Finnikin of the Rock

Author: Melina Marchetta

Price: $19.95
$19.95
SKU: 9780143009870

From internationally best-selling and award-winning author Melina Marchetta comes a masterpiece of epic fantasy, the first of three books in the incredibly gripping Lumatere Chronicles.

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 Finnikin's faith in her . . . and in himself.

'A wonderful story full of hauntingly vivid characters and landscapes . . . This is addictive, highly recommended reading.' Sydney Morning Herald

'The world of this book is dark and beautiful and utterly believable; and, as I've come to expect of Marchetta's work, the characters are wonderfully complex. Here is an author who writes fantasy as well as she writes realism - and in the case of Melina Marchetta, that's high praise, indeed!' Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue

'Magic, romance, intrigue, and adventure all play their parts as this dense, intricate epic unfolds, and flawed, memorable heroes fight for their kingdom's redemption.' Publishers Weekly

'A fully realized medieval world of bloody battles and dark mysticism, the fantasy is a clear allegory for the real-world atrocities of war, addressing sickness, hunger, violence, even rape. Swagger and swordplay among the men and tender moments between the young lovers lighten their hardships and hint at a hopeful ending.' Horn Book

'Filled with questions about the impact of exile and the human need to belong, this standout fantasy quickly reveals that its real magic lies in its accomplished writing.' Booklist starred review

'Marchetta transforms what could be just another epic quest into an innovative fantasy; it's driven almost entirely by the intense relationships among its multidimensional characters, giving the readers a unique perspective on the Lumatere situation as both a personal and political crisis.' Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred review

'Readers will be rewarded by a shining story of romance, adventure in all of its gritty realism, and high ideals.' School Library Journal starred review

'All the components of an epic fantasy novel. . . .a vast land filled with unexpected twists, turns and adventures. . . .a mixture of ancient folklore and prophecy. . . .a budding romance . . . .one of the best of the year . . .' Teenreads.com

'A wonderful, engrossing reading experience with strong characterizations and a rich, fully realized setting.' Bookpage

 'This fantasy has it all - magic, intrigue, bloodshed, and romance. . . the plot and the characters are complex and truly believable.' Library Media Connection starred review

'A magical, memorable story that will not soon leave you. If you like your protagonists (both male and female) smart and strong, and you like your romance heart-stopping, this is the book for you.' Shelftalker blog - Publishers Weekly

'A narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm . . . While a measure of magic can be attributed to her careful pacing, the swoon factor is mostly because of her characters. They're rich, they're real, they're infinitely dimensional.' YA Highway blog 

'Marchetta has created a complex and often dark world. The stakes are high-- And yet - love survives, and life, and happiness, and even hope . . . I love, love, love Finnikin of the Rock . . . There are politics aplenty, from who killed the royal family and why to how the sudden loss of one kingdom impacts the other kingdoms in this land. There is also a haunting picture of the immigrant experience, as we see how unwelcome the exiles are made.' A Chair, a Fireplace & a Tea Cozy

Price: $19.95

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