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Literary Friday: Named of the Dragon

Friday, September 9, 2016

Happy Literary Friday, My Lovelies!  Sorry I'm posting so late in the morning, but Mr. Art @ Home took me out last night on a date and I didn't get to write my post due to the late hour.  Recently I read one of Susanna Kearsley books entitled Named of the Dragon.  I've read many of her books, and I think she's a terrific storyteller.

According to Amazon:


The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from the nightmares that have plagued literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw since the loss of her baby five years ago.

Instead, she meets an emotionally fragile young widow who's convinced that Lyn's recurring dreams have drawn her to Castle Farm for an important purpose--and she's running out of time.

With the help of a reclusive, brooding playwright, Lyn begins to untangle the mystery and is pulled into a world of Celtic legends, dangerous prophecies, and a child destined for greatness.

I love fiction that includes lore, and there's plenty of Welsh myth and folklore in this novel. Kearsley's descriptions of the Welsh villages and castles will take your breath away!  Set in the village of Angle in Pembrokeshire near Pembroke Castle, Kearsley chose the perfect setting for this modern gothic novel. The romantic backdrop coupled with the Christmas holiday season is the perfect setting for a story about grief, closure, and new beginnings.  Filled with well-drawn, original characters (Lyn's best friend Bridget is a hoot), even the simple, mundane activities in the quaint village are interesting. The story has plenty of suspense as a ghostly plot eerily resembles circumstances in the present.

Pembrokeshire Castle

The great keep at Pembrokeshire Castle is featured in the book.

I highly recommend Susanna Kearsley's books.  She does a remarkable job researching history, lore, and locations for her novels.  Although this one is not my favorite (The Winter Sea is) I highly recommend it, and I think it would be a fun book to read during the Christmas holidays while sipping a hot drink.

I can add Named of the Dragon to my list for Diana's Gothic Reading Challenge.

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. This is a new author to me, and I do love novels that teach as well as entertain, sounds very intriguing! Stunning castle!


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