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...?
"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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Fantasy, politics and religion
I am going to search for more books read by this great performer. Great accents , easy to follow which character is speaking.
Listened to all three books in the series in about 4 days. Couldn't stop listening.
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.
A great beginning to a new trilogy