The small country of Medalon lies between the vast nation of Karien in the north and the nations of Fardohnya and Hythria in the south. For centuries the Medalonians co-existed peacefully with the Harshini, a magical race that abhors killing. But now they are gone and in their place the Sisters of the Blade rule Medalon from the Citadel. An elite army of Defenders enforces...more
This story, book one of a series, deals with a young woman, R'Shiel, who was raised atheist, with the intention that she would become one of the sword-wielding Sisters of the Blade who defend the kingdom of Medalon from its enemies. She and he...more
As far as Medalon is concerned, it isn't the page-turner that The Immortal Prince or the rest o...more
I do like her characters and the world that she created. It involves the Harshini people, who are worshipped as god-like, but are believed to be destroyed 200 years ago. The main kingdom, Medalon, is full of atheists in a world that is surrounded by god believing kingdoms. The Sisters of the Blade helped destroy the Harshini, but of course, not...more
After the sexual sadism disaster that was Daughter of the Blood, I wanted a fantasy book with a strong female heroine. This was close, but not exceptional. I may pick up the series in the future, or may just return to the Belgariad series...more
The author manages to construct the most boring fantasy world I've ever seen ("look at us, we're a country of ATHEISTS!"), have a side character act completely out of his personality to further the plot (jumping into a blood duel for no reason), and later invents a literal deus ex machina to have the two main characters fall in l...more
The romance is subtle and sho...more
Plot: Five Stars
From what I can remember about this book, it was...more
The first time I read this book, the world of the Hythrun Chronicles was new to me, some characters seemed pretty mysterious (especially Brak). On second reading, the mystery is inevitably gone, but you can still enjoy the great character development, the purposefu...more
The book starts off by letting you get to know our two main protagonists Tarja and R'Shiel,...more
Well, if you can’t, you better read this one. I promise you, it’s well worth it. Out of Jennifer Fallon’s thirteen books currently available, this was her first to be published and I highly recommend you start here. There is a little confusion, as she later wrote ‘Wolfblade’, which is se...more
Jennifer Fallon's Medalon is the first book in The Demon Child Trilogy, which makes up the larger Hythrun Chronicles. The Sisterhood of Medalon has made it illegal to practice religion (the worship of pagan gods), persecutes all believers of the gods, and has forced the Harshini, a race of long-lived beings who interact with the gods, into hiding. The sisters use a highly trained army of male Defenders to enforce their orders across the country. But, the First Sister has just been murde...more
In Medalon, the Sisters of the Blade are the law and they believe in a society of laws and science. They do not believe in nor do they allow the worship of Gods. As a matter of fact, current Medalon society is built from the persecution of an immortal race of magical beings known as the Harshini. The Harshini were a sort of bridge between Gods and Humans and were a gentle and loving people who, although they could touch m...more
Great worldbuilding and solid, complicated characters with a slightly new spin on the mortal destined to take on a god.
I know this isn't much of a review or comment, but I do highly recommend this and hope others enjoy it as much as I did.
[Copied across from Library Thing; 9 February 2013]
Won't be reading the next in the trilogy.
In 1995, after...more