Troubador The Old Dragon’s Head

Released: 28/11/2018

ISBN: 9781789015829

eISBN: 9781789012828

Format: Paperback/eBook

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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 possess 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 endeavour 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?

Thanks to Hunting Raven Books, 10 Cheap Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BN, for agreeing to stock The Genes of Isis, an epic fantasy and supernatural thriller set under Ancient Egyptian skies.
I'll be signing copies of The Genes of Isis from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday 8th September, 2018. in the Rougemont Lounge, Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3PQ.
The official launch of the second edition of my debut novel, The Genes of Isis, is on 28th August.
After that, I'm thrilled to be doing a 'Meet the Author' event from 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at Frome Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE. I'll be talking about The Genes of Isis and other work in progress.
Then, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Saturday 6th October, I'll be doing another 'Meet the Author' event, this time at Yeovil Library, King George Street, Yeovil, BA20 1PY.
And, to complete the 2018 World Tour of Somerset, there's another 'Meet the Author' event, this one for the benefit of the good citizens of Bath. It's from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Saturday 10th November, in the Exhibition Room, Bath Central Library, The Podium, 19-23 Northgate Street, Bath BA1 5AN.
Then on 28th November, there's the official launch of my second novel, The Old Dragon's Head

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Justin Newland

JUSTIN NEWLAND writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a supernatural bent. For further author info, see Short stories in anthologies include: The Fool of Abbot's Leigh in Hidden Bristol and Fisher of Men in North by Southwest. Another short story, Vallum Hadriani, is included in The Dark Half of the Year. His first novel, The Genes of Isis, is published by Matador. For more info, see His second novel, The Old Dragon's Head, a historical fantasy set in Old China. is to be published by Matador in November 2018. His work in progress is a historical novel set in East Prussia during the Enlightenment in the 1760's. All his novels deal with war, religion, evolution, and the human's place in the universe.

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