Finnikin of the rock by Melina Marchetta

finnikin  Lisa  Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Finnikin of the rock

Author:  Melina Marchetta

Collection:  Teen Fiction

 

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.

Be forewarned:  once you start to read this book, you will be unable to put it down.  Author Marchetta has created a tale of romance and adventure, but more importantly, by the end of the story, you will be enamored of all of the characters and their relationships with one another.  I couldn’t wait to begin the sequel, Froi of the Exiles.

 

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