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The Star Scroll

(Dragon Prince #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  8,919 ratings  ·  102 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 with it ...more
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 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
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
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
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.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
Pretty good second book of Rawn's first trilogy (Dragon Prince). There's a lot of drama about princes and princesses hooking up, and lots of angst over what's gonna happen when the next generation of princes and sunrunners (wizards) takes over.

The story moves along pretty well, but it's mostly a setup for the next installment. We learn more about dragons, something about the folks who came before the sunrunners, and how Rohan plans to shape the continent and islands he rules. Pol turns out to b
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer Custer
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In some ways this book is reminiscent, to me that is, of McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern. Similar but not the same. Rawn is weaving the political fractions of this world. The Princes and Lords, the sunrunners and the stoneburners. Is it really hood or bad to be born one or another. I think it's how each character decides to use that power. Unbeknownst to the all, Pol is all three. Maybe he can bring all the fractions together, maybe not. He doesn't know yet. No one does except his parents and ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
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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
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, fiction
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)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019, fantasy
I truly loved this second novel in the Dragon Prince series. While the first book lulled in places due to having to introduce so much, this one was more fast paced. I am not sure how I feel about certain happenings and romances, but I can understand the author and characters point of view. It’s not out of left field, just not in my thoughts of where I would see the story going. The character development and plot in this kept me reading past my “bed time” multiple nights.
Steve Brooker
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bigger developments than its predecessor and more political interest, if not quite intrigue.
The central theme seems, to me, to be emotion for this one. We know that most fantasy has the battle between love and hate as a driving force but it is a novel and welcome rarity to see a range of aspects, reasons and manifestations..
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!
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this deep, rich, involved series. Glad to read it again after all these years.
Athena Kamalei
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was good but a little long. Was hard to read after awhile.
Sarah  Mitchell
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling read, introducing a new enemy to the realm.
Louisa Wightmoor
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Old school. Can't decide if I like it or not. Only really rereading before I decide whether to move on or not.
Denise Elwyn McKenzie
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, d-n-f
D.N.F. I read the first book and mostly enjoyed it. I read about half of this one, but just couldn't find second gear.
Ariel RG
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It does not have as much impact as the first book, but she for sure made one hell of a good sequel.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na-w, kids-own-josh, 5, own-it
Wow! Just another great book by Melanie Rawn, I can't say enough about this writer, she knows how to bring her tale to life, it's like you are right there. This second book starts with 14-year-old Pol being allowed to go home for a short holiday so that he can go to the Rialla with his parents the Dragon Prince and Princess. When they get there they discover someone is pretending to be one of Ianthe's sons who wants to fight for the right of being the High Lord. Rohan and Sioned must continue pl ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fantasy
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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
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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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