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Dragon Prince (Dragon Prince Series #1)

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Excellent story teller

Melanie Rawn tells a great story. This is a romance set in a world of dragons princes politics and war. Her characters are well developed and her world is easy to get lost in.

posted by 11277817 on April 11, 2012

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Decent, but has problems

I've read the whole series, this trilogy and the follow-up trilogy, and my comments span all volumes. Her characters, with one exception far into the series (Andry, whose only real difference is a refreshing taste of utilitarianism) are un-dynamic: the good characters ...
I've read the whole series, this trilogy and the follow-up trilogy, and my comments span all volumes. Her characters, with one exception far into the series (Andry, whose only real difference is a refreshing taste of utilitarianism) are un-dynamic: the good characters are unrealistically good; when not exemplifying pureness of heart, they are aghast at their flaws, base emotions, or even necessary past action. Not to mention that the good characters (there are not any in-betweens) invariably possess great cunning and genius, whereas the evil characters are predictably vile and dull-witted. This creates a pretty drab storyline where good always prevails, in spite of a few good characters (mostly the ones not very fleshed out) die along the way, or some apparent setbacks. Oh, and the good characters are all remarkably relaxed and progressive pacifist/feminist/egalitarian for wealthy rulers and warriors in a feudal dictatorship. My other problem is that for a feudal system of government, even in the lands ruled by the vile royalty, there's no noise from the peasants--they're not only happy, but seemingly capitalist in how they conduct business as well. They aren't dissatisfied with anything (or aren't verbose about it if they are) and none seem to be in poverty or oppression anywhere. The world is too idyllic and unrealized to be believable. The peasants may die or be conquered or starve, but we might only hear about such things in a casual sentence, but we never see it or experience such from their perspective. If suffering for peasants exists at all in this world, the ruling class is so far removed from it that one wonders whether they're really caring despots at all. Stylized personalities and isolation of the characters from their world makes the aristocrats that the story revolves around seeming 2-dimensional characters in a soap opera, with the rest of the world off-stage and unreal, and people on all sides throwing walls of faceless warriors at each other for the benefit of faceless peasants. Did I mention we never really get to meet a peasant in any meaningful way? There are no characters but lords and ladies and merchants and vassals, and occasionally a high-ranking soldier or magician. I hate to be cruel, because they were entertaining in a way, but that's what i thought.

posted by Anonymous on June 28, 2000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Wow

    This book really sucked me in! I couldn't put it down. I like it so much i read the other two dragon prince books and all the dragon star books! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
    This post was done by ben johnson age 13

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Excellent story teller

    Melanie Rawn tells a great story. This is a romance set in a world of dragons princes politics and war. Her characters are well developed and her world is easy to get lost in.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2001

    Melanie Rawn has skills!!

    Dragon Prince is an very well written book, it keeps you up at night, with just the thought of what Rohan or Sioned will do next! The characters are very real, Rawn has captured the relationship between setting and character development amazingly well, from Rohan growing up in the desert to the daughters of the High Prince being cooped up in his Castle. I was mistified by the intricate sceemings of Rohan and the Lady of Goddess Keep! This is an amazing read.

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