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The Dawn Star (Lost Continent #3)

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With no teacher to guide her, no mentor to discourage her from the impossible, Mel Dawnfield pushed her magic to its limits -- and surpassed them. Only to find that her powers aren't enough to halt burgeoning rebellion within her husband's fledgling realm -- or a plot devised to strike at the very heart of Mel's family.

The lines have been drawn.

Mel's mage strength has be

Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 20th 2006 by Luna
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Aug 17, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
I love cobalt's character and feel he is the strongest one for me. He shows strength from both ends of the emotional scale. To love someone so deeply you would level the lands with out so much as a thought or hesitation. Whew.. Steamy! That's a lot of passion. So much so that it’s barely believable that it can be contained in one human being. But Cobalt isn’t just your average man; he is big and strong and has an enormous heart, for those he loves. Mel as certainly released something in him. I h ...more
Jedi Kitty
Oct 23, 2015 Jedi Kitty rated it liked it
Asaro is one of my favorite authors, but in both her Skolia series, and here in Dawn Star, she has written books built to carry political plots forward within a larger series of books. This and one of her recent Skolia books featured masses of familiar characters getting cameos and climaxed with a treaty. That kind of book is never going to be as good as a book driven by character and relationship development and focused on a more immediate plot/conflict. I dislike the style of book where you ha ...more
R.L. Stedman
Mar 23, 2014 R.L. Stedman rated it liked it
Great escapism. I love this sort of fantasy novel, where the heroine and hero are treated as equally relevant to the plot, and where the heroine gets to enjoy kick-arse fighting! Can't believe I haven't read Asaro up until now. I have two quibbles with this story - there's a lot of back-story filling in that read like info dumps - that might be because this is the third part in a series and I haven't read the other books. And there's a lot of convenient finding out of powers just at the moment t ...more
Mar 06, 2009 Jessi rated it liked it
The middle of this book was actually really good. It was well written and had interesting plot twists.

The beginning and end were not as good. We've got the same problem here with the villains as the first book. They're bad then they're not so bad. Which is it? Baz especially made a 180 degree turn around. It left me thinking, 'Wait. What just happened here.'

The torture scene was what really blew it for me. I call it the "torture scene." Not that I want anyone to be tortured, but a torture scene
Oct 16, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9, fantasy, romance, 2006
Like The Misted Cliffs before it, The Dawn Star seemed to take a little while to get going, but once it did, the story flew.

Asaro has created a fascinating world here, that gets more complicated as she ties all the various countries up into various alliances. I'm glad there is a second trilogy coming so I can find out how the events of this book change the future of the settled lands.

I love all the characters as well. I was initially annoyed when first Drummer and later Jade were introduced - I
Kelsie Beaudoin (The Bookworm)
The Dawn Star was every bit as exciting as I hoped it would be. Plus, look at the cover! I love the cover art on these books. Just so fantastic! We get the continuation of Cobalt and Mel’s story line, which was perfect because I really liked them as characters.

One of the things I love best about Mel and Cobalt is that neither is perfect. Together they temper each other, making each other stronger, but apart they are not as strong, and Cobalt wants to ravage every kingdom in sight. I think my fav
Nov 05, 2015 Elar rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This time nothing new in essential happened - some people discovered their inherited powers, kidnapping, falling in love with a Stockholm syndrome. Terrifying is that maybe I am already used to this soft romantic fantasy and that is why it got higher rating.
Jul 08, 2014 Stacy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Feb 23, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Not as good as the 'second' one, I didn't really care much about Jade and what happened with Ozar, I just wish it would've sticked with Mel and Colbat's view.
Feb 03, 2010 Gail rated it liked it
Heroine married her hero a book or so ago. He’s the son of a famously ambitiously evil would-be-conqueror father, and the grandson of an abuser. But he wants to do better. For the heroine. She’s from a very loving royal family where magic is required to rule, but her magic came in late, so she doesn’t know how to work it very well. There’s lots of adventure in this story—kidnappings and rescues and snookery. And the romance is lovely too—the hero struggling against his past, trying to find a new ...more
Bonnie O'malley
Aug 12, 2014 Bonnie O'malley rated it really liked it
What's not to like each was new book in this series draws you into the storyline that is well developed and easy to read.
Medea Sweet
I think that is there's no more, I shall be disappointed.
Mar 26, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic
Melody Dawnfield and Cobalt the Dark are happily wed, but Cobalt's thirst for power and conquest may threaten all they hold dear.

Talk about an alpha hero! Cobalt continues on with his conquesting ways, even after his love repeatedly tells him she doesn't want it. This time we get to meet the queen of Taka Mal, Jade, as she schemes to find allies in the face of the imminent threat of invasion. Jade and Drummer were a great addition to the series, and I loved learning about some more countries and
Oct 13, 2007 Soopi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy
This book filled in a bit of information that I didn't have because I missed the second book and read the fourth after the first ... confused ... yes well welcome to my life. Luckily you don't have to read them all in order to understand what's going on. But there is a sequential order of events through out these books over years or even months of the characters' lifespans. I'm looking forward to finding out more. I think the author is enjoying her creation and I am happy to go along for the rid ...more
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian)
Aug 21, 2007 Kerry (The Roaming Librarian) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of romantic fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
This is the third book dealing with the Aronsdale people and it was interesting. I liked all the political intrigues and the different cultures in this book. It gave it a bit more spice. I will say, it was a bit predictable, but a fast read and enjoyable. I really enjoyed the character of Mel, and I wasn't entirely sure that this is the last book we will see of this world. There were more questions to answer and characters to hear from.
Jun 04, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I like books in series that carry on for quite a while, but still intertwine with each other. I found that I really liked Drummer, and all of the characters in the story just continued to add to their background. Mel is my favorite. I love the way she strikes fear and awe in to everyone who sees her. Good battle politics and love stories intermingled. Makes me remember why I like Asaro so much.
Mar 08, 2010 Hilary rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Untrained mages are a danger to themselves and others. War provides a powerful catlyst -- and training ground -- even for the self-taught.

Okay. So I read it because the cover was pretty.
Oct 28, 2015 Lindsey rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I enjoyed this one more than the first two, but it still feels too quick. Fall in love in two days and have a war in an afternoon. Good for a quick read though.
Sep 02, 2015 Tara rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011, het, fantasy
This book was just okay for me. It's not as good as the first two in the series, but if you like the setting, it's worth reading.
Jul 26, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing
Excellent conclusion to the series! I'm sad that I won't be able to read about Mel and Cobalt anymore.
Book 3 of Lost Continent collection
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Jun 17, 2009 Patrick rated it liked it
fun and good character development, as usual for the author
Jun 26, 2013 Little rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
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The author of more than twenty-five books, Catherine Asaro is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award, as did her novella “The Spacetime Pool.” Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine a
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Lost Continent (5 books)
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  • The Misted Cliffs (Lost Continent, #2)
  • The Fire Opal (Lost Continent, #4)
  • The Night Bird (Lost Continent #5)

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