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(Drakenfeld #2)

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THEY'LL KILL TO HIDE THE TRUTH. HE'LL KILL TO FIND IT. Having just solved a difficult case in his home city of Tryum, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld and his associate Leana are ordered to journey to the exotic city of Kuvash in Koton, where a revered priest has gone missing. When they arrive, they discover the priest has already been found - or at least parts of him ...more
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Published June 2015 by Pan Macmillan (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC copy received via NetGalley

Retribution is the second novel in Mark Charan Newton's Drakenfeld series. The books are about murder mysteries in a secondary fantasy world that reminds the reader a lot of ancient societies like Rome, Athens or Persia. It's definitely low fantasy with next to none magical elements, although we get a bit more of those than in the first book of the series. The novels feel more like historical fiction to me because of that.

This time, Drakenfeld and his
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I tried not to speculate on the morality of these men. I had seen people do strange things when enough coin could line their pockets. Standards could vanish in the blink of an eye when a group was left to establish its own rules, far removed from the guiding lines of common society.
I was not here to judge, not yet, just looking for answers.
Blodeuedd Finland
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I know that I do not read a lot of mysteries/thrillers, but I have noticed that I like the historical ones. And with the first book in this series, the fantasy ones works excellent too.

Drakenfeld has a new job. A priest has been killed and he is sent to investigate. We learn to know another country in this world, a "mongol people" who now try to settle in cities. Their queen wants to show the world how cultured they are. I do like learning more about this world, and he shows this new country so
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 stars.

Very good second novel in this series. Sometimes a bit slow paced, but the vivid descriptions bring the city of Kuvash and the contrasts in its population very much alive.
Jared Shurin
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year, Mark Charan Newton introduced us to the Sun Chamber's star (sorry) investigator: Lucan Drakenfeld, who, alongside his ruthlessly efficient friend Leana, managed to stop a series of hideous crimes in the nation of Detrata.

The Drakenfeld series - a fusion of Golden Age detection and modern epic fantasy - now continues with Retribution, in which Drakenfeld and Leana tackle a new case, this time in the slightly less 'civilised' country of Koton.

Koton is a recently stabilised nation - the
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Last year I read the amazing first installment in Mark Charan Newton's latest series, Lucan Drakenfeld, the book Drakenfeld. Every once in a while you come across a book that just has everything, a new concept that is worked out in the smallest details giving a terrific reading experience and this is precisely what Mark Charan Newton brought to show in Drakenfeld. The quasi Roman setting with a detective, crime-thriller story was
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in 2013 I reviewed Drakenfeld, a locked-room crime novel with a Fantasy setting. I liked it a lot, and so was very happy to pick this one up.

Retribution is the sequel and continues the tale of Sun Chamber Officer (rather like an Inquisitor or a Police Constable) Lucan Drakenfeld and his bodyguard-friend Leana. After the events of Drakenfeld in Detrata, Lucan is sent to the city of Kuvash, where a priest has disappeared.

Once arrived in Kuvash, Lucan finds that the inquiry has become a murder
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drakenfeld is a brilliant character , after two books I hope he goes on for a long time.
This book is a bit darker than the last with quite gruesome murder and disturbing twists but a great mystery with political upheaval sitting nicely in the background.
It moves slowly along but really draws you in .
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dammit. I wish I came upon these books 10 years from now, when maybe Book 3-7 (and so on) were already written, and I can immediately move on to the next book. But as it is, I'll have to wait - not patiently, I'll have to say. Great story. The only thing I didn't like was the use of the word "OK" - which I found slightly jarring from a fantasy book non-modern culture - but then again that's just a personal choice. Otherwise, I love the story, I loved the journey. Looking forward to the next one.
Sean Caddell
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Not just for fantasy fans but for those that like a police procedural with a historical fiction backdrop

Great book. Fast paced with a great plot and sympathetic characters. Can’t wait for the next chapter. With each book, comes a bit more backstory to Lucan and Leanna adding further layers to already multifaceted people. Would recommend for anyone
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my review of the first book in this amazing series I stated that:

What you do have is an excellent mystery with a flawed Sherlockian hero, a tough as nails side-kick, and a world that I look forward to exploring more.


