HarperCollins (US), May 2001 (reprint)
The small country of Medalon lies between the vast nation of Karien in thenorth and the nations of Fardohnya and Hythria in the south. For centuriesthe Medalonians co-existed peacefully with the Harshini, a magical race thatabhors killing. But now they are gone and in their place the Sisters of theBlade rule Medalon from the Citadel. An elite army of Defenders enforces theSisterhood's oppressive rule. The Harshini and their demons are believed tobe extinct and Medalon has an uneasy peace with its northern and southernneighbours.
R'shiel Tenragan, daughter of the First Sister, and her half-brother Tarjafind themselves caught up in the political infighting amongst the Sisters ofthe Blade. When their mother's scheming becomes too much to bear, R'shieland Tarja are determined to follow their own path and they flee the Citadel.Their lives take a turn neither could ever have imagined and the Defendersof Medalon hunt them as traitors.
Meanwhile, far south in Hythria, Brak, a Harshini outcast, is called to find the demon child, the half-human child of the dead Harshini King,Lorandranek. But what can this mean to R'shiel?
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