Medalon: Book One of the Demon Child Trilogy (Hythrun Chronicles Series #1)


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"The Sisterhood of the Blade rules Medalon with an iron fist - a fist that wears the gauntlet of the Defenders, elite warriors sworn to uphold the Sisters and keep Medalon free of heathen influence." "R'shiel, daughter of the First Sister of the Blade, has pulled against the short leash of her mother ever since she was a child. Her half-brother, Tarja, is the dutiful son who serves as a captain in the Defenders. But when they run afoul of their mother's machinations, they must flee for their lives. They soon find themselves caught up in the rebellion against the Sisterhood, though they revile their fellow conspirators' heathen belief in the Harshini - a fabled race of magical beings thought long extinct." But then Tarja and R'shiel encounter Brak, a Harshini outcast, who forces them to face the most shocking fact of all: R'shiel may be the Demon Child, brought into this world to destroy an evil god.
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À la J.R.R. Tolkien, Australian author Jennifer Fallon has written a story to rival the grandest of fantasy epics. Her Hythrun Chronicles, a six-book saga that begins with Medalon, is set in a country ruled by the tyrannical Sisters of the Blade and chronicles the adventures of R'shiel Tenragan -- the legendary Demon Child -- the half-human spawn of a dead supernatural king who is destined to destroy a god.

Growing up in the Citadel, R'shiel thought that she was the daughter of Joyhinia, the overbearing and all-powerful First Sister of the Sisters of the Blade. But when her and her half-brother Tarja, a popular Captain of the Defenders -- the Sisterhood's elite red-coated army -- find themselves reluctant pawns in their mother's political power play, they are both arrested and exiled to the Grimfield, a desert prison town where convicts are conveniently banished and forgotten. Along the way, R'shiel and Tarja learn the incredible truth about their heritage -- and their destinies. R'shiel is not Joyhinia's daughter at all but the product of a relationship between a beautiful human woman and a Harshini king. Tarja, raised an atheist, eventually realizes the gods are real, and vows to overthrow the Sisterhood and restore Medalon to its former glory.

Reminiscent of other outstanding fantasy sagas written by Australian authors -- specifically Sara Douglass's Wayfarer Redemption series and Cecilia Dart-Thornton's Bitterbynde trilogy -- Jennifer Fallon's Hythrun Chronicles is exceptional epic fantasy. Like a tranquil woodland pond in the heat of summer, once readers are immersed in the magical realm of Medalon they will find it extremely difficult to leave. Paul Goat Allen

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"Sparkling high fantasy debut."

Publishers Weekly


"Fallon brings a fair quota of wit and a healthy dose of realism ... engaging."

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"This is a good, solid start to what will no doubt be an epic series. Fallon's writing is strong .... Epic fantasy readers will no doubt want to follow this story."

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"Characterizations ... are well realized, and the suspense is palpable throughout."



"Medalon is an intriguing, intelligent and fun read with a refreshing take on female characters so often not seen in the genre."—Elizabeth Haydon

"A gripping tale of warring ambitions, politics, and real people. The characters (and even the gods!) spring to vivid, believable life, making Medalon a great read. More, please!"-Ed Greenwood

"[Fallon] has a sweet way with language that draws you in and compels you to read, but it was the whole political set up that intrigued me the most. She paints a very complex system with ease, so that it all comes across simply and clearly. All in all I was impressed with this first novel from a new author and I eagerly await book two."—Altair

"Interesting and likable main characters, intriguing and suspenseful plots . . . Medalon starts off almost immediately with a murder, intrigues and plenty of unknowns which make for suspenseful reading."—Alice News (Alice Springs, Australia)

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Convoluted intrigues, rivalries and romance provide an entertaining tangle in the second book in Australian fantasy author Fallon's Hythrun Chronicles (after Medalon). The rebellion led by Tarja Tenragen and his half-sister R'shiel against their mother, the ruler of Medalon, has succeeded, but not without costs. Medalon is threatened by neighboring Karien and internally torn by those still loyal to the fallen First Sister of the Blade. Sorely wounded R'shiel (half-human and half-demon) lies in the hands of the legendary Harshini healers but the Harshini have their own agenda, and the race's prohibition against violence doesn't prevent them from manipulating others to do their killing. While a recovering R'shiel is groomed to destroy the fundamentalist Kariens' god Xaphista, Tarja allies with dashing Damin Wolfblade, Warlord of Krakandar, and settles into Treason Keep to prepare for a Karien attack. Meanwhile, Hablet of Fardohnya sends his strong-willed daughter Adrina to forge an alliance with Karien by wedding crown prince Cratyn. Although the fates of Tarja and R'shiel form the series heart, Damin and Adrina are the heart of this exciting story, accompanied by a large cast of compelling characters. While new readers may have trouble getting up to speed initially, their patience will be well rewarded; fans arriving straight from book one can dive right in. Agent, Jack Byrne at the Sternig & Byrne Literary Agency. (Nov. 24) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
In a convoluted set of circumstances, R'shiel, daughter of the First Sister of the Blade, is actually a Harshini half-breed destined to be the Demon Child, who will destroy the god, Xaphista. Her adopted mother turns against R'shiel and her brother Tarja, a now treasonous captain of the Defenders, and they must fight with the rebels against their own people as well as dealing with the gods and their minions from neighboring nations who wish to destroy R'shiel. Obviously this is the first in a series; a preview of the next installment is appended. There is a large cast of characters and although there is a "glossary" of who's who in the back, it is still hard to keep all the players straight. Yes, here be dragons, but this will still be best where sweeping sagas are popular. (Book One of the Hythrun Chronicles). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Tor, 500p., Ages 15 to adult.
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Another Australian fantasy import from Tor, which seems to have cornered the market. The story's set in a typical quasi-medieval world, with the twist that the rulers of the central nation of Medalon have expelled all worshipers of the pagan gods and now run the state on rational, atheist principles. Fallon follows three main characters: R'shiel is a Probate of the Sisters of the Blade, the group from which Medalon's governing council, the Quorum, is drawn; her older half-brother, Tarja, is a captain in the Defenders, battle-tested and canny. Both are independent, and often at odds with their domineering mother Joyhinia, a leading member of the Quorum. The third major presence is Brak, a half- human descendent of the legendary Harshini, a magical race expelled from Medalon. When the gods ask Brak to find the mysterious "demon child," a half-human destined to lead the fight against the evil god Xaphista, the trail leads him inevitably to the two young Medalonian rebels-who, by the time of his arrival, have joined forces with peasants fighting against Joyhinia's attempt to enforce the ban on religion. Several adventures and reverses ensue. R'shiel and Tarja are captured, tortured, imprisoned, rescued, and betrayed in a whirlwind plot that leaves little time for reflection. Brak manages to enlist various of the gods (for whom he has little respect, knowing them all too intimately) to the cause of the young atheists; the demon child's identity is revealed; the forces of Xaphista are for the nonce defeated; and the stage is set for the two likable young Medalonians to set forth again in the next installment. Fallon brings a fair quota of wit and a healthy dose of realism to rather predictablematerial: nothing earthshaking, but engaging overall.
Entertainment Weekly - Nisha Gopalan
"Credit Fallon for exploring themes like dirty politics and religious intriguing soap opera of espionage and family revelations."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765309860
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Hythrun Chronicles Series, #1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

The ninth child in a family of 13 girls, Jennifer Fallon was born in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. After living in various areas of Australia, including Canberra, Darwin, and a remote mining settlement, Fallon settled in the Northern Territory in 1980. She has two daughters and a son. She has had 32 foster children and friends refer to her home as "the ashram" due to the large number of stray teenagers that still inhabit her house at irregular intervals.

Fallon has worked as a youth worker, a store detective, shop assistant, an advertising sales rep and executive secretary, among other things. She has managed two hire car companies, an ISP, and a video shop, as well as founding the Anzac Hill Gymnastics Club in 1991. She is a member of the Business & Professional Women's Association and is often in demand as a guest speaker.

Fallon started writing when she was about 14. Her mother, who died when Fallon was 13, was an aspiring children's writer who encouraged her daughter to write. She started writing fantasy in 1990 when she decided she would be better off writing something for herself, rather than trying to please everyone else. In 1995, Jennifer vowed to either get published by the year 2000 or give up writing and get a real job. Her first novel, Medalon, was released in Australia in August 2000 and hit the bestseller list the first week it was released, as well as being shortlisted for the 2000 Aurealis Awards as the best Fantasy novel.

