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
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 ...more
The book starts off by letting you get to know our two main protagonists Tarja and R'Shiel, ...more
Even more confusing was the sudden attraction between two main characters. It was so inc ...more
As far as Medalon is concerned, it isn't the page-turner that The Immortal Prince or the rest o ...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
R'shiel grows up in Citadel, capital of Medalon. Her mother is a scheming, rut ...more
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 ...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
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
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]
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Before I go on, I want to list a few issues I had with ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
•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 ...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