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Sunrunner's Fire

(Dragon Prince #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  8,535 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Andry, the new Sunrunner Lord of Goddess Keep, must master potentially deadly magical knowledge before he can confront the ancietn foe who nearly destroyed the Sunrunners ages ago.  But the enemy is mobilizing to strike again, drawing on forbidden lore to play an ever-shifting game of treachery and betrayal.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by DAW (first published 1990)
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May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, own
I really, really struggled to get through this book. I just never grew to like any of the new characters and kept wishing that the narrative had been about my old favorites. At this point, I cannot see myself continuing on to the next trilogy, but who knows what tomorrow will hold.
Alyssa Nelson
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It took me a while to get into this, because I’m terrible at keeping up with series, and it has been a while since I read the previous Dragon Prince book. But, kudos to Melanie Rawn for creating such a memorable world and characters, because by the first couple of chapters I’d gotten my footing and could read the story without looking up who everyone was. (Thank goodness for character directories in fantasy novels!)

Overall, I really enjoyed this series as a whole. The world is wonderful and I lo
Drew Patrick Smith
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Review from the PFS Book Club...

What I Liked: This book is a well-crafted (plot-wise, at least) ending to the Dragon Princetrilogy, nicely tying up the Rohan versus Roelstra and his family vein that started in the first book. There are revelations a plenty, but in what might be Rawn's greatest move, most of them are character-driven, not plot-based or world-building based. The strongest moments in this book come from the characters, especially a heated series of moments towards the end of the bo
Apr 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
75-percent of this book concerns people painstakingly discussing what they just did, what they're going to do, and what they might do. I'm not sure why. It's not like any of these people are brilliant Machiavellian statesmen. Their motivations/actions should be easily discernible. Also, there's dragons.

It's possible that this naval-gazing is a brilliant structural reflection of the main theme: protagonist Pol struggles with Hamlet's dilemma between satisfying barbaric violence and agonizing civi
Amanda R
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Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
The third book in Rawn's first series, this one drags a bit at the start. The primary motivation of pretty much everyone in the Sunrunner world is having a son. Girls are great, we are told, provided they marry a prince and have a son, otherwise, they are not really necessary. I don't know if Rawn wrote or read romance novels, but this idea is so thick in her books it sure seems likely.

One one hand, it's kind of cool that every character is flawed in some way (we're supposed to love a murderer a
By far the strongest of the series. The opening was inspired, with about 9 chapters taking place over 9 years, so we got snapshots in time and the point of view of many different characters, as well as their thoughts. When the last year was complete I was dreading that the bulk of the action was going to be taking place in a Rialla year. After the last book, where all the action took place at the Rialla, I am done with that event forever. It thankfully never came to that.

The dragons are pretty u
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Wanted to see how the series turned out. Can't say that I was captivated by the whole thing. My biggest complaint is calling this series the Dragon Prince. It would've been much more fitting to name it the Desert Prince as the "dragon" part is more than a little misleading. Learning about the diarmadhi and the differences between them and the faradhi was interesting. Didn't realize it until I closed my Nook but I found I was relieved when I finished the series.
Nov 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This book is the third in the Dragon Prince Saga again it starts out to be a very politically oriented story line but turns into a great saga. The story keep your attention and takes you into a world of High Princes and Sunrunner Magick. It is a good read for any dragon and fantacy lover.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ah, so good. I forgot that this ends on sort of a cliffhanger though. Guess I will have to reread the others as well. :)
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At 3 stars only because there's not an option for 2.5 stars. :/ It's taken me awhile because I was pissed at the actions of some of the characters, and MILD SPOILERS for events of the first book.
Some of it due to how crappy Andry became in this book. I get it, he's taking measures to prevent the bad future he saw-or at least be able to springboard into action once it arrives, which is made harder because his family and friends' reaction range from disbelief to laughing in his face. (view spoiler
Jennifer Custer
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the Dragon Prince series is full of violence, murder, mayhem, secret plots, greed and of course love. Pol is striving to find himself so he can be a good and just ruler of Princemarch. Learning from Rohan and Sioned his true parentage sends him into a tail spin. Finding his own love in his enemy's daughter wasn't in his plans, but neither is killing his half brother, Ruval. Andri looks to be turing into a bad guy. Killing without justification unless you count the Old Blood th ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jeffery Brown
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Read!

Overall it was an okay finish to the series although the ending of the Book felt lacking and incomplete. You can tell the author was ready to come to a close and didn't exactly tie up loose ends in a detailed manner. But having already read the next trilogy I know the author did this intentionally, so keep reading the next 3 books and you won't be disappointed. I hope Hollywood never gets their hands on this entire storyline because I love it too much to see them massacre it
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Third in the trilogy of complex fantasy thrillers with many interwoven plot lines. Intrigue, betrayal, treachery. This was Game of Thrones before G. R. R. Martin ever started writing.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Still a good story but I didn't like it as much as the previous. Got a little slow at points.
Louisa Wightmoor
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Gave up, couldn't finish. Just don't think it's stood the test of time very well.
Carol (Kimiko)
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was hard to put down.
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will admit this is a biased review, having loved these books for going on 15 years now. The complexity of the world, the magic, the politics and the people that Mel built in this series have always been its strength and remain so through any foibles.

