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Skybowl (Dragon Star #3), by Melanie Rawn

Updated on November 9, 2016
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At the end of "The Dragon Token," Meiglan and Rislyn had been kidnapped, Andry was wounded, Pol had just committed adultery with Sionell, Chayla had been raped, and Maarken had lost a hand. In short, everything is a mess.

I wish I could assure you that everything works out okay, but I can't. This is a messy, messy book with lots of loss and tragedy.

I'm not sure how I managed, but I totally misunderstood the "you know who I wish to wear it" scene from "The Dragon Token." I'm not sure how I did, but I did. Somehow, I thought it related to Kazander's feelings for Chayla, like maybe he wanted to make her his chief wife. It doesn't.

Everyone decides independently that the final confrontation should take place at Skybowl. This is convenient. I am not sure what would have happened if some of them had decided to go to Skybowl, others to Feruche, and others to Radzyn.

Rislyn is rescued, and then we spend quite a lot of time with Meiglan while she is in Vellant'im hands. I think this may be the most time we've spent with her in the entire series, and since this is the last book, this will be the last time we do spend any time with her. She comes up with a very clever plan to help Pol, even if she cannot find any way to get away herself.

Pol finds out how to use the mirror that has been in Camigwen's family since forever, and discovers that "since forever" really is pretty much how long it has existed. It contains the shadow of Lord Rosseyn, who was friends with Lady Merisel, author of the Star Scroll, and Lord Gerrik. Well, Rosseyn and Merisel were apparently more than friends since apparently they had at least one child, but we'll just stick with "friends." Lord Rosseyn teaches Pol some sorcery. We only see one thing that he teaches Pol, but we get the impression that they talk quite a bit, so that one technique might not be the only thing that Pol has learned.

Throughout it all, Pol and Andry are at cross purposes. No surprise there. Pol wants to preserve as many lives as he can, even those of the Vellant'im, and Andry wants to kill all of the Vellant'im and let the Goddess sort them out.

This is a book full of intrigue, secret passages, plotting, planning, and poop. And I don't mean "poop" metaphorically. Actual human feces plays a role in this book twice. Fortunately it's not terribly graphic.

More people find out Pol's true ancestry. The climax of the book should lead to a new crisis along those lines, in that hundreds of people see, participate in, and otherwise experience Pol acting as a sorcerer. Given that the only way to become a sorcerer is to be the child of a sorcerer, I do wonder how Pol will explain this one without having to make a general announcement that his mother wasn't his mother.

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