The Dragon Ring (Book 1)

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Epic Fantasy, sword & sandal mythology spanning the coming of age of Prince Saxthor, the conflicted rise of empire, his growing knowledge of his hidden power, a secret journey with loyal friends as well as the gathering strength of his evil enemies. 1st book of the series. More

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About C. Craig Coleman

I grew up in a small town, Kinston, in Eastern North Carolina in the golden age of youth. I say golden age, because kids dashed out the door on Saturday morning, took to bicycles, and explored the world around them unrestrained only returning home for dinner in the late afternoon. I scampered over fields and swampy low grounds, investigated and collected anything that moved and half the flora I came across. That gave me the knowledge of the natural world that backgrounds my epic.

I studied mythology and developed my own language that has served me through life. My most prized names took form in the characters and places of my books all these decades later.

I went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I graduated with a BA degree in Ancient and European History. An elective course on castle and cathedral fired up a love of medieval architecture. Little did I know political histories, biographies, art, and architecture would again arise in the fortresses and palaces in my books.

I served my country in the Vietnam War, repairing the display computers on the Air Force's F111 aircraft, though not in Vietnam. Then I audited agriculture courses at NC State University for a year before returning to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduating with a MBA, Masters of Business Administration.

A long career in the textile industry working in materials inventory, computer systems development, and finally, manufacturing operations ended abruptly due to a corporate buyout. The imploding industry left little economic opportunity. I found myself looking 'outside the box' for future options. A seed suggestion to write down some of my stories, planted by a doctor of literature in my youth, germinated. I decided to write a fantasy story. I had no inkling it would lead me on the greatest adventure of my life. Though I didn't know the stern mandates of creative writing before I started, I learned backwards by rewriting my epic over the years correcting the point of view, show don't tell, 'ly' adverb, passive voice, etc. issues until at last I have the story down pat.

My greatest supporter and companion through the years of writing this epic was my little silky terrier, Miss Delia. She passed away after sixteen years just prior to my publishing my first of the four books. This epic is dedicated first and foremost to that precious little girl.

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Review by: Clinton A. Seeber on Feb. 18, 2016 :
This is a very good first volume of this six book series. "Triple C's" fantasy world is equally as vivid and imaginative as his awesome book covers. This story has some really awesome stuff in it, and has some laugh out loud, zany, slapstick moments while at the same time retaining a dark overall theme of suspense and danger. He sort of reminds of how David Eddings wrote. The book seems well proofcopied with very few apparent typos other than a couple of times when the word "gate" was used to refer to the way that someone walks and the word "gait" should have been used. I don't think that is too bad, though, as I have made similar mistakes that I didn't catch until months later in my own first novel. My only real complaint is that the character to character dialog often reads like it is forced, stiff and unnatural, as if he were trying to force visual information into to character's mouths that would have been better left to narrator description. For instance - "Your long, blonde, wavy hair with ruffles is stunning." (not an actual line from the book, but close to what some of them are like) just doesn't seem as believable and natural as "Wow, your hair is stunning!" the old wizard said as he ogled the princess' long, thick and wavy golden-blonde hair.
Nonetheless, the good far outweighs the bad here, and I highly recommend reading this very enjoyable story.
(review of free book)

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