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

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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.
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About the Author

Melanie Rawn is a second-generation Californian. She graduated from Scripps College with a BA in history, and worked as a teacher and editor while writing her first two novels. She is the author of Dragon Prince , The Star Scroll, Sunrunner's Fire, Stronghold, The Dragon Token, Skybowl, The Ruins of Ambrai and The Mageborn Traitor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Crystarra on May 31, 2003
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "jenn2" 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy on May 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Dragon Prince series, which gave birth to the Dragon Star series, is far superior to its predecessor. Reason? Like the novels, the son can not hold a candle to the father.
While Rohan and Sioned, the protagonists binding the first three boks together, captivated and enchanted readers, Pol simply does not hold the following series together. There is a bit too much tragedy for any reader to swallow in such large chunks. Pol's personality, while interestingly different from his father's, is SO determined to be different that he's a tad hard to believe. Many favorite characters seem to drown him out; newer characters never quite develop.
Readers of the first series should follow up with the second. The books aren't precisely bad. They are, however, a bit disappointing. It all feels like Rawn is trying too hard to be different in the next installment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kent on May 13, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Melanie Rawn has created many fascinating characters in this book and in the previous Dragon Prince series, and she weaves the story around them masterfully. It's not often that when reading a book you can almost put yourself in a characters position, but she does an incredible job. I'd hate to admit it, but I cried for quite awhile at the end of this one.
So why the 4/5 instead of a gun ho 5 stars? Well, this should have been book 4 in the Dragon Prince series, even though she's laying the backdrop for a couple more novels yet. If you haven't read the first trilogy, you won't react or understand the characters as well. The first trilogy should be listed as required reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
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I think that Stronghold was a good book,I hope that Melanie Rawn will grace our shelves with many more! In my opinion, the Dragon Prince trilogy was better, but both series were excellent. Rohan and Sioned are still alive to me, and I cried out in pain when the High Prince was taken from Sioned. Sorry for any one who hasnt read it, you are missing a lot.
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