Review: Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) – Melina Marchetta

Synopsis from Goodreads.
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.

Please Note: This is not a review. This is a badly written poem.

“Then I choose to drown,” Finnikin said. “In hope. Rather than float into nothing.”

Since I was a nipper I have come to the conclusion
That when it comes to fantasy: I am strongly opposed.
When I read a book with long, confusing names
And swords and maps, its pages remain closed.
So imagine my surprise when I finished this one
(In the early hours of this morning, I feel I should note)
That my stomach was rumbling (I had no time to eat!)
And my heart was in my throat.

A tale of hopeful heroes, sacrifice and loss
History, homeland and prophecies told,
Of faraway lands, identity and faith
And love and flower fields of gold.
I learnt a lot from the tale of Finn and his friends
Like how to remain fierce in a threadbare smock
And how to fight thieves and how to hold a sword
(FYI: Similar to how you’d hold a….*cough*)
MM’s heroes are not made of puppy dog tails
And they don’t mope around being rude
It appears you can be a great character (and get the girl)
Without being in a permanent mood.
They are complex, compelling and always sexy brave,
And they treat their chosen one like an equal except Will.
From Jonah to Mackee to good old Trevanion Finn.
(On Froi, the jury is out ‘til the sequel)
But this book isn’t about the boys for the ladies are the ones to watch
With their passion and love and their unrelenting loyalty
And determination to show they will fight for what’s right
From the goddesses to the lost ones and, of course, the royalty.

But it’s easy to see, from my other reviews, that I am smitten
With every single book that Ms Marchetta has written.
And it’s safe to say that if her next book was about
Broody boys who are mean and think it’s sexy to shout
Or crying girls and fairies and triangles of love
Vampires and angling or all of the above.
Even if it was called “The Mating Habits of Eels
Or “Puppies Aren’t Just For Christmas: 100 Delicious Meals
I’d still read it and laugh and swoon and cry
And then place a copy in the hands of my friends and say
You need to give this a try.”

I received a copy of this book from the author.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) – Melina Marchetta

  1. Pingback: Review: Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere #3) – Melina Marchetta « weartheoldcoat

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