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Chapter 1

The funeral pyre caught with a whoosh, lighting the night sky and shadowing the faces of the thousands gathered to witness the Burning. Smoke, scented with fragrant oils to disguise the smell of burning flesh, hung in the warm, still air, as if reluctant to leave the ceremony. The spectators were silent as the hungry flames licked the oil-soaked pyre, reaching for Trayla's corpse. The death of the First Sister had drawn almost every inhabitant of the Citadel to the amphitheatre.

R'shiel Tenragan caught the Lord Defender's eye as she pushed her way through the green tunics of the senior Novices to take her place past the ranks of blue-gowned Sisters and grey-robed Probates. Feeling his eyes on her, she looked up. The Mistress of the Sisterhood would have her hide if he reported she'd been late. She met the Lord Defender's gaze defiantly, before turning her eyes to the pyre.

Out of the corner of her eye she saw the Lord Defender take an involuntarily step backwards as the flames seared his time-battered face. Surreptitiously, she glanced at the ranks of women and girls who stood in a solemn circle around the pyre. Their faces were unreadable in the firelight. For the most part they were still, their heads bowed respectfully. Occasionally, a foot shuffled on the sandy floor of the arena. How many were genuinely grieving, she mused, and how many more had their minds on the Quorum, and who would fill the vacancy?

R'shiel knew the political manoeuvring had begun the moment Trayla had been found in her study, the knife of her assailant still buried in her breast. Her killer was barely out of his teens. He was waiting even now in the cells behind the Defenders' Headquarters to be hanged. Rumour had it that he was a disciple of the River Goddess, Maera. The Sisterhood had confiscated his family's boat — and with it, their livelihood — for the crime of worshipping a heathen god.

He had come to the Citadel to save his family from starvation, he claimed, to beg the First Sister for mercy. He had killed her instead.

What had Trayla said to the boy, R'shiel wondered? What would cause him to pull a knife on the First Sister — a daunting figure to an uneducated river-brat? Surely he must have known his plea would fall on deaf ears? Pagan worship had been outlawed in Medalon for two centuries. The Harshini were extinct and with them their demons and their gods. If he wanted mercy, he should have migrated south, she thought unsympathetically. They still believed in the heathen gods in Hythria and Fardohnya, R'shiel knew, and the whole of Karien to the north was fanatically devoted to the worship of a single god, but in Medalon they had progressed beyond pagan ignorance centuries ago.

A voice broke the silence. R'shiel glanced through the firelight at the old women who spoke.

"Since our beloved Param led us to enlightenment, the Sisters of the Blade have carried on her solemn trust to free Medalon from the chains of heathen idolatry. As First Sister, Trayla honoured that trust. She gave her life for it. Now we honour Trayla. Let us remember our Sister."

She joined the thousands of voices repeating the ritual phrase. It was uncomfortably warm this close to the pyre on such a balmy summer's eve and her high-necked grey tunic was damp with sweat.

"Let us remember our Sister."

Small and wrinkled, Francil Asharen was the oldest member of the Quorum and had presided over this ceremony twice before. She was Mistress of the Citadel, the civilian administrator of this vast city-complex. Twice before she had refused to be nominated as First Sister and R'shiel could think of no reason that would change her mind this time. She had no ambition beyond her current position.

Harith Nortarn, the tall, heavily-built Mistress of the Sisterhood, stood beside her. R'shiel grimaced inwardly. The woman was a harridan and her beautifully embroidered white silk gown did nothing to soften her demeanour. Generations of Novices, Probates, and even fully qualified Blue Sisters lived in fear of incurring her wrath. Even the other Quorum members avoided upsetting her.

R'shiel turned her attention to the small, plump woman who stood at Harith's shoulder: Mahina Cortanen. The Mistress of Enlightenment. Her gown was as elaborate as Harith's — soft white silk edged with delicate gold embroidery — but she still managed to look like a peasant in a borrowed dress. She was R'shiel's personal favourite of all the Quorum members, her own mother included. Mahina was only a little taller than Francil, and wore a stern, but thoughtful expression.

