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