The Old Dragon’s Head by Justin Newland

Published October 2018

From the author of Genes of Isis, Justin Newland, has wowed me yet again. The Old Dragon’s Head was written beautifully, and captivated me from the first sentence.

Synopsis

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 fights. 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?

I have never read a book such as this before. It kept my attention from the first sentence, and I could not put down my iPad. I love the way Justin writes, and he never fails to amaze me.

I give The Old Dragon’s Head 5 stars. The characters, the setting, the accuracy, everything, was amazing.

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The Book of Secrets Part 1 by Faith Mitchell

A book of a strong man in slavery, how he died, and how he got back at the future of the man who killed him.

Synopsis

The ghosts of past atrocities haunt the island of St. Pierre, and legends about the spirits have been passed down through the generations. One of the most beguiling stories is the tale of the book of secrets a mysterious manuscript that gives its wielded enormous power but at an incredible expense.

Finch Waters is fascinated by the stories. When she joins her college professor’s research expedition to the island, she immerses herself in the region’s folklore. Little does she know that someone on her team is obsessed with the magic of St. Pierre and is intent on discovering the book’s centuries-old hiding place.

As Finch grows closer to discovering the truth surrounding the book of secrets, she faces a choice that could have dangerous consequences for everyone she cares for. The book of secrets holds knowledge not meant for mortals, and that power could prove to be deadly.

I truly loved this story. It was a story of slavery and a man named Big Jack. Big Jack was accused of a crime that he did not commit, but to see his new baby who lived at another island. He was beaten, murdered, and dismembered.

But, what they did not know was that he had a book that put a curse on his body. A curse that protected him. Big Jack was an amazing man, and he was there to overcome a battle between the man who was related to the man who killed him, and the heroine who was determined to protect the book of secrets by Big Jack.

Do you like a book with some history? Some suspense and horror? This is the book for you.

What book that has history and horror do you like?

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