Troubador The Old Dragon’s Head

Released: 28/11/2018

ISBN: 9781789015829

eISBN: 9781789012828

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Old Dragon’s Head


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?

2019 And All That

Justin concluded his World Tour of Somerset and the West Country with a book signing at Weston-super-Mare’s WH Smith’s last Saturday (14th December).
That marked his 14th book signing this year, taking in various Waterstones stores, two WH Smith branches, and a host of South West indie bookshops, including the Snug in Bridgwater, Hunting Raven in Frome, and Chard Bookshop in Chard.
In 2019, Justin’s given 26 author talks in South West libraries and local associations. These have taken him into wilds of Wiveliscombe and Worle, amongst others. A place on the 2019 Honours’ Board is reserved for the librarians of Bridwgater, Frome, Minehead, Wells and Yeovil, who were brave enough to have him back twice this year.
He’s also given 22 radio interviews and been invited to studios in Taunton, Bristol, Yeovil, Bridgwater and Frome. It’s possible he’s now knows how to speak into a radio mic!
This PR is not just a tally of all the places he’s been fortunate enough to visit this year, but also a chance to say a huge thank you to all the bookshop managers and owners, the library staff and the U3A organisers, who have backed him through the year. Not forgetting all the people who came along to his talks and who bought his books. A special thanks is reserved for the good folks at Troubador Publishing for putting up with me for another year!

2020 Onwards.

Justin is giving an author talk, The Mother and Father of All Things, at Dorchester Library at 11 a.m. on Saturday 18th January 2020.
I will be giving my Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Bristol's Morning Show at 8.40 a.m. on Friday 24th January.
On Saturday 25th January at 4 p.m. at the Stable Creative Hub in Weston-super-Mare, I will be giving a talk on Self-Publishing: How to Promote your Book.
The official publication date of my third novel, The Coronation, is 28th January.
At 7.30 p.m., on Thursday 30th January, I'll be giving an author talk entitled 'The Great Enlightenment: Is That How it Was Meant to Be?' at Exeter St. Thomas Library.
I will be back in Exeter, at the Main Library, from 12-2 p.m. on Sunday 16th February for an Author Meet and Greet and Book Signing.
I'll be signing copies of The Coronation from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday 22nd February at Chard Bookshop, Chard, Somerset.
From 22nd-28th February, Love Books Tours will be hosting a blog tour on behalf of The Coronation.
At 4 p.m. on Saturday 29th February, I am thrilled to have the official book launch of The Coronation at Waterstones Weston-super-Mare branch.

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JUSTIN NEWLAND writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a supernatural bent. His first novel, The Genes of Isis, is an epic fantasy set in Ancient Egypt that speculates on the genesis of the human race. His second novel, The Old Dragon's Head, is a historical fantasy set in Old China. His third is a historical novel set in East Prussia during the Enlightenment in the 1760's and is entitled The Coronation. His latest, The Abdication, s a supernatural thriller about a young woman who confronts her own belief in a higher purpose. All his novels are published by Matador and deal with war, religion, evolution, and the human's place in the universe. For more info, see

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