Finnickin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Friday, July 13, 2012

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Summary from Goodreads:

At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere. 

But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An impostor seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere's walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.

Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock—to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive. This arrogant young woman claims she'll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Instead, her leadership points them perilously toward home. Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united? Evanjalin 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.

In a bold departure from her acclaimed contemporary novels, Printz Medalist Melina Marchetta has crafted an epic fantasy of ancient magic, feudal intrigue, romance, and bloodshed that will rivet you from the first page.

My Review:

First, let me tell how this story goes...

The book tells a story of Finnikin: son of the most respected head guard of Lumatere, friend of the the future king, hunted by his past and the prophecy for him he fears the most. Together with his mentor, First man of the true king of Lumatere- Sir Topher, Finnikin of the Rock tries to survive the outside world, searching and recording the lives of their fellow Lumaterian who have escaped from their kingdom, before the day of the unspeakable. 
Then a woman, who they thought has the vow of silence came through their mission. She claims to walk the sleep of their king and Finnikin's childhood friend, Balthazar. The only problem is, Balthazar was believed died during the day of the unspeakable, along with her younger sister, Isaboe. A story of a journey full of lies, doubts, deceipts, courage, hope, love, mystery, light and darkness. This story tells it all, how these people returned to their cursed land with the promise of salvation. 

One of the best books I've read, if not the best. This book is so awesome, how come this is not yet in the big screen??? This is my first time to read this kind if genre and it totally blew me off guard. The book has its own world pulling me into it as I read page by page. First, the cover is so awesome, kind of like the Iron Knight.. Really!! And the names? Finnikin? Isaboe? Trevanion? Wow! So unique! This book is one of a kind. Ms. Marchetta have defined story-telling in a new level. I don't know if I could find a book as detailed and mesmerizing as this. It's like Ms. Marchetta have really lived in the Land of Skuldenore for it to be so detailed. I've never been good and geography, that's why I avoid books that have their own world and places, but this one's different. I easily understood the land, where each kingdom was without even looking in the book :D

Evanjelin is he typical heroine with a twist. She was described as beautiful and nothing more. For other books, heroins were described as so beatiful, with a flawless skin, nice hair..blah blah blah... but Evanjelin was not, she has the fair skin and bald..nice! Finnikin on the other hand, was a true warrior, a warrior with a lot of fear. Their combination was so unique. And Froi, he's like the male version of Evanjelin thus they understand each other so much. I'm expecting to know him more on the second book. But my favorite characters here are Trevanion's guard, they made the story lighter with humor.

This book deserves a five star and a movie!!!


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