Author: Melanie Rawn
Publisher: Daw Books, 1985
Series: Dragon Prince, Book 1
Synopsis: The Dragon Lord -- When Rohan became the new prince of the Desert, ruler of the kingdom granted his family for as long as the Long Sands spewed fire, he took the crown with two goals in mind. First and foremost, he sought to bring permanent peace to his world of divided princedoms, realms hovering always on the brink of war. And in a land where dragon-slaying was a proof of manhood, Rohan was the sole champion of the dragons, fighting desperately to preserve the last remaining lords of the sky and with them a secret which might be the salvation of his people.
And his Sunrunner Witch -- Sioned, who was fated by Fire to be Rohan's bride, had mastered the magic of sunlight and moonglow, catching hints of a yet to be formed pattern which could irrevocably affect the destinies of Sunrunners and ordinary mortals alike. Yet caught in the machinations of the Lady of Goddess Keep, and of Prince Rohan and his sworn enemy, the treacherously cunning High Prince, could Sioned alter this crucial pattern to protect her lord from the menace of war that threatened to set the land ablaze.
Review: This book is wonderful. A fast read with plenty of action, suspense and fabulous characters. So many things happened in the pages that it's hard to tell about them. It was so refreshing to meet so many strong, female characters! There is quite a bit of sex and violence in this novel, but nothing that seemed out of place or overdone.
The lands in these books are savage, ruled by men and women who can be ruthless and sometimes cruel. Rohan wants to stop the constant warring between the various factions and create a lasting peace. He also wants to save the dragons from certain extinction. Either of these goals would be an uphill battle and the fulfillment of these dreams has a higher price than either he or his wife, Sioned, were prepared for. In the end, good won out over evil. The lands are safe for now. The dragons, too.
The best part of the story is the Sunrunners. They can, through a natural gift, weave light for many uses, from the ability to see far across the land to the ability to light a fire. It's an awesome gift that comes with terrible responsibility.
I love finding new, great authors. I'll be starting the next book in this series tomorrow.
Rating: 8.5 / 10