Review: Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere #3) – Melina Marchetta

Synopsis from Goodreads.
Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn’s unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict? When the forces marshalled in Charyn’s war gather and threaten to involve the whole of the land, including Lumatere, only Froi can set things right, with the help of those he loves.





This poemdoes not contain spoilers for Quintana HOWEVER if you haven’t read Froi of the Exiles, be off with you. Shoo.

Finnikin of the Rock.
Froi of the Exiles.

Here she is. Crazy as ever…

You may think that it would be difficult to get behind
A heroine who snarls at people, keeping them at arm’s length.
But, for me at least, Quintana will always be my ultimate heroine,
As she’s a girl who survives because of her resilience and strength.

And I want her to be my life coach, my best friend,
Because I can’t imagine a life without her savage little stare.
(I also feel it’s of the utmost importance that a girl from
Manchester knows how to kill, gut and skin a hare.)

I adored how we, with the help of first person account,
Are allowed to creep inside the madness of our girl Q.
We get to see what makes her heart beat (or maybe…who makes it beat.)
And it’s easy to see there is a little Quintana in both me and in you.

But I guess this leads me to the only quibble that I have with this book.
Gasp. I know! Sacrilege. But…. OK, it’s the name.
Because this book may be about our crazy queen.
But there were other stories and I loved them all the same.

This is the story of Phaedra and the girls in the valley.
And it’s about the Charynites who fought for peace.
It’s about a woman full of anger and a bitter man, and the one they both adore.
And Luci-en; possibly the only guy who could look hot in a fleece.

And it’s about the “ginger king” and his beloved queen,
Who made me hate them one minute but love them the next.
The couple who started it all and hold everyone together.
With a love so fierce and pure and mind-blowingly complex.

And let’s not forget about the powerful white witch
Who keeps a warrior as her lover, the one with the scar.
And “our boy”, my favourite, with the story like no other,
He grew up to be pretty much everything, not at all “Dafar”.

This book isn’t about just one girl and what she does,
It’s about hundreds of voices, greater than the sum of their parts.
And it’s that that makes MM the queen of writing about families,
Friends, lovers and enemies and the connections of their hearts.

Q of C is about journeys, both of the physical and mental.
It’s about not giving up for the one you love, no matter how much you’ve bled.
It’s about connections, circumstances and trusting those you never did.
OH and it also has girls telling the boys exactly how they want to be treated in the marital bed.
I was genuinely concerned that crafty Double M
Would end this series in a way that would make it difficult for me to cope.
And while I do not want to spoil this book for you…
I can divulge that there’s an ending full of “Hope. Hope. Hope.”

Words or pitiful rhyme cannot express how much I adore this
Series and the characters that live within these pages.
And I have a horrible feeling that if I want to read something
That will affect me like this series has, I will be waiting ages.

Why do I always feel like this after I finish fantasy books?
The ones that speak to me the most, that make me cry and smile.
It’s because, I think, that they’re the books that let me
Escape from reality… if only for a little while.

I am distraught that it’s over but I know I will revisit Skuldenore
And catch up with Froi, Lucian, Gargarin… is that odd?, Trevanion completely and utterly, how old is Jory? Forget I said anything… unless he’s about 20. Then we are a-go!  all my old friends and greet them with my arms open wide,
Because all I have to do is visit my bookshelf, and once again I’ll be back with them.
And that’s me looking on that wonderful, wonderful wondrous side.

I received a copy of this book from the author.

No more Jo-etry for a while now, Brownie promise. ;)

16 thoughts on “Review: Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere #3) – Melina Marchetta

  1. Jo, you poem made me cry a little bit. I think you should host a regular Jo-etry Slam. And publish a Jo-etry Anthology. I shall lobby parliament to make you Jo-et Laureate.

    • Oh Anna, I need you to read this book so we can textually sob at each other and fill our phones with CAPITAL LETTERS and SHOULDERS and LUCIAN.
      Seriously though, thank you.
      And if this poem made you cry, well… good luck for this book.

      (Jo-et Laureate. Snigger)

  2. AAHH! Such a wonderful poem, Jo! I can’t wait to finally read this one and I’m so excited for it to finally arrive! :D Also, I’m so jealous you have all of Marchetta’s books! I’ve been trying to find that orange cover of Saving Francesca since forever, but I think it’s out of print now and I’m not a big fan of the other covers! :( Oh well, I’ll just wait to find it someday or pick up the US Cover until I find that gorgeous orange one…and is that two copies of The Piper’s Son I spy? *dies* Lovely poem, amazing picture, and fantastic post as usual, Jo! :D

    • Thanks Keertana! Actually, the orange book is my copy of Looking For Alibrandi. My copy of Saving Francesca is an ex-library one that I bought second hand (I have issues with the cover, it’s the one where she’s wearing a purple skirt and top? Eeesh! Ha)

      And yes, two copies of TPS. I’m greedy for the Mackee.


  3. What a FANTASTIC tribute to MM and her books. I cannot wait for this story to arrive at my door (I ordered from Fishpond so I don’t have to wait until March!) And I’m so happy that the book is about more than just Quintana, though I see where the three titles match each other this way.

    I love this section:
    This book isn’t about just one girl and what she does,
    It’s about hundreds of voices, greater than the sum of their parts.
    And it’s that that makes MM the queen of writing about families,
    Friends, lovers and enemies and the connections of their hearts.

    Such a true statement about the magic of MM’s writing.

  4. i keep on finding myself here. i’ve lost count of the amount of times i’ve read this poem or simply just admired the jealousy inducing pile of marchetta books you own. this is beautiful jo, amazingly so. and you know, it makes waiting for quintana all the more exciting.

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