Tour: The Old Dragon’s Head

By Justin Newland

June 10 – 13

Audio: l-3503357-0237677 and l-3900765-0286534

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  • Genre:  Historical fantasy
  • Print length: 312 pages
  • Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teens age 16+
  • Trigger warnings: Violent deaths; deaths of parental figures; non graphic torture scenes and references; non graphic rape scenes and references.
  • Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks)
  • Amazon Rating: 4.5*

If you would be interested in joining this tour as a reviewer, please contact us using the SIGN-UP FORM at the end of the page.


About 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?

Praise for The Old Dragon’s Head

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A brilliant adventure that manages to include all the things I love in my books! From Chinese history to fantasy, mystery, and even humour, I was in my element. The story centres around the Great Wall of China, and I felt like I was witness to the power struggles that arrive side by side with the treachery needed to ensure the win.  Amazon Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A stand out novel that ticks all the boxes – murder, mystery, treason, glorious villains, reluctant heroes and more than a touch of the supernatural.  Amazon Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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..  Amazon Review

About the Author

JUSTIN NEWLAND was born in Essex, England, three days before the end of 1953. He lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.

Justin gives author talks in libraries and does books signings in Waterstones, WH Smiths and indie bookshops. He has appeared at literary festivals and regularly gives media interviews.

He writes secret histories in which real events and historical personages are guided and motivated by numinous and supernatural forces – that’s history with a supernatural twist.


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