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
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
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
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
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]
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Plot: Five Stars
From what I can remember about this book, it was ...more
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 ...more
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.
Why has their matriarchal society survived, women having no special powers in this country? They ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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