This book is currently in the running to be my vote for Best Fantasy 2013 (and this is a year that has a number of strong contenders). I want more.

Here we are one year and one book later. Once again, Mr. Newton has written an amazing novel that, if it wasn't for the Goblin
Boulder Boulderson
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was definitely less exciting than the previous entry in the series, Drakenfeld. The quality of the writing is just as good - the sparse prose gives a curiously clear sense of place and I was very much reminded of my favourite historical detective, Steven Saylor's Gordianus the Finder, at several points. Further details of Leana's background were nice and the addition of the Princess as a temporary character was also welcome, as it was handled sensitively rather than simply used for ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Following the conclusion of a challenging case in his home city, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is sent to Kuvash, the capital city of the neighbouring country of Koton. Together with his associate Leana, he is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a bishop. Upon their arrival, however, they are informed that the missing man has been found - in pieces. One murder investigation soon turns into two and more, as further mutilated bodies turn up. And on top of dealing with the search ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This is the second Lucan Drakenfeld novel, after 'Drakenfeld'. Sun Officer Drakenfeld was sent to investigate another case in a neighbouring Kingdom of Koton, regarding a bishop who was murdered brutally and ritually.

I love the world building that was done here. Koton and the capital city of Kuvash sounds very similar to that of the Central Asian Turkic cultures which is a breathe of fresh air. (In contrast, with 'Drakenfeld' where the main protag's home country, Detrata, was inspired by the
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
c2014: FWFTB: exotic, mutilated, torture, depravity,priest. The plot did not totally convince me. I really like the world and the two characters of Lucas and Leana and we do get a bit more background on both of them. After finishing the book, I kinda feel that the author was struggling a bit with this second book whether it was getting the plot in shape for the third book or as a mechanism to develop a bit more of the characters. I haven't quite got to the point where I love the characters but ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Following on from last year's Drakenfeld, Retribution is a nice continuation of the series, providing a keen mystery and a clever solution, playing with the idea of victim/perpetrator and the theme of revenge. Drakenfeld is a pleasant narrator, a clear successor to C.J Sansom's Shardlake, while his female companion and bodyguard gets some much needed and appreciated development here. Fans of Newton's earlier work will feel somewhat let down by the world building - Drakenfeld's world is a clear ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
This second in a series about Lucan & his bodyguard Leana is another interesting look at a fantasy medieval setting. I've enjoyed them both. This is not high fantasy with non-human peoples; this is only fantasy in that the locations don't exist anywhere on earth & never have. The map showing the sub-kingdoms of the empire for which Lucan works looks vaguely like the Iberian peninsula with additions, but there's nothing really identifiable relating to any real-world locale.

It's an
Daniel Jolley
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Improvement on its predecessor. Retribution has much more focused story arc and the case is genuinely interesting. The characters are great and, unlike most authors, the woman characters continue to be well written. The pacing is a little slow, taking a while for the story to gain any traction, however given the genre this is understandable.

The book isn't as engaging as it could be; I found it a struggle to read more than fifty pages at a time. Whether this is because I needed time to digest
Stephen Collins
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last Year the first book in this series Drakenfeld was my top Cr book 2014.I read lot of crime books.You never gets who the murder is.This is the next in his adventures.It is not a sequel to other book.I have voted this my top Crime of 2015.This completely different subject over 5 murders.Brutal full of dark horror.From author of Legends of the Red Sun books.This much darker than the first novel.I can see this series of books going on & on.I love hero because like me is an epileptic. Which ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ummed and ahhed over whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. There are elements of this series - and this book - which I really like, but there are some parts which are, well, just a bit dull to be honest. Drakenfeld himself veers between being two- and three-dimensional, the plot swings between engaging and implausible. I haven't always looked forwards to reading this book, but at the end I would have happily picked up the next in the series (if it had been written.) So I suppose that despite my ...more
Al Britten
Nice enough. Couldn't help thinking the story could've been told in fewer pages. And, the author is in love with the word 'insouciance'... Other than that, Drakenfeld and Leana are both characters in which I can invest because they're simply so likeable.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
As good as the first. Loved it.
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mystery
Great follow up, love most of the characters and the pacing was good.
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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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