by Jennifer Fallon
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
0 pages; ISBN: 0765309874
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Tor, Nov 2004, $25.95, 496 pp.
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.
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