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Stronghold (Dragon Star, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 1991

4.1 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Dragon Star Series

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From Library Journal

Prince Rohan's dream of peace through law rather than might undergoes a difficult test as foreign invaders bring war to a land already strained by the tension be tween Rohan's heir and the ambitious Lord of Goddess Keep. Vivid descriptions and compelling characters lend depth to this large-scale story of adventure and intrigue, romance and magic. Set in the world of the author's "Dragon Prince" trilogy, this is highly recommended.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Melanie Rawn, the author of DAW’s bestselling Dragon Prince trilogy—Dragon Prince, The Star Scroll, and Sunrunner’s Fire—is a second-generation Californian who, after graduating from Scripps College with a B.A. in history, worked as a teacher and editor while writing her first two novels. She lives in a small town outside Los Angeles and keeps cacti as pets. She can be found at melanierawn.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dragon Star (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reissue edition (September 3, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886774829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886774820
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a huge fan of Melanie Rawn. I think that she is able to create a fascinating world, complex and realistic characters, interesting stories.
There are a few warnings that I have though for others who are debating her books.
1. Yes, this book is the first book of the SECOND series concering the same realm and people. I have read a lot of criticism that this should really be the fourth book, and I disagree. There are many authors who break their series up. It's not uncommon. It is confusing to pick it up in the middle, but I think that the series itself should be two trilogies, not one never ending series. (ahem, jordan and goodkind, would you mind ENDING your stories already?) There are a number of series that I started on and realized that it was the second or third series concering different people. Many of the Valdemar series, the Deryni novels, the Fey, to name a few. The first series was about the internal struggles of the people and the desert's quest for enough power to provide stability. The second is about an invading force.
2. Melanie Rawn focuses a lot on her characters and descriptions of "sunrunning" and other things of that nature. Many may find this to be boring or simply too much. I obviously don't, but to each their own. Just a warning. In this novel, there is a description of two people, their love and romance and stuff like that. Then they are killed. Some found that to be pointless and meaningless. It didn't advance the plot a great deal and it does slow things down. I found it to make the story more tragic. It conveys that there are so many people who will be lost, that we will never "know" and also how pointless and tragic war is. I think it adds depth to the story. Still waters run deep.
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By A Customer on March 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I almost regretted picking up this book by the time I reached the last pages. It was totally emotionally wrenching, especially if you had followed the series since Dragon Prince, book one of the first series. Rawn has brought the plot to a deeper dimension, that makes the "crises" of the first series seem minor. She had brought us from the micro level of that world, with succession disputes and politics, to the macro level, where war could mean complete destruction of what the characters had known for all their lives... their heritage, the dragons, their species.
The plot developments were extremely engaging, and as destruction looms over the land, you find yourself cheering or despairing with each character in the face of such insurmountable challenges. Rohan's and Sioned's strength, passion and loyalty is admirable, but they have their weaknesses too, that you have grown to know so well (if you followed the first series) that your heart goes out to them when they are defeated at each turn, by obstacles big or small.
The new characters introduced here were engaging on their own, but what struck me most is the reality that Melanie Rawn injects into her stories. Mortality is very real, and it tears at your heartstrings to see the characters fall in battle, or in sickness. It is not just the bad guys who die, but the good guys and the innocent ones too.
I cried at the last few pages of the book, and it felt as if I was crying for a friend whom I had known for a long time. And amidst these losses, you will come to admire and love Sioned for her strength of character, and cheer for her as if she's the last champion who can change the fate of the world.
This book is truly unforgettable. An Excellent Epic!
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I picked up the Dragon Star series at a library book sale knowing I was coming in mid-story, so to speak, having not read the preceding trilogy but I didn't mind. A good author should be able to bring a new reader along without requiring them to read all previous books. Some of my favorite books have been discovered that way. This one was a tough one to start with though, and only my determination to finish got me through the first part of the book enough to start enjoying it. To begin with you must learn the geography, which plays a central roll in the story line, but a simple map is included. Although it lacks several key details mentioned in the book. Next, it's the character names which, in typical fantasy fashion, are all reminiscent of the product of random name generators in computer games. Made harder by the fact many characters are named after other characters with only slight spelling differences, which though that makes sense in the context of the story it makes it harder to keep track of characters. You know you're in trouble when a book not only has a character index but a Genealogy tree in the appendix. All of this is standard fair for any fictional work which creates it's own universe. What makes this lengthy tome (578 pages) a difficult read out of the starting blocks is that the author employs the device of writing the story from the perspective of different characters. BUT, she doesn't confine herself to writing through the eyes of 1, or 2, or 3, or 4, or 5,6,7,8,or even 9 characters but an almost endless stream. After a mere 2 or 3 pages the poor reader is ripped from one new character to the next without reference to any previous character.Read more ›
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