ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Star Scroll (Dragon Prince #2), by Melanie Rawn

Updated on November 8, 2016

The Star Scroll

Time passes quickly in most of Rawn's books. As "The Star Scroll" opens, it is 14 years after the end of "Dragon Prince" and Meath has found something exciting on Dorval -- two scrolls written in the old language. One of these scrolls is decorated with stars and entitled "On Sorcery."

Meath is bringing Pol home for the Rialla, the triennial gathering of the nobles (which also attracts not a small number of the commoners) in the "Dragon Prince" world. After Meath and Pol fend off an attempt on Pol's life, they return to the mainland and Meath takes the scroll to Goddess Keep. At some point the "On Sorcery" scroll gains the name "The Star Scroll," due to its decoration with stars. This is pretty fortunate, as "The Star Scroll" makes a better title for this book than "The 'On Sorcery' Scroll."

The Star Scroll, it turns out, contains the secrets of another form of magic (you may remember my kind of, but not really, mentioning this in my review for "Dragon Prince") which they obviously start to call Sorcery. It further turns out that Sorcerers are not made, they're born, and the genetic ability to become a Sorcerer is somehow always inherited by the offspring of a previous Sorcerer (I have not quite figured out how this works). Sorcerers use dranath, the drug that Crigo was addicted to and that was the cure for the plague in "Dragon Prince," to enhance their power. Sorcerers also can Sunrun, and as a result, a number of the Sunrunners at Goddess Keep turn out to actually be Sorcerers.

It is going to be a particularly exciting Rialla year. In addition to the usual horse races and such, we have a new competition in town. You see, the night that Chiana was born, a boy was born in Waes, as well. That boy, Masul, is now 21 and he has returned, claiming that he, and not Chiana, is the child of Palila and Roelstra.

Is he? If you were paying attention during the scene on Roelstra's boat in "Dragon Prince," you'll know the answer.

Kiele believes that Chiana is her sister. However, since she hates Chiana, she decides to aid and abet Masul's attempt to be acknowledged as Roelstra's son.

The appearance of Masul also brings into question the issue of Pol's accession to Princemarch. If Masul is acknowledged as Roelstra's son, then Pol is out. Or is he? After all, although no one but Rohan, Sioned, Tobin, and Ostvel knows, he is Roelstra's descendant, too.

Still another of Roelstra's descendants turns up. Ianthe's third son, Segev, is sent incognito to Goddess Keep to capture the Star Scroll and bring it back to the leader of the Sorcerors, who call themselves the "diarmadh'im."

There is not a whole lot of time skipping in this volume, fortunately, and the plot moves along at a really rapid pace. There are several romantic subplots, more of Rohan getting new laws passed to ensure peace and prosperity, and we find out that Andry's Sunrunning abilities truly are unusually strong, which will have major implications for the next book and for the "Dragon Star" trilogy.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)