Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

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.

Sometimes I forget how much I like this kind of fantasy book. I don't think I'll be forgetting for awhile though. I absolutely loved Finnikin of the Rock.

One of my favorite things about this book is Evanjalin. I love how you can never truly tell (until towards the end) if she's trying to help Finnikin and Sir Topher or not. I loved how she kind of just took matters into her own hands to try and take Lumatere back and get back into Lumatere. She is definitely my favorite character.

Finnikin of the Rock is pretty fast paced and action packed. I never really could tell what was going to happen next (partially thanks to Evanjalin I'm sure). I couldn't put it down!

Overall, I thought it was amazing and had just the right amounts of action, romance, and mystery in it. I give it 9/10.


  1. I've had this one sitting on my TBR pile for at least a year now. I'm not sure why I haven't read it yet but you just convinced me to move it up ^-^ Thanks for the review!

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