Literature / Dragon Prince

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A trilogy by Melanie Rawn, telling of Rohan, Prince of The Desert, and his rule over the continent upon becoming High Prince.

Dragon Prince tells of Rohan's ascension upon the death of his father, his marriage to Sioned, their battle against High Prince Roelstra, and the birth of Rohan's son Pol.

The Star Scroll takes place when Pol is a young teenager and largely revolves around Roelstra's daughter Kiele bringing forth a man that she claims to be the son of the late High Prince, Roelstra.

Sunrunner's Fire involves Roelstra's grandsons Ruval and Marron, bastard sons of Roelstra's powerful daughter Ianthe, attempting to seize power from Rohan and Pol. Also involves Pol's coming of age and his growing friction with his father the High Prince.

These books are followed by Rawn's second trilogy, Dragon Star, which revolve mainly around Rohan's son Pol.

Provides examples of:

  • Always Someone Better: Pandsala, Roelstra's second daughter, suffers from this, first from her sister Ianthe and then from Sioned.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin Maarken, after the death of his twin Jahni, is noted to have been "fragile." He heals. Andry does not have visible angst after Sorin's murder, but Soren's death likely helped fuel his murderous tendences towards Sorcerers later on.
  • Bastard Bastard: Chiana and Kiele, two of Roelstra's bastard daughters.
    • Masul, Roelstra's possible son.
    • Segev, Ruval, and Marron, Ianthe's children.
    • Subverted with Meiglan, who despite being used as a Honey Trap is a gentle and quiet girl.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Masul suggests it to Kiele as cruel joke. Whether it actually would have been incest is up for debate.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: Princemarch while Roelstra rules it, and the princely meetings held every few years.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Sorin of Ossetia. This is a common naming convention.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Drannath, a drug that is used to control many Sunrunners throughout the story. Subverted when it is the only cure to a plague ravaging the region, though otherwise it is still seen as universally horrible.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Ianthe raping Rohan is never referred to as such, despite disguising herself as Sioned and sleeping with Rohan while he was being Mind Raped, while Rohan sees himself being rough during consensual sex with her as utterly deplorable.
    • Later, Mireva rapes Pol disguised as Meiglan. While he is disgusted by this, it's never referred to as rape.
  • Evil Prince: Several, most notably Roelstra and Miyon.
  • Fiery Red Head: Sioned, Sionell, Feylin...and others. Bonus points to Sioned for having green eyes.
  • Gone Horribly Right: After Roelstra's death, Rohan appoints Pandsala to become regent of his kingdom, anticipating she will be grateful enough to work for his family. She uses her position and power to have nearly every other royal family wiped out, including more than half her own family.
  • Heir Club for Men: In the beginning of Dragon Prince, Roelstra's very frustrated that that after one wife, five mistresses, and seventeen daughters, he still has no surviving son. Note: His wife Lallante did bear him three sons, but all three died young and within days of each other.
    • Rohan, prior to Pol's birth.
  • The High King: Roelstra, and later Rohan.
  • Honey Trap: All of Roelstra's daughters were supposed to ensnare Rohan. They fail. Later, Meiglan is used to try to seduce Pol.
  • It's All About Me: Chiana is nearly incapable of thinking about anyone but herself. Palila, Roelstra's last mistress, was the same way.
  • Kuudere: Meiglan.
  • Lady Macbeth: Kiele, Lady of Waes, and Chiana, after marrying Halinan of Meadowlord, who does not care to actually rule himself.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: So many most of them get killed offscreen in later trilogies, and Melanie Rawn herself needed to refer to complicated family trees to remember them all. It doesn't help everyone has similar names due to the tradition of naming children after other family members.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Masul was widely believed to be Roelstra's son because he looked nothing like either of his parents. His potential father, however, did bear an uncanny similarity to Roelstra.
  • Mind Control: A potential use of sorcerer magic. Chiana is placed under it for the majority of the third book.
  • Precocious Crush: subverted with Segev's crush on Hollis. Most people believe it is completely innocent. It's not.
  • Rebellious Princess: Pandsala is so desperate to get away from Roelstra she makes a deal with his mistress to make sure her baby is a boy, and tries her absolute hardest to seduce Rohan. She is outgambitted both times.
  • Out-Gambitted: Pandsala is outgambitted by Ianthe, leading to her exile from Princemarch. Roelstra is also outgambitted by Rohan and Sioned at their first Rialla, leading him to declare them both his enemies.
  • Spoiled Brat: Chiana in Dragon Prince.
    • Riyan remembers himself as one in hindsight.
  • Switched at Birth: A large part of The Star Scroll, the second installment of the Dragon Prince trilogy, revolves around the alleged swap of Masul and Chiana at birth. Andrade's memory attempts to show that Masul's father is one of Roelstra's men, not Roelstra himself.
  • Tsundere: Sioned pretends to be one to throw Roelstra off of Rohan's plans. Unfortunately, it makes Roelstra want her instead, assuming she's free to become his mistress.
    • Sionell, named after Sioned, is also a tsundere. It loses her Pol.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Masul to Roelstra. Except maybe not.
  • Unfortunate Name: In-universe, Chiana. Growing up with a name that meant "treason" in the universe's "Old Tongue" did not make her a happy, well-adjusted person.
  • Vain Sorceress: Mireva, who often uses magic to disguise her true age.
  • The Vamp: Ianthe.
  • The Wise Prince: Rohan, and several of his family members.
  • Yandere: Pandsala, and arguably Sioned both display features of this trope. Segev is also extremely possessive of Hollis.

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