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In the third book of this bestselling trilogy, Medalon has surrendered to Karien and tarja is once more an outlaw. the Defenders are scattered and their only hope for aid s Damin Wolfblade and the vast army of Hythria. But Damin has his own problems. the High Prince is dead and he must fight off a usurper to secure his throne and life the siege on his capital, before he caIn the third book of this bestselling trilogy, Medalon has surrendered to Karien and tarja is once more an outlaw. the Defenders are scattered and their only hope for aid s Damin Wolfblade and the vast army of Hythria. But Damin has his own problems. the High Prince is dead and he must fight off a usurper to secure his throne and life the siege on his capital, before he can think of aiding Medalon. For R'shiel time is running out. She must defeat Xaphista soon or the Harshini will be destroyed; she must find a way to weaken the Overlord's growing power; to bring peace to the divided southern nations; to free Medalon from Karien occupation and to find the strength to finally put an end to Loclon. R'Shiel has no idea how to defeat a God and with all the demands on her she is no longer sure that she has enough time to save anyone. A dazzling conclusion to this bestselling series....

Title : Harshini
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Number of Pages : 656 Pages
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Harshini Reviews

  • KatHooper
    2019-02-25 11:08

    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Up till now I've enjoyed Jennifer Fallon's Demon Child trilogy; her writing is competent (not beautiful, but competent), her characters intriguing, and the story was interesting enough. But I always had this feeling ... the same feeling I get when I watch my 2 year old daughter constructing a tower of blocks by stacking the big ones on top of the smaller ones ....Sure enough, just like my daughter's tower, in Harshini, it all comes crashing down.R'shiel finally embraces her role as Demon Child and we at last see her putting her riding leathers to good use -- she actually rides dragons in this novel (though it doesn't help much when taking a trip on a flying dragon takes just as long as it does in a rowboat). And that's probably the nicest thing I can say about R'shiel. She was never a particularly loveable heroine, but in Harshini, she's just a b*$. She is suddenly an outspoken expert in world politics and military tactics and the rulers of all the lands jump to obey her (even though she has no political or military experience and her grand plan in the last novel was a complete disaster). If they don't obey, she threatens to sic the gods on them. She's a bully, and it's hard to like people who act like that.Then we still have the problem with the arbitrary activities of the gods, the demons, and the Harshini. Gods and demons are called on to help at random times in random ways. I was really ticked when a demon popped out of nowhere to protect Brak from a crossbow bolt and Brak informed us that "the demons live to protect the Harshini." Huh? If this is true, why haven't we seen them protecting Harshini before now? R'shiel is supposedly undertaking this very dangerous and important mission, so where were the demons when she was beaten, raped, captured, stabbed in the gut, etc.? And, if they exist to protect the Harshini, why are they running around trying to gather believers so they can become gods? And, about the Gods: okay, I can understand a goddess of love, but a god of thieves? And, if Xaphista (the "bad" god) can so easily coerce people to try to kill R'shiel, why does he only try it with one person (who fails)? Why not several people? He's bad, but he's not smart. And I won't even get into the hypocricy of the Harshini not being able to do anything that might indirectly cause death -- there are too many logisitcal problems with that.The climax and ending of the novel was also random -- R'shiel's weird idea for killing the "bad" god was just plain silly. Most of what R'shiel does to solve problems is arbitrary and easy. She puts on a glamour to escape. She puts on a glamour to help other people escape. She threatens someone into doing what she wants them to. She gets crazy ideas that end up working. This randomness causes the reader to never be concerned that things won't work out in the end. I never felt any sort of fear or tension. Got a problem? Call a god or a demon, or do some random magic trick. Fantasy novel needs tension, and Fallon fails to deliver it in the last Demon Child novel.But, she's a good author -- I will not hesitate to pick up another Fallon series someday. Read more Jennifer Fallon book reviews at Fantasy Literature .

