Named of the Dragon: Susanna Kearsley Review
named of the dragon

named of the dragon book coverVerdict: Kearsley fans will pick it up!

Like other Kearsley novels, this one features a book agent who travels to another part of the country. In this case, the book agent follows her fun children's book author to a remote part of the country where she partakes in Christmas activities with some other authors. However, things take an odd turn, as a next door neighbor, who is a widow and single mother, believes that her child is in danger and the danger is connected to the legend of Merlin.

Although there was no outright time travel, the main character Lyn, experiences odd dreams that are confirmed by weird interactions with a local playwright. Overall, it was very strange. At first, I was glad to have a Kearsley novel that wasn't about the Jacobites, but overall, it was a strange plot. The characters were interesting, but I couldn't wrap my head around the dreams of a sane character, the delusions of the single mother, and how the playwright knew how to decipher them in his own weird way. I wouldn't recommend this novel. Like all Kearsley novels that I've read, there was a romance, which was interesting, but not as compelling as most.

I did read it fairly quickly because I wanted to know what happened, which is always a positive sign for me, but in the end, I couldn't bring myself to give it more than two stars on Goodreads.

I scooped it up because it was a new Kearsley novel and I love her work, but I wouldn't have read it, knowing what I know now.

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel.



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  • hmmm sounds intriguing. i haven’t read any of her books so i’m not sure if i will pick this one up.

    • I’ve read a few others that were much better. I particularly liked A Desperate Fortune, which came out last year. It was about a woman who was deciphering journal, so you got to read two stories. I also read The Rose Garden by the same author, which was straight up time travel, but made more sense than Named of the Dragon. But I recommend A Desperate Fortune a lot more. Like, I would just recommend it to anyone. My mom recommended it to me and she was right!