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Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles #2)

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Blood sings to blood, Froi . . .
Those born last will make the first . . .
For Charyn will be barren no more.

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home... Or so he believes...

Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his q
Paperback, 593 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Viking Australia
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You know what is sad? That Froi of the Exiles is #76 on the Goodreads list of most popular books released this October, while Silence is #1. Will Melina Marchetta ever get the acknowledgement she deserves? Will her publishers ever promote her books the way they deserve to be promoted? I mean, so much effort and money is put into hyping garbage, why not put it towards something worthy? Very few people I'd recommended this author's novels disliked them, so would it be re
Kat Kennedy
Sometimes I feel like Marchetta books should come with a public health warning.

"Marchetta Fever," it would say.

"Symptoms include: pain, aching or burning in the chest region indicating a broken heart.

Uncontrollable weeping, both happy and sad, may occur frequently. More serious cases run the risk of having their mind blown.

This condition has no known cure."

That's me. That's me with every single one of these books.

I went into my local bookstore to order me some Marchetta this year. Let me expla
I’ve been a fan of every other Melina Marchetta book I’ve read, which is all of them, so it sort of pains me to say that Froi of the Exiles was frustrating and unsatisfying for me. I’m still going to give it three stars because even when Marchetta is (subjectively to me) not on her game, she still has a way with words that blows nearly every other YA author out of the water. Originally, I tried to keep my review entirely spoiler-free but it just wasn’t happening. There will be a few spoilers but ...more
Emily May

Once upon a time...

I never would have thought a book could have me sobbing my heart out at four in the morning.
And then Melina Marchetta wrote On the Jellicoe Road.
I never would have thought I'd like traditional fantasy novels.
And then Melina Marchetta wrote Finnikin of the Rock.
I never would have thought characters could get any better than Finnikin and Isaboe.
And then Melina Marchetta wrote Froi of the Exiles.

I think that if Ms Marchetta were to ever write a bad novel, the earth would simply
You know how authors say that once in a story the two main characters get together there is no point in continuing because nobody is interested in reading about them getting married, having babies and discussing about who takes the kids to school?
Well, with Marchetta it doesn't work that way. Because, in fact, in this book she does tell us about the Happily Ever After. She also switches the focus of attention to some OTHER interesting characters and that's where it gets tricky, for the new char
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Does this book really need another glowing review? A book with 225 reviews on GoodReads alone and 4.62 average rating? What can it possibly change? Maybe not much, but yes, I believe that it does.

Melina Marchetta is extraordinary. Duh. I won’t sing her praise in this review. Almost everyone who ever gave one of her books a chance knows how brilliant she is. Writing about it here seems unnecessary and a little bit silly since it’s the one thing we all agree on, regardless of our favorite among h
Jillian -always aspiring-
Authors like Melina Marchetta leave me in an uncomfortable position. As a reader, I'm overjoyed to read books such as hers since they challenge my mind, make me smile and gape alike, and steal away pieces of my heart. As a writer, however, Marchetta's books...intimidate me. Never before have I read work from an author that just keeps getting better and better with each successive novel (and those who have read Marchetta's debut novel, Looking for Alibrandi, know that she has never been even a me ...more
I always have a hard time reviewing these books: the ones that aren’t read so much as frantically consumed in a whirlwind of gluttonous book hedonism. Afterward I feel like, “What just happened to me? Yesterday is such a blur…a happy, sad, angry, intense blur.” So, I’ll just apologize now, because this review probably won’t be very coherent.

This book begins like a lot of Melina Marchetta books. (In fact, I might say that all of her best books begin this way.) There’s a mad jumble of names, event
"....and he wanted to creep inside her head and join the madness."

So I guess I’m kinda a fantasy fan.
(But still very much a learner)
Because there have now been two series I can’t get enough of
And it’s all to do with Double M and Ms Whalen Turner.

It’s taken me a while to process this book
(Once I got over the jittery caffeine shakes and stiffness of the joints)
Because when I skimmed through my notes I found with dismay
My pages full of only sad faces and exclamation points.

