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Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Dragon Prince (original 1988; edition 1990)

by Melanie Rawn

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Title:Dragon Prince
Authors:Melanie Rawn
Info:Tor (1990), Paperback
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Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (1988)

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I enjoyed this one. I rank it up there with Terry Brook's Shannara books. ( )
  Ginerbia | Feb 14, 2014 |
An excellent fantasy read, filled with politics, tension, and violence. While not for the faint of heart, Dragon Prince nevertheless is a compelling work of fiction, set in a vivid fantasy world, and populated by scheming characters. One of the best fantasy novels I have read recently! ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Aug 11, 2012 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |

Though a bit predictable, this was an entertaining read. It was odd to see "Rohan" as the name of a person rather than a place, but once I got passed that, it was fluid enough. My greatest grief with this book, and herein lies the spoiler, is Rohan's persistent claim that he raped one of the villains daughters, Ianthe, when it was, in fact, the other way around.

Ianthe drugged and "seduced" him, making him believe that she was his wife, Sioned. This "seduction", my friends, is rape. When he came to and learned of the abuse Ianthe ordered for Sioned, he angrily forced himself on her. I still see this as part of her raping him. She crafted the entire situation, calculated his actions, she knew what he would do; he was drugged and she was in control. I cannot stress this point enough: SHE raped HIM. Yet the writing suggests otherwise since he was a little more coherent "the second time". The belief that women cannot rape men really needs to stop, and it needs to stop being passed off as "seduction". ( )
  Rozax | May 17, 2011 |
Romantasy or Fantamance?

Dragon Prince, Melanie Rawn’s first novel, was ahead of the fantasy/romance genre curve in 1988. Rawn decorates an epic fantasy core story with romantic trappings, and it works, most of the time. The early medieval fantasy world of Dragon Prince comes to life in vibrant Sunrunner magical colors. The environments, especially the desert, are depicted in fine detail, capturing the reader with sensuous descriptions. The book has a few minor issues: recurring emotional imagery and a lack of depth to many of the secondary characters.

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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Nominated for the 1989 John W. Campbell Award, this book tells the story of Rohan, who has become the new prince of the desert. Rohan seeks to bring peace to his world of divided nations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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