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This is yet another beautifully written book by Susanna Kearsley. Almost as good as "Marianna" and better than "The Shadowy Horses", both by Ms. Kearsley, this book is a highly entertaining gothic style novel.
A literary agent with a sad past, her client who is a children's author, another author romantically linked with the agent's client, as well as his brother, all spend the Christmas holidays together in the two brothers' farmhouse in Wales. Our literary agent starts having vivid dreams in which a woman from the past keeps asking her to protect a beautiful child she has with her. Meanwhile, a local, somewhat eccentric neighbor also perceives this literary agent to be someone sent to guard her own child from danger. She, too, has had haunting dreams.
Throw in a brooding Welsh playwright, some atmospheric surroundings, a lonely, wild country side, some romantic yearnings, haunting legends, and mysterious, inexplicable occurrences, and what you have is a gripping page turner. It is a book well worth reading.
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on 8 October 2013
I tried to pace myself when reading this, I really did. I don't know what it is with Suzanna Kearsley's novels but I put everything to one side just to read them.

This one centres on Lyn, struggling with a tragic past, who goes to stay with her author client in a farmhouse in Wales. She has strange dreams (and they seem bonkers until the plot comes together at the end) and finds herself drawn to faerie-like Elen and her small baby. Put into the mix, two beautiful blonde brothers and Gareth, a brooding playwright and you know you're in for a treat.

Just my thing: Arthurian legend, Tennyson, dragons and a gorgeous hero. My only complaint: it's too short and I read it far too quickly! Can't wait for the next book.
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on 12 November 2015
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.
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on 28 August 1999
Author Bridget Cooper persuades her literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw to join her on a Christmas vacation in Angle, Wales. Bridget looks forward to spending some time with a famous playwright, whose name she refuses to divulge to Lyn. She wants Lyn to occupy a boy friend, noted writer James Swift. Lyn looks forward to meeting James because she loved his last wok "The Leaden Sky" that she thought deserved a Booker.
After they arrive in Angle, Lyn learns that Bridget plans to have a tryst with the renowned recluse Gareth Gwyn Morgan, whose play several years took the world by storm. Gareth rejects the spotlights of the London stage and has not published anything since he was heralded as the greatest. When Gareth and Lyn meet for the first time, no sparks fly. There is only a squabble that occurs whenever they're together. As they see each other, they begin to fall in love. However, neither one can handle a relationship filled with love because their respective hearts are overloaded with guilt from their pasts. Adding to their problems is the continual dream that Lyn suffers involving a mother and a child.
NAMED OF THE DRAGON is a very interesting contemporary romance that centers on protagonists predominantly belonging to the world of literature. The story line is character-driven, which works because the prime players are different in temperament yet add much to the mix. Though the subplot involving Merlin's Prophecy (Lyn's dream) seems distracting at times, it ultimately works its way into the main plot. Susanna Kearsley provides her audience with a complex relationship drama that shows her ability to showcase her cast.

Harriet Klausner
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 November 2015
This is set in Wales at a country Christmas gathering.

This novel has two copyright dates, one in the twentieth century, and it has very much a look and feel of the early nineties. Nobody has a mobile phone or computer and the internet isn't in use, so to find anything out you have to go to the expert who might or might not lend you a book. An author has a sheaf of papers and pens on his desk. Nobody has an online social network and the preoccupations of the bunch of authors and book agents pictured come across as cringingly small and self-absorbed.

As there is a wry comment in the text that it's easier to sell stories located in Scotland than in Wales I'm guessing that the author had this one written and couldn't sell it for ages. There's plenty of similarity to Scottish tale The Shadowy Horses - bad dreams, a woman journeying away from her usual haunts to a remote area, local colour and warmth, pompous experts, legends perhaps infecting the modern day.

Readable, but slow. If you want a 1990 tale of firesides, location descriptions, interpersonal dynamics, character studies and gradual obsession with an Arthurian legend, you should enjoy plenty of good reading.
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on 23 June 2000
This is the second book that I have read by Susanna Kearsley and the execellent quality has been consistent.
This is a love story but it is more a ghost/paranormal/mystery and even travel book. It is beautifully written and the book draws you into it's world effortlessly.
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on 17 June 2015
Lyn, a literary agent, accepts and invitation from one of her authors to spend Christmas with herself and her boyfriend James in Pembrokeshire. Lyn lost her newborn baby Justin and suffers from nightmares about the loss until she arrives in Pembrokeshire and the dream changes when a lady in blue asks her to take care of her small son.

When she meets a neighbour, Elen, with a baby son Elen is convinced that Lyn has been sent to protect her baby and that the Lady in blue is the mother of Henry Tudor.

It is also tied up with the prophecies of Merlin and re-incarnation and the history aspect of the book is very interesting. I really enjoyed this book fans of Barbara Erskine will definintely enjoy it and it is well worth reading
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on 15 February 2016
A wonderful discovery - a real writer. I know the Welsh myths very well indeed, and Pembrokeshire in particular. Sadly that means with most authors I'd be annoyed by sloppy research. With Susanna Kearsley I was able to relax and enjoy her faultless knowledge, and sensitive portraits.
Her wordcraft too is a delight. I often stopped to re -read a paragraph just to fully embrace the powerful delicacy of her descriptions.
On myth too she has a sure hand, weaving ancient motifs into the modern world seamlessly in ways that make sense for us now yet bring the old dreams to us.
Thank you. I will now settle to her other books.
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This is yet another beautifully written book by Susanna Kearsley. Almost as good as "Marianna" and better than "The Shadowy Horses", both by Ms. Kearsley, this book is a highly entertaining gothic style novel.
A literary agent with a sad past, her client who is a children's author, another author romantically linked with the agent's client, and his brother, all spend the Christmas holidays together in the two brothers' farmhouse in Wales. Our literary agent starts having vivid dreams in which a woman from the past keeps asking her to protect a beautiful child she has with her. Meanwhile, a local, somewhat eccentric neighbor also perceives this literary agent to be someone sent to guard her own child from danger. She, too, has had haunting dreams.
Throw in a brooding Welsh playwright, some atmospheric surroundings, a lonely, wild country side, some romantic yearnings, haunting legends, and mysterious, inexplicable occurrences, and what you have is a gripping page turner. It is a book well worth reading.
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on 5 January 2015
I wanted to like this book because the reviews were enthusiastic, so it should be good, shouldn't it?

I just couldn't get into it. It was too slow to get going and all the excitement was in the last 20%. I know books like to build up to a climax but I kept waiting for something to happen, then when it did, I was underwhelmed by it. The characters were mostly two dimensional, only Gareth having anything that made him believable and all in all, I found it disappointing.
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