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The Star Scroll

(Dragon Prince #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  8,521 ratings  ·  92 reviews
As High Prince and Princess, Rohan and Sioned must keep both the peace and the secret of the dragons. But the legacy of their evil predecessor remains-and as their son Pol grows up, the kingdom splits in what may become a bloody battle for the crown.

To make things worse, a long-vanquished foe vows to destroy the Prince. The only hope of defeating their dark sorcery lies in
Paperback, 560 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by DAW (first published 1989)
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Thoroughly enjoyed the reread, but found it very noticeable with this one just how black and white everything is (Rohan & Sioned's constant angsting notwithstanding). So I found myself gravitating heavily towards the few even slightly ambiguous characters (Pandsala, Andry, Andrade) and wishing most characters weren't so bloody rigid in their goodie/baddie structure. A major betrayal or redemption arc somewhere in there couldn't hurt! People don't just make one choice of loyalty and stick wit ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and this book in particular has such a huge impact on the overall story. Ugh. Love.
Drew Patrick Smith
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High Fantasy Lovers
Review from the PFS Book Club...

What I Liked: Rawn's specialty is on display in this middle book of the Dragon Prince trilogy, with her interweaving of so many different characters, all with personality quirks, motivations, and opinions. She somehow manages to make each of the characters interesting, and seems to enjoy pointing out that two people rarely see the same event in the same way. In this manner, Rawn creates very real characters.

The other strength of this book is that it doesn't get an
There were a lot of pages in this book, but not very much actually happened. I think about 350 pages were spent at the Rialla and I was practically begging her to please MOVE ON. It was so boring recounting the events of every single day of a one week period. The resolution was almost exactly the same as the first book in the series, Dragon Prince, down to the use of magic, a duel, and something happening with dragons to make you all dragon happy. You could tell that she was a better writer by t ...more
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book, loved the series. The characters come alive, and add a depth to the book that is amazing. Rawn effortlessly brings in a new generation, and you can't help but know them instantly.

Notice ~ for all the people out there who complained about the sexual content of the series, I'd just like to say that you can stop whining. Rawn goes into less detail than your average romance writer, and isn't exactly crude about it. Yes, within this series there are examples of the negative side of h
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know people who can make very intelligent reviews. I'm not one of them. I just "feel" or don't. In this case, I felt a lot...especially at the end. Sioned and Elisel...that was beautiful.

On another note, I can't help but dread Pol's learning of all what happened at Feruche all those years ago. I don't know when that will happen. In book 3 or in Dragon Star trilogy ?

The sooner, the better.

Oh, and why is it that there's something about Rohan (which happened to him at Feruche in book 1) that I st
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melanie Rawn continues to paint a wonderful canvas of her unique world. The conflicts and challenges in the first book have given way to new challenges and conflicts arising from past actions, both recent and long ago. A new hidden threat arises from the shadows that threatens to tear apart the lives of the main characters. Again, the author brings the characters, both old and new, to life, endearing the reader to them all. If you've read the first book, there's no reason not to read on.
Ralinda Aspey
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This one was a little slower than the first and it took me a little longer to get into it. There didn't seem to be a single main character, or even couple, that was central to this novel, but rather it felt more like a weaving of story lines that held equal importance, without which there would have been left an incomplete story. I both like and dislike that. All in all, this felt like a true 'middle' book--a mere vehicle to get to the next installment.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading the first book of the series I had to find my old cache of books as I knew I still had the six somewhere. Then I found it under a mountain of brick'a'brack. I am now in the process of retreading and i'm half through enjoying every page
Mary Davis
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Shelves: books-read-2013
One of my go to authors for high fantasy, great characters, settings, and political intrigue. In-depth world building and believable cast of characters. Solid fantasy.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A mix of politics and action - I enjoyed it. It's not epic or groundbreaking, but this rather sweet (if occasionally dark and/or silly) romance-heavy fantasy is something of a
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2018
I don't think I would go on to read the last book of the trilogy. I do have to say that each book stands alone quite well, with a distinct climax and issue. The writing and storytelling is still solid, though.

