Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 29th, 2008
Series: The Lumatere Chronicles #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.
FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK is a book I’ve been eyeing of in libraries for a very long time, but I never once borrowed it. I wanted to read it sure, but it just never made it’s way into my check out pile, a fact I am kicking myself about now.
After a few stop and starts because of uni, I ended up reading until 1AM to finish this marvelous fantasy. I can remember I was up to chapter 5 and hadn’t read it for a few weeks. When I finally had the chance to sit down and just read it the characters and the world quickly grew on me. It was so hard not to just dig through my tbr pile and start FROI OF THE EXILES. Everything is in perfect balance and really, as a massive fantasy fan, how could I not enjoy this novel?
It’s so hard to pick a place to start because I honestly really liked everything in FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK. The world was really interesting. So rich and diverse in the cultures that inhabited the lands. And the writing didn’t get overly descriptive when it came to describing the world, which is something I’ve encountered in a lot of adult fantasies. As a result the plot never felt like it dragged on too much and the pacing was kept fairly fast and consistent.
Another thing I liked about the word: it was fairly dark. Marchetta wasn’t afraid to get down to the nitty gritty. Rape, genocide, the bloody parts of war were all discussed. So was sex and what not. FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK is certainly a novel I’d label upper YA because of this (which also suits the age of the main characters).
The characters were all amazing. Every single one. Evanjalin was strong and stubborn, but also wise and caring. Finnikin is a character I’m going to gush nonsense about if I try and say anything substantial. Froi was an awesome young boy who I ended up liking more than I expected. Everyone had amazing development, even the secondary characters like Froi. And the way the romance develops between some of the characters! It’s slow and perfect and filled with feels! Just the way we like it.
The only thing I can fault is that we didn’t get to see as much of the villains as I would like. We were just told they were evil, overtook Lumatere in this way probably for this reason, and that’s it. The focus was more on taking back Lumatere more than discussing why it was invaded in the first place. Maybe this is discussed in the sequels. I really hope so. Because it’s the only thing that’s missing. I love getting to know my villains as well as I know my heroes.
FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK is a book I should have picked up a long, long time ago. With an interesting world, good writing, and amazing characters that grab your attention and don’t let you go, this novel would be a really good introduction for those new to the fantasy genre. For veterans who have been traversing fantasy lands for years it’s a nice little read with elements that add up to make a wonderful story.
Oh my gosh, Bec isn’t writing a ransom review! What is happening?!
Well basically I’ve been really busy with uni. Even now, on my midsemester break, I’ve had to study every day in an attempt to catch up on lectures I fell behind on while studying for exams (we had an exam a week for two months). I also have an assignment to do and *overwhelmed by stress* As much as I love doing the ransoms, they can take a bit of time (searching for the perfect gifs takes a while) so writing out a review like this was just easier at the time. I’ll probably be sticking to this style for a while, at least util uni is over for the year.