrevocably hooked by the third page. It's hard not to be intrigued by the opening scene, when the descriptions of a brutal, torturous act of punishment is at once juxtaposed by the eponymous main ch
Mark Newton
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A big improvement on the author's previous series...! ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
Kings and queens may fall, but cloth still needed to be dyed.
Did you ever want to read a fantasy novel that feels like historical fiction? If the answer is yes then Drakenfeld is the book for you.

Lucan Drakenfeld is an agent for the Sun Chamber, an organization that is tasked with keeping order in the Vispassian Union, a union of 8 kingdoms, each with its own agenda.
When Lucan's father, who was also a prominent member of the Sun Chamber, dies Lucan returns to his home city of Tryum. He is ordered to take over the office of his father and the first case to
Olivier Delaye
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very good Agatha Christie-like murder story set in a Fantasy world reminiscent of Ancient Rome. I liked every single page of it!

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Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Over here at Fantasy Book Critic, we keep an eye out for special writers and 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. Newton’s debut series, this book almost felt like from a whole new person. Let me clarify that; as I don't think that Mark was a bad writer with his earlier books, no he was a different kind of writer. With this one, he re-invents himself and g
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
This one was a little slow for me, but I could see where another reader would like it more. Some things I really liked but its more for the fans of "Who done it". ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Lucan Drakenfeld is an Officer of the Sun Chamber; a vast network that oversees the peaceful unity of the kingdoms it polices. Called back to his home city of Tryum after the death of his father, Drakenfeld is quickly given his father’s old post of Officer based in the city. He is quickly drawn into his first case – to investigate the mysterious death of the king’s sister. Conspiracies, murder and treason are just a few of the things he comes up against in his search for the truth about what hap ...more
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drakenfeld is a book that combines a Romanesque mystery novel with the detective work of CJ Sansom, and billed as a ‘fantasy crime’ series.

In this world of Vispasia, Lucan Jupus Drakenfeld is an Officer of the Sun Chamber: an official whose purpose is to travel throughout the eight nations of Vispasia and act as representative of the Vispasian Royal Union, adjudicator and keeper of the peace. Such a difficult position has been maintained by the Sun Chamber for decades, despite attempts to the co
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
*** 4 stars ***

book: 4,5 stars
reading experience: 4 stars
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one hooked me right from the get go... Interesting and well-developed world , interesting MC... a fantasy world with interesting political concepts and its a murder mystery.
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book combines the elements of my favourite genres: detective novels and history fiction. Just imagine: it's two centuries since the great Empire of Detrata had fallen, and eight new kingdoms were founded on its ruins. Currently, these kingdoms flourish due to the Royal Vispasian Union that unifies all of them, but still neither any of the kingdoms nor the Union itself can reach the level of the Empire. The peace and order in the Union is withheld by an organization called the Sun Chamber – ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After finishing his critically acclaimed Legends of the Red Sun series last year, Mark Charan Newton decided to try something completely different from his first series. While his Red Sun series was more of a New Weird style, is Drakenfeld a political crime-noir thriller, set in a secondary world based on the ancient Roman Empire. When Lucan Drakenfeld is summoned home after the death of his father, he soon finds himself entangled in one the strangest murder cases of his career. Lacanta, the kin ...more
Johann Pollard
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-fantasy
Damn brilliant.

I was honored to receive an ARC of Drakenfield from Mr. Newton, and with the publication date around the corner here are my thoughts on it.

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 f
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I don't believe I've ever come across such a Fantasy-less Fantasy novel before. This reads more like a Historical novel than a Fantasy. There's no magic, no other races, no elfs, etc. The only thing keeping the book from being straight Historical is the setting, a late era Roman analog, not of our Earth.

It's a Locked-Room Mystery. At least to start with. I really enjoyed this book. It's an accomplished work of fiction. Maybe the best "Fantasy" book I've read this year. Just ordered the sequel.
Tudor Ciocarlie
A surprising and interesting combination of crime-fiction and ancient world history, with a very gentle, almost imperceptible fantasy perfume. I can't wait to find out more about this world and Lucan Drakenfeld. ...more
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
originally posted

Drakenfeld is the latest book by Mark Charan Newton, his earlier series Legends of the Red Sun was well received and I am still looking forward to take plunge into this series when I get the chance. Mark Charan Newton has worked for several book publishers before and currently works for a big game company creating narrative background for video games. When I read the blurb of Drakenfeld it reminded me of a series that I took to liking a f
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, fantasy, crime
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 by an author whose work I’ve enjoyed before. Super sold on the book, I bought a signed copy at WFC and then, inexplicably, crickets. The book got waylaid by review copies and while I kept eyeing it, reading kept being put on the back-burner. The paperback release gave me the perfect excuse to finally read it. And I’m gl ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3 and a bit stars.