  • Steve
    2019-03-18 14:34

    I found this book just as hard to put down as the previous two in the series. It leaped right into the action and built to a rather long climax. The climatic battle of the book was a little short, to my mind, but was then replaced with a second climatic battle. Some of my quibbles were resolved in the final chapter, which was more an epilogue rather than wrapping up the story. A few storyline threads were left unresolved which I would have preferred tied up into a neat bow, but I can cope with how the book ended.

  • Connie53
    2019-03-11 12:23

    Weer een heerlijk deel van de Hythrun Chronicles. En het is nog niet afgelopen.

  • Erica Anderson
    2019-03-10 11:10

    This is the third book in the Hythrun Chronicles. Don't even try to jump in here if you haven't read the first two books--you'll be completely lost. Of the three books, I would say that this one is the weakest, but it's still miles beyond most fantasy out there. My major gripe is the structure of the ending, which will not please romance readers. SPOILERThe book ends with R'shiel confronting and defeating her nemesis Loclon. While this is a necessary plot element, I was disappointed that Fallon chose to end the book with this scene. A stronger, and more optimistic ending--which, as a romance reader I would have vastly preferred--would have had R'shiel setting off to find a way to resurrect Brak. While Fallon does provide sufficient set up for the reader to understand that this will likely happen, I would have preferred that she spell it out and end the book on a high note.Bottom line: The Hythrun Chronicles is a great fantasy trilogy with a bit of romance. Fallon has created a complex world of political maneuvering and religious bigotry that will please those who enjoy accurately drawn social conflict in their fantasy.

  • Carolyn-anne Templeton
    2019-03-07 14:23

    I started reading this book a bit worried... the last Fallon series I ended did not end as I would have liked, but the depth of this author's worlds and character keep me reading even when I'm upset with what's happening to them. The book started off the same. The say that I was a bit panicked about Tarja's change of personality would be an understatement (I might have cheated and skipped to the last chapter... evil, I know.) However, the way she weaved the story and plotpoints kept me reading even though I knew what was coming. Moreover, she completely convinced me to the point where the conclusion of the story was both perfect and incredibly sad. I would love to spend another week in this world. As it is, I've become a serious fan of Jennifer Fallon. She now ranks among my favourite authors.

  • Tiffany
    2019-03-10 15:32

    Well, the series wrapped up with a sense of regret. I did enjoy these books, and went out immediately to buy up the next series. The Wolfblade series is in the same world. Somehow, I feel this is the end of the story for both series. *Sigh*Good to get lost in, I really enjoyed this trilogy. The main characters were interesting, and there was less repetitive bores in the plot in the second two books. Really to see it come to an end. Let's just say, everyone gets their just desserts. So the ending is at least satisfying.Off to read the next series I found by her, the Immortal Prince and Tide Lords. I must admit, Fallon does a great job creating a world you can get lost in. It's the point of fantasy fiction. Bravo!

  • Sarah
    2019-03-19 18:13


  • Addy
    2019-03-12 15:26

    Amazing - as all her books are!!

  • Maggie
    2019-03-19 18:28

    I think the payoff at the end of this book is so worth the chore of reading the first book (and suffering through the boring arcs of the second book). Love that wasn't! Mind-blowing one night stand! Really interesting method of killing someone! A+ revenge on a rapist!

  • Joy
    2019-03-03 13:32

    A smooth read with likable characters and equally despicable villains. Best to read these three before book 7.

