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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

September 17th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Source: Bought myself

Publication date: February 9, 2010

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Series: Book #1 in the Lumatere Chronicles

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere.

But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An impostor seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.

Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock–to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive. This arrogant young woman claims she’ll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Instead, her leadership points them perilously toward home. Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united? Evanjalin is not what she seems, and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.

I constantly hear people raving about Melina Marchetta and when I read the book synopsis for Finnikin of the Rock I knew I had to read it.  It took me a bit to get into the book but by the end of the book I ended up really enjoying it and eager to pick up the next book, Froi of the Exiles.

The oddest part of my enjoying this book was that I found both Finnikin and Evanjalin to be two of the most maddening characters ever.  Finnikin’s character wasn’t as bad as some of the irritating characteristics are your typical proud, young, male stereotypes in that he has to pretend he knows what is best even if he has no clue, he hates when Evanjalin out thinks him and his pride can get the best of him at times.  Evanjalin’s character was much more maddening because though I am all about the girl power and independence her the ends justifies the means attitude was too much.  I get that she’s been through horrible things and is just trying to right things but some of the things she does and then shows no regret really ticked me off.  Just because it got the job done doesn’t mean it was the right thing to do.  I did love Finnikin’s father and several of the other supporting characters even surprisingly the thief, Froi.

The story and the world Marchetta built was what really caught my attention.  I loved reading about the different lands they traveled through, the politics of what was going on and the plight of the Lumateran people.  There is a twist that I thought was rather obvious but I was curious to see how the other characters would finally figure it out.

I know there are many out there who loved Evanjalin but for me she was one of the main drawbacks of the story.  Definitely would have bumped up my rating if she weren’t so infuriating. Still I really enjoyed this one and was ready to immediately dive into Froi of the Exiles.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Fantasy

One Response

  1. Kailana

    I have this on my e-reader. I really should give it a read.

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