• Stronghold

  • Dragon Star Series, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Rawn
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)

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Stronghold

By: Melanie Rawn
Narrated by: Christa Lewis
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Publisher's Summary

With her widely acclaimed, best-selling fantasy trilogy, Dragon Prince, Melanie Rawn opened an enchanted gateway to a spellbinding universe of Sunrunner's magic and sorcerous evil, of a ruler fighting to bring peace to a world of warring kingdoms, and of the dragons - deadly dangerous yet holding the secret to wealth beyond imagining.  

Now, in Stronghold, the first novel of Melanie's Dragon Star trilogy, there is a devastating new challenge to the power of both the High Prince Rohan and Andry, Lord of the Sunrunners at Goddess Keep, as a mysterious and seemingly unstoppable invasion force swarms across their lands. For Andry it signals the start of a nightmare made real, the horrifying fulfillment of his long-ago visions of his homeland in flames, and he will draw upon even the forbidden sorcerer's magic in an attempt to destroy this enemy which is bent on the extermination of all Sunrunners. 

Rohan and his son Pol will also fight the enemy with every weapon at their command - from their valiant warriors, to conjurations with sun, moons, and stars, to the terrifying presence of the dragons, to the unforgiving wrath of the Desert itself. Yet soon they begin to fear that this invasion may prove not only the end of their dream of an unbreakable peace but the beginning of the end of their entire world....

©1990 Melanie Rawn (P)2019 Tantor

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Good books

I've been enjoying these books and the narration but I think this one was hard for me because it had so many characters especially with all the children and grandchildren that it was hard to keep track of who was who.

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Fantastic

I always have a hard time putting the book down, or pausing in this case.

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  • 07-11-19

Plodding storyline, monotone narration

I’ve read and like Melanie Rawn’s other books. This story was extremely slow in developing any plot. That could have been tolerated if the narration was good, but the monotone droning of the narration was the nail in the coffin for me. I couldn’t get past the first couple of hours, no way I would be able to listen to over 24 hours of this book. I’m disappointed but I guess it happens sometimes that we like an author but not every one of their stories will resonate with us.

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Just a little dry

Too many words describing nothing. Narrator was very good but the story just dragged on.

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Ignorance is bliss

I really enjoyed the first three in this series but after this one I can't help but think I might have been better off not knowing what happened next.

At first I had a really hard time following what was going on because of the huge number of characters and the fact that many of the characters are namesakes of other characters.

I did finally get really into the story but it became clear that the plot armor many lovable characters once had was gone. I will continue you on with the series, despite my misgivings, if/when it becomes available on Audible.