It’s here! Nearly. It’s on pre-order anyway. If you don’t like reading words, especially my words, then there are some very nice maps inside, so you should still buy a copy:
There are actually a couple of early blog reviews floating around at the moment. The first is up at The Forged Forest, which said:
More Cadfael than Conan, Drakenfeld is a refreshing change of pace. Newton crafts a vivid, living world that mixes modern thought with ancient aesthetics and tastes, whilst expertly mixing together crime and historical fiction with a hint of fantasy. For those new to Newton’s writing, this book is a perfect starting point, and those who are already fans will once again be captivated by his fiction.
Fantastical Imaginations also reviewed the book. Among the nice things he said:
Like I said was the worldbuilding very thorough and the setting reminded me most of all of tv-series like Rome and Spartacus, mixed with the movie Gladiator.
Which is all right by me. I also did a brief interview at the same site, in which I shared a few of my thoughts about the creation of the novel:
… it’s my effort to try something different to the non-ironic, nihilistic violence that seems to be the trend in genre media at the moment. Drakenfeld is someone who, at heart, abhors violence. He is cerebral, and will always think before hitting someone with a sword. It’s not to say he doesn’t hit anyone with a sword, but that violence is something that ought to be justified.
So, in a couple of days I’m getting married. Understandably there won’t be much going on the blog. I’m sure everyone can look after themselves, right? Meanwhile, I’ll be celebrating my marriage to a beautiful and extremely tolerant lady, in a barn in the Yorkshire Dales. Then we’ll be off to a Scottish island. It may well be the one with all the whisky distilleries…
In which I recap the Legends of the Red Sun series, and talk a little about writing fantasy and crime fiction, over at the Tor UK blog. It’s by way of a neat little reminder that The Broken Isles is now out in paperback, and that Drakenfeld is on the horizon.
So, the second Drakenfeld novel is complete – as much as these things ever are at this stage. The final draft has been sent to my agent to be whizzed through to my editor’s inbox. Only one week past the deadline…
I’ll probably not say anything about the book itself, given the first Drakenfeld novel is still on pre-order. Suffice to say, I think I’m enjoying the main characters, and I’m still having fun within the crime-fantasy hybrid genre. Ideally I want each of the novels to represent a different kind of crime story, so they each feel very different: the first was a locked-room mystery; this one is going to be something else; I like the idea of embracing a classic spy novel for the third, and so on. They’ll each be self-contained stories, too, which is much more preferable to writing a linear series.
Suffice to say, I’m relieved to have handed it in. I’m getting married at the end of the month, so I now have a few weeks to dedicate the mental space to that entirely. Anyway, for now, I’ll leave you with a picture of me at the weekend, picking strawberries in the Cotswolds, which was a rather lovely thing to do. And I only snacked a small few while we were in the field…
Here’s a list of where you can buy a copy:
Forbidden Planet UK (these are signed, and it is Independent Booksellers Week).
The National Maritime Museum also has a hearty stock of them alongside the Visions of the Universe exhibition.
Loads of great stories are ready to be read. Click! Go!
Jurassic London are proud to announce a new luxury edition of Mark Charan Newton’s debut novel, The Reef.
First published in 2008 by Pendragon Press, The Reef is a tale of Weird pulp adventure, packed with mad science, swashbuckling heroes and monsters on an epic scale… To give the book the unique feel that it deserves, the art for the new edition will be provided by Philippa Rice (St Colin and the Dragon, Recylost, My Cardboard Life).
The Reef will be edited with the author’s preferred text and released in an edition of 75 signed and numbered hardcover copies, with the proceeds going to Marine Conservation UK.
More details here, but this promises to be a really cool venture with a great artist. And it’s all for charity!
Also, I’m glad to be able to essentially rewrite the book, to iron out problems and bring the prose up-to-date with the learnings of a more established novelist (that’s me).
And that’s a wrap. That’s the Legends of the Red Sun series all out in paperback. Well, this will be published on July 18th or thereabouts, and then it’ll be all out in paperback. The strangest thing about receiving these copies was actually the lack of feeling, if that makes sense. I got excited when the hardcover came out, of course, but it feels like I’ve already put a lot of distance between me and the Legends series. My focus for the past year or two has entirely been about Drakenfeld, which is published in October. I’m so fickle!
UPDATE: All proof copies have now been claimed! I’m completely out. BUT. Drop me a line around the end of September and I may well have a couple of extra hardcopies…
Advance reading copies for Drakenfeld have been printed! And no doubt they’ll be going out to reviewers and bloggers pretty soon. All good. All exciting.
But, I’ve always thought it’s pretty frustrating for those new bloggers to actually get their hands on review copies, trying to build up a catalogue of posts so that publishers will take notice enough to get you on their mailing lists. At the same time, I’m also a fan of supporting new blogs, new reviewers. It’s pretty healthy from time to time to spread the love a little; to get some new blood talking about books and to freshen up debate.
So I actually asked for some extra proof copies of Drakenfeld to be printed.
Here’s the deal. If you’re a relatively new blogger and fancy giving Drakenfeld a read, drop me a line about your blog and I’ll send you a copy. I’ll include your review – even if you hate the book – on a round-up of reviews. Maybe I can persuade my publisher to at least tweet it too.
I’ve only got a dozen or so extra copies spare for this purpose, so if you’re a new genre reviewer and you want a copy of Drakenfeld, you know what to do. Likewise if you’re an established blogger, please do give this post a tweet to this so that other bloggers can find out about it.