It's sort of a murder mystery set in a fantasy version of Rome. If you like historical murder mysteries and fantasy books, you may enjoy this.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who studied Latin in high school, the classical Greek and Roman world is something that captures my fancy. And when it is used as an inspiration for a new series, you can count me in.

Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton begins when Sun Chamber investigator Lucan Drakenfeld gets called home after his father has died. He has not been in his home city for a long time, and he has to rediscover it. Soon after a high profile murder takes place and Drakenfeld is the one to look into it.

This is n
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The death of the father is a critical milestone in a man’s life. It confronts him with inescapable proof of his own mortality as well as a powerful spur to examine his own level of maturity, or lack thereof.

At the start of Mark Charon Newton’s engrossing novel, Drakenfeld, Lucan Jupus Drakenfeld, Officer of the Sun Chamber has just finished presiding over a particularly gruesome, but as he explains it, justified, punishment session. Waiting for him as he exits the Temple where the punishment wa
Giving up at page 215 (of 429, so about halfway). It's part a shambles of ordinary writing; part the tedium of unravelling mysteries that are still mysterious, not compelling; and part that the world is so straight-up classical that I find myself yearning for some Falco, where at least ancient Rome is virulently alive, compellingly everyday, and no one ever says "OK"...

I'm also a bit perplexed that the gritty promise of the logline ("They'll kill to hide the truth... He'll kill to find it") seem
Blodeuedd Finland
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I must begin by saying that I did try to read another fantasy series by him and did not like that one at all. But I still gave this one a go and I am glad I did. It was different and really good.

It's basically a murder mystery. And our lead detective is Lucan Drakenfeld, the genre is fantasy and the world is very Roman.

Right another cop story for me, and yet another fantasy book that mainly takes place in a big city. No running around on an adventure here. No Lucan comes to his home town, says f
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-mystery
This book was a delight to read. Fast-paced, witty, it kept me on the edge of my seat. The mystery was intriguing and the characters had all the depth needed to make you sympathise with them. Lucan is a Sun officer, a straight-laced guy doing his best solving the murder of the king's sister. I especially liked the fact that even though he is the hero of the story, he has his faults and shortcomings, and despite all that, does his best to do his job. I'm definitely watching out for the next insta ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very different setting for a fantasy novel but works so well.The classical theme anchors it to reality while still being based in a fictional setting.
Well built up mystery and likeable main character finishing with the promise of more to come.
Very good. My first book by Mark Charon Newton and I really enjoyed this one. Recommended!
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 / 5

Drakenfeld is a fantasy detective novel by Mark Charan Newton. A locked-room murder takes place in the king's court with no apparent motive, possible murderer and no loose-end. Lucan Drakenfeld, newly arrived, finds himself gradually entangled into many mysteries surrounding the murder along with other unrelated ones.
This novel takes place in a fantastical world of Newton's creation, and I have to admit he has done an amazing job with world-building and passing all this depth on the page
Elspeth Cooper
This was a nice variation on your regular fantasy: a locked-room murder mystery in a pseudo-classical secondary world. The world was nicely drawn, rich and colourful - in other words, an ideal stage on which to play out further adventures - and I enjoyed the central conceit, but I found the language of a police procedural (statements, time-of-death conversations over a rapidly-cooling corpse, and liberal use of 'OK' in dialog) didn't sit well for me in such a vivdly Romanesque world, making it a ...more
Adam Whitehead
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 for enforcing peace between the kingdoms. Lucan Drakenfeld, an officer of the Sun Chamber, is recalled to his home city of Tryum by the death of his father. However, whilst setting his father's affairs in order, Drakenfeld becomes embroiled in politics and murder. There are forces in Tryum that would see it reach out a ...more
Chromium Kitty
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Before I get into my reasons for giving it that rating, I feel the following needs to be noted. If you are a devout Christian, or someone who finds any of the following listed topics to be offensive and give books a 1 star rating simply for containing such subjects, then please, PLEASE put this book down and return it to the bookstore, library, or friend who lent it to you, because this book is not for you.
- Worship of various gods
- Murder
- Sex and implications of deviant sexual beha
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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 film and media tie-in fiction, and later, science fiction and fantasy. He currently lives and works in Nottingham. His major label debut is Nights of Villjamur, which is published by Tor UK (Pan Macmillan) and Bantam Spectra (Random ...more

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