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The Star Scroll

(Dragon Prince #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  9,056 ratings  ·  110 reviews
When Rohan was crowned High Prince and his Sunrunner wife Sioned became High Princess, they swore to keep the peace of the lands and preserve the secret of the dragons, an inheritance they would one day pass on to their only child, Pol, heir to both princely and Sunrunner powers.

But the evil influence of the former High Prince Roelstra had not ended with his death at Roha
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
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Definitely an improvement from her debut novel. A lot of the issues I mentioned in my review of Dragon Prince seems to be solved.
1. Villains are much more subtle and nuanced. There was morally grey characters that developed (ie Pandsala and Andrade) and the motivations of the villians and the grey characters are believable and realistic. A huge improvement from the first book.
2. Odd jumps in time largely disappeared.
3. Much more showing rather than telling. She sets up a nice uncompleted plot po
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
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)
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. ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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.
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. ...more
Lee Ramsay
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Rawn's second book in the Dragon Prince saga is just as strong, if not stronger in some ways, than Dragon Prince. This is much more on the side of political fantasy, though it still has plenty of more traditional fantasy elements to keep it solidly in the genre. Even now, after all the years and multiple times I have read the series, this is probably one of my favorites in the series.

Like Dragon Prince, The Star Scroll holds up compared to a lot of titles hitting the shelf in this day an
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
Clay Kallam
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
The Sunrunners -- the good sorcerors in "The Star Scroll" -- identify people by their psychic colors; Melanie Rawn, however, needed only black and white to portray her characters, which turned "The Star Scroll" into a long slog to a predictable ending.

Granted, Rawn forces the white hats into some tough moral choices (and indeed one major protagonist committed rape at one point), but the good guys agonize over what they are forced to do, and break personal commitments only for the good of the peo
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
Harrison Delahunty
Nov 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I have really no other way to say this: this book is insultingly, embarrassingly, exhaustingly terrible.

It follows about fourteen years after the first novel: Pol is now a teenager and a Sunrunner apprentice, Andrade is now an old lady, and Rohan and Sioned are around sixty but are still High Prince and Princess. What follows this set-up is a sequence of events so bafflingly uninteresting and dull that I don't really feel the need to write it down.

To sum up as simply as I can, we have multiple d
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this way better than the first one. I think it's probably because there was a broader cast of characters to play with!
The dragons are fascinating and the final scene with Sioned was powerful.
The one thing I really didn't like happened toward the end too... (view spoiler)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2019
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.
Lyndsey Gollogly
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
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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. ...more
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!
Anne Smith
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I got through re-reading the first one by skimming. I think I enjoyed all of these when I was a teenager. But sadly it's not holding up to my older, more sophisticated palette. The in between moments are so flat, the reactions of the characters so bland, that I just got too bored to keep going. ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this deep, rich, involved series. Glad to read it again after all these years.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was good but a little long. Was hard to read after awhile.
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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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