  • Tina
    2019-03-01 16:19

    Final book of the Demon Child trilogy.R'Shiel (the Demon Child) accompanies Damin Wolfblade and his new wife, princess Adrina back to Hythria so that R'Shiel can help the Hythrians accept the unorthodox marriage and to cement an alliance between the Hythrians and the Fardonyhans. Once they arrive, people are awed by the Demon Child but dismayed by the marriage of the heir to their throne and the daughter of their enemy. While R'shiel, Damin and Adrina try to convince them all of the necessity of the marriage and the alliance, civil war breaks out and Damin must fight for his rightful place as High Prince.Meanwhile the God Xaphista is not content to wait around to be killed by the Demon Child. He is busy planting doubt and attempting to suborn those closest to R'shiel to kill her first. R'Shiel is on her guard, not knowing where betrayal may come from. And Medalon is a kettle ready to boil. Joyihinia, now possessed by the sadistic Lochlon is issuing orders that are subtly overturning centuries of Medalonian law. The Defenders are quietly preparing for rebellion and the Harshini may not be able to hold Sanctuary for long as King Korandellan is dying.This series, which started less than stellarly for me, finished up quite nicely. This book was well written and quickly paced. I like that Fallon jumped from Hythria to Medalon to Fardonhya and back again so you could see what was going on in each place. She ratcheted up the tension very nicely.As I reflected back over this series I couldn't help but compare it to other series (trilogies especially) that featured a central, pivotal female character. Elizabeth Moon's Deeds of Paksenarrion trilogy, Raymond Feist/Janny Wurtz's Daughter of the Empire trilogy, Elizabeth Haydon's Rhapsody trilogy and even Jennifer Fallon's own Wolfblade trilogy all spring to mind. I enjoyed these trilogies very much. And I can acknowledge, first book notwithstanding, that I enjoyed this Demon Child trilogy very much. However I know that my enjoyment of those other series was largely because i very much liked the main characters. Paksennarion, Mara, Rhapsody and Marla were all quite engaging and easy to root for. I can't say the same for R'Shiel. I actually had a very hard time with R'Shiel and instead gravitated to the secondary, yet infinitely more interesting Adrina. Rather than liking this series because of R'Shiel, I liked it in spite of her.I do respect the fact that Fallon didn't go easy routes with R'shiel. In the end, R'shiel is a Godslayer. A very powerful person who affected great change in her time and place. So great that she basically united four warring regions and restored a persecuted, dying race back on the road to their former glory. Having accomplished all this it would be easy to give R'Shiel a nice, simple Happily Ever After. But she is denied that. Sure she triumphs and she is granted justice, but her road isn't the walk into the sunset that almost everyone else gets (even though, I think in the end R'shiel does literally walk away as the sun is setting...but you know what I mean). And I liked that very much. It felt very apropos. Also while this book was overall a great read, it does lose a few minor points with me in it's portrayal of Marla. My impression of Marla is very much one that I formed reading the Wolfbladetrilogy, which was written after this one. And I don't believe that the Marla she created in that trilogy would have reacted to Adrina the way she did in this book. I agree she would have been appalled at the political implications of Damin's marriage to Adrina, but the personal scorn of Adrina seemed out of character given how both of these societies view sexual relations. It just seemed to strike a discordant note with me considering how well she maintained continuity with Damin's character from one trilogy to the next.

