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Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles Series)
     

Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles Series)

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by Melina Marchetta
 

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The climactic conclusion of Printz Award winner Melina Marchetta’s epic fantasy trilogy!

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi and his companions travel through Charyn searching for Quintana and building an army that will secure her unborn child’s right to rule. While in the valley between two kingdoms, Quintana of

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The climactic conclusion of Printz Award winner Melina Marchetta’s epic fantasy trilogy!

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi and his companions travel through Charyn searching for Quintana and building an army that will secure her unborn child’s right to rule. While in the valley between two kingdoms, Quintana of Charyn and Isaboe of Lumatere come face-to-face in a showdown that will result in heartbreak for one and power for the other. The complex tangle of bloodlines, politics, and love introduced in Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles coalesce into an engrossing climax in this final volume.

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Publishers Weekly
Marchetta triumphantly concludes the trilogy that began with Finnikin of the Rock, as the kingdoms of Lumatere and Charyn attempt to bridge past atrocities through a new generation of leaders. Although tragedies arise, unity and healing are core themes, compared to the horrors of the previous books. As the title suggests, Quintana—the rightful ruler of Charyn, hidden following the uprising in the kingdom in Froi of the Exiles—is at the center of this final book. Forces conspire against Quintana while her beloved Froi tries to find the queen before her enemies do. One of the hallmarks of this series has been the complexity and attention Marchetta gives to both primary and secondary characters, creating a richly human cast of damaged but noble individuals; she frequently shifts perspective among them, highlighting the pain, joy, and experience that unites them despite prejudice, heartache, nationality, and other sources of division. Readers who have fallen in love with Quintana, Froi, Finnikin, Isaboe, and others will eagerly seek out what fate has in store for them. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Mar.)
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Marchetta, known for her mastery of character, shows herself here to have conquered the intricacies of plot, worldbuilding and theme...Readers will have a hard time forgetting the complex, deeply human characters that populate this multifaceted narrative.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Marchetta triumphantly concludes the trilogy that began with Finnikin of the Rock, as the kingdoms of Lumatere and Charyn attempt to bridge past atrocities through a new generation of leaders...One of the hallmarks of this series has been the complexity and attention Marchetta gives to both primary and secondary characters, creating a richly human cast of damaged but noble individuals...Readers who have fallen in love with Quintana, Froi, Finnikin, Isaboe, and others will eagerly seek out what fate has in store for them.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The plot is more straightforward, while the previous volumes’ excellent features—world-building, plotting, and characterization—continue to shine. Marchetta builds on the reader’s knowledge of this world, adding rich sensory details to enhance the sense of place...A stand-out fantasy series.
—Booklist (starred review)

[T]he book will mesmerize readers with several hair-raising moments that ratchet up tension; memorably detailed descriptions provide vivid images of the setting; and Marchetta’s themes of belonging and forgiveness are powerfully wrought. Fans of Megan Whelan Turner and Elizabeth Wein should find this exceptional series especially compelling.
—The Horn Book

