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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