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Medalon (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,657 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
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
Paperback, 608 pages
Published July 26th 2000 by Voyager - AU
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Mar 23, 2010 Flint rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This like alot of fantasy books appears to start off much in the way alot of hero adventure journeys do. There is a prophesized hero who doesn't know they're the most powerful being in something like a thousand years give or take and somehow must be trained by someone who must find them or vice versa in order to destroy some supremely powerful villian. Fine by me. I love stories like this if written well!

The book starts off by letting you get to know our two main protagonists Tarja and R'Shiel,
Although this is Fallon's older work, I was actually first introduced to her through The Tide Lords. One thing which both series have in common is that they take their time to properly set up the world in which the story takes place, and don't throw you into action immediately as a means of getting your attention. Some people prefer the latter approach in fantasy, but I'm happy for a change of a pace.

As far as Medalon is concerned, it isn't the page-turner that The Immortal Prince or the rest o
This book couldn't be any more marvelous if it tried. If you are a fan of the sweeping fantasy epic, then this really is a must read. I would try to sum up the plot but there is simply too much going on, too many realistically and brilliantly imagined characters, that there is just time in the day to express my love from them all, well, except for the ones you are supposed to hate, and my God there are some utter bastards. All I can say is that it's got lashings of humour, some wonderfully witty ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Kay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a hot mess of the story! This book takes one sharp turn after another. In addition to providing virtually no explanation behind why the world is what it is, it became quickly apparent that the story lost its focus. By the time I eventually stopped, R'shiel and Tarja were constantly getting into one mess or another, despite their best attempts to evade danger... and they were pretty bad at that too.

Even more confusing was the sudden attraction between two main characters. It was so inc
Jan 09, 2014 Sian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic Fantasy Novel Readers looking for something to fill the time.
Recommended to Sian by: Myself
This book held alot of promise and I enjoyed the detail that went into the book for the first 1/3-1/2.

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
Nov 07, 2013 Johanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Fallon is a wonderful fantasy author. I've read her Tide Lords series which I enjoyed a lot. Now, I've decided to start with the Hythrun Chronicles. I didn't know for sure which book I should start with but I decided for the Demon Child Trilogy because some websites recommend to do so. I really enjoyed the read, it was epic, full of original ideas and rich characters, everything a good fantasy book should be.

R'shiel grows up in Citadel, capital of Medalon. Her mother is a scheming, rut
Jan 06, 2013 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In spite of the trite and cliched name patterns, this story holds its own well enough to be finished. There are some touches of humor and whimsy here and there that I liked, but I'm honestly pretty tired of fantasy writers holding to the idea that to make a word 'foreign' you just add apostrophes here and there: court'esa, R'shiel, etc. Also the too-many syllable elf-type names: Shanananananarananananaran or whatever. I mean, yeah, it does help delineate 3 different peoples okay, but it just see ...more
Feb 16, 2010 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard about Jennifer Fallon through some Amazon boards. Then, I saw her book sitting on a shelf in Barnes and Nobles. So, thought I'd give her a try.

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
Apr 15, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, medalon
I struggled to put this book down, and it tended to stick in my head when I wasn't reading it. It took me a while to work out the overarching plot, but it seems the author was trying her best to keep shielded as long as possible. The plot twists and the building action were completely delicious, and the climax and resolution had me grinning and my jaw bouncing on the floor at the same time. I don't think there is any doubt that I will read more by this author, and I can not wait to read the next ...more
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
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
Sep 15, 2009 Ingrid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Jennifer Fallon creates a complicated world. She tackles religion, family loyaty, ambition and self-interest. If the gods were real and walked among us what would they be like? The small country of Medalon, which lies between three vast nations, is rule buy a religion called Sisters of the Blade with their own elite army of Defenders to enforce the Sisterhood's oppressive rule. The Harshini messengers of the gods, thought to be driven to extinction by the Sister have a prophecy called ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Lucy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish this.
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.

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Feb 08, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9, fantasy, 2006
I really, really liked this book and I'm looking forward to finding the time for the rest of the series.

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]
Jun 09, 2015 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
Finished this one on the road to Origins. Almost gave it the 4th star, but while it's good with big potential it's not quite at the 4th star, I think.

Fallon's first novel does some very interesting things, however and it's a solid kickoff for a trilogy. It's very much a political novel and the machinations are fun to dissect. Power plays abound, and Fallon does a good job of showing what happens to people who don't take threats seriously or see the full board.