Next to Mahina, Joyhinia Tenragan wore exactly the right expression of grief and quiet dignity for the occasion. Her mother was the newest member of the Quorum and, R'shiel fervently hoped, the least likely to be elected as the new First Sister. Although each member of the Quorum held equal rank, the Mistress of the Interior controlled the day-to-day running of the nation, because she was responsible for the Administrators in every major town in Medalon. It was a position of great responsibility and traditionally seen as a stepping-stone to gaining the First Sister's mantle.

R'shiel watched her thoughtfully then glanced at the man who was supposed to be her father. Joyhinia and Lord Jenga were coldly polite toward each other — and had been for as long as R'shiel could remember. He was a tall, solid man with iron-grey hair, but he was always unfailingly polite to her and had never, to her knowledge, denied he was her father. Considering the frost that seemed to gather in the air between her mother and the Lord Defender whenever they were close, R'shiel could not imagine how they had ever been warm enough toward each other to conceive a child.

The fire reached upward, licking at Trayla's white robe. R'shiel wondered for a moment if the fragrant oils had been enough. Would the smell of the First Sister's crisping flesh sicken the gathered Sisters? Probably not, she noted darkly.

Behind the members of the Quorum and the blue-gowned ranks of the Sisters, the Probates and Novices were ranked around the floor of the amphitheatre, their eyes wide as they witnessed their first public Burning. Some of them looked a little pale, even in the ruby light of the funeral pyre, but tomorrow they would cheer themselves hoarse with glee when the young assassin was publicly hanged. Hypocrites, she thought, stifling a disrespectful yawn.

The vigil over the First Sister continued through the night. The silence was unsettling. Another yawn threatened to undo her, so R'shiel turned her attention to the first ten ranks of the seating surrounding the Arena. They were filled by red-coated Defenders who stood to attention throughout the long watch. Lord Jenga had not spared them a glance all night. He did not have to. They were Defenders. There was no shuffling of feet numbed by standing all night. No bored expressions or hidden yawns. She envied their discipline.

As the night progressed, the crowd in the upper levels of the tiered seating gradually thinned. The civilians who lived at the Citadel had jobs to do and other places to be. They could not afford the luxury of an all-night vigil. In the morning, the Sisters, Probates and Novices would still expect to be waited on. Life went on in the Citadel, regardless of who lived or died.

The night dragged on in silence until the first tentative rays of daylight announced the next and most anxiously awaited part of the ceremony.

As a faint luminescence softened the darkness, Francil raised her head. "Let us remember our Sister!"

"Let us remember our Sister," the gathered Sisters, Probates, Novices and Defenders echoed in a monotone. Every one of them was tired. They were beyond being reverent and wished only that the ceremony were over.

"Let us move forward toward a new future," Francil called. "Let us move forward toward a new future," R'shiel repeated, this time with slightly more interest. Finally, the time had come to announce Trayla's successor, a decision that affected every citizen in Medalon.

"Hail the First Sister, Mahina Cortanen!"

"Hail the First Sister, Mahina Cortanen!" the crowd chanted.

R'shiel gasped with astonishment as Mahina stood forward to accept the dutiful, if rather tired, cheers of the gathering. She could not believe it. What political scheming and double-dealing had the others indulged in? How, with all their intrigues and plotting had the Quorum actually elected someone capable of doing the job well? R'shiel had to stop herself from laughing out loud.

As the cheers subsided, Mahina turned to Jenga. "My Lord Defender, will you swear the allegiance of the Defenders to me?"

"Gladly, your Grace," Jenga replied.

He unsheathed his sword and stepped forward, laying the polished blade on the sandy ground at the feet of the new First Sister. He bent one knee and waited for the senior officers down on the arena floor to follow suit. The Defenders up in the stands placed clenched fists over their hearts as Jenga's voice rang out in the silent arena.

"By the blood in my veins and the soil of Medalon, I swear that the Defenders are yours to command, First Sister, until my death or yours."

A loud, deep-throated cheer went up from the Defenders. Jenga rose to his feet and met Mahina's eyes. R'shiel watched her accept the accolade. Never had a woman looked less like a First Sister.

