"This excellent opening of a new fantasy series is teriffic"
In Medalon, the Sisterhood of the Blade has methodically
thwarted beliefs in the gods and the mythical magical
Harshini though some folks quietly believe in the
existence of both just not publicly because of dire
consequences. The nation has enemies surrounding it as
other countries are ruled by "heathens", faithful to the
Gods and believing the Harshini live. Eighteen-year-old
R'shiel Tenragen is the daughter of the First Sister of
the Blade, haughty demanding Joyhinia. Because of
Joyhinia's demands, R'shiel is a postulant studying to
become a Sister, but has doubts as she sees the
backstabbing jealousies as more common than true loyalty.
When R'shiel and her half-brother alienate mommy dearest,
they flee for their lives.
The Gods have tasked the Harshini to do the impossible.
The Harshini know that success is not viable yet failure
is unacceptable. They need allies and R'shiel would be
perfect though she is the daughter of generations of
enemies. However, R'shiel knows that a species just below
the Gods that do not exist cannot be real; for those are
two of the prime rules of the sisterhood.
This excellent opening of the six book Hythrun Chronicles
fantasy series is superb because the key characters seem
genuine with motives, pettiness, jealousy, and other human
traits. Even the magical race Harshini seems real as they
have doubts about their mission. The story line is as
much a coming of age as it is an epic fantasy adventure to
learn the truth about one's heritage mindful of Russia
just after the fall of the Soviet Union. Fantasy fans
will enjoy this stupendous novel that hooks the reader
from the opening funeral pyre of the First Sister that
sends smoke in the air.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 14, 2004