The Dragon Ring is the first book of The Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire epic fantasy series by C. Craig Coleman.
This coming of age, epic fantasy occurs at the twilight of primal beings and the emergence of man. Wizards, witches, elves, dwarves, trolls, ogres, orcs, dragons, and new fantastic creatures still interact with men in this classic struggle between good and evil.
The Dragon Ring opens in a politically charged kingdom on the Powterosian continent. The reigning queen has recently ascended the throne at the insistence of the nobility who forced her corrupt brother to abdicate. The former queen, a soulless upstart, ruthlessly schemed to attain power and position. The sudden loss of status has unhinged her. She’s resorted to witchcraft to destroy her sister-in-law and the royal family to regain the throne. Caught in the middle are the royal children including young Prince Saxthor, the second son and spare heir.
The unexpected discovery of Saxthor’s unique powers aggravates the political conflict. The witch feels threatened and attempts to kill Saxthor shattering his carefree world. His mentor wizard sends Prince Saxthor racing into exile that he might survive to grow into his mysterious powers. But he’s followed.
The witch also has a co-conspirator, a ruthless warlock. He’s using her for an end she’s unaware of. The sorcerers draw in the ultimate personification of power, dragons, bending them to good or evil in the conflict for ultimate control. Only Saxthor can alter the looming war’s outcome.
Can Saxthor survive his pursuers’ attacks? Will he overcome his own doubts and rebuild lost confidence? Will his character develop and restore his self-assurance sufficient to face his worst fear? He will need exceptional character to control his unique gifts without succumbing to them. This epic provides fantasy entertainment atop undercurrents of political and psychological depth.
A Word from the Author
This coming of age first book opens with twelve year old Saxthor’s uncomplicated life as the spare heir shattered by the discovery of a power he knows nothing about. It follows the demolition of his confidence as he and his cohorts overcome challenges that would destroy him. Wizards, witches, elves, dwarves, dragons and shape-shifters intertwine on his flight into exile. This book lets the reader ‘grow up’ with Saxthor experiencing his hurdles that develop his character and sense of dynastic responsibility. His best friend, Bodrin, exemplifies the contrasting lighter side of life. Having read this book, the reader will be with Saxthor through his life journey, seeing not only what he does, but knowing in his head why why and how he sees life’s challenges. Dragons are the personification of ultimate power. They exemplify the insurmountable fear we all face growing up. The Dragon Ring looks at the question, are we strong enough to meet family, friends and society’s expectations, the dragon of our youth.
(C. Craig Coleman, March 2017)
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Other Books in the Same Series
The Neuyokkasian arc of Empire Series
Book 2 – The Crystal Legacy
Book 3 – The Crown of Yensupov