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Preview — Medalon by Jennifer Fallon
The small country of Medalon lies between the vast nation of Karien in thenorth and the nations of Fardohnya and Hythria in the south. For centuriesthe Medalonians co-existed peacefully with the Harshini, a magical race thatabhors killing. But now they are gone and in their place the Sisters of theBlade rule Medalon from the Citadel. An elite army of Defenders enforces the...more
As far as Medalon is concerned, it isn't the page-turner that The Immortal Prince or the rest o ...more
The book starts off by letting you get to know our two main protagonists Tarja and R'Shiel, ...more
R'shiel grows up in Citadel, capital of Medalon. Her mother is a scheming, rut ...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
Then things got sloppy and wishy-washy. Time seemed to blur and the characters lost their definition. The character development of R'shiel, the female lead, started out really well and she was likable but as more characters got added into the mix she began to do things that appeared to be against her character without any explanation. By the end of the book she was not recognisable any more and ...more
I really wanted to like it too.
I liked the characters but the plot was just, time and time again, too poor for me to buy into the story. And I don't mean poor as in incredibly contrived coincidences. Which is a staple of fantasy anyway with destiny/fate/gods/prophecy/magic. I mean poor as in characters seemed to behave out of character or in ways which made no sense.
Why has their matriarchal society survived, women having no special powers in this country? They ...more
I love books like t ...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
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
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
Plot: Five Stars
From what I can remember about this book, it was ...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
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
1. The Harshini are obviously powerful and the evidence of their magic is everywhere. Why does the Sisterhood ignore a powerful enemy that is real! They genuinely believe there is no Hashini magic.
2. Why in the world did R'Shiel go to confront her mom knowing she will be imprisoned on the spot. Why?
3. Tarja had a chance to kill R'Shiel's rapist and he did not because ...? (at least have him be interrupted!!! geez!!!)
4. How did the Sisters get the Defenders to pledge their l ...more
The only problem now is that book two and three are not available in Kindle format, is not sold in any Norwegian book shops, and is only found in one library in the country. And I want them now!
I didn't see any errors which was a refreshing change! The female protagonist is much better as well.
The book started off pretty slow and I don't think it became very interesting until about 150 pages in, but wow is it good after that point. I will be starting the next immediately.
The romance is subtle and sho ...more
In addition to 4 complete fantasy series - The Demon Child trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles, the Second Sons Trilogy,The Tide Lords Quadrilogy and the Rift Runners series - Fallon has written both a tie-novel and short fiction for the TV series, Stargat ...more