Melanie Rawn,
Dragon Prince
(Daw, 1994)

The first book in Melanie Rawn's The Dragon Prince series, Dragon Prince sweeps the reader into a world filled with intrigue, romance, political machinations, revenge, magic and dragons. Those are just a few of the elements that make up the heart of Rawn's world. Her epic books deliver a great story and unforgettable characters.

After suceeding his father as prince of the Desert, Rohan must match wits with High Prince Roelstra, a man of cunning wit and ruthless ambition. Father of eighteen daughters, he has consolidated his empire and rules with an iron fist. Turning his eye to the Desert and her new prince, he schemes to bring that land under his control as well.

Sioned, a Sunrunner trained by the formidable Andrade, Lady of Goddess Keep, has her own destiny to fulfill. She is sent to the Desert to become Rohan's wife, unaware of the deadly intrigue already swirling around her future lord. Their future remains uncertain; first Rohan must prove his worth at the Rialla, where his life -- and the lives of his family -- are at stake.

To tell more of the story would give everything away. This is an epic tale that spans generations. Rawn's writing draws you into every detail and truly brings her characters to life. Her vivid storytelling will leave you laughing out loud, agonizing with the characters' pain, thirsting for revenge and will only leave you hungry for more when the last page is turned. Take heart -- there are five more books after this one.

[ by Crystal Kocher ]

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