Dragon Prince (Dragon Prince Series #1)

Dragon Prince (Dragon Prince Series #1)

by Melanie Rawn


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First in the bestselling Dragon Prince series, explore a lush epic fantasy world replete with winged beasts, power games of magical treachery, and a realm of princedoms hovering on the brink of war • “Marvelous!”—Anne McCaffrey

When Rohan became the new prince of the Desert, ruler of the kingdom granted to his family for as long as the Long Sands spewed fire, he took the crown with two goals in mind. First and foremost, he sought to bring permanent peace to his world of divided princedoms. And, in a land where dragon-slaying was a proof of manhood, Rohan was the sole champion of the dragons, fighting desperately to preserve the last remaining lords of the sky and with them a secret which might be the salvation of his people....
Sioned, the Sunrunner witch who was fated by Fire to be Rohan’s bride, had mastered the magic of sunlight and moonglow, catching hints of a yet to be formed pattern which could irrevocably affect the destinies of Sunrunners and ordinary mortals alike. Yet caught in the machinations of the Lady of Goddess Keep, and of Prince Rohan and his sworn enemy, the treacherously cunning High Prince, could Sioned alter this crucial pattern to protect her lord from the menace of a war that threatened to set the land ablaze?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756403010
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Dragon Prince Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melanie Rawn, the author of DAW’s bestselling Dragon Prince trilogy—Dragon Prince, The Star Scroll, and Sunrunner’s Fire—is a second-generation Californian who, after graduating from Scripps College with a B.A. in history, worked as a teacher and editor while writing her first two novels. She lives in a small town outside Los Angeles and keeps cacti as pets. She can be found at melanierawn.com.

