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Charles Carfagno Jr. Author Of A Demon's Quest: The Beginning of the End
By Charles Carfagno Jr.

Who am I?

I am an international award-winning fantasy author, who’s been writing since 2003. My love of Dungeon and Dragons and Martial Arts have influenced my writing and created a world full of wonder. I have an extensive background in both Western (Sword fighting) and Eastern Martial Arts, and I use that knowledge to create so many memorable fight scenes throughout the series.

I wrote...

A Demon's Quest: The Beginning of the End

By Charles Carfagno Jr.,

Book cover of A Demon's Quest: The Beginning of the End

What is my book about?

Across the land, peace has reigned for generations. But now, demons have found a way to breach the world and cloaked themselves as humans. They are deceitful, clever, and often manipulative as they position themselves within the Martial Orders of mankind to lie in wait like a ticking time bomb and conquer the world of humanity. But another crucial journey is being undertaken. Wronged by a close friend, Gilex is on a road of revenge as he leads his devoted band of followers on a treacherous journey to find the fabled Circle of Demise. However, finding the circle will prove harder than expected and the rewards might not be what he was seeking.

Thus begins the enthralling Demon’s Quest epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth . . .

The books I picked & why

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The Sword of Shannara

By Terry Brooks,

Book cover of The Sword of Shannara

Why this book?

I’m going to be honest with you... I am a cover junkie, and that is how I came to purchase The Sword of Shannara. I found the book in a used bin of a bookstore, and I remember looking at the worn and cracked cover of a human, elf, and dwarf staring at the mystical blade thinking; what I story this must be. The story is about a half-elfin lad named, Shea Ohmsford. Shea is the last of the Shannara bloodline and the only one capable of wielding the sword of Shannara against the Power of Darkness known as the Warlock Lord. To say there is action is an understatement. 

Llana of Gathol

By Edgar Rice Burroughs,

Book cover of Llana of Gathol

Why this book?

Llana of Gathol is book 10 of the John Cater series and in my opinion, the best. Published in 1948, the story is about an earthling named, John Carter. The reason why I liked this book is because John Carter can transform his mind into another body on Mars. That in itself is a pretty cool concept and the reason why I was drawn to it in the first place. The action is fast-paced as Carter gets captured by the inhabitants of Horz, one of the supposedly “dead” cities of Mars. He is sentenced to death along with his captor Pan Dan Chee for bringing Carter into Horz. They are sent down to the pits under the city where they discover the remnants of a maritime race which had existed hundreds of thousands of years ago, suspended in animation unaware of the changes that happened to the world. 

Magic Kingdom for Sale

By Terry Brooks,

Book cover of Magic Kingdom for Sale

Why this book?

Magic Kingdom is another novel by Terry Brooks that I enjoyed. It’s about a lawyer named Ben Holiday who purchases the kingdom of Landover for a million dollars. I’m pretty sure if I had the opportunity and a million dollars, I might do the same. Cool concept, right??? Anyway, Ben Holiday discovers the magic kingdom has a lot of problems, and the Baron refuses to recognize him as king. To make matters worse, he learns that he had to duel to the death with the Iron Mask, the terrible lord of the demons–a duel which no human could hope to win... But fear not, Holiday has a paladin as protector. 


By Robert E. Howard,

Book cover of Conan

Why this book?

There are many reasons why I love the character Conan. He is big, strong, and fearless in the face of danger. He battles monsters of epic proportions and evil beings to satisfy his own bloodthirsty tale of revenge. That plus the action kept me on the edge of my seat. 

Saga of Old City (Greyhawk Adventures)

By Gary Gygax,

Book cover of Saga of Old City (Greyhawk Adventures)

Why this book?

The founder of Dungeons and Dragons, Gary Gygax also wrote novels, and my favorite book was Saga of Old City. I read this book growing up and let me tell you it was engaging, action-packed, and fun. The character development was fantastic as it follows the journey of Gord; a scrawny street kid that grew into a formidable thief and eventually becomes a powerful warrior who can overcome incredible challenges. 

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