Drakenfeld has been getting about a bit recently. A few meaty reviews have come in, which is great to see. The first is by Andrew Liptak over at the mighty io9.com:
Drakenfeld is a contagiously optimistic novel, from its politics to its characters. Newton’s ancient-styled world also belies the real nature of his novel: this is a cutting-edge political thriller that for the most part, wouldn’t be out of place in a major city like London or New York or modern day Rome.
The second is from Ana over at the Book Smugglers:
But the thing is: [Drakenfeld's] choices? Are choices that also come from privilege – they are choices that he can do because he has never really suffered it directly. So, it is easy for him to make them. One great moment in the book is how he questions Leana for how she easily she seems to fight and kill: she directly calls him on that because she didn’t have that choice when her entire village and everyone she ever knew were destroyed in a violent attack.
The third is by Patrick Doherty over at Fantasy Literature:
Not every story has to have its own completely unique and original world. Sometimes taking inspiration from a past era works out better than creating a new world, and Mark Charan Newton proves that he can do both
Which is a pretty good week’s work as far as I’m concerned.
If you’re there, I’ll be here:
THURSDAY – 03:00-04:00 pm – Living in the Past: Writing Historical Fantasy (Oxford)
When writing historical fantasy, how important is it to stick to the facts, or is the past fair game for authors of fantastic fiction to manipulate how they wish?
Aidan Harte, Helen Marshall (mod.), Sophia McDougall, Mark Charan Newton, Tim Powers, Kari Sperring.
SATURDAY 4:00-5:00 pm (Hall 8)
Tor UK double-launch of HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS by Adam Nevill, and DRAKENFELD by me.
Other than that, I’ll be around and about. Give me a tweet if you want to say hello.
There was a big round-up of SF and Fantasy titles this weekend in the Independent on Sunday, and Drakenfeld was among them:
Drakenfeld is a flawed yet appealing hero and Newton has wrought a fast-paced fantasy thriller which should appeal to readers of C J Sansom.
Which is cover-quote gold if you ask me. Read the rest of the genre review section.
Hot off the press:
Jon Mitchell, Senior Rights Manager at Macmillan, has sold Italian rights to DRAKENFELD, the opening novel in a new fantasy crime/thriller series by Mark Charan Newton, to Fanucci.
World rights in the first two titles in this series were acquired by Julie Crisp at Tor UK from agent John Jarrold. DRAKENFELD has just been published in the UK, and the sequel has been delivered.
SFX said of DRAKENFELD:
“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…”
Tor.com’s review said:
“The several evenings I spent reading it were so perfectly pleasant that I struggle to recall the last fantasy novel I felt such unabashed fondness for.”
Contact Jon Mitchell or John Jarrold for further information:
Jon Mitchell – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org phone 020 7014 6151
John Jarrold – e-mail: email@example.com phone: 01522 510544.
21st October 2013
For those of you after a signed copy of Drakenfeld, there’s a big pile of them now available at London bookseller Goldsboro Books.
Also, I realised I hadn’t updated the site with an extract for the book, so you can now find one here.
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.
The Lowest Heaven anthology, in which I have a short story, gets a nice review in the Guardian. Pretty chuffed that mine was picked out as a highlight – ‘a sly tale’, in fact – especially as I don’t often write short fiction. If you want a copy of the book, here’s a list of where to get one.
A very cool launch at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for The Lowest Heaven anthology. It tied in nicely with the fabulous Visions of the Universe exhibition, which had me in a kind of ten-year-old awe. Great to meet loads of new and old faces. Better write-ups here and here. Thanks to Jared and Anne!
A little while ago I started up a Facebook page, but have decided that I can’t be bothered with it – I didn’t like its functionality, not to mention the way it would constantly try to get you to pay for advertising, and I ended up cross-posting loads to my normal profile anyway. So I’ll close it down pretty soon. Feel free to add me here; be prepared for even greater levels of nonsense.