Melanie Rawn, American novelist born 1953, is the most successful of several writers who have attempted to relocate dragons similar to those deployed by Anne McCaffrey within the tradition of high fantasy (to which they ought, in theory, to be far better adapted than to the realms of interplanetary romance). Although the dragons of Rawn's imaginary world are initially regarded as pests, and hence as the legitimate and appropriate target of murderous knight-errantry, her first trilogy, comprising Dragon Prince (1988), The Star Scroll (1989) and Sunrunner's Fire (1990), includes an account of the reconciliation of humankind and dragonkind, inspired by its hero's discovery that dragons' eggs can be alchemically converted into gold. The economic consequences of Prince Rohan's mastery of this new source of wealth allow him to pursue his personal as well as his political ends, the former attaining a near-soap-operatic melodramatic intensity while the latter obtain a near Byzantine complexity.
Melanie's latest series, The Glass Thorns, is about Touchstone, a magical theatre troupe, and the third novel in the series, Thornlost, was released in early 2014.
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