We’ve recently returned from a trip to Wales to visit family, and one of our daytrips included a spectacularly wet morning in Cardiff. We wanted to revisit our old haunts and see some of the sights featured in ASRAI’S CURSE (Part 3 of the Mythical Menagerie, published in the novel Myth Hunter).
Since the weather didn’t play along, our sightseeing was limited to just a few highlights, but I still managed to romp around the inner city like a kid in a candy store, deliriously excited to see places that featured in THE BOOK THAT I WROTE! I may or may not have fangirled geekily about my own novel while complete strangers shook their heads at the daft tourist.
Here are a few places we visited on this trip that you’ll encounter if you delve into Ambrose’s adventure in Cardiff.
The National Museum of Cardiff
Ambrose is on the trail of a notorious antiques thief and visits the National Museum of Cardiff, which is hosting a special exhibition showcasing some of the world’s most important relics. Before entering the museum, he stops at the circle of standing stones in Gorsedd Gardens, wishing for luck, and he’ll definitely need some luck during this adventure.
Inside the museum, he also fleeting catches a glimpse of some of the classical paintings on display, as well as a bronze copy of Rodin’s well-known sculpture “The Kiss”.
While being chased by the Cŵn Annwn (the hounds at the head of the Great Hunt), Ambrose and his friend, Daniel, search for a way into Cardiff Castle. They stumble along a side street next to Bute Park, the glorious gardens beside the castle, and find a little hidden wicket gate in the nick of time.
While the castle itself doesn’t play a major role in the story, things of great import do happen inside the Keep (I’ll say no more for fear of spoilers), and the Clock Tower itself also has a small cameo role in ASRAI’S CURSE as well as TRICKSTER’S DECEIT.
The next time you find yourself in Cardiff, I hope you’ll get a chance to visit these (and a few other) locations from ASRAI’S CURSE, and that you’ll be just as excited as I was to follow in Ambrose’s footsteps!
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