I note that this book deals with dark themes (death, sexual assault), but what really irritated me was that Rohan kept referring to Pol's conception as (view spoiler)
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was worth reading for the world building and the characters, but I had a hard time sticking with it and only read it in fits and starts. It's great to see how the characters have grown since the first book, looking forward to the next one.
Jeffery Brown
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story!

This was a good follow up to the first story. The characters became even more interesting as their individual stories were expanded. Great Epic read that will have you up all night until you find yourself at the end!
Sarah  Mitchell
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling read, introducing a new enemy to the realm.
Athena Kamalei
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was good but a little long. Was hard to read after awhile.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this deep, rich, involved series. Glad to read it again after all these years.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fantasy
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Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Ok, so I'm getting into the characters now. In the first book they seemed a little shallow at first, very Good Guys Are Awesome and Bad Guys Are Pretty But Evil... not a lot of in-between, where most of humanity actually exists. Then bad things happen to the good guys and they grow up a little. We're still having obvious conclusions- good guys win. But there's more depth to the situation and to the characters themselves. Especially towards the end, Andry is being set up as the good guy gone wron ...more
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Continuing on in my re-reads this summer is the second book of the Dragon Prince series. It's been about a decade or so since I read through these, so while I remember the large points of the story, there were some smaller points and a few twists that I didn't recall, which made the reread enjoyable.

This book opens about twelve years after the close of the first novel, with young Prince Pol now about age fifteen and acting as a squire for his fostering prince. The events in the book largely cent
The only reason I picked this book up is because I don't leave a series unfinished. As with the last book in the trilogy, I wasn't too impressed with this one, either. Though there were nowhere near as many grammatical errors to distract me this time, I still couldn't keep track of all of her characters without flipping to the family trees in the back of the book constantly.

I still found many of the main characters to be stagnant, with only a few making any growth/decline as a person. A lot of t
Stefan Yates
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Major disappointment.

I wanted to like this book, really, I did. I was given the first book in this series, Dragon Prince, and I really enjoyed it so I went ahead and continued with the series. The Star Scroll is not a bad book per say, it's just that where the first one tread softly around the edges of going into romance novel territory, this book took no such precautions. I also felt that the political intrigue that made the first book more interesting was toned down a lot in this one and that
Josephine McNabb
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great installment! The focus is less on Rohan and Sioned but following their love story is just so damn addictive. And isn't Pol a little scamp! This book is full of parenting issues and pride over one's children. Not to mention Ianthe's other sons! I hated to read their POV's because they were just so "gimme gimme, mine mine!" I didn't like that.

Audry was REALLY starting to get on my nerves nearing the end of the book. And Maarken and Hollis' relationship was such a struggle. But of co
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy these books. Rawn has a talent for fully immersing the reader in her vivid world, making for an enjoyable and engaging read. The main focus of the story was the emergence of the potential son of the largely unlamented late High Prince Roelstra, and his claim to the Princemarch (currently claimed by Pol, son of the current High Prince Rohan). The secondary plots (High Princess Sioned's attempts to communicate with the dragons, the relationships between various characters, the inves ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, re-read
Continuing my re-read of this series. It can be hard to revisit something that you read over and over again when you were younger. The familiarity makes it difficult to experience it again more critically; you know where the plot is going, you know what happens to the characters, you are prepared for what lies ahead. The fact I read this series over so often means that of course I loved them at the time. Would they have been visited by Jo Walton's suck fairy as the years had passed? Luckily for ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another rollicking adventure in Stronghold, this time centering on a transition era as Rohan's princedom prepares to transition to his son Pol. This book has a decent plot, though the cast of characters expands exponentially. Some names are super similar: Sioned and Sionell, Lyell and Lleyn. It's kind of hard to follow who is who and the map in the front of the book is pretty small to figure out kingdoms.

This book seems to mostly tie up some loose ends from the first book and set the stage for t
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, fantasy
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
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
oh these books keep growing from strength to strength, the sunrunners are a wonder in themselves but when they link to the dragons they are awesome. sioned and rohan are such a beautiful couple, wanting to lead in peace yet troubles seem to haunt their days, the back stabbing and traitors abound and now the people of the old ways are coming back and their power comes from the stars!!! cannot put these books down so perfectly woven into such a great tale!!!
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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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“Affection isn't so plentiful in this life that any of us can afford to reject it when it's offered, whatever its source.” 14 likes
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