"Exciting sword and sorcery thriller"
Though succeeding along with her half brother Tarja in
their revolt against their obsessed mother, ruling First
Sister of the Blade of Medalon, R'shiel is dying and the
kingdom is in trouble from outside invaders seeing an
opportunity to take advantage of weakness. Tarja and his
small loyalists struggle to stop the Karien invasion.
R'shiel's only hope to survive is to somehow find and
convince the magical Harshini healers to save her life.
The Harshini agree, but R'sheil must pay the price. Though
the healers vow never to kill, they use others to handle
the dirty work as fees for services rendered. R'shiel must
destroy the Karien God Xaphista.
Meanwhile alliances are forming. Tarja joins with the
Warlord of Krakander, Damin Wolfblade while the kingdom of
Fardohyna, through a regal marriage of Princess Adrina,
forges a partnership with Karien. However, betrayal and
personal agendas are everywhere.
Book Two of the Hythrun Chronicles (see MEDALON for the
first tale) is an exciting sword and sorcery thriller that
focuses more on the adventures of Damin and Adrina rather
than the half-siblings, overall stars of the series. The
story line hooks the audience as it moves along the four
prime subplots until all converge in a terrific climax.
Though like most fantasy miniseries, readers are better
off starting with the first chronicle as references allude
back to it, newcomers will still appreciate this strong
tale that never slows down until that final convergence of
heroes and villains.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 21, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007