Friday, June 27, 2008

Medalon (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy: Book 1)

According to legend, the last king of the Harshini sired a half-human child, known as the Demon Child, born to destroy a god . . .

The Sisterhood of the Blade rules Medalon with an iron fist--an iron fist within the steel 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, an Harshini outcast, who forces them to face the most shocking fact of all: the Demon Child, thought to be nothing more than legend, may have been loosed in Medalon.*Blurb source* Macmillan
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Medalon (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy: Book 1)

| Author: Jennifer Fallon
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765348667
| ISBN-13: 9780765348661
| Content: Demons, Mythology, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Reprint edition (October 28, 2004)
| Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
| Cover Illustration: Paul Youll
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
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♥ Mini Review ♥
After doing a few rather dark series I figured I'd lighten things up a bit.

The Hythrun Chronicles fit that bill.This story takes place in Medalon, a country where all forms of religion are forbidden. Ruled by the Sisterhood of the Blade, backed up by the Defenders, an elite force of warriors sworn to the First Sister, Medalon has eradicated the worship of the Harshini and their Gods. Or have they? Regardless of how hard they try, rumors of heathen worship and the supposed coming of the Demon Child, continue to pop up.

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The characters in this book are delightful. You have R'shiel, daughter of and in training to become, a Sister of the Blade. Tarja, her half brother, raised from a young age to become a Defender. Joyhinia, mother to them both, a cold, calculating woman with all the warmth of a snake. Brak, a half breed Harshini, irreverent friend to the Gods , a man supposedly belonging to a race completely destroyed by the Sisterhood. And there are the Gods. In many ways I liked them the best.

When Joyhinia takes control of the Sisterhood, both R'Shiel and Tarja find themselves in full rebellion against their mother. In fear for their lives both flee Medalon and come face to face with things they never dreamed possible. They are forced by circumstances to join a rebellion against the Sisterhood, discover a serious threat from the adjoining nation of Karien, meet Brak and even a few of the heathen Gods (though they are unaware at first who they are dealing with) and discover that not all myths and legends are just flights of fancy. Including the ones concerning the Demon Child.

I love books like these. The author manages to close most chapters with a line or two that makes me grin. Now don't get me wrong, there is plenty of violence, hate, betrayal, and even a rape (not detailed but does take place) plus twists and turns that will almost leave you breathless. But there is also mystery, romance, loyalty and humor mixed in. The pace picks up steadily throughout the book, it's a definite page turner and while the story concludes satisfactorily, it does leave you looking forward to the next book.

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Reviewed by Mulluane on June 27 2008
Rating: 5 of 5

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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