Saturday, January 7, 2012

Quick Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Paperback: 416 pages
Release date: August 9th, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Source: Won
Goodreads Summary: 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. 

Are you a fan of Melina Marchetta and Kristin Cashore? Do you fancy YA Romances that knock you off your feet? Do you easily fall in love with amazing and outstanding and superb and fantastic characters? Are you ready to be blown away by the magical world Marchetta created? If your answers are all YES and you haven’t read this, then you ought to go out, buy a copy, and snuggle up with it all day and not care with the world. Yep, I’m speaking of my own personal experience with Finnikin of the Rock. My only complaint is it should have been a couple of pages longer… like 300 pages more. I even stopped when there were only 20 or 30 pages left because I didn’t want it to end. 

I will now end this to avoid excessive gushing and imminent spoilers. I just have to say that this easily became one of my favorite reads this year or maybe ever. And again like I always say, if you haven’t read any of Melina Marchetta’s books, man you’re missing out on so much of the literary world. Here are some quotes to convince you people furthermore. 
“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.”  
“Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?” 
“Finn, listen!" Trevanion said, his voice raw."I prayed to see you one more time. It's all I prayed for. Nothing more. And my prayers were answered. Go east, I'll lend them west." 
"We have a dilemma, then," Finnikin said fiercely. "Because I prayed that you would grow old and hold my children in your arms as you held me. My prayers have not been answered yet, Trevanion. So whose prayer is more worthy? Yours or mine?” 
“There are worse things than a lie and there are better things than the truth!” 

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