Review: Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere #2) – Melina Marchetta

Synopsis from Goodreads.
Blood sings to blood, Froi . . .
Those born last will make the first . . .
For Charyn will be barren no more.

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 trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.
And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

“….and he wanted to creep inside her head and join the madness.”

So I guess I’m kinda a fantasy fan.
(But still very much a learner)
Because there have now been two series I can’t get enough of
And it’s all to do with Double M and Ms Whalen Turner.

It’s taken me a while to process this book
(Once I got over the jittery caffeine shakes and stiffness of the joints)
Because when I skimmed through my notes I found with dismay
My pages full of only sad faces and exclamation points.

I picked it up with the intention of spending a few days completely
Immersed… but I must admit I failed.
For I realised when I had found myself, in awe, at the end
That Froi of the Exiles had been accidentally inhaled.

So due to the fact that my pages are bare
And seeing as I read this book in a day,
I realised that when it comes to my review
I’m probably not going to really have anything to say.

So if you are looking for advice on whether to read this story
Please read the other reviews with more valuable things to add.
But like it often happens when you finish an amazing book,
I can’t help but feel impossibly sad.

Because gone is Froi; all fierce and lost,
Who counts in his head to prevent his feelings breaking through.
With his strength, his passion and his fierce protection.
And umm, I guess his shoulders are nice to look at….
Especially with that tattoo.

And gone is Quintana; “all snorts and giggles”
Who truly has the ability to “rip the breath from us all”.
With her squinting and her wonky teeth.
“The girl who could make rabbits appear on walls”.

But this isn’t just a story about these tragic kids.
(But my heart was completely shattered by Queen Q and her Froi)
It’s about finding to whom your blood sings, belonging and
Broken spirits to be mended. About understanding and of joy.

(An added note: I can’t help but think that Jo of Mancunia would be
Lovers Soulmates Swivening partners 
Strictly platonic with Lucian of the Monts.)
And I know I’ll sound impatient with what I say next,
But I like what I like and I know what I want…s.

And what I want is to spend 2012 scowling at the screen
Willing that the date for Q of C will get nearer.
Because how is it fair (especially with that end)
To make us wait another year….er?

Dear Double M, I would like to suggest that if you ever find yourself
On British shores that you should come and give Manchester a look,
We have rain football the best music and friendly people
And me to ask you about the release date of your Jimmy book.
And me to ask you intelligent questions about this glorious book.

Theme Tune.
Bat’s Mouth by Bat For Lashes.

Also, I can’t believe Double M based some of her research on Conwy Castle! Conwy is one of my favourite places in the world…if you ignore the dive-bombing seagulls, which is difficult when they’re trying to nab your chips.

I wonder whether she visited Conwy at the same time as I did.
I was the one making my friend stand in the middle of the road so they could get a good picture of me standing with the plastic knight….


2 thoughts on “Review: Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere #2) – Melina Marchetta

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