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Dragon Prince (Dragon Prince Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been through several copies of this book and I love the whole series!! I'm glad to get it as an ebook now- harder to destroy LOL. I used to take it with me everywhere!! But this one is definitely my favorite book ever.
blackntan More than 1 year ago
This book is WONDERFUL!!! Well written and no detail forgotten, it really pulls you in and fires up your imagination. I have bought this book twice because I have re-read it so often the 1st one was falling apart! Exceptional read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want a book where you can fall in love with the characters and feel like you are really there this is the one! I really could feel what the characters were feeling. I would cry with them, laugh with them, and be excited witht them. I wish Melanie Rawn would write some more books so I could read them. This book was so wonderful and beautiful. I was really sad when I finished the series because it had become something I always looked forward to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series Dragon Prince and it's sequiel series Dragon Star has been my favorite series for years. I've read it through at least 3 times! It is detailed, but in a way that truely allows you to enter and experience the world Ms. Rawn created.  Characters develope and grow in the books, and you get to know them. My all time favorite. I was looking for a bundle of both series for my nook  but alas, no bundles.
wilsonlr More than 1 year ago
FInally an ebook - I have all of them and have been wanted to get them in ebook form - the books themselves aren't holding up well due to too many rereads !!!!
Wisper214 More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to get into at first so much detail writing it. But after reading the whole series well worth it. A long battle but the characters were well thought out. Very good reading and i would recommend it to all that love the long battle in this Fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this gem after reading several of the Pern books by Ann McCaffery in 1989. It was so good I had a hard time putting it down. I have read it ( the series) about 4 times already and here I am, 30 years later buying it again.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent fantasy read, filled with politics, tension, and violence. While not for the faint of heart, Dragon Prince nevertheless is a compelling work of fiction, set in a vivid fantasy world, and populated by scheming characters. One of the best fantasy novels I have read recently!
nimoloth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[WARNING: contains spoilers.]Well, there were some tough bits in there - it was hard to read. But the plot was gripping enough (and I cared enough about the characters) that I had to finish it.The sexual abuse and rape was the hardest going, and after that nasty section, the book rushed to a conclusion, glossing over the effects of this on the characters and the other after effects remarkably quickly. There was very little coverage of how they dealt with what had happened to them, and there were actions (some just mentioned in passing despite significance) by them that just didn't make much sense. And then it all suddenly just stopped with a happy ending (for the time being). This was surprising after the vast detail and development in the whole rest of the book (and it's a thick book). I was glad there was a happy ending, if you can call it that after all they went through, but it's execution was not totally satisfactory.Also, the dragons. They actually have almost nothing to do with the plot - they just happen to exist. Perhaps they come to more prominence in later books in the series. Which I am undecided as to whether I will read them or not, given some of the explicit and unpleasant content.
badken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Romantasy or Fantamance?Dragon Prince, Melanie Rawn¿s first novel, was ahead of the fantasy/romance genre curve in 1988. Rawn decorates an epic fantasy core story with romantic trappings, and it works, most of the time. The early medieval fantasy world of Dragon Prince comes to life in vibrant Sunrunner magical colors. The environments, especially the desert, are depicted in fine detail, capturing the reader with sensuous descriptions. The book has a few minor issues: recurring emotional imagery and a lack of depth to many of the secondary characters.The main characters are vividly drawn, but the spotlight on them is a bit tight. Everyone seems a little dim compared to Rohan and Sioned, and I suppose that is the novel¿s romance side coming to the fore. The reader may get too much inside the head of the characters at some points. A lot of the narrative is filled with the internal monologue and deeply felt emotions of the characters. This tends to give the plot a stuttery feel as conflicts arise, characters ponder, then swoon or glower at each other, then ponder some more, then something else happens.The story is interesting, but not very complex. There is mostly one main thread of plot throughout, though there are many brief branches and callbacks. I think the story could have used a bit of pruning, especially since the general focus is so strong on the main characters. Any time a secondary character comes to the fore, it¿s not very rewarding, as they tend to be more sketchy and predictable. The frequent callbacks and rehashing of characters¿ feelings can be distracting, too. Although worded differently and often approached from different angles, some themes are visited repeatedly.Despite these issues, the plotting of the princes and the romance of the main characters is engaging enough to keep the pages turning. Dragon Prince is not for everyone, as it has far more romance and politics than action and adventure. Though few, the action sequences are lively and stimulating. I¿m looking forward to checking out some of Melanie Rawn¿s other books set in the Dragon Prince world, as I have a feeling that the later novels may be even better.
Rozax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
CONTAINS SPOILERSThough a bit predictable, this was an entertaining read. It was had to see "Rohan" as the name of a person rather than a place, but once I got passed that, it was fluid enough. My greatest grief with this book, and herein lies the spoiler, is Rohan's persistent claim that he raped one of the villains daughters, Ianthe, when it was, in fact, the other way around.Ianthe drugged and "seduced" him, making him believe that she was his wife, Sioned. This "seduction", my friends, is rape. When he came to and learned of the abuse Ianthe ordered for Sioned, he angrily forced himself on her. I still see this as part of her raping him. She crafted the entire situation, calculated his actions, she knew what he would do; he was drugged and she was in control. I cannot stress this point enough: SHE raped HIM. Yet the writing suggests otherwise since he was a little more coherent "the second time". The belief that women cannot rape men really needs to stop, and it needs to stop being passed off as "seduction".
StefanY on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Prince is the story about a young prince who is unexpectedly thrown into the seat of power at a very young age. Throughout the story, Rohan struggles with balancing his ideals for peacefully ruling his desert kingdom and the unavoidable need to wage war against those who would threaten that peace. As much as it is about Rohan, it is equally about his wife, Sioned. She is a magic user, called a SunRunner, who's considerable powers are forbidden to be used to kill. However, as a princess, she must struggle with her own inner demons and the demands to use her powers against her oaths in order to aide and protect her husband.I found this to be an interesting novel written in a style that I'm not entirely used to reading. There is a healthy dose of action and war that I expect in a fantasy novel along with some political intrigue involving the new prince coming to power and working to institute his own ideals. Along with this, there is a lot of emphasis placed upon the developing relationship between Rohan and Sioned. This adds a nice depth to the novel, although at times it gets dangerously close to treading into romance novel territory!! WinkI think that this is one of the rare fantasy novels that will appeal to male and female readers almost equally.
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful series by a new author. Very enjoyable.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book took me four days to read. Four. I normally read a book or so a day. And it's not even all that long: 500-some pages. I don't mind slow, atmospheric reads on occasion, but it's likely that my impatience with the slow pace accounts for a half star or so.Rohan was always a studious boy, and even those who knew him well were afraid what would happen when his father died and he became Prince. His aunt Andrade in particular, the head of the Sunrunners (magically talented people who can manipulate the rays of the sun & moon to various effects), plans to manipulate him, and starts by introducing him to a young Sunrunner woman, Sioned, with whom he falls in love.The story starts out with great promise--Rohan showing that his years spent in books were not wasted, as he schemes and plots to ensure peace and prosperity for his people, and the intensity of the feelings between himself and Sioned and the pitfalls of their path to being together. I loved the scheming and cleverness, and I loved that others had schemes that countered his.But then it falters. There's a story line about the dragons that's really shortchanged, and either 3 or 6 years (it wasn't particularly clear which) were just skipped, during which several key characters died in a devastating plague, with only a brief mention. It's the GSM, indeed.Then the story picks up again, with Rohan and Sioned's quest for a child, an excellent, twisted scheme-ful and emotionally intense section.If Dragon Prince had been a trilogy... If all three sections had been fleshed out, especially that middle section, and the first book ended with Sioned & Rohan conquering the odds to be together, the second with the full story of the plague and the importance of the dragons, and the third with the child plot and the final battles... I'd probably have given each one 5 stars. Maybe 4 for the middle one, which is weakest, unless it was punched up a lot.But as it was, the exciting stuff--the schemes, and the emotional intensity--got buried in repetition and wordiness, when they weren't completely skipped over.I said impatience accounted for a half star. Disappointment that it wasn't all I imagined it could have been accounted for another half star. I don't think I'll be looking for the next book in the series.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After nearly twenty years of reading fantasy novels, this book remains one of my absolute favorites. Rawn excels at developing worlds and extended storylines. Her characters stay with you long after you've put the book down, and her style of writing jumps off the page. As far as I'm concerned, 'Dragon Prince' is a classic.
Aldrea_Alien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the grit and intrigue of this novel. Especially the freedom of life given to the characters and the sense of disrupted destiny that exists in real life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic characters who come to life with every triumph and tragedy.... AND Dragons!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book!
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I love this book. Great writing and smart story telling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one word of the story appeared in the preview. Worthless!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read!