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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Old Dragon's Head






The Old Dragon's Head by Justin Newland 
Historical Mythological Fantasy

Constructed of stone and packed earth, the Great Wall of 10,000 li protects China's northern borders from the threat of Mongol incursion. The wall is also home to a supernatural beast: the Old Dragon. The Old Dragon's Head is the most easterly point of the wall, where it finally meets the sea.

In every era, a Dragon Master is born. Endowed with the powers of Heaven, only he can summon the Old Dragon so long as he possesses the dragon pearl.

It's the year 1400, and neither the Old Dragon, the dragon pearl, nor the Dragon Master, has been seen for twenty years. Bolin, a young man working on the Old Dragon's Head, suffers visions of ghosts. Folk believe he has yin-yang eyes and other paranormal gifts. When Bolin's fief lord, the Prince of Yan, rebels against his nephew, the Jianwen Emperor, a bitter war of succession ensues in which the Mongols hold the balance of power. While the victor might win the battle on earth, China's Dragon Throne can only be earned with a Mandate from Heaven - and the support of the Old Dragon.

Bolin embarks on a journey of self-discovery, mirroring Old China's endeavor to come of age. When Bolin accepts his destiny as the Dragon Master, Heaven sends a third coming of age - for humanity itself. But are any of them ready for what is rising in the east?





4 out of 5 fairies

The Old Dragon's Head is an immersive coming of age tale set in China's past. Although I'm not an expert in Chinese history, I appreciate Newland's dedication to bringing the setting to life. Reading it you can almost feel like you've traveled back in time to watch the events unfold. This isn't your typical coming of age story - it's so much more. Filled with tough choices, unexpected surprises, and a destiny that's bigger than any one person can imagine.




Where to buy: Amazon

Add to your TBR list: Goodreads

About the Author: After a long career in I.T., Justin’s love of literature finally seduced him and, in 2006, he found his way to the creative keyboard to write his first novel.

Justin writes secret histories in which historical events and people are guided and motivated by
numinous and supernatural forces.

His debut novel, The Genes of Isis, is a tale of love, destruction, and ephemeral power set under the skies of Ancient Egypt, and which tells the secret history of the human race, Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

His second is The Old Dragon’s Head, a historical fantasy and supernatural thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and played out in the shadows the Great Wall of China. It explores the secret history of the influences that shaped the beginnings of our times. 

He is currently working on a novel set in East Prussia during the Enlightenment in the 18th Century which reveals the secret history of perhaps the single most important event of the modern world – The Industrial Revolution.

Justin does books signings and gives author talks in libraries in South West England. He has appeared at many Literary Festivals, including Bristol, Weston-super-mare and Exeter. He regularly gives interviews on BBC local radio and local FM radio stations. 

You can email him, visit his website, or find him on Facebook.


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