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Book Title: Sunrunner's Fire|
The author of the book: Melanie Rawn
Edition: Pan Books
The size of the: 945 KB
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Date of issue: April 10th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780330317528
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.4
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Review from the PFS Book Club...
What I Liked: This book is a well-crafted (plot-wise, at least) ending to the Dragon Princetrilogy, nicely tying up the Rohan versus Roelstra and his family vein that started in the first book. There are revelations a plenty, but in what might be Rawn's greatest move, most of them are character-driven, not plot-based or world-building based. The strongest moments in this book come from the characters, especially a heated series of moments towards the end of the book.
As always, Rawn manages to excel at her characters and motivations, although she seems to make falling in love with the perfect partner just too easy. It would be nice to see at least one person hate their spouse, at least for a moment or two. In the end, though, it's the characters and their mulitple motivations that provide the best action the book can supply - and that's including the epic magic duel that ends the book.
What I Didn't Like: Rawn has lots and lots of characters running around. In this third book, she adds to Andry's Sunrunners, a lot of children are born, and it all seems to start to slip out of Rawn's control. Some of the background characters start to fall into the trap of being too similar to others, and some of the characters simply don't have enough importance to actually be part of the plot, but there they are.
This is none the more apparent then in the first half of the book, when, for some reason, takes place mostly outside of the Rohan-family circle. While it's nice to focus on Ostvel and the others, it takes up too much time until the readers see the main characters. This is only further confirmed in the ending, which focuses entirely on them, and most of the characters from the beginning aren't even involved in the third act of the book. It's a failure of plot and structure that makes the book's weaknesses come even further out.
And yet once again, Rawn's writing isn't pretty. There's even a few atrocious moments in this volume, but for a quick read, it's not that awful. Rawn just should avoid discussing sunsets for more than a sentence.
Last Thought: A fitting end to a fast, fun-to-read fantasy trilogy.
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Read information about the authorMelanie 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).
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