Book Review - Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Thursday February 18, 2010

Finnikin of the Rock
by Melina Marchetta
February 9, 2010
Candlewick Press
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. 

Okay let me just lay it out on the table...I straight up loved, loved, loved this book! From the opening prologue I was hooked and I didn't just read it, I devoured it.

In the style of Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore, Melina Marchetta spins an epic tale of adventure, intrigue and destinies intertwined. Every page holds something different and I often found myself reading faster and faster to get to the next scene where I would find out something new about a character that would bring me to another "wow" moment.

Finnikin is absolutely swoon worthy and not in a mushy teen-crush kind of way. Think of Mel Gibson in Braveheart...a flawed young man with truth in his heart, someone a girl could depend on. Something that Evanjalin knows as they journey back to their homeland. Let me just say that Evanjalin is a way complex character and leave it at that...

I know I used this word before but this is an epic story...something classics are made of. Marchetta's writing style is a force to be reckoned with and will leave you constantly amazed at the next twist and turn. This story has so much depth and inter-connectedness between characters that I don't want to diminish any of your reading experience by writing too much about it!

Fantasy writing at its best, a story that will keep you enchanted and characters that you won't soon forget. Loved it!

Recommended for 14 years and up due to violence and sexual references.

Review copy sent by publisher and donated to school library.


Rosey said...

Glad to hear you liked it! I got one more book to read then I'll be reading Finnikin. Can't wait!

Shelley said...

Inter-connectedness of characters is vital to me, too, so I valued that comment. Also I wanted to add that I like the bricolage effect of the website's deco!

Lea said...

AMAZING review! I'm so glad you loved it! Your review is making me even more eager to buy FOTR! :D

Christina T said...

This is on my TBR list. I loved your review. Makes me want to read the book more. I can't wait to find out what the mystery is about Evanjalin. I like that you described Finnikin as being like William Wallace from Braveheart. I remember swooning over him back when the movie came out!

By the way, you have an award on my blog.

The Library Lurker said...

This is on my wishlist! I'm glad that you liked it! By the way, you have an award on my blog!: