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Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles Series)

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    A review from an emotionally compromised bookworm: Melina March

    A review from an emotionally compromised bookworm:

    Melina Marchetta (authoress divine) is one of those rare authors whose writing is constantly improving, constantly pushing the limits of how much I think I can love a book. When I read Finnikin, I felt like I had found The Best Book Ever (aside from Jellicoe Road, of course). But then she wrote Froi and now Quintana and I just have no words. At least, none that I haven't said before.

    Quintana of Charyn is, undoubtedly, a conclusion. All the loose ends are tied up and the reader is left in a satisfied place. Actually, it's a rather heart-wrenching place because it's The End, but nevertheless it was a good stopping place. The characters' struggles have been resolved. You know that they're going to be okay, yet there's still an open-endedness that comes with knowing their lives will go on and they will continue to learn and grow.

    With most fantasy books, the authors focus on explaining the world-building. What was great about this series was that yes, Marchetta explained the ways of the Lumaterans, Charynites, and co. But she never took the focus away from the characters and their relationships. At the end of this series, you know these characters: their hopes, their fears, their love of country, and their love for each other. You know their hearts- their very essence. And being so close, so darn attached to these characters made me feel ALL of the feelings.

    While reading, I had the sudden and overwhelming urge to just take all these beloved characters and, I don't know, hide them in my pocket or something. Just snatch them from the pages and tuck them somewhere safe so that they could stop hurting. Maybe that's a little silly, but these characters have just gone through so much in just Quintana alone, let alone the entire series. There is pain, devastation, loss, grief, and heartbreak. Yet more powerful than all of that is the undercurrent of hope and love that has been there even in the darkest of times. That is Marchetta's true talent—besides the ability to make me want to curl up into a fetal position and sob— she has the uncanny ability to craft these masterful stories of broken people and their broken relationships and somehow make it a story of redemption and love. 

    The Lumatere Chronicles has given me more heartache than I thought possible, yet I always crawl back for more. And, to be honest, I would sooner swear off of chocolate than say goodbye to this series and its magnificent characters. I hate goodbyes. I hate the knowledge that once I finish a book, I will never get to know more about a character's life. But knowing that everyone I cared about in this book ended up okay made saying goodbye just a little bit easier.Good books give you a beautiful happily ever after.

    Great books pierce your hearts with sadness and linger on your mind long after you've finished. And then there are the rare, phenomenal books that manage to utterly shatter your heart, then somehow heal you at the end and claim an eternal place in your heart. Quintana of Charyn is one of those books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

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    Great if not predictable end to the trilogy; but it's not just t

    Great if not predictable end to the trilogy; but it's not just the ending that makes the book/trilogy, it's the journey.  Marchetta is a beautiful writer, with great characters made real by their passion, flaws and witty and often times humorous quips.  
    the growth and development of the characters was nice to see.  though it was still difficult for me to relate to Quintana, she was at least more likable by the end.  The plot was much more intricate and rich in the first 2 of the series, and this book just seemed to wrap it all up to a happy and satisfying end .  
    sorry to see this story come to the end, but i am sure i will reread it again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Great finish

    Book 1is still my favorite but this is a close second. Would love to get more from these characters, whom I have grown to love. I think there is a few more stories left within this world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Lumatere Chronicles are the best!

    This series is amazing! Each book gets better and better!!

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

    A heart-breakingly beautiful story, that had me weeping tears of

    A heart-breakingly beautiful story, that had me weeping tears of sorrow and joy.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    A beautifully crafted series, with unexpected plot lines and twi

    A beautifully crafted series, with unexpected plot lines and twists, truly human characters who a reader cannot help but love despite their flaws, and writing more lovely than anything I have ever read. These are my all time favorite books.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    Oh my goodness. I first began this series with Froi of the Exile

    Oh my goodness. I first began this series with Froi of the Exiles, the second book in the series. I purchased Finnikin of the Rock as soon as I could and after finishing both in three days, I waited anxiously for Quintana of Charyn to come out. What a wonderful book! I loved each book in the series, but must admit that Quintana is by far my favorite in the series. Words cannot describe how great this book is. I am astounded that this series is not better known here in America (each book in the series was published first in Australia, where Melina Marchetta is based). When I finally held this book in my hands, my stomach doing happy flips, I had to put the book down and take a deep breath. It took me a full week before I worked up the nerve to read this book, because I was so afraid of it not living up to my expectations. Boy did I feel like a dense when finally read the last sentance on the last page and couldn't help myself- I screamed. In happiness because the book was so wonderful, but also in sadness, because the series is done. Over. And Melina Marchetta ended the series and the book so well you are left going "But then what happens?!?". She give you the sense of finality that each book should have while also leaving you the knowledge that these characters lives will continue and many more adventures will occur. I think that this is fantastic story telling on Melina's part, because this makes the characters more real. You can actually visualize them as people, not just characters on a page. I commend you, Melina Marchetta! Much love.

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