August 9, 2011
Paperback, 416 pages
Bought in-store at Chapters.ca!
2008 Printz Award Winner Melina Marchetta crafts an epic fantasy of ancient magic, exile, feudal intrigue, and romance that rivets from the first page.
Finnikin was only a child during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escaped roam the surrounding lands as exiles, persecuted and despairing, dying by the thousands in fever camps. In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp of manhood, is compelled to join forces with an arrogant and enigmatic young novice named Evanjalin, who claims that her dark dreams will lead the exiles to a surviving royal child and a way to pierce the cursed barrier and regain the land of Lumatere. But Evanjalin’s unpredictable behavior suggests that she 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.
Set in the beautiful country of Lumatere, Finnikin goes on a quest to find his King and best friend Balthazar. Along on his journey, the beautiful but wild Evanjalin, his mentor and teacher, Sir Topher and thief Froi come together to find the mystery between the country’s imposter king and the biggest secret that is known in the entire kingdom.
Full of adventure, wonderful story telling, highly developed characters and a mystery that will have you wanting more, Finnikan of the Rock is clearly a winner. Brilliantly written I highly recommend this fantasy to any Lord of the Rings fan. I love big stories with several plots, and the setting just sounds so unbelievably like the medieval time which I love that I couldn’t help but fall for the characters and their problems.
Finnikin is an agreeable character and highly suspicious of Evanjalin for she’s stubborn and always argues with him a lot. In that case, I liked her a lot. Her character is strong-willed and feisty. And you can feel a love story develop a mile away. Froi on the other hand, has so much hurt in his past, which I know after reading the first one, we’re more likely to see him in the next book aptly titled “Froi of the Exiles.” Add this book to your collection book lovers, you won’t be disappointed!
“Does a man who’s lost his family to famine suffer less than one who’s lost them to an assassin’s knife?”—Evanjalin (251)
“A blind man can see what she feels for you and you for her. Your souls are not merely entwined; they are fused.”—Lucian (301)
“‘Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.’”—Sir Topher (309)
“When you become my king, Finnikin, you can touch me whenever you want. Wherever you want.”—Evanjalin (396)