Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles Series)

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles Series)

by Melina Marchetta

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763647599
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: Lumatere Chronicles Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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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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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Froi of the Exiles: The Lumatere Chronicles 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
bookittyblog More than 1 year ago
Once again Melina Marchetta blew my mind away. When I heard that she was going to write the second book in the Lumatere Chronicles with Froi as the main character I was I little surprised. Froi wasn't a very likable character in Finnickin of the Rock until the last part of the book. But if someone can take a character from zero to hero is Marchetta. And Froi is my new favorite hero. I was fascinated with all her new characters. My favorite was Quintana. She was just WOW. Everything about her was beautifully insane. I'm talking inner beauty because Marchetta lets us know that Quintana is not that pretty. Another awesome thing about Froi of the Exiles is that it has different points of view, including several people from Lumatere. So while I knew what was going on in Charyn with Froi, I got a glimpse of what was going on in Lumatere. Everything about Froi of the Exiles was amazing including the ending.
seekingflight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sequel to Finnikin of the Rock, which I also enjoyed very much. As can be seen from the title, this is Froi¿s story, the story of a young man, thought to be an exile from Lumatere, trained by the Guard, and sent on a secret mission to Charyn, the kingdom responsible for the brutal occupation of Lumatere, which has only recently come to an end. But it is also the story of the mysterious Princess he finds there, the curse placed on her kingdom, and a number of flawed and wounded individuals, both in Lumatere and Charyn, nevertheless trying to do the best they can for their people. A very good read.
mjsnooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series. I didn't expect a sequel to Finnikin of the Rock as the ending was perfect, but I was so excited when I found out about FoTE - and I wasn't disappointed! As with Finnikin, the relationships are both heart wrenching and joyful, and the fantasy is enriched with the gritty realism of human nature.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Froi, the child found by Finnikin of the Rock and Isaboe during the exile, has grown to be a well-trained assassin. Sent into a neighboring kingdom to dispose of the king, he finds that he is not who and what he always thought himself to be. Deeply involved in palace intrigue, he aligns with the country's despised princess.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the past three years, Froi of Nowhere has devoted himself to serving his queen, Isaboe of Lumatere. An unexpected royal assassin¿s mission into the heart of neighboring Charyn, however, uproot his life once more. For Charyn has been in the throes of a long curse as well, and at its center seems to be Quintana, the mad princess who declares herself to be essential to the curse-breaking prophecy. As, reluctantly, Froi begins to care about the people he meets in Charyn, he discovers just how deeply he is entangled in the affairs of Charyn¿Once in a blue moon I find that I would rather not write a review for a book, because there is just no chance I will be able to find the right words to express just how magnificent I think the book is. Unsurprisingly, as with nearly all of her books, Melina Marchetta¿s latest, FROI OF THE EXILES, is one of these times. It just doesn¿t seem possible that FROI is ¿just a book,¿ or ¿just a story.¿ FROI is an experience. It¿s an event. It¿s altogether unforgettable.As always, Marchetta pulls off the miraculous feat of having characters that initially seem unlikable but then grow so much on you you find you kind of, sort of, maybe want to date them. If you remember Froi from Finnikin of the Rock, you¿ll probably remember him as an angry and petulant adolescent with a hard childhood. Froi starts out much the same way in this book, but he grows until we see how truly noble, how fiercely loyal, he can be when his heart runs away from him.Other characters, both old and new ones, get plenty of page time in FROI OF THE EXILES. We get heart-wrenching pictures of the rebuilding of Lumatere, the hurts that remain from the time of the curse, the difficulties of keeping happiness and hope alive in a crowd of hopelessness, resentment, and suspicion. We also get new problems in the Charynites and their curse, revelations about Froi¿s past, and tensions between old characters we feel protective of and new characters that we perhaps love even more. Marchetta weaves brilliant tapestries of plot and conflict together, surprising and astounding us with their complexity.Characters, setting, plot¿I may have to go ahead and call FROI OF THE EXILES flawless. Not that I¿m surprised. FROI simply reiterates the fact that Melina Marchetta can do anything when it comes to writing. It was a wonderful reading experience and I look forward to finding out more about Froi, Quintana, and the others, in the next book, Quintana of Charyn.
ReginaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Froi of the Exiles is 593 pages and despite the length, I read it in just a few days. Covert reading at work, at home behind my family's back and late through the night helped me finish this in just a few days. Really, I had no choice, the book consumed me; it compelled me to keep going and keep turning those pages (or clicking "next" on my kindle). My reading experience was akin to hanging off of a cliff and having no idea if rescue was coming or if the ground below me was close.What is it about Melina Marchetta? How does she continuously create the magical and emotional reading experience that I go through when I read her books? Why is this book so special? Jellicoe Road by Marchetta, is one of my favorite reads of 2011. Froi of the Exiles is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2012. However, disclosure - I was not a fan of Finnikin on the Rock. I listened to the audio of that book and was bored during most of it. While I liked the characters Marchetta created in Finnikin, the book did not grab me at all and only the high reviews for Froi of the Exiles made me want to continue. I am so glad I continued; reading Froi of the Exiles was one of the most powerful reading experiences I have had so far this year. Having read these three books by Marchetta, it seems obvious that she is incredibly gifted in writing stories and imagining worlds to write about but, I have noticed in each of these three books she makes use of certain plot devices to unfold her stories and create tension. A main device Marchetta employs - - and did so effectively in both Jellicoe Roadand Froi of the Exiles - is the keeping of secrets and leaving characters floundering in the unknown. Characters have their secrets, their painful pasts and choose not to disclose information to other characters even though it is clear that other characters are suffering due to the lack of information. Characters are kept in the dark, intentionally by other characters and thus, the pain and suffering is increased from the desperate need for missing information. This plot device could be very frustrating and irritating, especially once it becomes obvious. A lesser author could not carry this device off. But Marchetta is such a genius at crafting her story that it is not frustrating or angsty. The story unfolds, readers likely know before the characters do where everything is headed, yet she does it such an artful and entrancing manner I could not look away.Froi of the Exiles is a character driven drama within the structure of a fantasy novel. Marchetta cleverly creates a historical fantasy world that is rich with its own history, music, religion and myths. She creates a political plot line that twists and turns and is intriguing to follow. But that is just the set up and the structure; ultimately, the book is about the characters and the characters move the story forward. I do not know how else to describe this story but to say it is raw; it is so raw that the characters are bleeding their emotions all over the pages. The history and facts leading up to Finnikin of the Rock, which is #1, and Froi of the Exiles, which is #2, involves years of war, starvation and the events that often surround both war and starvation. The characters each have their own painful histories to overcome and those histories control their present actions and choices. I feel like many movies and many authors write horrific pasts or events into their characters' lives and then have their characters miraculously overcome these painful events and they all march toward a satisfying happy ending by the conclusion of the story. This is not what happens in Froi of the Exiles. Froi is a dark dark book about tortured individuals deeply affected by war. Marchetta brilliantly puts her characters in situations that shows how scarred they are and how difficult it is for these characters to move past what has happened to them. Not to say there is no progression, because that is not the case at all.Case in point t
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SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down.  
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RozetteKR More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. Melina Marchetta has written it so well, tying in so many complex plot threads and making each character individual and unique. It is a young abult book, but it reads like an adult, which not only makes it enjoyable for any age, but also leaves the reader feeling respected and not like they are being told what is happening- they are experiencing it right along with the characters. Highly recomended!
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I recommend it.
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This book is deep and meaningful, just as was Finnikin of the Rock. It delves into the darker aspects of a desperate society, aspects that a lesser author would gracefully avoid. The book is exceptionally written and filled with unexpected twists. I loved it, and cannot wait for the next in the series. This novel has earned my highest reccomendation. 
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Great book.
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A well written story..will keep you entertained
BeerandeyeBG More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic extension of the first book in the series. There is so much character development and such an interesting plot. Very different from most other YA books. I absolutely recomment this series!