The problems are in the exploration
Tracy Whited
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Verodarling Melani
I didn't like this book as much as the Wolfblade trilogy or the Second Sons trilogy, but I couldn't give it less than 5 stars either. As always, Jennifer Fallon does not disappoint, the story and the characters are fabulous.
William Crosby
Feb 27, 2016 William Crosby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wide variety of characters. I would have preferred that the female not-quite-heroine have a much stronger character. Instead, she comes across as weak, confused, and needy. Also, several characters seem to constantly deliberately walk into traps which would be fine if they had better plans to handle those traps. (This could be a spoiler, which is why I have left out names.) Perhaps all of this was to make everything more realistic. (I know I would probably be bumbling around.) And, hopefully, ...more
David Phipps
Jul 13, 2015 David Phipps rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
I enjoyed this start of a fantasy trilogy and I like the author's writing style. Like one of her other trilogies that I'm a fan of, the bad side of religion is shown here as it is abused to brainwash people and justify genocide. Numerous gods exist and they play havoc with humanity. The bad guys are sometimes a little too evil if that is possible. While there is a prophecy about someone who is going to change the world at least she is not a big Mary Sue and is somewhat flawed. Her actions and mo ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Kiirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1 of the Demon Child Trilogy AND Book 1 of the Hythrun Chronicles, I first picked up Wolfblade/Warlord/Warrior (otherwise known as the Wolfblade Trilogy or Hythrun Chronicles) last year. As I read, I was a bit confused because the characters kept referencing MEDALON and the HARSHINI. I was thinking, "did I miss something?" Then I found out that this trilogy came before Wolfblade! I am catching up therefore...BUT WAIT, THERE"S MORE! This book was published first and is the start of
Jan 06, 2016 Paula rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
So glad this book is finally over, I struggled to get through the last half. This book felt so empty, the characters were hollow, the world building seemed weak, and the plot struggled to have motivation.

The characters are placed in peril after peril with no time to develop personalities or relations with each other. Their motivations & decisions seemed weak or forced, which made them unbelievable. It was also riddled with all these irrelevant side characters that did nothing for the book's
Shari  Mulluane
The characters in this book are delightful. You have R'shiel, daughter of and in training to become, a Sister of the Blade. Tarja, her half brother, raised from a young age to become a Defender. Joyhinia, mother to them both, a cold, calculating woman with all the warmth of a snake. Brak, a half breed Harshini, irreverent friend to the Gods , a man supposedly belonging to a race completely destroyed by the Sisterhood. And there are the Gods. In many ways I liked them the best.

I love books like t
Jun 03, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I have to thank my sister for pushing Jennifer Fallon into my direction and also need to apologize because I let Medalon sit on my shelf for a good while now. That's a shame because it's one of those books that keeps you awake because you damn well want to know how the HELL the characters are going to get out of their various hopeless situations. Quite frankly, this book should be subtitled: How to get yourself caught in 98 ways and how to get out of it in 99. I can't say I have ever seen two pe ...more
ok. I was just about to click the final order button but something,stopped me, thank God. I got carried away by a an enthustiatic, really energetic video review. It's been a dull month with few maddening struggles and I got bewitched for a few minutes by this pretty, wild and seemingly innocent smart chick on vid and like a fool I rushed over to amazon. Maybe I'll give KING OF THORNS a higher rate because it's the reason for the tiny crack in the magic. I want to read it. I 'm impatient to finis ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Cecile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, english
I've already read and enjoyed this series, but after reading the Wolfblade Trilogy, I felt like reading again the Demon Child Trilogy, that starts with this book and takes place after Warlord. I wanted to see this story in a new light.

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
Apr 08, 2012 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place in a complicated world which echoes on our own. There are religions with one god, religions with many gods, and religions with no god (atheists), all of whom are trying to convince/convert/subvert the others to their way of thinking.

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
Sep 18, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that I read in a period where I fairly flew throug them. As a result, I ended up forgetting to write a review for some of them. This is one such book. Because of this, this review will be... short and sweet and based on memories and impressions. The rating though - a full blooded Five Stars - was given when I finished the book, so it's completely accurate and not based on impressions and memories.

Here goes...

Plot: Five Stars

From what I can remember about this book, it was
Never'ai Evernai
I started reading this book yesterday evening, and couldn't put it down until I finished the last page at 3am. What does this mean? it means I love it. At times I felt however that the book progressed too quickly and a lot more detail and explanation could have been given before diving on to another part of the story, or more attention giving to fleshing out new characters that were being introduced, but perhaps it was that fast pace that had me unable to put the book down. Even holding off on t ...more
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Oct 29, 2009 Katharine (Ventureadlaxre) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
Can you count how many times a new writer has appeared on the scene with a book that’s so engaging and well written, you hunger for more rather than think ‘well, she’s new, and it was good for a new author… but…’

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
Mar 18, 2008 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff-fantasy
This is the first in a three-book trilogy known as the Demon Child trilogy.

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
Feb 17, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Fallon's work, and this is my second read-through of Medalon. I intend to read the Demon Child books again because I recently finished the prequel Wolfblade set. The difference in writing styles between the two series is very apparent. It's more obvious that this is Fallon's older work and that she has grown both stylistically and in character development and portrayal. The talent for planning sweeping, interrelated story-arcs is a bit more raw and unpolished here, but these are ...more
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Fallon is the author of 17 full-length bestselling novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction.

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
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