It's funny to see this book pop up again because holy moly did I love it as a teenager. I was famously cheap as a kid (still am) and I actually ordered Harshini, the last in the trilogy, early and at full price. Medalon was as addicting as crack and happily went around hawking it to all friends/relatives who couldn't get out of the way fast enough. So what's there to love? R'Shiel is smart and determined and so very real as a young women growing up. Her mother is a harridan and learning to stand against her is hard. Having a very strong-willed mother myself I could sympathize how hard it is to try to reach an impossible bar. The gods were catty and fascinating, the Harshini confusing, and the love interest totally stole my heart. So there you go:) Read it and tell me what you think!