  • Josh
    2019-02-24 12:33

    I have a really big bone to pick with Jennifer Fallon in this book, other than the titles (Medalon, Treason Keep and Harshini) which turned out to be little more than three arbitrary elements plucked from the story. No, worse than that was the fact that she got halfway through the book before it dawned on her that the whole Harshini magic system was flawed beyond belief and that for the ending to have any credibility whatsoever, she was going to have to introduce a few more rules that had somehow never come up before. Um, hello? WE'RE IN BOOK THREE!The climax was a spectacular fail almost on par with Jemisin's Kingdom of Gods (I've been really raking poor JemJem over the coals lately). I've said this time and time again, yet it seems to be an acceptable norm for some fantasy authors ... just because you're using magic doesn't mean you can throw all sense of logic and reason out the window. Your protagonist cannot just draw on some incredibly powerful and unprecedented level of whoop-ass, making some flashy lights and then pass out, only to find everything has miraculously turned out the way you hope. Fallon dedicated the better part of two whole pages to the fate of Xaphista which as I recall, was the point of the whole three novels. And he really didn't put up much of a fight.This was where the series really fell down for me. In the end, R'Shiel's quest took a back seat to everything else that was happening. Fortunately, the 'everything else' was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, because the poor demon child received so little screen time the whole thing because a half-arsed effort and detracted from the series as a whole. All she really did was get some powers, pretend to look at some scrolls, put in a token effort to appear helpless and overwhelmed, and then miraculously defeat the bad guys in less time and little more than rolling over in bed.Throughout Treason Keep and most of Harshini I really hated R'Shiel. She was very similar to Harry Potter in Order of the Phoenix ... you know when he goes all annoying and angsty and everyone wants to hit him over the head with a stove? R'Shiel is so inconsistent and in fact has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Towards the end however, this was pointed out by Fallon in a no so subtle way, that in fact she's meant to be like that. Her brutal upbringing, her confusing heritage and her unwieldy powers have all contributed to making her a selfish and annoying bitch and just because she finds herself the heroine of a fantasy series doesn't automatically make her a noble and gracious warrior goddess. Hmm ... maybe I underestimated you Fallon ... you can have this round.Adrina and Damin were once again in fine form, providing some much needed witty banter and more than a few comical moments. Actually, one of the funnier moments was Brak and R'Shiel's arrival at Talabar at which I actually laughed out loud. I think this was when I started hating her a little less.The world-building is quite strong in this series and the history and politics between the four nations is what makes up the bulk of the narrative (at least the interesting part). I would really have liked to see a little more of Karien and perhaps some part of the story from a Karien point of view. In fact now that I think about it, the story could have included a lot more and did feel a little rushed.Harshini like its two predecessors was incredibly easy to read and is a credit to Fallon's uncomplicated and flowing prose. From this point of view I really enjoyed reading it - it was really only the eye-roll-worthy moments and the gaping plot holes that were a little disappointing.

  • Josh
    2019-03-08 14:30

    A fairly satisfying conclusion to this trilogy featuring the Demon Child, R'Shiel.Fallon continues to have a deft hand when it comes to managing the politics of the situation; there's been a lot of upheaval over the course of these books for the nation of Medalon and to her credit, Fallon doesn't ignore this. But the final rush to confrontation with Xaphista is generally pretty good, mostly because Fallon's character's carry the day when her plotting flags a little.There's a "twist" that was telegraphed pretty obviously and finally comes to the fore here, but it's handled deftly enough by the characters involved that the heavy-handedness is easy enough to overlook. Several other manipulations are finally unraveled and that works reasonably as the major conflict is assembled.Frankly, Fallon does a pretty good job of managing a race of people as important protagonists who are total pacifists. It's an unusual fantasy novel that has room for people who simply can't conceive of an act of violence, not through philosophy but through their actual nature. It makes for a good balance against their magical powers. Fallon tosses in a mild justification for the foundation of the Sisters of the Blade and how the purge of the Harshini finally came about, but it's a bit patronizing and I'm not sure it casts the moral light on the Harshini Fallon intended. However, the half-breeds aren't managed quite as well. While R'Shiel and Brak are both good characters, it's hard to see how their race would fit in this world in any time, considering how little restraint over their magical powers they seem to have, and how much power they actually have. The Harshini have built-in curbs, but what hold back the half-breeds? simple lack of numbers? enough interference from the gods?It's a bit of a problem, but not enough to derail things. This is more one of those things that you start thinking about after you've finished the books and start picking apart a few details. Measured against the strengths (the contrast of the atheist society of Medalon against all of its neighbors, the rather fun collection of Primal and Incidental Gods taking an active role in things, and a number of well-rounded & interesting characters like Damin, Adrina, Tarja, Garet and more supporting R'Shiel and Brak) the book still comes out ahead.Overall, things are wrapped up pretty neatly. While there are certainly consequences left hanging from the invasions and godswar, the major problems are handled well. Unfortunately, it looks like the next trilogy is a prequel, featuring characters that are present in the first trilogy, a practice I find deeply frustrating and likely to keep me from seeking it out any time soon. Sorry, but when you yank away any real threat on characters it's hard for me to take you seriously when you try to put them in "danger".

