Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 28th 2012
Series: Lumatere Chronicles #3
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.
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.