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Australian author Fallon's rousing final entry in her Demon Child trilogy (after 2004's Treason Keep) relies less on standard high fantasy tropes than its predecessors. Half-Harshini/half-human R'shiel is now comfortable with her destiny as the demon child, but she's still clueless about how to accomplish her mission. Nor does she completely understand her powers or how to use them. Intent on saving the gods and the demigodlike Harshini by defeating the austere god Xaphista, whose minions control the land of Medalon, R'shiel must also act as a marriage counselor to Princess Adrina of Fardohnya and Damin Wolfblade, Warlord of Krakandar, whose union she has forced for political purposes. Guided by the half-Harshini Brak, R'shiel has little time to accomplish her many tasks, since the Harshini king grows ever weaker. Once past the initial requisite précis of the past, readers will find that the pace moves briskly to the dramatic conclusion.
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Book three of the Hythrun Chronicles moves inexorably toward the final battle against the god Xaphista and his fanatical followers. R'shiel has accepted her role as the demon child and, though still learning her great powers, knows she must defeat the god before he destroys the Harshini and takes all the lands as his own. Medalon has surrendered to the god's forces, and Tarja and the Defenders have been forced to flee into the wilderness, where Tarja hopes to join forces with Damin Wolfblade and his Hythrun army. But the Hythrun high prince has died, and the Hythrun capital is besieged by the forces of a pretender to the throne. Damin, now the high prince, must save the city. As in Medalon (2004) and Treason Keep (2004), the capricious gods are part of the mix, and now intrigue and counterintrigue become even more complicated. The battles are fierce, the losses heartrending in Fallon's beautifully created world, whose disparate inhabitants are once again completely convincing, making Harshini a chilling, thrilling conclusion to the trilogy. Sally Estes
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Product Details

  • Series: The Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy, Book 3 (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1St Edition edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765309882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765309884
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,944,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Fallon is the author of 17 full-length bestselling novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction, and a bestselling series on writing.

In addition to 4 complete fantasy series - The Demon Child trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles, the Second Sons Trilogy,The Tide Lords Quadrilogy and the Rift Runners series - Fallon has written both a tie-novel and short fiction for the TV series, Stargate SG1, an official Zorro story, a novella for the Legends of Australian Fantasy Anthology and has a superhero - The Violet Valet (CHICKS IN CAPES).

Fallon has a Masters Degree from the Creative Arts faculty of QUT. A computer trainer and application specialist, Fallon currently works in the IT industry and spends at least a month each year working at Scott Base in Antarctica.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucas Trengove on June 27, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked this series and burned through it in about 5 days, the author has a knack for moving things along quickly which I really enjoyed and find lacking in a lot of other authors. I give it 2.5 stars but rounded up because of the entertaining value of the book. The reason I write this review is because I found few reviews on this book that actually told me what I was getting into, so hopefully you can get a bit from these points.

-Very unique ideas in this novel, the concept of the Harshini and the demons, and how God's worked especially, were very entertaining, and sparked some actual real world thought about the nature of religion and God. The way she included dragons was interesting as well. I liked how they were melds and not "real," but the author never really told us how they got the idea of dragons in the first place, so they didn't really fit the story.
-As mentioned above, the book is not lacking action and it moves quickly, the story is intriguing and keeps your attention. I would say that I only found my attention falling about 3-4 times in each book of the series.

-Many people on here acclaim her character development but I never really saw it. Their depth really wasn't there. For example, Tarja, hes a defender, believes what is right and wrong, and does that exclusively and by almost any means. You never really get a feel for him. The author treats the main characters almost as literary tools at times which tended to annoy me.
-The way events happen in the book rarely have much to do with the characters actually being smart, and more with luck, or a God coming in to help. The blatant use of a Deus Ex Machina in the form of one of the Gods OVER AND OVER again really starts to grate on you.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on September 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Harshini is the final book in the first trilogy of Jennifer Fallon's The Hythrun Chronicles. And if that sounds confusing, that's because Tor has decided to put all six books into that series name, despite the fact that it's two different trilogies. In this book, a lot of the intricacies of the previous two books are undone and it's a lot more straightforward than either Medalon or Treason Keep. That can be a good thing, except that it loses a little bit of what makes Fallon's work so special. It's still a fitting conclusion, but things are wrapped up a bit too quickly and the characters are a bit flatter than normal.

Usually, I really like the way Fallon handles political intrigue, juggling so many balls that many authors would likely lose them all. In Harshini, she does a decent job, but I didn't get the same sense I have in her previous books, where R'Shiel and her companions have to constantly be moving in order to keep all of the balls in the air. Instead, this book almost has her do it in step-by-step fashion. She's solved one problem with Damin and Adrina's marriage, so she travels with them to Hytheria. There, Damin has his own problems, especially with having a Fardohnyan bride, so R'Shiel has to help him solve that problem. Then another roadblock gets in the way, and dealing with that one also helps her deal with a subsequent one. Then she has to go back to Medalon for the final showdown. It's almost fantasy politics by rote, and it got a little boring. Thankfully, Fallon's skill with characterization made sure that it didn't get too dull.

R'Shiel is still done very well, though she became a bit more wooden in this book than she has in the past.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ilmk on October 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Jennifer Fallon concludes her stunning trilogy with Harshini, a series that is as grandiose as Eddings in characterisation and as crafted as Feist in its plot. Amongst the recent mediocrity in fantasy publications this stands out as a shining example of quality authorship that harks back to the genre's pinnacle years of the late eighties.

So, in this last effort, we start with the Kairen invasion halted, R'Shiel, the Demon Child, in control once more of the Hytherian warbands, Damin Wolfblade married to the firebrand Fardonhyan princess, Adrina and Tarja is left scratching his head after being saved with a demon-meld blood transfusion. Whilst Tarja takes the defecting Defenders south, struggling to come to terms with the fact that his love for R'Shiel was geas-induced, she rips through the Hytherian nobility like a tornado showing the poise, aloofness and sorcerous exasperation that is so reminiscent of Polgara.

Whilst Adrina and Damin are finally admitting they love each other and Damin is securing this throne, R'Shiel bullies Adrina's father into aiding both Hytherin and then securing the Citadel against the invading Karien army. The reappearance of Sanctuary after Korandellan's death and the return of the Harshini sparks the climatic scenes where R'Shiel finally understands how to defeat Xaphista and proceeds to do so before tying up the malevolent loose end that is Loclon.

Jennifer Fallon's trilogy is reminiscent in characterisation and style of David Eddings' finest efforts. It is, therefore, no surprise that this fresh visit on such a winning fantasy strategy succeeds so admirably.
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