Harshini (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy, #3)
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Harshini (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy #3)

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Medalon has surrendered to foreign invaders, Tarja is once more an outcast, the Defenders have scattered… and their only hope is Damin Wolfblade.

But Damin has his own problems--the High Prince is dead, so Damin must lift the siege on the Hythrun capital and defeat an usurper before he can come to Medalon's aid.

For R'shiel, time is running out. She must find a way to bring...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2001)
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Erica Anderson
This is the third book in the Hythrun Chronicles. Don't even try to jump in here if you haven't read the first two books--you'll be completely lost. Of the three books, I would say that this one is the weakest, but it's still miles beyond most fantasy out there.

My major gripe is the structure of the ending, which will not please romance readers.


The book ends with R'shiel confronting and defeating her nemesis Loclon. While this is a necessary plot element, I was disappointed that Fallon...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Up till now I've enjoyed Jennifer Fallon's Demon Child trilogy; her writing is competent (not beautiful, but competent), her characters intriguing, and the story was interesting enough. But I always had this feeling ... the same feeling I get when I watch my 2 year old daughter constructing a tower of blocks by stacking the big ones on top of the smaller ones ....

Sure enough, just like my daughter's tower, in Harshini, it all comes crashing down.

R'shiel fi...more
I found this book just as hard to put down as the previous two in the series. It leaped right into the action and built to a rather long climax. The climatic battle of the book was a little short, to my mind, but was then replaced with a second climatic battle. Some of my quibbles were resolved in the final chapter, which was more an epilogue rather than wrapping up the story. A few storyline threads were left unresolved which I would have preferred tied up into a neat bow, but I can cope with h...more
Carolyn-anne Templeton
I started reading this book a bit worried... the last Fallon series I ended did not end as I would have liked, but the depth of this author's worlds and character keep me reading even when I'm upset with what's happening to them. The book started off the same. The say that I was a bit panicked about Tarja's change of personality would be an understatement (I might have cheated and skipped to the last chapter... evil, I know.) However, the way she weaved the story and plotpoints kept me reading e...more
Well, the series wrapped up with a sense of regret. I did enjoy these books, and went out immediately to buy up the next series. The Wolfblade series is in the same world. Somehow, I feel this is the end of the story for both series. *Sigh*

Good to get lost in, I really enjoyed this trilogy. The main characters were interesting, and there was less repetitive bores in the plot in the second two books. Really to see it come to an end. Let's just say, everyone gets their just desserts. So the ending...more
Amazing - as all her books are!!
First of all, I had a great time reading this trilogy. I pretty much devoured it in a week. Medalon was a bit darker than the others, and I liked Treason Keep best, mostly because of the pairings. However, Harshini the Hythrun Chronicles cuts a close second. Fallons witty dialogue, the believable characters, and the well depicted world she creates make The Demon Child Triology fun, exciting, and simply very enjoyable. Hence, I am looking forward to the other trilogy set in the same world, but ab...more
Shari  Mulluane
The focus jumps around wildly in this final book, and it maybe a bit too chaotic. The characters are still wonderful and fun to watch, especially Damin and Adrinna. The Demon Child rushes from problem to problem, often bullying her way into a solution, and not just the people, the gods get bullied around too. There are some very sweet moments in this book and some heartbreaking ones too. This final installment will take you on an emotional rollercoster ride so you best hang on tight. I even foun...more
This is the last of the trilogy and if you haven't a clue what I'm talking about it's because you need to read the other two first.

I have a subtitle for Harshini as well. It'd be: Can the people in the house please fulfil their destiny? It draaaaagged. In the end I just wanted everyone to get a freaking move on. Still, it's a good last installment, however, not as good as the first two. Too much is happening, some of it cramped and rushed, especially the fighting. I mean, I'm no fan of endless...more
Where Treason Keep is probably one of my all-time favorite reads if for nothing more than the fun character dynamics, Harshini is a one-time read. Having first read Fallon's The Tide Lords I was sad to find that the ending of this trilogy was also unsatisfying (although, certainly not to the same extent).

Once again it is the adventures of Damin Wolfblade and Adrina that gave me the most joy and helped me turn each page with thrill. I still don't quite understand how their distrust of one another...more
I was very bored with this book. I lost interest in the story by the end of book 2, but thought I would try continuing with the series anyway. I got about 3/4ths of the way through and gave up. It took me a little over a month. I think that's the longest I ever spent on one book. I kept putting it down. The beginning was very slow. I don't even remember what happened. When it finally started to pick up, around the middle, it was still pretty slow and also very predictable.

