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A Yearning to Read Review
I don't really know how I feel about this book. For certain aspects, I love it. For others...not so much. It was strange, but when I put it down, I felt that it could have been epic, but part of its epicness was overshadowed. By what? Well, I'll start with the bad, and end with the good.
Bad: For one, there were several sexual implications or references. Some were obvious; some had hidden meanings. They were scattered all throughout the book. On top of that, I felt a bit lost, especially toward the beginning. While the book was written excellently, at times I felt there was too much information, and at others I felt there was too little. I found myself skimming over certain parts with little interest and then would read the scenes that had huge impact on the story, or I found interesting.
On the other hand, we have the good of this story: Melina Marchetta definitely has a talent when it comes to forming her sentences, and her characters. The characters had strong quirks or "handles" that made them singular. But the one thing about this book that struck me most was the culture, the desperateness of a people ruined and lost. The countries and peoples were fell formed and described. I was deeply moved by the plight of the Lumeratens, the scenes of Finnikin carrying a dead baby to its dead mother, of men and women fighting for all that they have lived for - all that their fathers, brothers, mothers, and sisters have died for. It was these things, as well as the powerful love story, that gave the book a mood and a feel to it that most books long for.
So whether or not you want to read it is your choice. While I can't really point you in either direction, I wish I could. And I hope there's a sequel that will be exactly what this one could have been - epic.
posted by yearningtoread on April 28, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2012
This was a REALLY fun and entertaining read. I like the way Meli
This was a REALLY fun and entertaining read. I like the way Melina Marchetta writes. What an imagination she has! She really brought the characters to life, and I liked the chemistry between all of them. There is a lot information and people in the book, so you definitely have to pay attention so you won't miss who is who. I would recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 20, 2012
Not the best
Finnikin of the rock was not my favorite book. I found it hard to understand. I normallly go through books pretty fast, but this one took me a while to finish. I found myself trudging through it and waiting for it to be over. Something that I don't normally experience in a lot of books. And I have read a lot of books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2012
This is one of those books where you have no idea what is going on and you have to wait until almost the very end for everything to fall into place. There were some parts that were very predictable, and others that were pretty hard to understand. What I did like what the wide variety of characters who I found to be well developed. That is what kept me reading until the end. I would recommend it, but I would not read it again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2012
Posted May 4, 2012
Loved this book! The story was great, characters were very well
Loved this book! The story was great, characters were very well formed and felt "real" to me. Action, Love, Horror, Passion from everyday people! A very good read for anyone of any age!! Cannot wait to read the next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted April 5, 2012
There's an armload of everything you could want in this novel. T
There's an armload of everything you could want in this novel. There's action and suspense. There's romance and angst. There's family, comedy and fantasy. Although the novel is set in a time of kings and queens, the characters act so much more realistically to the point of making relating to the story possible, with the men's crude humor and Evanjalin's strength and struggles. There's nothing I don't love about this book. Sure, I got the kingdoms mixed up for the whole first half of the book, but you start to catch on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In short, Finnikin of the Rock was amazing. Anyone would enjoy it. Truly
Posted February 28, 2012
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A long time ago, before the five days of the unspeakable, Finnikin of the Rock dreamed he was to sacrifice a pound of flesh to save the royal house of Lumatere. Though only nine, Finnikin knew the dream was not to be ignored.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Frightened for his kingdom, Finnikin convinced his friends Prince Balthazar and Lucian of the Mont to make a pledge with him. They climbed to the rock of three wonders and sacrificed flesh from their bodies and a hair from the head of a weeping princess Isaboe. Balthazar swore to die defending his royal house of Lumatere. Finnikin swore to be their protector and guide for as long as he lived. Lucian vowed he would be the light whom they traveled toward in times of need.
That evening they slept easy knowing the land of Lumatere was truly blessed.
Until 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 and a curse binds all who remain inside the kingdom walls while those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.
But there might be hope.
A young novice named Evanjalin claims the true heir, Balthazar, is alive and that she can lead Finnikin to the prince. But Evanjalin's machinations soon turn a journey to find the lost heir into a quest to break the curse and free Lumatere. It all begins ten years after the five days of the unspeakable, when Finnikin of Lumatere climbs another rock in Finnikin of the Rock (2010*) by Melina Marchetta.
Finnikin of the Rock is Marchetta's first foray into the wide and wonderful world of fantasy, after writing three other critically acclaimed realistic fiction novels. In her author bio at the back of the book, Marchetta notes that for her the first step to writing this fantasy was knowing our own world well and finding a way to reflect that world--something Marchetta does expertly.