I picked it up with
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read/Re-read with a great group of people at Lumatere Chronicles Group Read

Second Read Review Dec 23 2014

This Book…..This Book. It has all of the emotions in it. I went from
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“Because I remembered your words,” she said quietly. “I remembered that you liked me least. You said it in my palace chamber. ‘Have one of the others wake me, for I like you least.’”
She turned to face him and brushed tears fiercely from her face. “Sometimes when I see what’s left of Quintana of C
Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘

As you might know, I'm a teacher from 3rd to 5th grade. Of course I love my job but let's face it : sometimes the gremlins are exhausting.

To survive, I learnt quickly a few tips :
- Everything is better in color
- Sleep full-time nights - or if you don't, pretend, that is to say, smile.
- Identify the giggles words and defuse the crisis right away : yes, there is sex in sexism, hahaha, now can we talk about it? Now, you're a teacher but also a person, so try to never forget it and allow you to la
Steph Sinclair

Once again I find myself at a loss for words and I do believe I'm suffering from Marchetta Fever. If you've read any book by her, you may know the symptoms yourself: First it's the euphoria that sets in right after you complete the book. Then, you find yourself thinking about the book long after you finish. You have the inability to form a single, coherent thought to review the book.And in the final stages, your palms go sweaty with the need for the next book. There is a reason why Marchetta is
Reviewing a Melina Marchetta book always takes me longer than reading one, even a 600-page whopper like Froi of the Exiles . It's like this: If someone were to point to this pen

and ask, "What color is this?", the answer is easy.


But if the person pointed to a rainbow and asked, "What color is this?", the answer is no longer simple because a rainbow is every color. Likewise, a Marchetta book can't be narrowed down to one thing or one emotion. It's every emotion.

In Froi of the Exiles, as in
(Scroll down if you'd prefer the tl;dr version)

If Finnikin of the Rock was a story about a divided and displaced nation’s journey towards healing their collective psyche, Froi of the Exiles is about a people broken apart by hatred, the wound in their history left to fester, and seep suspicion and fear into the cracks between them. A faceless, malevolent presence in Finnikin of the Rock, this is Charyn’s unveiling as more than simply “the enemy” of Lumatere. It’s an insight into a land burdened b
Beyond Amazing!

The one who reigns must die,
At the hands of she born last,
And the last will make the first,
When the bastard twins are one,
And blessed be the newborn King,
For Charyn will be barren no more.

...and with that curse sets the stage for Melina Marchetta’s newest masterpiece Froi of Exiles.

To call this a fantastical journey would be an understatement of the year. This story is about the test of one’s strength and determination to fight beyond the beliefs of man and past the barriers of
I’ve tried writing this review countless times, but it just doesn’t turn out right. Maybe I should just give up?

This story has a very peculiar atmosphere. It is actually hard to describe: almost dream-like in some parts, but so very real in others - simply an extraordinary combination. Especially the scenes taking place in and around the Citavita induced the strangest feeling in me. This feeling is almost impossible to grasp, and I’m certainly not able to put in into words – but I loved the exp

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

It's been about two days since I finished this book, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. All I've been doing is skimming through the entire book and rereading my favorite parts and coming up with theories on how Melina Marchetta is going to resolve everything. When I started it, I stayed up really late the first day because I just could not put it down! It's definitely the fastest I've read through a Melina Marchetta novel.I can't
Dear Melina,
Keep breaking my heart, because you definitely know the best way to do it.

Froi of the exiles

Pre-reading thoughts: "If I won't die of happiness, when I'll read this I'll be the happiest person alive :) " Well.. I am the happiest person alive!


The first story I’ve been told was a fairytale.
I don’t remember which one was it, but that shouldn’t be a problem, as they all begin with “once upon a time”, get to the point where the handsome white-horse-riding prince must rescue the princes (fallin
Liz* Fashionably Late
Re-read December 2014 with the Lumatere Chronicles Group Read (:

Everything I remembered and more.
First read Dec 2013

Reading a Marchetta:

* Find your favorite place to read
* Get comfortable.
* Bring some coffee/alcohol/coffee+alcohol with you
* Don't forget some kleenex (you never know)
* Say goodbye to the world
* Embrace yourself for a hell of an emotional roller coaster.
* Add coffee to the alcohol

Well, tell me something new. And if you're looking for the responsible he
Final rating: /

EDIT (26 july): this review will be changed when i reread it again with Nab & Basuhi - date: 31st july It seems that i wont make it after all (sorry girls), but i will reread it when i have time :P

My previous review can be found under spoiler, until i rewrite it, and another thing: it may have some unhidden spoilers, but i put warnings where they were.