I ended up just skimmi...more
Booklist says: "Book three of the Hythrun Chronicles moves inexorably toward the final battle against the god Xaphista and his fanatical followers. R'shiel has accepted her role as the demon child and, though still learning her great powers, knows she must defeat the god before he destroys the Harshini and takes all the lands as his own. Medalon has surrendered to the god's forces, and Tarja and the Defenders have been forced to flee into the wilderness, where Tarja hopes to join forces with Dam...more
I have a really big bone to pick with Jennifer Fallon in this book, other than the titles (Medalon, Treason Keep and Harshini) which turned out to be little more than three arbitrary elements plucked from the story. No, worse than that was the fact that she got halfway through the book before it dawned on her that the whole Harshini magic system was flawed beyond belief and that for the ending to have any credibility whatsoever, she was going to have to introduce a few more rules that had someho...more
In this final book we join R'shiel, Tarja, Damien, Adrina & Brak as we finally bring to a close all the craziness that is tearing their warring countries apart.

My big beef with this book is that everything was too easy. All of these countries find peace through the bullying and manipulations of a spoiled & arrogant child who, up until this book, was throwing temper tantrums & doing her damndest to avoid her destiny. Im sorry but it didn't sit with me.

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Final book of the Demon Child trilogy.

R'Shiel (the Demon Child) accompanies Damin Wolfblade and his new wife, princess Adrina back to Hythria so that R'Shiel can help the Hythrians accept the unorthodox marriage and to cement an alliance between the Hythrians and the Fardonyhans. Once they arrive, people are awed by the Demon Child but dismayed by the marriage of the heir to their throne and the daughter of their enemy. While R'shiel, Damin and Adrina try to convince them all of the necessity of...more
In this last part of the Demon Child Trilogy, the whole story is rushing to its conclusion.

After her first battle of will against Xaphista, R'shiel is more than ever determined to get rid of him, and at the same time she's developing a bit of a grudge against the other gods, who messed up with her life. So she progressively comes up with a plan. Having the Demon Child taking matters in her own hands gets everyone else worried, but she's got a knack of convincing both mortals and immortals that h...more
I enjoyed these books. The characters were realistic, even thoug they always seemed to be captured. They are not invunerable,and they are afraid, very afraid, of the people torturing them. Even the armies act realisticly.

A very well written story of what fanaticism can do.
A very satisfying conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. I highly recommend all 3 books in this story to anyone who enjoys fantasy and strong female characters.
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Lynn Abbey
Feb 15, 2010 Lynn Abbey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mature fantasy
Recommended to Lynn by: publisher
Shelves: fantasy
Taken as a whole, this trilogy is above average. The good v. evil elements, while present and well-handled, aren't what makes Fallon's storytelling stand out. That honor goes to her main characters who are always true to their intelligence and their flaws. Fallon's dialogs are particularly crisp and she makes good use of shifting POV to reveal her main characters' strengths and prejudices
conclusion of trilogy. so r'shiel has to step up and be the demon child, but has to give up humanity. how does she defeat the evil primal god patterned after the stringent moral beliefs of the catholic church? by a moment of pleasure with nothing labeled as "sin." one could see how i could take issue with the book. i do like the flow of her books - she doesn't overdo things.
I have a different cover (and mine is prettier) and I love how it shows what's going to happen whilst not being a spoiler.

An excellent end to a series. The dialogue remains just as witty and the characters are so perfectly developed that it makes it almost impossible to put this book down.

R'shiel is finally embracing her role as Demon Child and eee, it's epic.
Take two!

Read both trilogy sets, in order, rather then when they were written. Thoroughly enjoyed them, and recommend the reading that way. The first trilogy fills in the depth of one of the main characters in the second trilogy.

Tons of info, lots of storyline. Packed full. The series took me about 3 weeks to read.
This is where the series falls apart for me. Disclaimer before I start: I read this at seventeen so my reactions to it probably weren't mature. The writing is still strong and the characters are still fascinating. The ending completely lost me. Fallon chose to take the series down a road that I had a pretty hard time agreeing with.
Toby Andersen
great ending - i was impressed with how it ended - i couldn't personally think of any good way of killing a god that would work in this world - so kudos to fallon

the political machinations continue but are resolved

pick up the wolfblade trilogy instead - but then you'll want these after
Interesting plot twists and turns. Has some happy endings to some relationships that I had been watching (I often read for characters or relationships). Don't remember any scenes I had to specifically skip for cleanliness reasons, but there were probably one or two considering the middle book.
Jacinta Hoare
Final instalment in a series of three. The plot remained interesting until the end. My only complaint is that there were still too many improbable escapes for our heroes. Still a good holiday read and a nice wrap up to the trilogy.
Kara Prem
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This book just reminded me on why i love the fantasy genre so much!!! Although, the Brak-R'shiel 'relationship' was a bit too far-fetched perhaps. Made me cry. Made me smile, BRAVO JENNIFER FALLON!
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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...more
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