Medalon by Jennifer Fallon
(The Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy, Book 1)

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According to legend, the last king of the Harshini sired a half-human child, known as the Demon Child, born to destroy a god . . . lists Medalon in the world's top 30 best political fantasy books along with New York Times Best Seller, Game of Thrones.  
The small country of Medalon is caught 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 they have been exterminated and in their place the Sisters of the Blade rule Medalon from their once magical Citadel. An elite army of Defenders enforces the Sisterhood's oppressive rule and ensure the Harshini and their gods never return.

R'shiel, only daughter of the First Sister of the Blade, rebels against the Sisterhood when her mother's politicking gets too much for her to stomach. Her half-brother, Tarja, a Captain in the Defenders, rebels with her when he learns the secret their mother has kept hidden all these years, and realizes she will stop at nothing to protect it.

Tarja and R'shiel flee for their lives, but soon find themselves caught up in the heathen rebellion against the Sisterhood. With their new allies, their lives take a turn neither could ever have imagined.

Meanwhile, far south in Hythria, the land ruled by the powerful Wolfblade clan, Brakandaran the Halfbreed, the legendary Harshini outcast, is secretly called on by the last hidden remnants of the Harshini to find the demon child, the half-human child of the dead Harshini king, Lorandranek. 

About Jennifer Fallon

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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.
Published April 1, 2004 by Tor Books. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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 attem...

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Medalon is a country ringed by hostile, heathen nations and beset by internal politics filled with blackmail, backbiting and single-minded power-mongering—at least that's how it seems to R'shiel Tenragen, the wayward 18-year-old daughter of the First Sister of the Blade and the appealing heroine ...

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Keeping to true fantasy tropes, this lost child has no inkling of her true identity as the book opens -- and neither, apparently, has the only other half-Harshini character, Brak, sent by the rest of the Harshini and the Gods (who have a somewhat disconcerting ability to waltz in and out of human...

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Fantasy Literature

But, the First Sister has just been murdered, and while the sisters are plotting and jockeying for position amongst themselves, the Demon Child — a human/Harshini half-breed — is coming to maturity in Medalon and the gods, who are involved in their own plots, need to find the child because it’s t...

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We are told that two types of god exist: Primal gods, a natural form (who represent naturally occurring things such as love, war, theft, healing, etc.) and Incidental gods, a form based on belief of worshippers, which are actually a combination of demons.

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