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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
Saxthor, second son of the current Queen, is in danger from his very own aunt, the Witch Earwig - who also happens to be the previous queen. With the help of two well-meaning mages and a host of magical creatures, Saxthor must find a way to tap the power inside him and survive the political machinations of his immediate family.
There are several things that makes a fantasy epic work. World building is an essential part of any fantasy novel, as is populating this imaginary world. C. Craig Coleman has taken genre tropes like dragons and faeries and imposed his own style and flair on them. He then placed these magical creatures in a world that is different enough to be exotic, but familiar enough for readers to have solid points for reference. Saxthor, as a protagonist in what is the first book of the series, fits the archetypal hero mold. Youngish readers would have no trouble identifying with his desire for independence, his capacity for self-reliance and his intuitive cleverness. He is a character whose story readers would want to follow. I for one would love to see his development from a capable young man to someone who can truly impact the fantasy world that he lives in.
Of course, no protagonist would be interesting without a capable antagonist to bring out the best in him. As far as crafting villains and nefarious characters go, C. Craig Coleman manages to combine evil and weird while adding a slight pinch of humanity to the mix. The Dragon Ring, Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire Book 1, is a charming and solidly written book with surprising depth that can gain C. Craig Coleman a legion of new fans.