Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)

4932435 Finnikin of the Rock. Melina Marchetta. High fantasy. 416 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Bought]

“Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.”

Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself.

I was really looking forward to this after reading Jellicoe Road and loving it to death. As any other first fantasy book of a series, this one was mostly based on world building than anything else.

It was slow on some parts and exciting in others. At one point it did get a bit draggy that I was more on skimming rather than reading the novel, but thankfully it got back on track and was filled with juicy action and unsuspected plot twists!

Also, I’ve got to commend the way the novel placed the importance of one’s language very strongly as seen in this excerpt:

“Never underestimate the value of knowing another’s language. It can be far more powerful than swords and arrows.”
Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

I couldn’t help but get the feel of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time while reading this. Why, I don’t know. The settings and plots were two totally different identities but my mind kept playing back the scenes of Dastan and Tamina as Finnikin and Evanjalin

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I have completely fallen in love with the Lumatere Chronicles and cannot wait to pick up Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn!

This is Finnikin asking you if you would like to embark on this journey. And you should say yes 🙂

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BONUS!
More quotes I liked from the book:

“Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?”
Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

“Sir Topher finally looked up. “Because any hope beyond that, my boy, would be too much. I feared we would drown in it.”
“Then I choose to drown,” Finnikin said. “In hope. Rather than float into nothing.”
Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

Isaboe gave a small gasp when he leaned forward, his lips an inch away from hers. “I will die for you,” he whispered.

She cupped his face in her hands. “But promise me you’ll live first. Because nothing we are about to do is going to be easy and I need you by my side.”
Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

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