March 28, 2015

The Star Scroll by Melanie Rawn

Title:  The Star Scroll
Author:  Melanie Rawn
Pages:  591
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  DAW, 1989
Series:  Dragon Prince, Book 2

Synopsis:  As High Prince and Princess, Rohan and Sioned must keep both the peace and the secret of the dragons. But the legacy of their evil predecessor remains-and as their son Pol grows up, the kingdom splits in what may become a bloody battle for the crown. — To make things worse, a long-vanquished foe vows to destroy the Prince. The only hope of defeating their dark sorcery lies in reclaiming the knowledge so carefully concealed in the long-lost Star Scroll.

Review:  These books just keep getting better and better!  I'm on the final book of this trilogy....except there's another trilogy about the same characters!  Thank goodness, I already have the other trilogy.  Since the books are named differently, this one being the Dragon Prince trilogy, and the other being the Dragon Star trilogy, I didn't realize they go together.  I'm glad they do, though.  I'm not nearly ready to be done with these stories.

I love the characters.  I love the world.  I especially love the dragons.  I cannot believe I'd never read this author before.

Rating:  9 / 10

March 10, 2015

Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Title:  Dragon Prince
Author:  Melanie Rawn
Pages:  574
Genre:  Fantasy
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

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