VOYA - Adrienne Amborski
Concluding the Lumatere Chronicles, Quintana Of Charyn brings to a close the epic fantasy that began in Finnikin Of The Rock (Candlewick, 2010/Voya April 2010) and Froi Of The Exiles (Candlewick, 2012/Voya June 2012). Questions left unanswered in the first two novels are resolved, leaving readers with a sense of closure. Marchetta's rich and sizeable cast of characters discovers secret lineages, and the warring kingdoms of Lumatere and Charyn continue to resolve their embattled state. The returning characters Finnikin, Isaboe, Phaedra, Lucian, Froi, and Quintana are developed through well-executed dialogue. Will the kingdoms coexist peacefully? Will romantic pairings happen as expected? Will the new king that Quintana carries be the start of a promising future? Readers will need to be familiar with the story line to fully appreciate the intricacies of the plot and comprehend the complex relationships of the many characters. Recommend this book for readers of high-brow, realistic fantasy who enjoy stories with just a touch of the magical. Fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt, 2008/Voya October 2008) and the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini will find reading pleasure in the Lumatere Chronicles. Reviewer: Adrienne Amborski
VOYA - Gwen Amborski
Quintana Of Charyn contains many characters and plot lines from the previous books, so it would be best to read the first two installments. This novel is very detailed, which may be its downfall because in some parts it drags on. Marchetta's style of writing does a great job of creating the setting of this fantasy world. Other than being slow at times, Quintana Of Charyn is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Readers who like Lord of the Rings would enjoy this series. Reviewer: Gwen Amborski, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews
Fans of Finnikin of the Rock (2010) and Froi of the Exiles (2012) will find deep satisfaction in this finale to the Lumatere Chronicles. This trilogy, taken as a whole, is stronger than each of its distinct parts. Marchetta, known for her mastery of character, shows herself here to have conquered the intricacies of plot, worldbuilding and theme. All three books demonstrate both the heights and depths of human nature. If the first two books depict two young men with depth and reality, this third applauds the growth and courage of Princess (or Queen, depending on who's talking) Quintana--who is not immediately likable but becomes more admirable as the narrative progresses. Omniscient narration alternates three major stories: of Froi, who searches for Quintana in Charyn, of the residents of Lumatere, and of Quintana, who is in hiding to protect the life of her child. Peppering the tale are details of Quintana's thoughts and longings, which broaden understanding of her personality. A multitude of plot twists and surprises bring together events that seemed complete in the first two books and emphasize the importance of Quintana's story. Readers will have a hard time forgetting the complex, deeply human characters that populate this multifaceted narrative. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This final book in the beautifully complex and sophisticated trilogy picks up right where Froi of the Exiles (Candlewick, 2012) ended. Quintana is hiding from those who want to kill her and steal her unborn child, the heir to the kingdom of Charyn. Froi, wounded but recovering, is desperately searching for her as armies converge to battle over her right to exist. Political misunderstandings and shifting alliances have given rise to distrust between provinces that should be allies. Amid the horrors of battle, there are also moments of humor in not found in the earlier titles, mostly related to child rearing and the idiocy of men, in the women's opinion. It also "looks at the side of wonder as opposed to the disastrous" to paraphrase a favorite saying of some of the characters. Marchetta gives intriguing secondary characters such as Perri, Lucian, Tesadora, and Phaedra their rightful due as she fills in their backstories. But it is the fates of the main players-Quintana, Froi, Isaboe, and Finnikin-with all of their strengths and weaknesses that readers will find so deeply satisfying. Like the other books, this one begs to be read slowly and savored for its carefully crafted plotting, lyrical language, and fully fleshed-out characters.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763658359
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Series:
Lumatere Chronicles Series
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
387,011
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Marchetta, known for her mastery of character, shows herself here to have conquered the intricacies of plot, worldbuilding and theme...Readers will have a hard time forgetting the complex, deeply human characters that populate this multifaceted narrative.
—Kirkus Reviews

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; Looking for Alibrandi; and the first two volumes in the Lumatere chronicles, Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles. She lives in Australia.

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Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles Series) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Joie-de-Lire More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"We could look at the side of wonder." Froi was left for dead on the mountaintops of Charyn, taken to his uncle--a gifted physician. He has lost Quintana. He has lost Gargarin and Lirah. Quintana of Charyn is alone and in hiding. She might be the curse breaker, but first she will have to survive long enough to give birth to the new heir. In Lumatere, the Charyn threat is growing. Lucian of the Monts is uncertain of how to deal with his unwanted neighbors across the valley. Isaboe wants to erase the royal line responsible for the days of the unspeakable and the murders of her family. Finnikin wants to find Froi before it's too late. But in their months apart, both young men have changed. Two countries torn apart by grief and rage will have to find common ground if either of them hopes to heal in Quintana of Charyn (2013) by Melina Marchetta. Quintana of Charyn is the final book in Melina Marchetta's Chronicles of Lumatere which begins with Finninkin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles. Quintana of Charyn picks up soon after the brutal events of Froi of the Exiles. Everything is still a mess. The characters are all separated. The outlook is bleak. It's difficult to talk about too much of the plot but suffice to say that Quintana of Charyn gives these characters the space and the ending that they deserve. Through careful writing and artful plotting, Marchetta subtly shifts her characters and tone. After the harrowing experiences of book two, this conclusion to her epic fantasy trilogy reads like a soothing balm. It's a testament to the strength of the writing and the intricacy of this series that absolutely everything comes together here. Marchetta uses the fantasy setting to explore larger issues of forgiveness and love as well as grieving and rebirth in this powerful novel. Quintana of Charyn is a must read for fans of the first two books in the series. Readers looking for their next sweeping fantasy series should definitely start this series at the beginning. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon, Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton, Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay, The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia A. McKillip , The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson, Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
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Loved!
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
A heart-breakingly beautiful story, that had me weeping tears of sorrow and joy.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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RozetteKR More than 1 year ago
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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