Finnikin of the Rock

In YA Book Reviews on September 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm


by Melina Marchetta

Fantasy/@2008/399 pages/ First book in the Lumatere Series

Publisher’s Blurb (From Goodreads):

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. 

My Thoughts:

This is your basic epic adventure fantasy with multiple kingdoms, a large cast of characters, and lots of battle scenes.  The violence, I think, is offset by the themes of hope, compassion, redemption, and forgiveness that also run through the story. I found the main characters interesting, though sometimes quite exasperating. For some of them, like Sir Topher, the thief, Trevanion, and Lucian, I got little more than superficial information, and I was left with wanting to know more.  The two main characters were fairly well developed. Finnikin was the requisite heroic and compassionate lead, and Evanjalin was fearless and full of surprises. They both had a sarcastic sense of humor that helped lighten the story. The plot had action, adventure, twists and turns. There were some slow parts, but, overall, it kept my interest. The ending is such that this can be a stand alone book, but it is actually the first in the Lumatere series. The next book centers on the thief, and I am intrigued enough to want to continue reading. It is not the best book ever, but it was an enjoyable read, especially if you are into high fantasy.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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