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Skybowl With her widely acclaimed fantasy trilogy, Dragon Prince, Melanie Rawn opened an enchanted gateway to a spellbinding universe of Sunrunner’s magic and sorcerous evil, telling the tale of one man’s crusade to bring peace to a land divided into often warring kingdoms In the first two novels of the bestselling Dragon Star trilogy, the peaceful reign of High Prince Rohan was shattered by a mysterious invasion force which began a devastating campaign against the people of the Desert and the Sunrunners And now, Skybowl brings this magnificent epic work of fantasy to its dramatic close With High Prince Pol’s wife Meiglan held prisoner by the Warlord of the enemy, and Skybowl Keep purposefully abandoned to this deadly foe, Pol’s mother Sioned leads a daring mission into the castle, using all her years of experience as High Princess in a cunning attempt to strike at the heart of the invasion force And even as Sioned carries out this perilous plan, Pol and his cousin Andry, Lord of the Sunrunners of Goddess Keep, are forced into an uneasy alliance For only if they can overcome their longtime rivalry and suspicions of one another and draw upon their combined powers of Sunrunning and Sorcery, do they stand any chance of defeating the invaders who have sworn to destroy the people of the Desert—down to the last newborn child…

About the Author: Melanie Rawn

Melanie Rawn received a BA in history from Scripps College and worked as a teacher and editor before becoming a writer.She has been nominated for a Locus award on three separate occasions: in 1989 for Dragon Prince (in the first novel category), in 1994 for Skybowl (in the fantasy novel category), and again in 1995 for Ruins of Ambrai (in the fantasy novel category).

10 thoughts on “Skybowl

  1. says:

    The final book in the Sunnerrunner's world. It does not dissapoint. The battles are furiuos, the intrigue thick, and the characters engaging (as always).

    While I wasn't particularly happy with everyone who ends up dead and those who remain alive (it is a war after all not everybody makes it). I do love this book. It's dufficult to say which I like more in this trilogy Stronghold or Skybowl. At least Meiglan redeems herself and isn't quite as stupid or insipid as she was when she first was introduced and Pol grows up some as well.

    I like that the end of the book, the end of the war, is also a new beginning which the readers are left to imagine for themselves.

    I always feel a little sad when I get to the end of this book, closing the pages on a whole world and a whole set of characters, but that just goes to show how great the books and the writing are.

    (edited for grammar)

  2. says:

    I wanted this series to end more epically than it did. It was so close. I could feel it building it up, I knew shit was about to go down. Some shit did go down, but the final battle did not strike the right chords for me.

    As was my complaint with the last two books, there are too many characters with too many similar names. I’m beginning to wonder if I was more willing to keep characters straight when I was younger. Or had a better memory. I need them to have distinct characteristics and distinct introductions or they are gone. That was another problem – I could keep the names of castles straight, but not who was in charge of them. Often someone would be brought into a scene in the context of what they ruled and I always had no idea (except for a few characters, of course, where it was really obvious. Like Pol, Chiana, and Andry). One of the denouements was the giving of land and castles to various vassals and I really badly wanted to skim. Who cares who becomes whose heir? The series is over! I also could not keep track of which minor characters were Sunrunners, though again, some of those were obvious and I had no problem (such as Rohannon or Meig).

    In general the series has a tendency to tell us about an event that could happen, build up to it, and then fizzle. This happened multiple times with things about Andry and the trickle of information the reader gets about why the Vellanti’m are even there. The build ups became meaningless as their climax was hardly worthy of the term.

    However, I will say this. I have a thing for people breaking down and accepting who they are. It gets me every damn time. It’s one of the reasons why I find The Dragon Reborn so epic, why I love super hero origin stories, and really why I love the whole damn genre. So when someone heaves that breath, squares their shoulders, and says, “Ok, I’ll do it,” I cannot even. There was that moment in this book. It’s the sort of moment that makes 6 books of fantasy worth reading. To me, it was the climax, as the final confrontation was not very impressive. Like…at all. Like…it was really disappointing. But the moment Pol accepts who he is, that was worth it. You can’t make epic like that up. You have to slowly experience every damn page that comes before it, and then, THEN it is truly epic.

    Other than that moment, though, the rest of the denouement was disappointing. Though I do thoroughly approve of what happened with Sionell. I love the main cast but there were too many threads.

  3. says:

    nothing to add - see review of The Dragon Prince

    I seriously cried when this series ended.

  4. says:

    A final end to the world of Sunrunners that Melanie Rawn has painted. An end... and a new beginning. This certainly upped my enjoyment a notch compared to books 1 and 2. I loved this one as much as the original trilogy.

