|NAMED OF THE
By Susanna Kearsley
Berkley – Oct 1999
Reviewed by: Brenda Weeaks, MyShelf.Com
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Name of the Dragon is magical -- a wonderful, suspense filled story set in Wales.
Lyn is a literary agent who has been haunted by the death of her baby for a long time. Lyn’s friend Bridget writes children books. Bridget is tough, mad about men and loves to create scandals. She invites Lyn to spend Christmas in Wales with her and two other writers, James and Gareth. Bridget has her reasons for inviting Lyn along, but my impression is that a power much stronger than a best selling writer has something to do with her trip. Lyn feeling a trip would do her good accepts Bridget’s offer. Once there she meets a neighbor who swears Lyn was sent to be a guardian and a writer who believes she is only there to convince him to sign with her company. Lyn finds herself pulled into a mystery that is beyond her control. Now her dreams are not just disturb by the haunting cries of her own lost baby, but by someone else’s child as well. What do they want? Why does she keep seeing people in her dreams that do not exist?
Susanna Kearsley’s writing impressed me greatly. The first page captured me immediately and once drawn in I couldn’t let go. Although Named the Dragon is a contemporary novel, the historical aspects of Wales, its castles, its myths and its royalty, along with the quotes at the beginning of each chapter by Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, and Lord Tennyson made the read that much more delightful for me as a historical buff.
Susanna Kearsley’s writing has been compared to Barbara Michaels and Mary Stewart. I have to agree – it is that good.