Mahina nodded to Jenga, thanking him silently, then turned to the gathering and opened her arms wide.

"I declare a day of rest," she announced, her first proclamation as First Sister. Her voice sounded rasping and dry after the warm night standing before a blazing bonfire. "A day to contemplate the life of our beloved Trayla. A day to witness the execution of her murderer. Tomorrow, we will begin the next chapter of the Sisterhood. Today we rest."

0Another tired cheer greeted her announcement. With her dismissal, the ranks of the Sisterhood dissolved as the women turned with relief toward the tunnel that led out of the arena to make their way home. They muttered quietly among themselves, no doubt as surprised as R'shiel was to learn the identity of the new First Sister. The Defenders still did not move, would not move, until every Sister had left the arena. Mahina led the exodus. R'shiel studied Joyhinia and the other members of the Quorum, but they gave no hint of their true feelings.

The sky was considerably lighter as the last green-skirted Novice disappeared down the tunnel and Jenga finally dismissed his men. R'shiel waited for the others to leave, hoping for a moment alone with the Lord Defender. The pyre collapsed in on itself with a sharp crack and a shower of sparks as the Defenders broke ranks with relief. Many simply sat down. Many more flexed stiff knees and rubbed aching backs. Jenga beckoned two of his captains to him. The men rose stiffly, but saluted sharply enough for the Foundation Day Parade.

"Georj, keep some men here and keep the pyre burning until it is nothing but ashes," he ordered the younger of the two wearily.

"And the ashes, my Lord?" Georj asked. "Rake them into the sand," he said with a shrug. "They mean nothing now." He turned to the older captain. "Tell the men they may only rest once their mounts are fed and taken care of, Nheal. And then call for volunteers for the hanging guard. I'll need ten men."

"For this hanging guard you'll get more than ten volunteers," Nheal predicted.

"Then pick the sensible ones," Jenga suggested, impatiently. "This is a hanging, Captain, not a carnival."

"My lord," the captain replied, saluting with a clenched fist over his heart. He hesitated a moment longer then added tentatively, "Interesting choice for First Sister, don't you think, my lord?"

"I don't think, Captain," Jenga told him stiffly. "And neither should you." He frowned, daring the younger man to laugh at his rather asinine comment. "I am sure First Sister Mahina will be a wise and fair leader."

R'shiel saw through his polite words. Jenga was obviously delighted by Mahina's appointment. That augured well for what she had in mind.

"The expression 'about bloody time' leaps to mind, actually," Nheal remarked, almost too softly for R'shiel to make it out.

"Don't overstep yourself, Captain," Jenga warned. "It is not your place to comment on the 0decisions of the Sisterhood. And you might like to tell your brother captains not to overindulge in the taverns tonight. Remember, until tomorrow, we are still in mourning."

"My Lord!" Jenga turned from the pile of embers, and noticed R'shiel for the first time. As day broke fully over the amphitheatre, bringing with it a hint of the summer heat to come, he walked stiffly toward the exit tunnel where she was standing.

"Lord Jenga?" she ventured as he approached.

"Shouldn't you return to your quarters, R'shiel?" Jenga asked gruffly.

"I wanted to ask you something."

Jenga glanced over his shoulder to ensure his orders were being carried out, then nodded. R'shiel fell into step beside him as they entered the cool darkness of the tunnel that led under the amphitheatre.

"What will happen now, Lord Jenga?"

"The appointment of a new First Sister always heralds a change of direction, R'shiel, even if only a small one."

"Mother says Trayla was an unimaginative leader, lacking in initiative. Actually, she used to refer to her as 'that useless southern cow'."

"You, of all people, should know better than to repeat that sort of gossip, R'shiel."

She smiled faintly at his tone. "And what about Mahina? Joyhinia calls her an idealistic fool."

"Sister Mahina has my respect, as do all the Sisters of the Blade."

"Do you think her elevation means a change in the thinking of the Sisterhood?"

The Lord Defender stopped and looked at her, obviously annoyed by her question. "R'shiel, you said you wanted to ask me something. Ask it or leave. I do not want to stand here discussing politics and idle gossip with you."