  • Weirdology
    2019-03-14 14:14

    I was very bored with this book. I lost interest in the story by the end of book 2, but thought I would try continuing with the series anyway. I got about 3/4ths of the way through and gave up. It took me a little over a month. I think that's the longest I ever spent on one book. I kept putting it down. The beginning was very slow. I don't even remember what happened. When it finally started to pick up, around the middle, it was still pretty slow and also very predictable. I ended up just skimming the chapters from Damin's and Adrina's point of view. Damin has always been boring to me, but in the second book Adrina used to be one of my favorite characters to read about. I know characters are supposed to evolve with the story and the author was just making her a better person, but it also made her boring. About half of this books plot centered around Adrina's and Damin's relationship. I'm not big on romance, so of course, this bored me too. Even when these two characters weren't in a scene we're still reading about them because whosoever point of view we're reading from (R'Shiel, Brak, etc...) is thinking about them and their relationship and getting all mushy brained. It was odd. I don't think most people give that much thought to other peoples relationships, especially if you hardly know the people, like Brak. (view spoiler)[The situation between R'shiel and Tarja was predictable, and even though I haven't read that part, I know who they end up with. Tarja's new relationship was set up a long time ago. It was too obvious and I knew those two were going to end up together ever since the beginning of the first book. :/ I can't believe that was dragged out all the way to the end of the last book. Was this change in relationships supposed to be a surprise? (hide spoiler)]So yeah, the romance was too heavy for me. The first book started out full of politics, religion, social issues and culture and I feel like those themes have been replaced (mostly but not totally) by romance. I'm giving it two stars because it's not completely horrible like other books I've read, just boring and not my cup of tea.

  • Tea
    2019-03-16 11:21

    Where Treason Keep is probably one of my all-time favorite reads if for nothing more than the fun character dynamics, Harshini is a one-time read. Having first read Fallon's The Tide Lords I was sad to find that the ending of this trilogy was also unsatisfying (although, certainly not to the same extent).Once again it is the adventures of Damin Wolfblade and Adrina that gave me the most joy and helped me turn each page with thrill. I still don't quite understand how their distrust of one another was finally resolved (more like I felt the dialogue was very inconclusive, but maybe that's the point), but I loved them nonetheless. King Hablot is a bastard, but terribly fun to read.R'shiel was just a disappointment. I was glad she was finally taking action and driving the plot, except she was such a senseless bully that she puts a whole new face on the meaning of "hero". She's really not that likable, and that she was the reason for the political changes-- well, I frankly wish Fallon had found another way to orchestrate the political changes that happened (like letting Adrina instigate), because there is very little in R'shiel's repertoire to suggest she had the intelligence for any of this.On top of which-- where Treason Keep felt more luck and smarts, Harshini feels more like luck and hard-to-believe scenarios, mostly because everything that happens has to do with R'shiel's bullying tactics.By far, the worst part was the final chapter of the book, which ends rather darkly, even if you feel that justice is served. I still enjoyed the book and reading the ending, but I think that things could have been done differently in any number of ways in order to improve the story.

