Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

21 Dec

ImageTitle: Finnikin of the Rock

Author: Melina Marchetta

Publisher: Viking Australia

Published: September 2008

Pages: 416

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 Rating: 4 stars

My Thoughts:

I read a lot of good things about this book and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! This was an epic story full of action, wit, romance, and adventure and the writing and characters were wonderful!

This story follows Finnikin of the Rock, a young man who is trying to save his kingdom. With his mentor, Sir Topher, and a novice named Evanjalin, he travels far and long searching for his father, his father’s men, and for his childhood friend who is also heir to the throne. His land was cursed and his people separated and with his strength and determination he fights to take back his home, Lumatere.

Finnikin and Evanjalin were both breath-of-fresh characters! For once they weren’t two naïve kids trying to save the free world, but instead they were intelligent and didn’t make a bunch of reckless mistakes over and over again. Both of them were extremely strong, tough-willed, and had a great love for the people of their kingdom. The romance between them was absolutely beautiful and although it was a big part, it definitely wasn’t the main focus of the story. Their romance was slow building at first but it had a wonderfully epic happily ever after!

The plot was exciting and fast-paced and had a huge twist near the end that I did not expect! The whole story was a great adventure, not always a happy one, but one where the characters, who passionately loved their homeland, risked their lives over and over again in order to bring joy, prosperity and to give a home to the Lumaterans. Over all I loved this story and cannot wait to read the sequel, Froi of the Exiles.

Fans of epic fantasy novels like Graceling will love this epic adventure.

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