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Named of the Dragon door Susanna Kearsley
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Named of the Dragon (editie 2015)

door Susanna Kearsley (Auteur)

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The invitation to spend a few days in Angle was one that Lynette was only to happy to accept - the deciding factor being the chance to meet Booker-Prize nominee James Swift. But stories she hears lead her to the past that will change her life forever.
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Titel:Named of the Dragon
Auteurs:Susanna Kearsley (Auteur)
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Lyn Ravenshaw travels to Wales in the company of one of her clients for Christmas. Bridget is an author and quite a character. She is going to stay with another author named James Swift, who is likely looking for a new agent, but she's in pursuit of another man. Gareth Gwyn Morgan is a reclusive playwright that Lyn's company really, really wants to sign.

Lyn finds herself in the middle of Bridget's romantic plot but is more concerned with the plight of a young widow named Elen and her baby named Stevie. Lyn has a problem with babies. She's still grieving the death of her infant Justin. She is alarmed and disturbed to learn that Elen sees her as a protector for her son on the basis of dreams of Merlin and a woman named Margaret.

Lyn also finds that the recurring nightmares which have plagued her since the death of her baby are also now featuring Margaret and Merlin. She doesn't want to believe in anything mystical and investigates to see who might be playing mean pranks on Elen who is already emotionally fragile.

Lyn is aided in her investigation by Gareth who has named himself Elen's protector because of his friendship with her deceased husband. Lyn and Gareth's relationship is a slow growing one. They get off to quite a bad start since he's reclusive and suspicious of her motives since her company has been very intent on signing him to their literary agency. She just thinks that he's rude even while greatly admiring his work as a playwright.

The story is infused with Welsh mythology and is also very emotionally intense. Katherine Kellgren does a wonderful job portraying and ramping up the drama in the story. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jan 8, 2021 |
It is not my favorite of her books, but I enjoyed it. But, that may be as it is an earlier novel - which has been re-released. ( )
  chefp | Jul 26, 2020 |
Lots of gorgeous writing about long rambling walks along the sea and moors-- and not much else. ( )
  being_b | Jan 8, 2020 |
Susanna Kearsley is one of my new favorite authors. I love spending a few hours in her novels. She is very descriptive, and I love her characters. Her books remind me of the really good Mary Stewart gothic romances that I grew up reading (and many of which I still enjoy). This was one of my favorites by this author. ( )
  sophiehatter | Aug 14, 2019 |
Lyn, a literary agent, is invited to spend Christmas with a couple of authors in Wales. The Overdrive description makes this sound sombre and creepy: nightmares that have plagued her since the death of her baby… painful memories… meets Elen, an emotionally fragile widow… mysteriously afraid for her son’s safety. But although Lyn and Elen’s respective backstories are sad, Named of the Dragon is not. It has warmth and a web of relationships like something from a comedy of manners.

(Lyn’s client/friend Bridget is spending Christmas with her latest boyfriend and insists that Lyn come too: James wants a new agent and Bridget wants Lyn to distract him, because Bridget’s got her eye on another man. Another writer, who mistakenly assumes that Lyn’s turned up to hound/recruit him. And then there’s Elen and how she fits into this community…)

I liked the historical details about Tudor kings and the references to Arthurian legends, and how they were woven in with everything else. I enjoyed Lyn’s confidence in dealing with writers with strong personalities and the delight she finds in exploring the scenery and history of coastal Wales. The mystery of her dreams and Elen’s fears was a good amount of suspense with a hopeful resolution.

I still have half a dozen Kearsley novels to read. This is a very comforting prospect.

“Oh, brilliant. A fall from up there would be much more impressive.”
“I’m not going to fall.”
“No, you’re not,” he agreed, “because I’m coming with you.” [...] “That’s far enough,” he said. “You can see all you need to see from here.”
But in defiance I went one step higher, spreading my stance to the buffeting wind and enjoying the feel of achievement. I felt like I was standing on the prow of some great ship, with all the other towers bowed beneath me, supplicant. All around me, to both west and east, a muddy-bottomed tidal river flowed and pooled about the castle walls, the water slow and idle now, with nothing to defend.
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  Herenya | Apr 8, 2019 |
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