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Medalon (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child #1)

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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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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
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
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Wat ben ik blij dat mijn Engels goed genoeg is om dit deel te lezen. Want na de eerste 3 boeken (Wolfsblad trilogie) is er niets meer vertaald en dat is echt zonde. Het zijn allemaal heerlijke boeken en dit '4de' deel is geen uitzondering. Ik ben zelfs al begonnen in boek 5. een 9 maar met de sterren hier een acht
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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 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
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
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]
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.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Not bad but wolfblade was so much better.
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
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book; it had several ideas I found were unique, and the book I'm currently writing follows religion. This book was quite inspiring to me, and I would like to continue reading the series when I can obtain the other books.
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
Ashleigh Sloane
2.5. I loved the concept of this book. It had all the things I have been missing in the past few fantasy novels I'd read. An interesting call to adventure, magic and characters from all parts of the world that was created.

I was drawn in almost instantly by an alternate version of power that didn't involve a king or queen, but the Sisterhood.

The concept of this book was good, but at times I felt was poorly executed. At times I felt it was rushed and very clichéd. I knew what was happening, but on
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
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
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Medalon was hardly a struggle unlike the other fantasy novels I've tried to read. The characters are likeable while at the same time they bear the faults that make them realistic. I read a few reviews that describe R'shiel as a Mary Sue and I don't understand why (probably because I'm not misogynist) since she has a share of her faults. Sure, she has "unrealistic abilities" but this is fantasy and she's the Chosen One™ If she had been male, I'm sure people who label R'shiel as a Mary Sue ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 16, 2017 rated it liked it
not finished actually, because of a lack of time and a slow-developing story...
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 08, 2012 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
May 12, 2013 added it
Shelves: cliff-hanger, d-n-f
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
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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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Mahina shook her head. 'Good sense is far from common, I fear, Tarja.”
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