Marchetta's world of Skuldenore is a place apart that still manages to feel very close to home throughout the story. There is something very natural in reading about this strange land of kings and magic. As always, the writing here is exceptional. The story blends humor, twists, romance, action and intrigue all with ease--sometimes even at the same time.
Fantasies are often the realm of strong women and brave men but this novel truly provides shining examples of both. Finnikin and Evanjalin are as powerful and brave a set of characters as any readers are likely to meet this year. Every single one of the characters, even the minor ones, that Marchetta conjures are truly original and memorable--even the dead ones.
English classes often mention Apostrophe as a literary device used to directly address an absent (or sometimes imagined) character, this book conjures the absent characters in their entirety. Finnikin of the Rock is a haunting novel about a cursed land and its pages are filled with ghosts and a palpable sense of what the Lumaterans have truly lost. All the same, Finnikin of the Rock is essentially a story about hope and rebuilding--with a nice dose of romance, action and intrigue thrown in (of course).
Marchetta won the 2009 Printz Award for her novel Jellicoe Road. It seems likely that this book is another Printz contender. One of the best fantasies I've read recently and one of the best books of any genre that I've read so far this year.
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Posted August 11, 2011
SUPERB read! Finn and his friends Prince Balthazar and Lucian make a blood oath as boys to protect their kingdom of Lumatere. Ten years later, Finn is called by the young novice, Evanjalin, to find the prince and reclaim the war-weary kingdom. All is not as it seems, though, and Finn is bewildered at several turns of events. The map is most helpful for referring to locations in the story. There is adventure, romance, plenty of fighting, and an ending which leaves me begging for time to move quicker so that I can read the next volume of the series (Froi of the Exiles) which will not be published in the US until March 2012.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted March 5, 2011
I really enjoyed this book. The writing is great, there is in depth world building, the characters are all dynamic and growing. There were a few reveals that I think were supposed to been twists, that I totally saw coming, but that didn't bother me. The series continues, but from different perspectives, so that should interesting. Can't wait.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Wow of a book!
I bought this book because it seemed to have everything I love: medieval settings, epic battles, and magic. And it sure did not dissapoint!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
At the age of nine, Finnikin dreams that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save the kingdom of Lumatere. So, rounding up his friends: Prince Balthazar and Lucian, they make an oath.
Not long after, the royal family is murdered, and an impostor takes the throne. The land is then sealed off by a curse, leaving thousands of Lumaterans outside their kingdom, becoming exiles from their land.
Nearly ten years later, Finnikin, having been exiled from Lumatere, receives a message, telling him to go to a rock. There, he meets the novice Evanjalin, who says that Prince Balthazar lives, and promises to take Finnikin and his mentor to him.
Finnikin agrees, and the adventure begins.
However, on the road to finally save Lumatere, many perils await. Unexpected things happen, and dangerous secrets are revealed.
Who is this mysterious Evanjalin? Is Prince Balthazar really still alive? What is Finnikin's role in all of this?
Find out all this and more in Finnikin of the Rock, an amazing new novel by Melina Marchetta.
Posted June 15, 2010
Started off confusing but such a great story!
At the beginning when they would talk about the 5 days of the unspeakable or why they were exhiles I found it very confusing. But as the story went on and I started to understand the book got so good! It is told mostly through Finnikin's POV but also a few of the others. The only person it is not told through is Evanjalin & I wish it were. To know what she goes through & she feels. I really hope that there will be a sequel to this book there is still plenty of story that needs to be told.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2010
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Best Fantasy read of the Year.
A review for this novel is difficulty to write without giving away major plot elements. I can say that it is a rich epic, full of many characters that are artfully developed. It is a story of valor, mysticisim, faith, forgiveness and reconciliation. But, mostly it is a tale of love; one man's love for his kingdom, his people, his family and yes, a girl.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ms Marchetta's writing is absolutely beautiful. I sincerely hope that this won't be her only venture in the fantasy genre. She manages to convey hope and joy while never shying away from the brutality of a bloody coup or the suffering of the people in the years that follow. Be warned, though this is a young adult novel the subject matter is frank and mature.
I originally read this two months ago and am reading it again. It is one of those rare novels that is even more beautiful the second time around. This is one for my all time favorites shelf.
Posted April 6, 2010
Best Book of the Year!!!
It has been ten long years since the kingdom of Lumatere was cursed and taken over by an imposter King. Many Lumaterans are living in exile across the land of Skulendore. Finnikin is the son of the former Captain of the Guard. He travels between exile camps looking to help his people come together when he finds a novice who claims that she can bring their people home and replace the rightful heir to the throne. Marchetta writes with striking emotion about love of country, family, and friendship. Fans of Graceling will love this book and while it is Marchetta's first fantasy novel, we can only hope it won't be her last. This is definitely the best book I have read so far this year.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.