‘Finnikin of the Rock’ by Melina Marchetta (Lumatere Chronicles #1)

This review may include spoilers

4/5 | Scriber Rating
Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance | Genre
417 pages | Kindle Edition
April 6th 2010 (first published September 29th 2008) | Published

Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself.

My Review:
Loved this. Well written. This reads like an adventurous tale. I loved how things were revealed slowly. I wasn’t able to guess what the cryptic messages meant.

Melina Marchetta has really thought about her characters as individuals, their motivations, strengths, weaknesses, positive/negative traits and this is what made me envision the characters as real people.

She’s also done a great job with building a complex world. The different cultures and societies added to the believable setting.

It is a story which focuses on the harsh treatment of women, the loss of land, curses, and corruption at all levels of a society.

There are even some heart breaking romances.

All the characters are great. I could imagine every single one. I felt like I knew them, and the chemistry between all characters is so refreshing to read about.

Evanjalin is amazing.

When Lucian arrived in the scene, I felt pure joy for Finnikin.
I loved Froi, he was so adorable towards the end of the book. Everything he said made me laugh out loud. I love his honesty and bluntness.

I understand why people do not like him and what he does but the world he grows up in is nothing like this world, nothing that I’ve heard of at least. This story doesn’t excuse what he does.

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the review or the book.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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