Drakenfeld cover: Thoughts and General Fanboying

…I forgot the ‘squeeing’, too.

Drakenfeld-Cover-Art-540x830The cover is stunning and just makes October seem all the farther away. I’m looking forwards to Drakenfeld, as demonstrated in my Anticipated Reads for 2013 post. I am a solid fan of Mark and his work—even despite my experience with The Broken Isles—and having kept up with the news released and trickled out about the new series, I am very excited. I’m massively interested crime as a theoretical genre, though I take no pleasure in reading it. I watch and enjoy Criminal Minds (most of the time; I’m uncommonly squeamish) and should there be an element of crime and mystery to the anime and manga I read, I’m enthusiastic about it. But real world crime? Ugh. I’ll watch the news for that—and I don’t watch the news.

I also love genre hybrids. So the idea of a fantasy-crime hybrid? Where do I sign?! The cover is a blazingly glorious thing that is definitely going to stand out when it hits the shelves. But more than the cover, it’s the blurb that has really set my inner fanboy going:

“I am Lucan Drakenfeld, second son of Calludian, Officer of the Sun Chamber and peace keeper. Although sometimes it seems I am the only person who wishes to keep it …”

The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years with treaties and laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. As a result, a long harmony has existed, nations have flourished, and civil wars are a thing of the past. But corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way to thrive…

Upon receiving news of his father’s death and recalled to his home city of Tryum, Drakenfeld is soon embroiled in a mystifying case. King Licintius’ sister, Lacanta, has been found brutally murdered during a night of festivities – her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. Despite hundreds of revellers, no one saw anything. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld soon has his work cut out for him trying to separate superstition from certainty.

With his assistant, Leana, he embarks on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, revisiting the ancient streets of his past, tracking down leads, interviewing suspects and making new enemies in his search for the truth.

His determination to find the killer soon makes him a target, as the underworld of Tryum focuses on this new threat to their power…

Lucan Drakenfeld sounds so cool.

This book will be a new direction for Mark as a writer and I am excited to see where it will lead. October can’t come quickly enough. This just got bumped up on the “anticipation” pile. I’ve honestly always wanted a fantasy-crime hybrid (and perhaps they exist already, but I’m a “new book” reader and don’t delve much into books earlier than a period I’m comfortable with) and here it is.

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