NAMED OF THE DRAGON is my first Susanna Kearsley book but will certainly not be my last.


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.

There’s a subtlety that inexorably drew me in and I relished the gradual build up

Mythical, magical, and alluring, I savored NAMED OF THE DRAGON. Quotes from Tennyson, Shakespeare, and others head up the chapters and sections, a foreshadowing of events to come. As a lover of Tennyson and Arthurian legend, with a special fondness for Merlin, the hints of otherworldliness focusing on their lore and actual historical events drew me like a moth to a flame.

It’s always a pleasure when the locale is so vividly painted that it and its history are as integral to the story as the characters. Wales is very much alive in NAMED OF THE DRAGON.

The characters are realistically drawn and it’s easy to imagine spending time with them, even Gareth. He struck me as not so much a jerk as wary and guarded. He was actually my favorite male character. Lyn is reserved and classy yet relatable. She possesses a sense of humor as well as many other admirable qualities and I enjoyed her immensely.

There’s a subtlety that inexorably drew me in and I relished the gradual build up while the parallels between the modern day mysterious doings and mythical/historical “events” had me questioning every characters intentions and actions.

The climax was all I could have hoped for and the ending was spot on. Ms. Kearsley’s back list has been added to my list and I can hardly wait to begin our next adventure.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!