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.
- Treason Keep
It’s time to give my favourites some more love! Especially when they are not given the recognition they deserve – if you ask me 😀
You might have noticed, that I am a big fan of Jennifer Fallon’s writing and it all started with the first book of the Demon Child Trilogy. I read it years ago in German and then again in English for a second time.
We follow the life of young R’Shiel (worst.name.ever) at the citadel, which is the place from which the Sisterhood rules all of Medalon. They are not much fun at all, as they deny the existence of magic and hide any traces or evidence of it. Granted, there is no magic anywhere close at the moment, after the Sisterhood eliminated it years ago.. But they want to keep it like that!
But of course, trouble is coming their way, in the form of R’Shiel, who is not one of the Sister’s daughter, but the child of a god & a human – destined to bring down a god!
Throughout the book R’Shiel starts standing up to the Sisterhood and adapting to the task she was created for. But not without problems. R’Shiel is not a perfect heroine. She is ruthless, ignorant and can be very stubborn & impulsive. She is not a very likeable character in the start but I loved reading about her anyways, since she goes through lots of changes and her character grows as the story moves forward.
I always love Fallon’s characters – they are real and I can relate and feel for them. Or hate them with a passion.
The story is told from different perspectives – we even move outside of Medalon and visit different places, like Karien (which is super religious and doesn’t want to hear anything of magic!), Hythria (more relaxed and believes in magic & gods, half-gods etc.) and Fahrdonya, where the ruler has a harem full of wives and rebellious daughters but can’t manage to have a son!
We follow one of those rebellious daughters, Adrina, who is getting married off to the prince of Karien (or supposed to – she doesn’t want any of that!), the half-human Brakandaran, who was probably my favourite character and cocky prince Damin Wolfblade, who is in a constant struggle with the defenders of Medalon.
I loved all of their dynamics – the story is character-driven but you still can’t complain about the world-building. Everything seems real and I had a great picture of the world in my head.
I love that there are so many twists and turns and lots of court politics, that are fun to read about. Lots of surprises and if you are a fan of schemes & backstabbing, as well as strong female characters who stand up for themselves, those books are definitely for you!
The story is clever and everything fits together perfectly. Once I started reading, I wasn’t able to put the book down again.
There’s lots of magic, even some romance (some of it tragic^^), gods walking the earth and interfering AND you get cute little funny demons who can melt together and form DRAGONS!
It’s funny as well! All in all, a good balance!