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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

Paperback, Features never-before-published sketches and watercolours of Medalon scenes and characters by artist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. Includes Reader Notes., 512 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Tor Books (first published July 26th 2000)
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Véronique Rosa This trilogy is part of a bigger series of books called The Hythrun Chronicles which include most of the main characters. They were published in the s…moreThis trilogy is part of a bigger series of books called The Hythrun Chronicles which include most of the main characters. They were published in the same order as the Star Wars movies. So, the Demon Child trilogy was published first, but contains the middle part of the story, the Wolfblade trilogy was published second but relates events that came before in the timeline and, last, is the War of the Gods trilogy which comes after the events of the Demon Child. The other series by Jennifer Fallon are all standalone series so far. I hope this answer helps(less)

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Medalon is an old high fantasy book. It was written more than 10 years ago, so if you're going to read this book, keep in mind that. The fact that this book is old is something that is highly noticeable in the way some things are handle and in the way the story is written.

Trigger warning for rape,abuse and violence.

But I was in the mood for an old fantasy, and this book was exactly what I needed. The context and the story behind the politics were super interesting to me. This book is what you
Jan 19, 2010 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,
Feb 26, 2015 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
Sarah Mac
Well, that was awesome. The best high fantasy tome I've read in quite some time -- a detailed but not overwhelming tale of exiled immortals, religious conflict, unreliable magic, & familial soap. Despite the serious nature of the plot, there's plenty of dry humor & fail-horns sprinkled throughout (esp when the gods decide to intervene), so the story can include darker themes -- rape, murder, guilt, persecution, & betrayal -- without taking itself too seriously. Imagine GREEN RIDER had a child wi ...more
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
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica DiFelice (thefanaticreader)
This was a great start to a series! I really enjoyed the world created, the characters and the writing. It was paced well, intriguing, and fun to read.

We start the book by being introduced to R'shiel, a Novice in the Sisters of the Blade in Medalon. In Medalon, all religion is outlawed, and anyone practising worship is arrested by the Sisters. I really enjoyed learning about the history of this world and it's adjoining countries. The way that the world building was done was great, it didn't feel
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, 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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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]
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Not bad but wolfblade was so much better.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This fucked my shit up. But there's a lot of good stuff in this book, but there's a lot of of eh stuff too. Overall it's not half bad but it gets really dark and brutal and fucks your shit up
Monalisa Sharma
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I give it 5 stars in a heartbeat. Simply loved the book and the world it has created. There are so many interesting elements- Gods, demons, Harshini, humans. It combines politics, war, magic, conspiracies, love and gives us remarkable story.
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: High Fantasy
Is it the main pairing: Yes
Is it canon: Yes
Is it explicit: No
Is it endgame: Alas no
Is it shippable: Yes

Here is what happens in Medalon: two siblings who have always been unusually close, who have just experienced a lengthy separation, are reunited. A war breaks out. They go on the run. They fall in love and initiate a physical relationship. If you think this sounds too good to be true, it is — it’s not endgame and while the story opens with a laser focus on our sibling pair, i
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Véronique Rosa
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read Medalon back in 2002 and have re-read it throughout the years. Despite being a bit older in terms of publication, I have never found it to disappoint, unlike some even older fantasy novels that I read when I was younger and tried to read again at a later age.

First novel of a great high fantasy epic series, it mainly take the time to set up the premise of the world and its characters.
This world building is what I always found compelling about the novel because the point of the story
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This is an epic fantasy that takes place in the country of Medalon, book 1 of the Hythrun Chronicles. There are quite a few books out in this series already so it looks like I can binge read.

The pagan gods wanted to kill one of their fellow gods. Only they are un-killable since you know, they're gods. So they create a "demon child" with the ability to kill a god. There is massive interference by multiple gods, a rebellion against tyranny, neighboring kingdoms at war, and a few centuries old "Ha
Dominique "Eerie" Sobieska
I was looking forward to read Demon Child, the first trilogy of the Hythrun Chronicles after having read the prequels (first), Wolfblade Chronicles. I was disappointed.

Maybe I would have preferred this set if I had read them first, as I just don't feel that same towards it's cast and story. At this point, I just want to see how this all ends, and mostly I want to see the Hythrun characters I learned to love how they fared in the end. This being written before Wolfblade, I may find it difficult
Melania Ramona
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An interesting concept-very focused on the religon of the world but with well developed caharcters. The gods are similar to Greek gods with the same failings but with ultimate power.
Taryn Stroud
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I downloaded this from the Audible free trial, and if I hadn't gotten it for free I would rate it a 2 instead of a 3 which is already pretty generous. This book was recommended in a reddit thread for those who liked the Sevenwaters Trilogy, specifically for celtic lore, gods, and magic. I must say I am disappointed by this book as it doesn't live up to any of these points and furthermore, it has real structural and characterisation problems.

Before I go on, I want to list a few issues I had with
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Read for the High Fantasy Reading Challenge, the Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge, the 12 Awards in 12 Months Challenge, and the Vernon Library Summer Reading Challenge.

There are a lot of mixed reactions about this book on Goodreads. People rated it as everything from one star (crap) to five stars (brilliant). And I understand why.

There are a lot of very tired old fantasy tropes here, and the plot is a tangled mess that seems like the characters being thrown from one scenario in which th
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I'm not sure why it took me so long to finish it though. I powered through the first couple hundred pages, then took like 3 weeks off, then I finished it.

Overall I thought this was a really good fantasy book. It had several new ideas I found interesting and unique. I liked that Medalon was basically run by women - the Sisterhood. And that the men were just the warriors. A new dymanic I found intriguing. I liked all the gods. Medalon = atheist with a few heathens. The k
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
At first I thought I would really like this book, but the two stars show you I was disappointed. After an interesting beginning the two main characters just couldn`t catch their breath, tumbling from one almost dead situation into another. The excitement was gone the 3rd or 4th time round. Their motivation beyond staying alive fizzled into nothingness at around half way through the book, but they still kept doing things way beyond that solely based on Tarja`s honorable personality. Furthermore R ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I was introduce to Jennifer Fallon through her second sons series and those books hooked me so bad I decided to pick up the Hythrun Chronicles the second as I'd closed the last book.
Unfortunately, it was quite of a let-down... I did not like most of the characters in Medalon (I would not even know how to pronounce R'shiels name...), I was left with a lot of questions while reading the book, it seemed rather messy and it just did not manage to hook me.
To me it kind of felt like it was a book writ
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
TLDR: It feels like a 14yr old's "Cool novel" they wrote for their school book club.

I struggle to find the words to accurately describe this book as I really do not want to waste any more time on it than I already have.
My problems:
•Names "Davydd, Loclon, r'shiel. Where did you get those from?"
•Stop dumping us with all of your characters!
•Unbelievable or Unempathetic characters
•Jankey Timeline "and they did this for two weeks and then this happened for 9 months"
•Complete lack of tension, "oh no
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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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Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child (3 books)
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