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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 the Sisterhood's oppressive rule. The Harshini and their demons are believed to be extinct and Medalon has an uneasy peace with its northern and southern neighbours.
R'shiel Tenragan, daughter of the First Sister, and her half-brother Tarja find themselves caught up in the political infighting amongst the Sisters of the Blade. When their mother's scheming becomes too much to bear, R'shiel and Tarja are determined to follow their own path and they flee the Citadel. Their lives take a turn neither could ever have imagined and the Defenders of Medalon hunt them as traitors. Meanwhile, far south in Hythria, Brak, a Harshini outcast, is called to find the demon child, the half-human child of the dead Harshini King, Lorandranek. But what can this mean to R'shiel...?
©2000 Jennifer Fallon (P)2014 Audible Studios
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Critic Reviews

"Sparkling high fantasy debut… satisfying melodrama, stocked with well-developed characters with clear motivations that carry them through a series of byzantine plots and counterplots, a mini-rebellion and even face-to-face contact with a variety of gods." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fallon brings a fair quota of wit and a healthy dose of realism... engaging." (Kirkus)
"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." (RT Book Reviews)
"Characterizations ... are well realized, and the suspense is palpable throughout." (Booklist)
"Medalon is an intriguing, intelligent and fun read with a refreshing take on female characters so often not seen in the genre." (Elizabeth Haydon)
"… fantasy fans will take to Jennifer Fallon like ducks to water. Her straightforward adventure storytelling stands to build her quite a following..." (SF Reviews)
"… a queen of the fantasy genre... Medalon is a deep draught from the well of classic High Fantasy -- and there are many readers out there waiting for their thirst to be quenched. I predict that Fallon will be a household name very soon, and not just Down Under." (SF Site)
"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 05-18-14

Fantasy, politics and religion

What about Imogen Church’s performance did you like?

I am going to search for more books read by this great performer. Great accents , easy to follow which character is speaking.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened to all three books in the series in about 4 days. Couldn't stop listening.

Any additional comments?

I love Jennifer Fallon's blend of politics, and religion placed in a fantasy setting. When the heroes save the day everything doesn't just end happily ever after. The social and political ramifications of the events are played out in a realistic way against the backdrop of fantasy. The characters have to survive on their wits even though they may wield magic.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bob-o on 05-07-14

A great beginning to a new trilogy

I really liked this series all in all. I'm a Jennifer Fallon fan now. Book 1 and 3 are the best. At times I thought it reminded me of several high fantasy books (insert best sellers here) , almost to the point of plagerism, but it did have some definitely original ideas and a well thought out magic system. Sometimes the heroine is just a little too stupid and you want to tell her not to do something, but she does; however it didn't make me want to stop listening. The narration was excellent. I hope to listen to listen to her naration again some day

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5 out of 5 stars
By L. A. Greenbank on 04-07-14

So glad to be back

If you could sum up Medalon in three words, what would they be?

political intrigue fantasy

Have you listened to any of Imogen Church’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard any other performances by the reader

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud in my car when I relieved some of the wise cracks and scarcastic comments from the humans, and the mischief of the gods

Any additional comments?

I read the paperbacks a few years ago and after a lot of browsing decided to revisit medalon as my first download from Audible. I'm so glad I did, I now remember why I couldn't put them down all those years ago, it took me seconds to download the next book in the series. I'm also excited to see that some of her other series, which I've struggled to find in the uk, are available in audio format too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By lee moore on 06-12-17

WOW WOW WOW

Jeniffer Fallon is one of my favourite authors and imported hardback copies of the demon child sit vary proudly on my bookshelf. so it was a must to listen to on audible. I was hoping they weren't going to be ruined by bad narration. but from others reviews I was confident it wouldn't be. and I wasn't wrong there. Imogen church his amazing and brings the story alive in a way that reading cannot do. I love this book even more now than I ever did. time to start treason keep

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4 out of 5 stars
By Yoga Satya on 05-24-18

Excellent fantasy

I've been looking for a fantasy writer that I would enjoy as much as I did work by Hobbs, Martin and Rothfuss, and Fallon is a close contender. There are interesting ideas, particularly relating to the gods, that are relatively unique and great fun. The characters are well-rounded; you can certainly engage with them. There was no extraneous writing.. it is succinct and yet very descriptive.
I'm very fussy about narrators, but Church narrates quite beautifully; I will look out for her work in future. The voices she creates are a good fit for the characters and the narration in general flows very nicely.
I'm disappointed we can't give half stars or I would give the story 4.5; it very nearly makes the grade as one of the very best of fantasy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 04-27-16

Great 'read' and story

I have already read this book in paperback form, but I found the audio book amazing the narration was wonderful with the characters being acted out amazingly. I picked up on details that I previously hadn't as well which is good.

If you want to read a novel that is both intreging, fast paced and magical then this is the one for you

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