According to the old prophet, the dragon cannot be slain until he has devoured a princess. Princesses, however, are valuable, and in short supply.
And so a peasant girl is condemned to die instead. Locked into an iron cage and dressed in royal finery, she is taken by a troop of soldiers to the ruined city beneath the dragon's lair...
So begins this unusual tale of adventure and intrigue, as three kingdoms strive for dominance, and an unknown peasant girl becomes the key to her world's hidden destiny.
The range and variety of Doug Bedwell's writing reflects the eclectic nature of his literary influences. These include science fiction and fantasy stalwarts such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Isaac Asimov, but also writers of many other genres and traditions. His writing has been especially influenced by his study of dramatic literature, including the works of playwrights both ancient and modern, such as Maeterlinck, Chekhov, Shakespeare, and countless others.
He has written over fifty plays, which have been presented at professional, academic, and community theatres nationwide. In 2015, Space Bear Press published a collection of those pieces as a two-volume set. His first novel, the comic science fiction adventure Robot Captain was published in 2016. He has also released a small collection of poetry, titled Wastewood.
Prologue: The Old Dragon -- page viii
Book One: A Counterfeit Princess -- page 1
Book Two: The Dragon's Thief -- page 95
Book Three: Prophecy and War -- page 175
Book Four: The Dragon's Treasure -- page 263
Acknowledgements -- page 325
About the Author -- page 327