Things that jumped out at me in this re-read more than I remembered from the past:
*The fat-hating. DUDE, author issues or what? As I commented in a previous status update, the completed OOC incident of Tallain ordering Sionell to stop eating so muc
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na-w, kids-own-josh, 5, own-it
Well, another great book by Melanie Rawn, this third book in the Dragon Prince series takes us from Andry's becoming Lord of Goddess Keep to Pol becoming a knight and then the Dragon Prince! What a wonderful tale, can't wait to see what happens next.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, re-read
And the conclusion to my re-reading of this trilogy; it was fantastic, I enjoyed it and I'm sure I'll do it again. The saga continues with more battles, intrigue, and character driven plot. A negative point was that the major plot was similar to some of the events in Book 2 The Star Scroll although this is explicitly stated in the narrative and the (reasonable) reasons why something similar was occurring again were explored. Much like GRRMGeorge R R Martin, Melanie Rawn is not afraid to kill off ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good end to a good trilogy, but not quite the resolution one would hope for. First, Andry can get fucked. His character in this book versus what we saw of him in the first half of the second book is so vastly different, you may find yourself wondering how he turned out so effed up. The answer lies in the fact that this book doesn't really wrap up much of anything. I get the distinct impression that the 3rd book was always meant to kick start the next trilogy. I have 3 major issues with this bo ...more
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I wrapped up my reread of this trilogy earlier this week, and enjoyed it almost as much as the first time around. I remembered some of the story, including the slow-motion trainwreck that is Pol and Meiglan, but not all of the details so it was nice to read the story again. The writing in this book is still very good, with additional detail as needed but resting on the world already built in the previous two books without unnecessary repetition. The characters who were teenagers in the second bo ...more
Sep 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
So, now I know how this trilogy ended. Also, I figured out there is another one as follow-up!

It is indeed good fantasy-series, albeit old-fashioned. But there was something about this one that was irking me. It is all over the story that the main characters are extremely powerful and clever, and will make it out on top. The was very little real probability of them losing.

Even the most dramatic event - Pol finding out who he really is - got smoothed out within hours.
Moreover, somehow him growi
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whilst "Sunrunners Fire" is the last of the Dragon Prince novels it doesn't really conclude the series (except for tying up the plot line contained within the novel itself), instead reading like book 3 of 6 with the series then progressing to the Dragon Star novels/trilogy. This is probably my least favourite of the three (mainly because I felt the characterisation to be a bit lacking, especially when compared to the first two novels), but still an enjoyable read (hence the 4 star rating), and l ...more
Josephine McNabb
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Pol has a lot of growing up to do, even at the end of the book. I mean come on! I believe that Sionell and Pol should have gotten together before Tallain came into the picture. They didn't and I have to admit that Sionell and Tallain work well together.

So Audry had a few children. Sowing his wild oats and all that. Oh no, wait. He was gifting the women with his children... NO! Audry thinks he is all powerful and spectacular. Well, you. are. not. I'm start
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fantasy
Recommended to Bellish by: my local library
It's difficult to review these books objectively, as I am biased by 10 years of undying love for them. Ultimately Melanie's main strengths are in creating complex, involving characters and political machinations that are believable, compelling and equally complex. The combination is unbeatable: with literally dozens of characters in each book thoroughly developed, the conflicts and intrigues become that much more enjoyable. I would contrast this directly with writers such as Jacqueline Carey, wi ...more
Sarah Wagner
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The story of the High Prince Rohan, who endeavors to transform the continent on which he rules into a land ruled by law, and his wife Sioned, a powerful and fiery Sunrunner, continues in this volume of Melanie Rawn series. With the political infighting and internal family conflicts typical of this series, this novel brings the tension between Sunrunners and those of the Old Blood to a critical level in the form of a battle between Rohan's heir Pol and one of the few surviving grandsons of the ol ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, re-read
It's been far too long since I read these to remember the exact details, so I'm adding these to my list to re-read - but what I do recall is once I started them, I couldn't put 'em down. I did feel that there were some parts that moved slowly, but it was one of my first exposures to what I'll call large-scale political-economic-magic world building that was different from the Tolkein/Heinlein styles. I guess I shouldn't complain about pace since Robert Jordan has not only taken that style to the ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Again, a nice romp. Never any doubt that the good guys will succeed. Most of the drama in the first trilogy is psychological and has to do with the extremely fraught circumstances surrounding a certain conception and birth. It's been too long for me to sort out all the plot details, as these two trilogies are generational books spanning the time from the young adulthood of the Dragon Prince and his wife until their old age.
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Melanie Rawn received a BA in history from Scripps College and worked as a teacher and editor before becoming a writer.

She has been nominated for a Locus award on three separate occasions: in 1989 for Dragon Prince (in the first novel category), in 1994 for Skybowl (in the fantasy novel category), and again in 1995 for Ruins of Ambrai (in the fantasy novel category).

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