"I want to know what happens now," she said.

"I will be called on to witness the Spear of the First Sister swear fealty to Mahina. It will undoubtedly be Lord Draco."

"He's supposed to be the First Sister's bodyguard," R'shiel pointed out. "Yet Trayla died at the hand of an assassin."

"The position of First Spear is a very difficult one to fill - the oath of celibacy it requires tends to discourage many applicants."


"So he gets to keep his job? Even though he did not do it?"

Jenga's patience was rapidly fading. "Draco was absent at the time, R'shiel. Trayla fancied she was able to deal with a miserable pagan youth and ordered him out of the office. Now, is that all you wanted?"

"No. I was just curious, that's all."

"Then be specific, child. I have other business to attend to. I have an assassin to hang, letters to write and orders to issue ..."

"And banished officers who offended Trayla to recall?" she suggested hopefully.

Jenga shook his head. "I can't revoke the First Sister's orders, R'shiel."

"The First Sister is dead."

"That doesn't mean I can rearrange the world to my liking."

"But it does mean you can rearrange the Defenders," R'shiel reminded him. She turned on her best, winning smile. "Please, Lord Jenga. Bring Tarja home."

Copyright © 2000 by Jennifer Fallon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    A reviewer

    I started with Treason Keep 'book #2' and by the endof the firts chapter I was addited... I had to stop reading and go out a buy book #1... I love the whoel series... I was fortune to start reading right as the thrisd and concluding book was published and then was delight to find that Fallon was writing another triliogy to go along withthis one... I can not tell you how much I loved these book and I wish she would write more...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    Starts well, but disappoints...

    This story started with so much promise. The court intrigue alone would have created a great novel. Unfortunately, as the story progressed, the quality dropped. In the beginning, the characters were explained through their actions and internal thoughts. Towards the middle the author seemed to abandon the idea of ¿show, don¿t tell¿ in story writing. More and more often an important aspect of a character 'or a plot milestone/twist' was explained instead of shown to the reader. It seemed the story became increasingly rushed. In my observation, this first book could have easily been three times as long if various plots, counter plots, and characters were flushed out a little more. This would have helped the book immensely. As it were, I felt cheated the further I read into it. Also, as new characters were introduced and plots ¿thickened¿ 'I use the term loosely here' the book wavered awkwardly between serious and humorous. The ¿comic relief¿ seemed strained, forced, and out of place even while the more serious points lost their credibility through predictability. Foreshadowing wasn¿t subtle. It struck with the force of a sledgehammer to the head. I chose to finish the book in part because I cared about the characters (Tarja and R¿shiel) and I still had high hopes lingering from the beginning. I was left disappointed with the unsurprising and all too convenient ending. Lastly, one character, who I must neglect to mention here, seemed embarrassingly similar to a character in David Eddings¿ series ¿Elenium¿ down to the character explained reason for the character¿s physical appearance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    Great book

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. I haven't been drawn into a book like this since I first read Ender's Game. The characters are great, I love the mix of intrigue, conflict and comedy. I'm going to go out and buy the next 3 books ASAP. I highly advise reading this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    I couldn't put it down!

    This is my new favorite book. It was so good that once I got into it I read it in 2 days! It was such a long wait for the 3rd one but it was worth it! You have to read this or you will be missing out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    Couldn't stop reading

    This book was awesome!! From beginning to end, I didn't want to put it down. I'm anxiously waiting to go and get the second book and can't wait to finish the series, just to see what all happens when its over. I highly recommend this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006


    I am a fantasy fanatic, from Forgotten realms series to Dragon Lance series to Tolkien series to the Harry Potter series to the Wheel of time series, I've read them all!! And I must admit this is one of the best and most engrossing fantasy novel I've ever read in years. I didn't want to put it down. The twists and suspense and epic confrontations are very enjoyable. It can touch you're emotions very much. I read treason keep and waiting for Harshini. This is a must read for the escapist reader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    Some problems

    The names needed work. They were, to me, either too simple or too complex. A thematic element that I did not enjoy was that rape features heavily. Rape is not a random event in this book, but a pervasive theme that is repeated again and again, each time trying to top iself in its cruelty. I am not entertained by rape, and so was completely disappointed by this book. By the end, what little substance remained was lost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    What More Could You Ask For?!

