WEFOUNDFinnikin of the Rock (The Lumatere Chronicles)


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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.

This is one of those reviews where you just don’t know where to start because there is so much to talk about. To start, I’ll say that this is the first book I’ve read by Melina Marchetta and I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner. ‘Finnikin of the Rock’ is the first book in the Lumatere Trilogy and from the get-go I was hooked. This book is full of rich, intricate world building, and an array of complex and fascinating characters that are easy to relate to.

10 years ago, assassins invaded the country of Lumatere and murdered the royal family. Only Balthazar, the prince, was believed to survive. Finnikin, the son of the captain of the guard, along with numerous other Lumaterans were exiled from their country. A curse was placed upon the nation by a forest dweller, preventing anyone from entering or leaving Lumatere.

Now, Finnikin has worked with Sir Topher, the King's First Man, to try to negotiate land for the exiles. Finnikin and Sir Topher travel to a convent where they meet a novice named Evanjalin who claims to be able to lead them to Balthazar. On the journey across the land, they have a run in with a thief named Froi, and they are forced to bring him along.

Upon arriving in Sorel, Evanjalin turns Finnikin in to the authorities by saying he claims to be Balthazar. Trevanion, Finnikin's father, is in the same prison. She meets with Trevanion to tell him he must escape with his son. They do escape, and the group then heads to Yutlind, where Trevanion's guard is rumored to be hiding.

Teen readers can't get enough of trilogies and multipart series that keep them on the edges of their seats, waiting for the next installment. Whether it's a dystopian series or a science fiction, fantasy, horror, or historical saga, these books immerse readers in other worlds and keep them hooked. Check out this list of our favorite teen book series -- in most cases, we've included a review of the first title in the series. And for even more suggestions, check out our lists  Books Like the Hunger Games and Teen Romance Novels -- Completely Vampire-Free! .

Teen readers can't get enough of trilogies and multipart series that keep them on the edges of their seats, waiting for the next installment. Whether it's a dystopian series or a science fiction, fantasy, horror, or historical saga, these books immerse readers in other worlds and keep them hooked. Check out this list of our favorite teen book series -- in most cases, we've included a review of the first title in the series. And for even more suggestions, check out our lists  Books Like the Hunger Games and Teen Romance Novels -- Completely Vampire-Free! .

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.

This is one of those reviews where you just don’t know where to start because there is so much to talk about. To start, I’ll say that this is the first book I’ve read by Melina Marchetta and I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner. ‘Finnikin of the Rock’ is the first book in the Lumatere Trilogy and from the get-go I was hooked. This book is full of rich, intricate world building, and an array of complex and fascinating characters that are easy to relate to.


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