Title: Named of the Dragon
Genre: Contemporary Romance (mystery, suspense, paranormal, history)
Author: Susanna Kearsley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, Oct. 6, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 2
Description from Amazon.com:
SOMEWHERE IN THE HEART OF LEGEND LIES THE KEY TO HER TERRIFYING DREAMS
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.
This is very much a romantic suspense novel with touches of the paranormal just like most of Kearsley’s books. The setting is Wales and the characters are for the most part English. Not only do we get a mystery but also some insightful looks at Welsh history. Once again Kearsley touches on all of my favorite tropes; romance, mystery, suspense and learning something new. The author has combined a real life setting with fictional characters and plot. Once you start reading you are immersed in the setting, time and place. It is not apparent that there is evil lurking but there is something that is just a bit off. As an involved reader you will try to help Lyn figure it out but it is often elusive and difficult to know who to trust. This is truly a wonderful book from a supremely accomplished author.
I recommend this book to all who like a good mystery and a happy ending with doses of history thrown in for good measure.
This edition is a re-issue of the book first published in 1999.