    One of the things I look for when choosing a book to read off the shelf is the names of charecters and places from the book found in the summary or on my quick skim through the pages. The first name that caught my eye was 'Tarja.' I then saw 'R'shiel' and then 'Joyhinia' and 'Brakandaran' and so on. Okay, I had found a book with interesting names. Moving on to the summary, looks good. I checked Medalon out with my library card and went home to kick back and relax with a new story. HOLY COW!!!! The story did not have one of those beginnings that was slow and hard to get into, it started up right a way and never slowed down! The adventure, excitement, betrayal, romance, and intrigue were all there and captivated me as soon as I began. Tarja is easy to relate to, while R'shiel is far more complex a charecter and it is harder to fathom her feelings. But, come on, how many of is can say, 'Yeah I'm a demon child destined to kill a god!' I mean really! If you want a story that will carry you away into a world of amazement, here you go my friend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    Unimaginative and simple

    I am not sure why people are raving about this book. There is nothing truly creative or imaginative about it. This book is dialogue heavy and completely lacks any feeling of another place or another world....this is generic fantasy stuff written for 13 year olds!!! If you want to read great fantasy or sci-fi books try Hyperion by Dan Simmons or the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2005

    A sci-fi, and fantasy fan

    This was a definitely awesome book. This was the first book that I have ever read by this author, though it definitely won't be the last. When Treason's Keep comes out, I'm going to buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005


    I tend to be picky with what I read. I need a really good writer to keep me hooked. I am a fan of Robert Jordan and R.A. Salvatore, two master authors. I picked up Medalon in Barnes and Noble one day along with some other fantasy novels and read the first 15 pages without blinking. I took it home. Jennifer Fallon is without a doubt one of the Best Authors I have picked up. Inside or outside the United States.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    Great fantasy

    In Medalon, the Sisterhood of the Blade has methodically thwarted beliefs in the gods and the mythical magical Harshini though some folks quietly believe in the existence of both just not publicly because of dire consequences. The nation has enemies surrounding it as other countries are ruled by ¿heathens¿, faithful to the Gods and believing the Harshini live. Eighteen-year-old R'shiel Tenragen is the daughter of the First Sister of the Blade, haughty demanding Joyhinia. Because of Joyhinia¿s demands, R¿shiel is a postulant studying to become a Sister, but has doubts as she sees the backstabbing jealousies as more common than true loyalty. When R¿shiel and her half-brother alienate mommy dearest, they flee for their lives............................. The Gods have tasked the Harshini to do the impossible. The Harshini know that success is not viable yet failure is unacceptable. They need allies and R'shiel would be perfect though she is the daughter of generations of enemies. However, R¿shiel knows that a species just below the Gods that do not exist cannot be real; for those are two of the prime rules of the sisterhood.............................. This excellent opening of the six book Hythrun Chronicles fantasy series is superb because the key characters seem genuine with motives, pettiness, jealousy, and other human traits. Even the magical race Harshini seems real as they have doubts about their mission. The story line is as much a coming of age as it is an epic fantasy adventure to learn the truth about one¿s heritage mindful of Russia just after the fall of the Soviet Union. Fantasy fans will enjoy this stupendous novel that hooks the reader from the opening funeral pyre of the First Sister that sends smoke in the air............................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    Brilliant Fantasy

    I'd heard great things about this author from an Australian friend and was not disappointed. The characters in Medalon are fresh and original, the world beautifully detailed, the plot is unpredictable, the politics and religious issues thought-provoking and intelligent. I couldn't put it down. It is written with a sense of humor rare in fantasy and obviously doesn't take itself too seriously. I'll be hanging out for every book this author releases and can't wait for the next volume!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Everything a fantasy ought to be

    A brilliant book which starts a series that just goes from strength to strength. The story of a girl who finds out she's actually been created to kill a god and that all the troubles she's forced to endure are just the other gods' attempts to toughen her up for the job, this is an original, clever, unpredicatable book that you just can't put down. It's funny in places, heartbreaking in others, the demons are good, the gods are bad, and the characters are so real you'll believe they really exist.

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