Medalon Book Summary and Study Guide

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Tor, May 2004, 24.95, 400 pp.
ISBN: 0765309866

In , the Sisterhood of the Blade has methodically thwarted beliefs in the gods and the mythical magical Harshini though some folks quietly believe in the existence of both just not publicly because of dire consequences. The nation has enemies surrounding it because other countries are ruled by others who are faithful to the Gods and believing the Harshini live. Eighteen-year-old R'shiel Tenragen is the daughter of the First Sister of the Blade, haughty demanding Joyhinia. Because of Joyhinia's demands, R'shiel is a postulant studying to become a Sister, but has doubts as she sees the backstabbing jealousies as more common than true loyalty. When R'shiel and her half-brother alienate mommy dearest, they flee for their lives.
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The Gods have tasked the Harshini to do the impossible. The Harshini know that success is not viable yet failure is unacceptable. They need allies and R'shiel would be perfect though she is the daughter of generations of enemies.

The story line is as much a coming of age as it is an epic fantasy adventure to learn the truth about one's heritage mindful of Russia just after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Youngster becomes    -   guardian of justice Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Family relations    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   a teen


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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