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Medalon (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,347 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
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
Paperback, 624 pages
Published July 26th 2000 by Voyager - AU
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad but wolfblade was so much better.
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
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006, 9, fantasy
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-on-shelf
The first half of the book (maybe a little more than that) reads like a historical fiction set in medieval times. The places are not real but everything else is real enough. Then at the climax of the story the atmosphere of the book shifts. Instead of the Pagan religion just being believed in, it is truly real in this story.

In short, it seems to me like a historical fiction written as if the Pagan religion and gods are walking among us.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fantasy
it's actually annoying how mediocre this book is compared to the rest of the series- I'm sure it turns a lot of people off. Whatever, though. It's like the Twilight movies (in my opinion)- if you can get past the first one, the rest of them are great.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Abigail Patrick
There are so many things I loved about this book, but once I had got to about 70% I just couldn't read anymore. it was too exhausting
SteffyJay (Little Booky Nook)
I have a new favourite series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lisa Waters
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read, I couldn’t put it down when I started. I love that she is a female Australian author. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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“It's good common sense, your grace.'
Mahina shook her head. 'Good sense is far from common, I fear, Tarja.”
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