Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

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Title:Finnikin of the Rock
Author:Marchetta, Melina
Publisher:Candlewick
Pages:416

From Goodreads: At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere.

And so he stands on the rock of three wonders with his childhood friend Prince Balthazar and the prince’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. And Lumatere is safe.

Until the ‘five days of the unspeakable’, when the King and Queen and their children are slaughtered in the palace. And an imposter king takes the throne.
And a curse is put on Lumatere, which traps those caught inside and forces thousands of others to roam the land as exiles, dying of fever and persecution in foreign camps.

But ten years later Finnikin is led to another rock to meet the young novice, Evanjalin. A girl plagued by dark dreams, who holds the key to their return to the Land of light..

Buy Indie: Buy Finnikin of the Rock from Kepler’s.

I was in a reading slump. A huge one. Nothing could interest me. I tried The Passage and some other books I got at the Book Expo of America. I turned to my I need to read this now for possible review shelf and saw Finnikin of the Rock and thought some fantasy sounded pretty good at the moment. Oh Finnikin how I love you, how you brought me out of my slump and had me reading five other books in a row right after you. I am back and in a good way.

The world building from Marchetta is extremely fascinating. She kept me stringing along thinking I was figuring out the mystery of the novice and just when I thought “HA! I own you I know what is happening.” Marchetta blind sides me and sends me tumbling back down the hill of wise ass to the bottom to begin climbing again.

This book is the definition of high concept. Character development, world building, drama with a sprig of dystopian flavor in for good measure. I cannot wait for the next book in this series and will be forever grateful to Candlewick for sending me this volume! I spent my vacation searching for Jellicoe Road at used bookstores, but alas I am home now and will find it here.

If you haven’t read Finnikin of the Rock I suggest you hop to. If you like The Faerie Wars, Graceling, Brightly Woven or Incarceron you will love Finnikin!

5 Responses so far

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    Wonderful review! Very entertaining and informative. This book sounds like a wonderful journey into the character literary world. GL

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    I LOVED this book! And Jellicoe Road is fantastic too- I think Melina Marchetta is a brilliant writer and I totally talk up Jellicoe Road to pretty much everyone I know.

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    I just read this a few days ago, and I also loved it! I was the same way with thinking I had things figured out. I thought “ha, even though I know what is going on…I can still enjoy seeing how it plays out…”

    Then she pulled the rug out from under me, kicked my ass and asked me why I thought it would be that easy.

    So awesome.

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    I love a good fantasy novel, so thanks for the suggestion!

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    Yay, I am so glad you enjoyed this book. :) I really want to read it and Jellicoe Road (I’ve read Looking For Alibrandi, Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son – all are brilliant).

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