Friday, September 28, 2012

Carla's Thoughts - Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Published by Candlewick, 9 February 2012

Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin's faith in her . . . but in himself

When I first heard that Marchetta was writing a YA fantasy I was all CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES C’MON!!


And then it arrived and thus began the stare off of the century. Because I couldn't bring myself to read it because this was MARCHETTA and FANTASY, both of my loves TOGETHER!!! WHAT I KNOW RIGHT HOW EVEN. So it sat on my shelf, catching my eye and making me engage in staring contests (which I obvs won because this is just a metaphor, it didn't actually stare at me, I’M NOT CRAZY) until one day I couldn'twouldn't, look away. OKAY I shouted, I WILL READ YOU ENOUGH WITH THE STARING. And so I did and IT WAS GLORIOUS.


It starts with the pledge and promise of a boy on a rock in the kingdom of Lumatere. Then come the five unspeakable days. Five days in which the Royal family are slaughtered in the safety of their own palace. An imposter King placed on the throne. And a blood curse. A curse that separates those who have fled and those of have stayed. A kingdom ruined; half of its people trapped inside at the mercy of the impostor King and half left to wander in exile, separated from those they love and the only place they call home. It ends with a whispered named in a dream and a novice named Evanjalin.   

(I ACTUALLY JUST HYPERVENTILATED BECAUSE MY FAKE SYNOPSIS JUST GOT ME EXCITED!!!)

Fantasy is one of those genres that makes me wide eyed with awe; how a whole world can be built and created using only words and imagination actually makes me want to call hocus pocus shenanigans. And Marchetta comes out all guns blazing with this beauty. The world she creates will seep into your skin and put roots down in your heart. The detail of everything; from the view from the rock to the stench of the exile camps, clogging your head with death, well it's nothing short of sensational. 

Like with her contemporary novels, it’s not the plot that drives the story (as intricate and immense as it is), it’s the characters and my oh my, does Marchetta work her magic. From the small army of side to characters to those at the forefront of this story, I can remember each and every one of them. They are ingrained into my memory and sewn into my heart.  (I’m getting leaky in the eye area). EVANJALIN!! Never have I met such a feisty strong and bloody well annoying girl. But she is a sea of roiling power and passion and she will do what needs to be done and oh how I love that head strong girl.

Marchetta has created a book that will not only linger, but that will tattoo itself onto your skin, refusing to forgotten. Its fantasy at its very best. A compelling story full of hope and wonder and characters you would pluck out of the page and install into your real life. Writing as stunningly beautiful as every other book she has published. And if you've never experienced that then JUMP ON IT. (jump on it). How else are you going to find out about the bloody hand prints on the wall? Also, how else are you going to read Froi of the Exiles the sequel? HOW ELSE?

Finnikin of the Rock is the Real Deal. And if I could, I would buy each and every one of you a copy, just on the off chance that you would read it and discover the same magic that I did. Because if you haven't already read this book, you are missing out. FOR REALISES. 

28 comments:

  1. I LOVE this series SO MUCH I just can't stand it. I started to freak out yesterday because my copy of Quintana of Charyn has shipped from Fishpond. I really like when you said that MM's characters are the driving force of her novel. I completely agree with that - and they get stronger and stronger as the series moves on. But her plots are pretty awesome as well (even if I did guess the identity of one of the characters early on).

    I also really loved this sentence of yours: "The world she creates will seep into your skin and put roots down in your heart." I hope I never get this world out of me.

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    1. this whole comment made me smile so hard I have face ache. I defo agree re the characters being a more driving force as you get into the series. her plots are INSANE and although I did see a few things coming, I don't think I've ever barrelled my way through a book with so much frenzied anticipation like EVER. all the drama and all the feels. I HOPE I NEVER GET IT OUT OF ME TOO LAUREN. A FREAKIN MEN

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  2. I can't believe I haven't read this yet!

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  3. Finnikin is one of the best books EVER!! It's definitely my favorite read of this year. I need Quintana NOW!!

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS....AMIRITE? when I finished Froi I completely lost my shit. QUINTANA!!!!!

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  4. You just made me so excited about reading this book! I've been on the fence for a while, but your review was spectacular and got me so hyped!!

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    1. YOU MUST READ IT!! and thank you.....WHAT WHAT!! (also, if you read it let me know if you need any emotional support)

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  5. i am disappointed in myself for not reading this yet. honestly? it's the cover that drives me away every time. EVERY. TIME. but since you are so in love and obviously married to this book, I THINK I NEEDS IT. perhaps the next trip to the bookstore (it's been over a month, bro. SERIOUSLY what's wrong w/ me?) i'll snatch this one up. your excitement is EXCITING.

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    1. WE WE SO EXCITED!! do you have a copy of it already? I AM IN FOREVER LOVE.

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    2. NO COPY. WOMP. i don't know what the blazing hell is wrong with me, either. all these books that my friends love, i resist. it doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

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  6. Man...I had the same problem with this book with the staring. So I got it in audiobook format thinking that may help jumpstart me but alas...I was not a fan of the narrator's voice. I adore Melina Marchetta and cannot imagine a world where there exists a book by her that I do not love....I really need to check this out. This review might be what makes me do so!

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    1. you really really do!! it is SO WORTH IT and omg do they get better and better!!! MALLORY DO IT OR ELSE.

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  7. I was a little skeptical about this book because fantasy isn't really my genre, but I did like it in the end, and I loved the next book, Froi.

    And I totally agree, it's the characters that drive this book even though the plot is pretty awesome too.

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    1. oh my, how amazing is Froi? LIKE I ACTUALLY COULD CRY IT'S THAT GOOD. and yes to the characters and HYFR to the plot. no one can touch marchetta....they can only stand back in awe. she's THAT good.

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  8. Guns a-blazing? Shizzzz, sign me the F up right this very minute. I bought this for my kindle but because I am a giant failure, have not read it yet. Same with -sideeye-Jellicoe Road.

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    1. APRIL ARE YOU TRYING TO HURT MY FEELINGS???!!!! ARE YOU???? you know that marchetta and cashore are friends right? and you know that this is so beyond good that I could shout it from the rooftops. this is so an April book you have NO idea. and jellicoe road is like my ULTIMATE FAVOURITE YA and marchetta is utter legend? YOU KNOW ALL OF THIS SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.

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