PREVIOUS REVIEW HERE => (view spoiler)
Oh Sagra! This was so goooood!!!

I will never be able to express how much this book touched me. I wanted to write this in bold capital letters with exclamation points scattered throughout the entire review, but instead of abusing those buttons, just note that I write this with a bounce in my heart and an excitement that I wish I could scream from the rooftops:)

When I first heard that Melina Marchetta was going to write a companion to the much beloved Finnikin of the Rock I was thrilled! But when
Froi of the Exiles is 593 pages and despite the length, I read it in just a few days. Covert reading at work, at home behind my family's back and late through the night helped me finish this in just a few days. Really, I had no choice, the book consumed me; it compelled me to keep going and keep turning those pages (or clicking "next" on my kindle). My reading experience was akin to hanging off of a cliff and having no idea if rescue was coming or if the ground below me was close.


What is it abou
Duchess Nicole
"Walk away from Quintana, Froi. For her sake and yours. Fall in love with another girl and be a king in your own home."

Yeah, I feel a little speechless right now. I knew that I'd enjoy this book after reading book one. I didn't expect for this part of the story to be so emotional. Sloppy tears time! The ending is a cliffie, but honestly, what a great cliffie! All the loose ends are still a-dangling, yet somehow, it felt right in the bigger scheme of things for both Charyn and Lumatere. This part
4 Stars.
(that may escalate to 4.5 too)

I don't think I can say much without giving everything away but this is growing to be one of my favorite series, through the highs and lows, parries and kisses.

I can feel it.

Now, the review, yeah. It will be succinct because I'm off to the next book soon.

First off, The story is unique.
I can promise you that.

I don't really know when I started liking this book. It was a slow and steady transition from okay to like and finally to love. And what was a cata
Ash Wednesday
”Where do you hail from Lumatere?” he asked suspiciously.
“I was found in exile,” Froi said, having no reason to lie to Ariston. “I belong to all of them.”

I choose you, pikachu Marchetta!

And good lord is she doing a masterful job at killing me, this woman.

I don’t want to write anything lengthy or get into my pretentious space (which I indulge in from time to time and for which I apologise profusely) discussing the psychology of war, rape, abandonment, the lesser evil etcetera. Because, l
28th Sept.

Finally after four days, I have calmed down. You need to know that I'm a kind of a person who is very protective of people I love. I feel with them and emotionally get beaten down as badly (if not more) when they do, and obviously I recover and help them a little later, say, four days? That's exactly what happened at the end of Froi. I know none of the characters are helpless, but I was in it with them and upon finishing the book I found myself on the floor unable to move. In other wor
Dear goodreads I need more stars.


But I'm gonna try anyway.
There's a reason why when people ask who my favourite author is I say Melina Marchetta and then thrust copies of On the Jellicoe Road upon them. It's books like this book and those *points to all the rest*. It's her ability to say something profound and true without clogging up her prose. It's her simple sentences that pull her characters off the page. Her love of relationships, community and identity and well you get t
Reread started May 4 2014.
Reread finished May 14 2014.

Notes on the audiobook
Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
The final two books in this series are narrated by a new voice actor from the first one, and although he doesn't have any really standout character voices like Wren did, he is also much better overall. He gets the pronunciation of everything right, the pacing is good and the emotions he infuses the dialogue with are incredibly moving. There was one section in particular that I relistened to a
I have selected the authors I want to display as my favorite ones with care - writing one of my favorite books does not automatically switch me into fan mode - yet one of my very first thoughts - when thoughts were more or less possible again after ripping myself away from life in Charyn and Lumatere - was: "I need to persuade Goodreads maintanance to install a huge, visible gap between word magician Marchetta and the rest of the writers I unquestionably adore."

Some more coherent brain activity
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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lumatere Chronicles (3 books)
  • Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)
  • Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)
On the Jellicoe Road Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1) Saving Francesca Looking for Alibrandi Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)

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