#1 in series

Drakenfeld

Book 1 in the series

3.54 based on 388 ratings & 65 reviews on Goodreads.com
Tor

Publication date: 10.10.2013
ISBN: 9780230771413
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

Drakenfeld marks the start of a thrilling new fantasy crime series from author Mark Charan Newton.
THEY'LL KILL TO HIDE THE TRUTH. HE'LL KILL TO FIND IT. The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years by laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. Nations have flourished as a result, but corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way . . .
Following his father's death, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is recalled home to the ancient city of Tryum and 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. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld has his work cut out to separate superstition from certainty. His determination to find the killer quickly makes him a target, as the underworld gangs of Tryum focus on this new threat to their power.
Embarking on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, Drakenfeld soon realizes the evidence is leading him towards a motive that could ultimately bring darkness to the whole continent. The fate of the nations is in his hands.
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 series.

In the media

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
A fast-paced fantasy thriller which should appeal to readers of CJ Sansom.
Independent on Sunday
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