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Dragon Prince (Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 1988
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Praise for Melanie Rawn and the Dragon Prince trilogy:
“Marvelous…. Impressive…. Fascinating…. Melanie Rawn is good!”—Anne McCaffrey
“Novelist Melanie Rawn is quite deft at building a complex story…. Combining dragons, a family full of passion and hate, and medieval-style politics and warfare, it has all the ingredients to please.”—Locus
“Readers desiring yet another romantic fantasy of fierce dragons, tangled dynasties and love triumphing over adversity need look no further…. Rawn moves her large cast swiftly and colorfully.”—Publishers Weekly
“Rawn’s lush world of princes and dragons, sun-born magic, and tangled politics comes to life in this romantic fantasy saga.”—Library Journal
“Dragon Prince is a classical fantasy tale of the struggle of good and evil…. A very compelling fantasy.”—VOYA
“I recommend this series highly to all lovers of rich, elaborate fantasies.”—American Fantasy Magazine
“Melanie Rawn does for fantasy what Frank Herbert did for science fiction in his classic novel Dune.”—Rave Reviews
“Be warned—if you buy one, you will want to buy them all.”—Kliatt
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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Examples - two protagonists hold hands and BANG! They instantly fall truly, madly, deeply, and irrevocably in love. The love stories are simply stated, but never explained, rationalized or fleshed out. They're just expected to be accepted. There's also several battle scenes which are not adequately described. At one point there's a battle at a castle and the enemies are outside the wall, and then they're suddenly inside the courtyard. How did they get there? Whoops - I guess the gates just disappeared?
It's a good story, with decent protagonists and support characters. I just found it to be overly involved with political intrigue, unsatisfactorily described romance, and lacking in any kind of well described action. I AM looking forward to the rest of the series oine-the-less.
The main characters are vividly drawn, but the spotlight on them is a bit tight. Everyone seems a little dim compared to Rohan and Sioned, and I suppose that is the novel's romance side coming to the fore. The reader may get too much inside the head of the characters at some points. A lot of the narrative is filled with the internal monologue and deeply felt emotions of the characters. This tends to give the plot a stuttery feel as conflicts arise, characters ponder, then swoon or glower at each other, then ponder some more, then something else happens.
The story is interesting, but not very complex. There is mostly one main thread of plot throughout, though there are many brief branches and callbacks. I think the story could have used a bit of pruning, especially since the general focus is so strong on the main characters. Any time a secondary character comes to the fore, it's not very rewarding, as they tend to be more sketchy and predictable. The frequent callbacks and rehashing of characters' feelings can be distracting, too. Although worded differently and often approached from different angles, some themes are visited repeatedly.
Despite these issues, the plotting of the princes and the romance of the main characters is engaging enough to keep the pages turning. Dragon Prince is not for everyone, as it has far more romance and politics than action and adventure. Though few, the action sequences are lively and stimulating. I'm looking forward to checking out some of Melanie Rawn's other books set in the Dragon Prince world, as I have a feeling that the later novels may be even better.
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Eager to read the rest!
This author has a wonderful way with words that made every chapter enjoyable!