  • Lauren
    2019-02-22 14:32

    In this final book we join R'shiel, Tarja, Damien, Adrina & Brak as we finally bring to a close all the craziness that is tearing their warring countries apart. My big beef with this book is that everything was too easy. All of these countries find peace through the bullying and manipulations of a spoiled & arrogant child who, up until this book, was throwing temper tantrums & doing her damndest to avoid her destiny. Im sorry but it didn't sit with me. (view spoiler)[Like Damien & Adrina's marriage - Hablet was pissed & ready to declare war on Hythria so in comes R'shiel with her black eyes, throwing around power like she's some badass Halfbreed assaasin & threatens Hablet with her Demon Child status into falling in line. Same with Marla & any other situation of conflict people found themselves in. It was ridiculous!! (hide spoiler)]It wasn't the best close to a series that I loved so much. Even though I didn't like R'shiel nearly as much as I wanted - I still hoped she would find some kind of HEA. She deserved it after the hell she went through... (view spoiler)[Ok by this point in the story - I am very attached to Brak & my heart was ripped out when he died! I NEVER SAW IT COMING AND I AM NOT ASHAMED TO SAY THAT I CRIED LIKE A 3 YEAR OLD WITH A SKINNED KNEE!! (hide spoiler)]Also, I hated that ending with Loclan. I wanted R'shiel to kill him. True, his fate is much worse - but still!!! However, that was probably the most mature thing she has ever done. A great series that could have ended better. The characters are real, flawed and not all of them likeable & the twist and turns are surprising enough to keep you interested until the end.

  • ken
    2019-03-12 13:09

    The Kariens' god is dead and R'shiel has killed him.That's not a spoiler, since that's what R'shiel's destiny is, and she has fulfilled it. This was yet another riveting read and I could hardly bear to part with it. I read two hundred pages in a day! Which isn't that much of a feat, but I also found myself beginning to skim because I was too impatient and needed to know what was happening next.The Hythrun Chronicles is not a game changer. It relied heavily upon preexisting fantasy tropes. It did nothing special to break away from the common ideas that make up fantasy, and it did a good job sticking to the rules. The magic, the interference of deities, and even the existence of the Harshini (who are vaguely elvish in how they are presented) aren't new to the genre, but it wasn't a problem because the execution was still beautiful, and it fit like a perfect piece in the story as a whole. I am infinitely glad that I stumbled upon this series.Although, I'm curious as to why the cover for Harshini is the one with Dranymire and R'shiel (view spoiler)[flying into Dregian Castle (hide spoiler)] when it wasn't a particularly important scene. Maybe they just wanted to have dragons on the cover? Who knows.

  • ShariMulluane
    2019-03-07 13:26

    The focus jumps around wildly in this final book, and it maybe a bit too chaotic. The characters are still wonderful and fun to watch, especially Damin and Adrinna. The Demon Child rushes from problem to problem, often bullying her way into a solution, and not just the people, the gods get bullied around too. There are some very sweet moments in this book and some heartbreaking ones too. This final installment will take you on an emotional rollercoster ride so you best hang on tight. I even found tears in my eyes at one point and I'm not an emotional type person. And at the very end was a bit of poetic justice that just masterful in its conception.The book wraps things up nicely, there was one exception, one character was left dangling without any resolution, but I'll let you figure out who for yourself. I found the pace and depth a little bit off compared to the other two but I'm far from disappointed. Honestly, I throughly enjoyed the whole series and don't regret a minute of the time I spent reading it. Likely I'll be reading it again, anytime I want a good character driven story with lovable characters.Read Full Review @ Dragons, Heroes and Wizards

  • Marie
    2019-03-14 19:12

    This is the last of the trilogy and if you haven't a clue what I'm talking about it's because you need to read the other two first. I have a subtitle for Harshini as well. It'd be: Can the people in the house please fulfil their destiny? It draaaaagged. In the end I just wanted everyone to get a freaking move on. Still, it's a good last installment, however, not as good as the first two. Too much is happening, some of it cramped and rushed, especially the fighting. I mean, I'm no fan of endless battle descriptions but two paragraphs is too little even for me. There certainly was potential for more. Some of the little, lovable side-characters suffer from the high amount of action and get brushed aside which is a shame. I wanted more pregnant Adrina, I wanted more Mikel and I wanted far more Tarja. But it all ended well, however unexpected in some ways. I grieve for Brak and no matter how much I loved the ending, there should have been a brighter silver lining at the horizon for him and R'shiel, not the somewhat vague possibilities she has. But all in all, it was good. Really, really good, solid fantasy. Read it, it's worth it.

