Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles Series)

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles Series)

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by Melina Marchetta, Grant Cartwright
     
 

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From master storyteller Melina Marchetta comes an exhilarating new fantasy springing from her celebrated epic, Finnikin of the Rock.

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home… or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to

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From master storyteller Melina Marchetta comes an exhilarating new fantasy springing from her celebrated epic, Finnikin of the Rock.

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home… or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior's discipline. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds in its surreal royal court. Soon he must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess in this barren and mysterious place. It is in Charyn that he will discover there is a song sleeping in his blood…and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Marchetta again demonstrates her fearlessness in exposing humanity at its ugliest, but also at its noblest, as her damaged characters struggle to rebuild their lives. The precipice on which Marchetta leaves readers will have them aching—but also terrified—to discover what comes next.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

In this impressive companion to FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, the focalization shifts from Finn to Froi (perhaps the most intriguing member of the first book’s superb supporting cast), enabling Marchetta to explore the political machinations working beyond Lumatere and to examine human interactions... Where Finnikin was about the reclamation of something lost, Froi’s story is about the building of something new in the wake of physical and sexual trauma at both an individual and societal level. Fans of the first book are no doubt expecting to be challenged by its sequel, and they will not be disappointed by this thrilling, romantic, and utterly unforgettable tale.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Marchetta's close attention to detail slows the pace initially, as she lays out the boundaries and topography of her imagined world. But dedicated readers will be richly rewarded, as soon enough the tale is transformed into a lush tapestry in which each stitch is a nugget of history and each splash of color a rounded character that engages readers' emotions. The expertly crafted ending is designed to leave fans old and new waiting with keen anticipation for the next entry... Expect significant attention for this highbrow, high-fantasy sequel.
—Booklist (starred review)

This intricately plotted novel has richly drawn and well-developed characters. This is Marchetta’s strength. She is truly a master of formal, stylized high fantasy. . . The characters and their conflicts, particularly Quintana—one of the most fascinating characters in the fantasy genre—will keep readers glued to this absorbing sequel. Recommend this book to fans of fantasy authors Christopher Paolini or Megan Whalen Turner.
—VOYA

VOYA - Jan Chapman
In this sequel to Finnikin Of The Rock (Candlewick, 2010/Voya April 2010), Froi, a protege of Finnikin and the Queen of Lumatere, has been sent on a quest to murder the mad king of a neighboring enemy land, Charyn. Froi arrives in disguise as another Charynite and meets Quintana, the daughter of the king. Quintana is as far from the stereotype of the fantasy princess as you can get. Aside from her rather pronounced lack of beauty, she has a form of multiple personality disorder, with perhaps a bit of autism thrown in. Froi, against his better judgment, is attracted to her and becomes involved in her rescue after the mad king's death. In the process, he learns something surprising about his own lineage, which seems to place him in direct conflict with his beloved Lumateran queen. This intricately plotted novel has richly drawn and well-developed characters. This is Marchetta's strength. She is truly a master of formal, stylized high fantasy. This reviewer wishes she had spent a bit more time on world building, as the different settings described in the story seem to be rather generic, but the characters and their conflicts, particularly Quintana—one of the most fascinating characters in the fantasy genre—will keep readers glued to this absorbing sequel. Recommend this book to fans of fantasy authors Christopher Paolini or Megan Whalen Turner. Reviewer: Jan Chapman
Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
Hot-headed Froi constantly finds himself at odds with the more self-contained Lumaterans surrounding him. When tensions rise between Lumatere and neighboring Charyn, Queen Isaboe sends Froi to assassinate the Charyn king, but nothing has prepared Froi for the complications he must now face. Two estranged brothers. A half-mad princess. A mysterious curse. And on top of it all, the land of Charyn stirs something in Froi's blood like a song and places him at odds with his mission. He has been told to complete his quest and return home, but now he finds his mission is not that simple. Froi of the Exiles follows the paths of several characters, weaving together a pattern of political intrigue, love and betrayal, each chapter more haunting than the last. Marchetta expertly paints a land that has been ravaged by war and the courageous few who seek to create a strong future while old prejudices threaten to destroy every effort. Recommended. Reviewer: Kasey Giard
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this engrossing continuation of the series, Froi, a former thief, has earned his place in the Queen of Lumatere's guard. He's a fierce warrior with an aptitude for languages. This makes him the perfect person to infiltrate the kingdom of Charyn to assassinate the brutal and corrupt king. Charyn is under a curse—no children have been born there in 18 years. The king's daughter, Quintana, the last female born in that time, is prophesied to be the one to break the curse and bear the newborn king. It's said that only the last-born son of one of Charyn's provinces can impregnate her but none have succeeded. Froi's mission is only to kill the king, but as he impersonates a last-born son, he falls for Quintana, reputed to be insane due to the sexual abuse she's experienced. Froi is drawn into the lives of those in the Charyn palace, including the king's wife, imprisoned for years in the palace for attempted murder, and a priestling said to be gods' touched and his crippled, brilliant twin brother. This book is complex, with rich and flawed characters and a plot that is completely addictive because it's so unpredictable and multilayered. It can stand alone, although plot details from Finnikin of the Rock (Candlewick, 2010) are mentioned, making it more rewarding to read the two in order. Fans of the intricate fantasies of Megan Whalen Turner or George R. R. Martin will love this powerful book and wait impatiently for the next installment.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781491507162
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Series:
Lumatere Chronicles Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
Marchetta again demonstrates her fearlessness in exposing humanity at its ugliest, but also at its noblest, as her damaged characters struggle to rebuild their lives. The precipice on which Marchetta leaves readers will have them aching—but also terrified—to discover what comes next.
—Publishers Weekly

In this impressive companion to FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, the focalization shifts from Finn to Froi (perhaps the most intriguing member of the first book’s superb supporting cast), enabling Marchetta to explore the political machinations working beyond Lumatere and to examine human interactions... Where Finnikin was about the reclamation of something lost, Froi’s story is about the building of something new in the wake of physical and sexual trauma at both an individual and societal level. Fans of the first book are no doubt expecting to be challenged by its sequel, and they will not be disappointed by this thrilling, romantic, and utterly unforgettable tale.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Marchetta's close attention to detail slows the pace initially, as she lays out the boundaries and topography of her imagined world. But dedicated readers will be richly rewarded, as soon enough the tale is transformed into a lush tapestry in which each stitch is a nugget of history and each splash of color a rounded character that engages readers' emotions. The expertly crafted ending is designed to leave fans old and new waiting with keen anticipation for the next entry... Expect significant attention for this highbrow, high-fantasy sequel.
—Booklist

This intricately plotted novel has richly drawn and well-developed characters. This is Marchetta’s strength. She is truly a master of formal, stylized high fantasy. . . The characters and their conflicts, particularly Quintana—one of the most fascinating characters in the fantasy genre—will keep readers glued to this absorbing sequel. Recommend this book to fans of fantasy authors Christopher Paolini or Megan Whalen Turner.
—VOYA

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Meet the Author

Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed and award-winning author of Jellicoe Road, which won the Michael L. Printz Award; Saving Francesca, and its companion novel, The Piper's Son; and Looking for Alibrandi. She lives in Australia, where Finnikin of the Rock, her first fantasy novel, won an Aurealis Award.

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