Since my last post, my family has battled an outbreak of the flu and another case of “walking” pneumonia. Thankfully, I escaped this latest scourge, but being a nursemaid to my sick loved ones definitely took it out of me, though reading helped me calm my frayed nerves. Surprisingly, it was a focus on some past favorites which helped me get me out of a long reading slump, so this week I’m continuing this old school binge with a late 80s trilogy I’ve never finished.
Publisher: DAW (12/6/88; 5/2/89; 2/6/90)
Length: 574 – 560 – 496 pages
Dragon Prince, book one, deals with Rohan’s rise to power in a world where the High Prince Roelstra foments division among the other Princes of the land, using their rivalries to rule supreme. Complicating Rohan’s plans for a new order are the schemes of his own aunt, the Lady of Goddess Keep, who desires her nephew to marry the Sunrunner Sioned and produce a Sunrunner Prince.
Book two, The Star Scroll, unfolds fourteen years later during an unparalleled time of peace. Rohan’s treaties and real reforms in law have made the Continent a stable, civilized place to live, but a new threat arises to tear it all apart, as a rival claimant to High Prince Roelstra’s throne forces Rohan to strike a balance between his new civility and his desire to press his son Pol’s claim to the Princemarch.
The concluding book of the series, Sunrunner’s Fire, takes place over a large period of time; Rohan’s son, Pol, has grown to full manhood,and the old dragon must reveal his deepest secrets to his young heir. Rohan finding himself forced to watch his son fight a battle which could result in his death, while he himself struggles to maintain the peaceful order by holding at bay demons of the past and destroying new enemies.