For those of you going to World Fantasy Convention in Brighton in a few weeks, myself and Adam Nevill, courtesy of Tor UK, are throwing a joint book launch on Saturday November 2nd, between 4 and 5pm! If you’re at the convention, attendance is mandatory.
Remember when I did that call to new bloggers to get copies of Drakenfeld ARCs? It was partly to give airtime to new bloggers, who otherwise don’t get much exposure. But another handful of blog reviews of Drakenfeld have come in. Go visit these sites and tell them I sent you.
All in all Drakenfeld is a great novel to pick up if you are looking for something new. Its setting is fresh and exciting and extremely well done. If you want to be spirited away to a world that is different, this is the novel that might do it for you.
In short, I expected not to like Drakenfeld. I’m very happy to report that I, in fact, did enjoy and appreciate Drakenfeld immensely.
I really like Mr. Newton’s writing style, and it makes his prose a joy to read. I’ve not read that many murder mystery novels, but I’m surely going to be following this series very closely. This is a very fun book that made me think back on it, well after I’ve read it. Now that is what I look for in a story.
Finally, Dom’s Fantasy Review Hotlist said:
Drakenfeld was a very enjoyable read, with a clever plot and intrigue that builds as the pages turn. New twists are added just as you start to feel comfortable with where the story is going, easily keeping your attention until the final page.
A couple more of note, which are excellent blog fodder. (Besides, it’s been too lovely outside for me to spend much time finding interesting things online.)
First up, Mark Yon at SFF World enjoys the book:
As a Romanesque detective story – an “I-Sherlockius” perhaps? – there’s a lot to enjoy in this novel. I understand that Drakenfeld is the first of a series, if successful. I sincerely hope that that is the case. This is a solid, enjoyable page-turner with a wide appeal that I would personally like to read more of.
Sci-Fi Now magazine also likes it. It’s in print, so no link, but they conclude that the book is:
“… a richly written and always engaging work”
I’ll take that even if they did get my name wrong. Not the middle one, either…
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).