    The pacing of the story is fast, and there's no let up as events unfold towards a final conclusion. War, violence, meaningless deaths, and even ethically-charged arguments regarding rape and abortion. The author certainly holds back nothing in trying to paint the sometimes pointlessness of the nature of war.

    As usual, you can see the characters grow up, reconcile with themselves and others, and almost all of them come to redeem themselves at the end.

    The final concluding chapters were both bittersweet and very touching. Both a reminder of earlier happier times and the makings of a new beginning. Take it how you will, but it's definitely an almost perfect close to what has been a grand series.

  5. says:

    Another behemoth of a book and I’m so glad to finally have resolution for this series! Rawn does a good job in wrapping up all the loose strings so that there are no lingering questions after this book; however, I found the book itself to only be okay. There are a lot of plot points that don’t really make sense, so I felt that a lot of it was forced and some things that happened didn’t really “need” to happen–while I understood why Rawn chose to end things in a certain way, she didn’t craft a believable enough plot to make it seem genuine.

    However, she tackled a huge amount in this book and I appreciated being able to keep all the different story lines apart in my head–she’s very good at keeping things clear so I didn’t get confused while reading. Overall, I like this series, but I was underwhelmed by some of the final conclusions.

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  6. says:

    Where do I start? Maarken... Rohannon... Sethric... Chayla... Meiglan... Rislyn... Kazander... Sioned... Audry... Meath... Chay... Tobin... Alasen... Sionell... Beth... Tilal...

    It was a stunning ending with the final battle leaving me feeling wrung out and yet oddly satisfied. All of these characters just made the book for me. Rawn's talent for making the reader feel so immersed in the world is astounding.

  7. says:

    This book is the third in the Dragon Star Trilogy, taking place after the Dragon Prince Trilogy again it starts out to be a very politically oriented story line but turns into a great saga. The story keep your attention and takes you into a world of High Princes, Sunrunner magick and evil sorcery. It is a good read for any dragon and fantacy lover.

  8. says:

    Epic ending to an epic series. It's been so long since I last read these, I've really enjoyed my extended reread! I must have been of a more spry mind when I was a teenager because each time I read them again I find it harder to keep all the family and political connections straight! I didn't even really try this time 🤷🏻‍♀️ Gettin old!

    Mel's writing has its flaws (oy, the fat shaming!), but the good massively outweighs the bad. The magic system is so unique, well-defined and downright cool. The dragons are awesome. The themes of morality, duty, religion, faith, honour and more are so rich and nuanced. I could go on, but honestly you should just read them.

  9. says:

    This is me right now:

    The wonderful thing about Melanie is her ability to yank the tears right out of me, even for characters I either barely know or don't like all that much. Spoilers galore coming up!

    (view spoiler)[Take Andry, for example. His actions often fill me with rage - murdering innocent people just because of their heritage, impregnating teenage Sunrunners without so much as discussing it with them, colossal arrogance in general - but I cry like a baby when he dies, every time I read it. In fact, of all the many, many deaths in this series, his is the one that hits me the hardest - and Andrev is a close second, even though I don't have much of an opinion about him one way or the other.

    And then of course there's Sioned. Holy cow. What do I even say about that.

    Basically, the whole ending of this book, starting with the battle at Skybowl, blows me away. And the banquet at the end is my favorite thing Melanie has ever written. Sometimes when I need something to make me happy I just open the book to the part where they're getting dressed and read onward from there. I want to go to that banquet so badly.

    The only thing that bugs me every time I read this is that although the mirror is amazing, we don't get nearly enough detail about it! I would have loved to be in on Thassalante's explanation, rather than coming back in after it's done, and we never do find out why Rosseyn's lady (who I guess was also named Lallante? that's never made especially clear) betrayed him the way she did. And HOW MUCH DID CAMIGWEN KNOW??? It doesn't make sense that she would have been totally clueless if her family is still so honored among the diarmadh'im but that's never addressed. It bothers me to death, because that mirror is fascinating to me and I want to know as much about it as possible.

    Basically this book is amazing and I want to live there. (hide spoiler)]

  10. says:

    Probably the best of this trilogy, though way too long. I think this book featured the largest amount of characters and it's incredibly difficult to figure out who is who still. I had to keep referencing the guides at the end of the book to make sure I was thinking of the correct people. Even then, still got confused.

    The plot continues from the previous books, with the Vellant'im war still raging and Andry and Pol still at odds, for awhile. Then it all comes together in an epic climax that is really worth the payoff, truly.

    The only thing I didn't like was the seemingly random discussion of abortion about halfway through. Politics aside, it was jarring to read pro-life and pro-choice arguments in a sword and sorcery type novel.

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