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The Star Scroll (Dragon Prince, Book 2) (urspr publ 1989; utgåvan 1989)

av Melanie Rawn

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Second in the bestselling Dragon Prince series returns to 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 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 Rohan's hands. And even as Pol grew to manhood, other young men were being trained in the ways of war, youths descended from Roelstra and claimed by Rohan's enemies as willing pawns in what could become a bloody battle for succession.   Yet not all players in these games of power fought merely with words or swords. For now a foe vanquished by the Sunrunners ages ago was once again growing in strength, an enemy determined to desroy Sunrunners and High Prince alike. And the only hope of defeating these masters of dark sorcery lay in reclaiming the knowledge so carefully concealed in the long-lost- Star Scroll....… (mer)
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Titel:The Star Scroll (Dragon Prince, Book 2)
Författare:Melanie Rawn
Info:DAW (1989), Paperback, 592 pages
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'The Star Scroll' begins some fifteen years after the end of 'The Dragon Prince'. Rohan and Sioned have continued there reign by binding the princedoms together by a rule of law. Readers will see the prolonged peace has already encouraged several economic developments and technical achievements. The Desert's prosperity is also ensured thanks to the secret of dragon gold and Princemarch flourishes under the care of Pol's regent, Pandsala, daughter of High Prince Roelstra. There is a shadow, however. Feruche still lies in ruins. Rohan refuses to rebuild it, despite Sioned's urging. The question of when to tell Pol about his true parentage will also become more important as the novel progresses. Focus is on the upcoming Rialla, which promises to be as important as the fateful Rialla that led to Rohan's war with Roelstra.

Across the continent Lady Andrade and Urival discuss the progress of Andry, the younger son of Princess Tobin and Lord Chay and Pol's cousin, and his devotion to the art of Sunrunning. They also examine a valuable discovery made on the island princedom of Dorval. Buried in the ruins of the original home of the Sunrunner's was a cache of scrolls. They are mostly histories, fascinating glimpses into the past, but one is translated as being 'On Sorceries'. Sorcerer's are something out of legend, but they are very real.

Finally, the opening of the book reveals that sorcerer's do still exist, hidden away in the mountains. Mireva, the most powerful sorceress living, has taken care of Ianthe's three sons since their mother's death and has raised them to accomplish her scheme of revenge on Sunrunner's and reclaim the empire sorcerer's once ruled with absolute power. There is a rumor that Roelstra's youngest child was in fact a boy and will make an appearance at the Rialla to claim his birthright. This could be very useful to Mireva, and devastating to the High Prince's authority.

As in 'Dragon Prince', there is a lot going on and there are a TON of characters to keep straight. There are many new names introduced, a whole generation has grown up and are entering adulthood. This is the kind of thing I loved about the series when I first read it, and it still doesn't bother me. What I did notice this time was that the characters are not all that different from each other aside from their political motivations. The good characters are warm, relaxed with each other and trustworthy. The bad characters are selfish and advance only according to their diabolical plots. When there are grey areas it boils down to jealousy.

Many aspects of this society are comfortable with sexuality (which is universally heterosexual, but whatevs) but still get insanely jealous and/or judgmental about it at a moment's notice. Usually when things don't go their way, such as Kostas with Gemma, or they dislike a person, see Chiana and the rampant slut-shaming they heap on her. Is this society actually OK with sex? The Sunrunners have a ritual where young adepts are visited by an incarnation of their deity - in reality a disguised Sunrunner of the opposite sex - and lose their virginity. Yet...there's a lot of weirdness with Andry and sex that I won't get into because of spoilers. A mirror of the Sunrunner rite of passage is that the sorceress Mireva using her abilities to appear younger as she beds Ianthe's sons, but its framed in such a way that reader's are supposed to think its icky. It's unclear what the attitude towards sex is in these books. I suppose it really doesn't matter, I just had to ramble that thought out of my head and see if it went anywhere.

Despite all of the flaws I perceive in these books these days, I really enjoyed reading this again and will definitely finish the first trilogy. Rawn really captures something great and the optimism and the triumph of kindness and sincerity over cynical plotting is something I need to experience right now in 2020.

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  ManWithAnAgenda | Oct 21, 2020 |
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
Sequel to Dragon Prince, Melanie Rawn revives many of the same characters and the intense political world they inhabit. While Rohan and Sioned remain significant, the younger generation takes center stage in this novel, particularly Rohan's son Pol, whose complex heritage forms part of the tension in the plot. In addition, a new power is on the rise in this novel, a power that proves itself to be a threat to Sunrunners and to the world Rohan and Sioned have built. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Nov 13, 2012 |
DRAGON PRINCE
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
A wonderful series by a new author. Very enjoyable ( )
  willowcove | Sep 1, 2010 |
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Second in the bestselling Dragon Prince series returns to 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 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 Rohan's hands. And even as Pol grew to manhood, other young men were being trained in the ways of war, youths descended from Roelstra and claimed by Rohan's enemies as willing pawns in what could become a bloody battle for succession.   Yet not all players in these games of power fought merely with words or swords. For now a foe vanquished by the Sunrunners ages ago was once again growing in strength, an enemy determined to desroy Sunrunners and High Prince alike. And the only hope of defeating these masters of dark sorcery lay in reclaiming the knowledge so carefully concealed in the long-lost- Star Scroll....

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