Nov 11, 2015

Book Review: Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

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Review by Suze

Lyn is a literary agent who's planning to spend her Christmas with her family in Canada, but then one of her clients offers her an interesting alternative. Bridget invites her to spend Christmas in Wales together with her famous author boyfriend James. Lyn decides to take the offer. They're staying in a house together with James and his brother. James is looking for another agent, so Lyn is hoping to combine a lucrative deal with her holiday. Only she doesn't count on old emotions coming to the surface. Lyn has gone through something terribly sad and meeting their neighbor Elen and her young boy reminds her constantly of what she's lost. There's something mysterious about Elen's situation and her house. Is Elen just crazy because of grief or is there something else?

Lyn loves going for long walks and is interested in a particular part of Welsh history because of some strange things that are happening to her during her stay. She meets playwright Gareth who's written a brilliant play years ago, but nothing ever since. He's moody, but interesting. She'd love to become friends, but she's only there for a short time...

Named of the Dragon is a wonderful mysterious Christmas story. I love the way Susanna Kearsly writes, her words are beautiful. I really enjoyed the mythology aspect. Lyn's holiday isn't what she expected at all. It was great to read about the Welsh village and the history. I also liked the combination of main characters very much. They're all creative and have unique personalities. That made the story interesting. I enjoyed reading about all of them, but for me Gareth stood out, he's definitely fascinating.

I loved the mystery aspect. I kept wanting to know more and couldn't put this book down. I had to know what would happen next. The combination of the eccentric main characters, the fantastic setting and the great finale worked for me. I liked this book a lot and think it's a great story to read on a cold winter night.  


  1. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review, always love reading them.

    1. It is, I love books set in Wales. Thank you for the compliment, that really makes my day!


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