Thu, June 13, 2013

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta Review

Finnikin of the Rock book cover

Finnikin of the Rock book cover

Finnikin of the Rock
By Melina Marchetta
Publication date: Sept. 29, 2008
Candlewick Press, 399 pages
Source: Library

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.

In a bold departure from her acclaimed contemporary novels, Printz Medalist Melina Marchetta has crafted an epic fantasy of ancient magic, feudal intrigue, romance, and bloodshed that will rivet you from the first page.

— Goodreads.com description

Oh. My. Gahhhhh.

Why do I never learn?!

When the Internet is all “OMG THIS BOOK!” And “Anna you would love it!” and “We’re so beyond obsessed with it” and I’ve read and loved other books by the author, why do I not listen? WHYYY???

Maybe this time the lesson has been learned because I FINALLY read Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta and I can’t even handle how good it was.

And where do I even begin? The world-building? The epicness? The battle scenes? The romances? The loyalty? The family drama? GAH.

I’d write more but my heart is getting all achey-breaky just thinking about it. Finnikin of the Rock is an exciting, engaging and accessible fantasy story that you all should read. Just learn from my mistake and trust the Internet on this one!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Lori said:

    YAY!! So happy you loved it! It’s soooo amazing!

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  2. Sash said:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    I know you might be slightly hesitant to read the second book because of the main character but TRUST ME – IT’S SO GOOD.

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  3. Joie said:

    Ah, yet another reader has been converted by the sheer awesomeness of Marchetta’s writing! 😉
    Just wait till you read the next book- believe it or not, it’s even better!

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  4. Heidi @ YA Bibliophile said:

    Okay, okay, okay. I’ll read it! This has been the year of me reading ALL THE FANTASY BOOKS that people raved about but I didn’t read. And I’ve loved them all. This post is almost exactly what I started for my Throne of Glass review. Great minds 🙂

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  5. melannie (: said:

    I usually don’t like fantasy books but this I LOVED.

    I love Finnikin and Evanjalin and omg everyone. Read the second one!, the main carachter is Froi (who I hated in book 1, LOVED in book 2) and the queen and King (you know who I am talking about) have a daughter and it’s all so cute and awesome <3

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  6. Ashlee said:

    Finally! I hope you read the next two as well. I want books this like all the time.

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  7. Taylor @ Reading is the Thing said:

    Haha wow, very enthusiastic! I read this a few years ago, when it first came out, but I haven’t gotten around to reading the other two yet. I’m thinking a reread of Finnikin may be required first!

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  8. Kim m said:

    Haha! So glad you loved it! It is – WOW!

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  9. Sneakers Isabel Marant said:

    I precisely wanted to thank you so much once more. I am not sure the things that I could possibly have made to happen in the absence of the entire ideas documented by you about that subject. It was before an absolute frightful scenario for me, but viewing this well-written style you resolved the issue forced me to weep with joy. Extremely happier for the advice and thus trust you really know what a powerful job you are providing teaching some other people through your blog. I am sure you’ve never come across all of us.

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  10. Wendy said:

    I loved this one!! It started off a little slow for me but once it got going, I was glued to it!! Such a good book! =)

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  11. Christina (BookTasty) said:

    I just finished this about two weeks ago. I learned my lesson too. When everyone tells me how awesome a book is…just go ahead and read (or listen) to it. I really really liked this one a lot too! 🙂

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  12. Alana said:

    Cool blog! I think you’d like “The Blue Sword” by Robin McKinley, too. It’s a great fantasy book. I included it in my most recent blog post: http://miathereader.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/if-the-hunger-games-left-them-hungry/ I hope you can check it out!

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    We Heart YA Reply:

    YES, Robin McKinley is so fab. We loved THE BLUE SWORD, and we loved its prequel THE HERO AND THE CROWN even more! Now if only EBON (the sequel to PEGASUS) would finally freaking come out…

    (Ah well, we’ll wait as long as we have to for her to do it right.)

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  13. Alexa Y. said:

    Finnikin of the Rock is a solid start to Marchetta’s fantasy series. It makes me incredibly happy you like it. And it also makes me want to tell you that you’re going to enjoy Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn EVEN MORE.

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    We Heart YA Reply:

    Ditto what Alexa said!

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