Review: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

January 5, 2015 Review 24 ★★★★

Review: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Source: Won
Pages: 528
Release Date: September 28th 2012
Series: Lumatere Chronicles #3
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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The climactic conclusion of Printz Award winner Melina Marchetta’s epic fantasy trilogy!

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi and his companions travel through Charyn searching for Quintana and building an army that will secure her unborn child’s right to rule. While in the valley between two kingdoms, Quintana of Charyn and Isaboe of Lumatere come face-to-face in a showdown that will result in heartbreak for one and power for the other. The complex tangle of bloodlines, politics, and love introduced in Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exilescoalesce into an engrossing climax in this final volume.
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I am 90% certain almost everything I say here I have already said in my review for the first two Lumatere Chronicle novels. Yet that’s not going to stop me from saying it all again. I will drill these words into your head until you pick up this series. Because you have to. They’re set in a really brilliant, detailed world that is dark and fun with the most amazing characters you will care more about than the plot. Aaaand that was a light bulb moment. I just figured out that the characters are my favourite part of the story. I couldn’t care less about the plot (that’s a lie. I still like the plot. In fact, I think I liked the plot in QUINTANA best of the three. )

*ahem* Anyway. There is one, very succinct way I can describe my feelings on QUINTANA OF CHARYN. It’s very simple.

There were so many feels to be experienced while reading QUINTANA OF CHARYN. Happy feels. Shocked feels. Bittersweet feels. NO THIS CANNOT HAPPEN feels. YESSSSS THIS IS HAPPENING feels. MY OTPSSSSSSSSSSSSS feels. FAMILY feels. FRIENDSHIP feels. I AM SO DAMN PROUD OF THESE CHARACTERS feels. Any type of feels you can think up, I probably experienced at some point of this novel.

QUINTANA OF CHARYN is also written in such away that the suspense doesn’t end. Each chapter ended with a mini cliffhanger and then the POV would swap and I’d freak out because I need to know more and then I’d get absorbed in what was happening in that new POV then the chapter would switch at a stressful point again! Big events were happening all the time and there were numerous chapters in which I was very scared about what would happen to my dear characters. This pattern and pace didn’t let up until the last part of the novel, where things did slow down as the story began to wrap up.

There was some slower scenes in the novel and these were also enjoyable because of the character development that occurred during them. I sit here and think of the development the characters have undergone over these books and it makes me really proud. Every single character in this series has their own stories and drives and personalities. They’re so unique, none of them cardboard cut outs. I love all of them. It was also cool how Marchetta would bring some minor characters who were briefly mentioned in the previous two books into QUINTANA. I love little connections like that in my series.

I still stand by the fact that this entire series is targeted at an upper YA audience. The world is dark and full of terrors. Rape, war, pillaging, sex. All those things are discussed/happen in these books. The darkness is one of the things I really love about this world. Although my parents and sisters really did love to walk in at the start of the sex scenes and it is quite hard to keep a straight face. I’m 90% certain my face was red, even though the scenes aren’t anywhere near as graphic as what you’d read in adult novels.

I will spare you my fangirling about the perfection of the romance. You’ve had enough of that in my previous reviews. Instead I will say I am so very happy with the ending. A small part of me was terrified that I’d be crying through the all of QUINTANA. Every time a battle or suspenseful scene would appear I was really scared a beloved character would die. Some came close many times. Fortunately it all worked out with the end and I was left with a grin on my face and an need or more.

QUINTANA OF CHARYN was a great ending for the Lumatere Chronicles. It was everything I wanted, really. Except the fact that it’s an ending! I want more. More of this world. More of these brilliant characters. Just more stories from the land of Skuldenore. Or even just more fantasy from Marchetta. She writes it so well. Anyone who likes fantasy or wants to try it really should pick up the Lumatere Chronicles as soon as you can get your hands on them.

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Overall: 4.5

24 Responses to “Review: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta”

    • Bec

      She has! And it’s a great fantasy too! I read Looking for Alibrandi in school and I’ve been meaning to check out more of her stuff for a while.

    • Bec

      It was so good! There needs to be more books set in this world! That or Marchetta needs to write more awesome fantasies.

    • Bec

      Now you need to read them! I hope you loved them as much as I did! It’s great being able to read them when you already have them all there.

  1. Sara L.

    Stop telling me about more fantasy trilogies I need to read! Stop it right now!! XD

    On a more serious note, this sounds like a fantastic story, and your enthusiasm convinces me I should check out the first book (after I read your review of it first, of course).
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  2. Kezia

    I read Finnikin last week and BOY IT WAS AWESOME BEC. SO MUCH FEELSSSS. I REGRET NOT STARTING ANY SOONER. I gotta read the rest of the series because according to your review, the following installments sound just as fantastic! Similar to you, the reason I love the world so much is because how realistically dark everything is. The social justice issues are handled expertly and basically I WANT FROI AND QUINTANA IN MY HANDS NOWWWW :'((( (Still have to order them online…)
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    • Bec

      I KNOW RIGHT?! The sequels are even better, I tell you. The characters are also amazing. It’s just an all round great fantasy.

      I hope you get your hands on Froi and Quintana soon!

    • Bec

      I repeat myself even when reviewing different books in the same genre, I noticed! Words just fail me because I’m too overwhelmed by the awesome XD

      It’s always great when a series ends strong!

    • Bec

      I haven’t read much by Melina so don’t worry! And I live in the same country as her. She’s definitely an author I want to read more of though. Hopefully we like her novels as much as everyone else seems to!

    • Bec

      BUT BUT BUT FEELS ARE THE BEST PART. Painful, but amazing.

      You know, I actually haven’t read any of Melina’s contemporaries. Other than Looking for Alibrandi but that was for school. I need to check some of her other stuff out. Is she writes it half as good as her fantasy…

      Sorry not sorry

    • Bec

      Jeann, we know 90% of my recommendations turn out great for you (eg The Raven Boys, Vicious). So, READ FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK NOW. Right now. Don’t wait.

      I’m easy to please with fantasy, haha, but this was actually great.

      Thanks!

  3. Puiman

    Reading your review makes me want to reread this series! Loved it so much when I first read it! It’s hard to believe that this is Melina Marchetta’s first fantasy series. She definitely needs to write more!

    • Bec

      Marchetta wrote such an impressive fantasy. I’ll definitely read more from her if there’s ever the chance!

  4. Olivia

    Oh man, I didn’t even know Melinda Marchetta has a fantasy trilogy going on! I absolutely loved the book On the Jellicoe Road by her that I can’t wait to try this now that I know it exists! Glad you have enjoyed all these books all the way through.
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    • Bec

      I haven’t read On the Jellicoe Road but need to make time to because so many people love it! She’s such a great writer. I really hope she puts out more fantasy.

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