Review: Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

December 8, 2014 Review 23 ★★★★½

Review: Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Source: Won
Pages: 608
Release Date: September 1st 2011
Series: The Lumatere Chronicles #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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From master storyteller Melina Marchetta comes an exhilarating new fantasy springing from her celebrated epic, Finnikin of the Rock.

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home . . . or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior's discipline. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds in its surreal royal court. Soon he must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess in this barren and mysterious place. It is in Charyn that he will discover there is a song sleeping in his blood . . . and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

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This review is not going to be very good because I’ve spent the last two days reading FROI OF THEEXILES basically non stop (minus the interruption of Supanova) so I’m tired and I don’t know how well I will accurately capture my thoughts on this with my brain still screaming from THAT ENDING.

It was very hard not to start reading FROI immediately after I finished FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK¬†but I had a feeling it was a book I’d want to postpone until after uni and I’m very glad I went with that choice. It was so very hard to put down. The world of Charyn was really interesting, as were the new characters, and things were proceeding at a much faster pace than I thought they would. Set three years after the events of FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, FROI OF THE EXILES focused a lot on Froi and his mission in Charyn, but we also got glimpses on Lumatere and how the people and kingdom were recovering after being freed from their curse. At first I got bored with these Lumatere based chapters. I was much more interested in Froi’s story and the events in Charyn. These chapters focused on Lucien, Beatriss, and a new character called Phaedra who grew on me. Over time though I did start to enjoy them as the conflict and intrigue built and little plot twists I didn’t expect revealed themselves.

As I said, the plot in Charyn was much more intriguing to me. Learning about their beliefs and the horrible life led by Quintana, the new characters and their pasts, and the high stakes and conspiracies. Charyn was dangerous and the stakes were higher. You didn’t always know if it was going to be all okay in the end or if people would die in this series of events. Was that person trustworthy or were they traitors about to ruin all your hopes and dreams? I couldn’t guess, I didn’t want to guess, and it was great.

I cannot remember if I mentioned it in my FINNIKIN review, but Marchetta’s characters are amazing. The new characters might be more enjoyable to read about than the cast of book 1. Mainly because they have so many problems. Quintana seems to be just plain mad with what appears to be some type of multiple personality disorder. The twins from Abroi are both cantakerous and hate people with their own unique quirks. We can’t forget hot headed Lirah either. I also really enjoyed the chance to look inside Froi’s head more. He’s come a long way from the boy we first met in FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK.

Another thing Marchetta writes really well is the romance. I could spend all day fangirling about all the couples and how well they develop. Each couple has developed differently with different struggles but I ship them all with the same intensity. Nothing is rushed or comes out of nowhere and I just love it all. My brain is failing to come up with any way to describe why I love all these relationships further. They’re just perfect, okay!

FROI OF THE EXILES was a really really good sequel and I’m very glad I have the third book on hand so I can start it immediately. I loved the exploration of Charyn and the high stakes of the plot. The new characters are great additions to the series, and it was great to see that characters from FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK still have their part to play in the series and won’t be going anywhere in a hurry. I cannot wait to watch their development further. If you’re a fantasy fan that loves some really interesting characters but haven’t picked up this series you need to rethink your life choices.

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Overall: 4.7

23 Responses to “Review: Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta”

  1. Joy (Joyousreads)

    Phaedra and Luci-en. <3 Beatriss and Trevanion. OMG. You make me want re read the series over again. And Finnkin and Isaboe. They're such adorable parents to Jasmina! Oh I can't wait to read your reaction with Quintana of Charyn. <3

    I'm so glad this book was nearly perfect for you. :)
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    • Bec

      It’s just so amazing! My review for Quintana should be coming when we return after our little hiatus over Christmas :D I can tell you I loved it!

  2. Ellen B

    I’m the same way! I finish a book and immediately want to jump into writing a review, even if I’m not in a good writing mindset!

    So glad you liked Froi of the Exiles. I didn’t really like Finnikin of the Rock so much, but I loved book two, as well.

    Like you, I wasn’t as interested in the events in Lumatere. Froi’s story was so much more fascinating to me. I loved the twins from Abroi, the mysterious king’s concubine, and mad Quintana. Just fabulous!

    Excited to hear what you think of book three!
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    • Bec

      I never used to write reviews that way but am trying to change my ways because this method is SO much easier.

      Everything going on with Froi was just so fascinating!

    • Bec

      I think I liked this one the better than Finnikin! Definitely give them a go. It’s an amazing and well crafted fantasy series.

  3. Molly Mortensen

    I totally understand having a book hangover. Yeah it’s hard to pull off random side characters in the beginning. I like that they’re quirky. The romance sounds good, but I hope it isn’t the main plot. I like background romance better. You didn’t need a warning, your review was fine. You spoke in whole sentences and everything. Except you didn’t explain why your brain was screaming from the ending and now I’m curious.
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    • Bec

      The romance is sort of part of the main plot, but it in no way is the only thing happening in the novel. There’s political conflicts and action and lots of fantasy sentences.

      Not telling you why my brain was screaming is how I make you curious enough to read it ;)

    • Bec

      The only other book of Marchetta’s I’ve read besides the Lumatere Chronicles was Looking for Alibrandi. We read that for school a few years ago. It wasn’t bad! I need to give some of her other contemporaries a go. If her writing is as good as it is in her fantasies I’ll enjoy them I think.

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