  • Nanci
    2019-02-19 12:18

    Booklist says: "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."

  • Marlene
    2019-03-04 15:19

    First of all, I had a great time reading this trilogy. I pretty much devoured it in a week. Medalon was a bit darker than the others, and I liked Treason Keep best, mostly because of the pairings. However, Harshini the Hythrun Chronicles cuts a close second. Fallons witty dialogue, the believable characters, and the well depicted world she creates make The Demon Child Triology fun, exciting, and simply very enjoyable. Hence, I am looking forward to the other trilogy set in the same world, but about 30 years earlier: The Wolfblade Trilogy.

  • Cecile
    2019-03-18 15:15

    In this last part of the Demon Child Trilogy, the whole story is rushing to its conclusion.After her first battle of will against Xaphista, R'shiel is more than ever determined to get rid of him, and at the same time she's developing a bit of a grudge against the other gods, who messed up with her life. So she progressively comes up with a plan. Having the Demon Child taking matters in her own hands gets everyone else worried, but she's got a knack of convincing both mortals and immortals that her path is the only choice if she's to destroy the Kariens' god. She certainly don't do things by halves and gets the whole world upside down before the end.This is a great series, full of strong and colourful characters, a gripping story with a purposeful plot.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-20 13:19

    This book was another excellent addition to the trilogy! I was really sad that Tarja falls out of love with R'shielle but I was so happy for her and Brak to finally be together!!!! I really didn't see that one coming but I thought why shouldn't it! I hope that the author continues on with her story and that she finds a way to bring Brak back to life. Or if not her story a story of the Purge when Brak was younger would be really great too!

  • Kendra
    2019-03-21 13:28

    Take two!Read both trilogy sets, in order, rather then when they were written. Thoroughly enjoyed them, and recommend the reading that way. The first trilogy fills in the depth of one of the main characters in the second trilogy.Tons of info, lots of storyline. Packed full. The series took me about 3 weeks to read.

  • David Phipps
    2019-02-21 15:38

    This was a good end to the trilogy. It went a little bit against expectation which is good. I did lose interest a little in this third book so it took me longer to finish it. Overall I'm on the fence about keeping this trilogy on my bookshelf now that I'm so much more stricter about what books I keep.

  • Lynn Abbey
    2019-02-25 15:21

    Taken as a whole, this trilogy is above average. The good v. evil elements, while present and well-handled, aren't what makes Fallon's storytelling stand out. That honor goes to her main characters who are always true to their intelligence and their flaws. Fallon's dialogs are particularly crisp and she makes good use of shifting POV to reveal her main characters' strengths and prejudices

  • Jenny
    2019-03-03 19:22

    conclusion of trilogy. so r'shiel has to step up and be the demon child, but has to give up humanity. how does she defeat the evil primal god patterned after the stringent moral beliefs of the catholic church? by a moment of pleasure with nothing labeled as "sin." one could see how i could take issue with the book. i do like the flow of her books - she doesn't overdo things.

  • Micaela
    2019-03-02 15:10

    This is probably the best of the Harshini books, but Fallon's later work is definitely better. There are some clever bits for sure, but the ending wraps everything up a little too neatly. I'm glad Fallon is working on a sequel series to help remedy that. The prequel series was absolutely fabulous (Wolfblade Trilogy), with much more believable politicking.

  • Jennavier
    2019-03-14 18:09

    This is where the series falls apart for me. Disclaimer before I start: I read this at seventeen so my reactions to it probably weren't mature. The writing is still strong and the characters are still fascinating. The ending completely lost me. Fallon chose to take the series down a road that I had a pretty hard time agreeing with.

  • Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
    2019-02-21 14:12

    I have a different cover (and mine is prettier) and I love how it shows what's going to happen whilst not being a spoiler.An excellent end to a series. The dialogue remains just as witty and the characters are so perfectly developed that it makes it almost impossible to put this book down. R'shiel is finally embracing her role as Demon Child and eee, it's epic.