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Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles #3)

4.49 of 5 stars 4.49  ·  rating details  ·  6,138 ratings  ·  1,073 reviews
There's a babe in my belly that whispers the valley, Froi. I follow the whispers and come to the road . . .

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn's unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country
Paperback, 516 pages
Published September 26th 2012 by Viking Australia
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Quintana of Charyn by Melina MarchettaPreloved by Shirley MarrNight Beach by Kirsty EagarLove-shy by Lili WilkinsonQueen of the Night by Leanne Hall
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Kat Kennedy
Quintana of Charyn is a masterful novel. Hauntingly beautiful, powerfully written and the perfect end to this brilliant fantasy series.

But this is nothing different. Marchetta's novels only come in shades of amazing. By far her strongest and most compelling ability as a writer, is the way in which she crafts her characters and their struggles in the context of the world they live in.

If you have read Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles than fear not. Quintana of Charyn will not disappoint
Perfect ending to the story, Melina Marchetta, I fall in love with your writing more each time. Never stop writing, please. Review maybe to come later. Read it in one sitting.

October 2012?! Too, too long...

Emily May
I am a little unsure about this rating because it's Melina Marchetta - how can her books be anything less than five stars? She's the queen of young adult who can jump across genres and still create something spectacular. But, though I really enjoyed Quintana of Charyn, I liked it significantly less than the other books in this series (particularly Froi of the Exiles) and I think I can quite easily pinpoint the main problem: the plot. Or lack thereof. Where I think Froi of the Exiles could easily ...more
Amber Skye
Jul 19, 2013 Amber Skye marked it as finish-before-college
Edit: GUYS. Guys. I went to Amazon to preorder this book, and it said that it will not be released until MARCH 2013. WHAT.
How I feel about having to wait for this book
This poem does not contain spoilers for Quintana HOWEVER if you haven't read Froi of the Exiles, be off with you. Shoo.

Finnikin of the Rock.
Froi of the Exiles.

Here she is. Crazy as ever…

You may think that it would be difficult to get behind
A heroine who snarls at people, keeping them at arm’s length.
But, for me at least, Quintana will always be my ultimate heroine,
As she’s a girl who survives because of her resilience and strength.

And I want her to be my life coach, my best friend,
Because I can’
Aug 26, 2013 Basuhi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Marchetta Lovers and High Fantasy lovers.

Book, did you just try to kill me ?

With that epilogue, I swear, you did.

With the serrated edges of sorrow of bidding farewell to Lumatere and Charyn.

With the indelible silence of completion.

That is fraught with joy so consummating that it aches.

I guess I got carried away, but that happened because I loved this book. I don't know if I was expecting any different but I still feel that it has surprised me.

I must tell you that this review is going to be long, because I have so much to say and n
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy read/reread Starting Dec 29 with my friends over on Buddies Books and Baubles formerly known as the Lumatere Group Read

Loved it just as much the 2nd time through. What a great, emotional, beautiful story.

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Overall Series Rating = 4.75
Quintana of Charyn = 4.5

I will not be able to do justice how much I loved this series, it is impossible. Not all of it is happy and the feelings I felt throughout the series ranged the whole spectrum of emotions. I laughed, cried, got angry, hoped beyond belief
Jillian -always aspiring-
Dec 02, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- marked it as need-to-read
Shelves: covers-i-love
I think I love you, Melina Marchetta, for making a series/trilogy after the wonderfulness that was Finnikin of the Rock.
Ash Wednesday

”Do you love me?” he asked instead. “because if you don’t, I’d wait until you did. I’d wait weeks and months and years.”

I fell in love with that line without knowing who said them or the context of those words.

This was such a breathtaking reminder on why I read books.

Because in the culture fostered here in Goodreads, underneath the insurmountable TBR pile, the endless galleys that you burden yourself to review before their release day… it’s so easy to
What can I say about this book but faith rewarded? How do I begin to talk about a series that turned me onto a new genre?

Marchetta took me on a journey through an unfamiliar genre and story landscape, through curses and the Citavita. Looking back on Finnikin, I couldn't even finish my review because I was so unused to fantasy. I was exhausted by the little I did manage to write. By the time I read Froi , I was better prepared and any exhaustion I felt was due to the emotional ride from the book.
Rating: 4.75 Stars

Well, call me a coward, but I have been avoiding writing this review like the plague. Actually, worse,considering I'd run towards a plague before I ran towards writing a review for this. I always have two feelings when I finish a Melina Marchetta novel. One, of being incredible happy, content, and simply awe-struck for the novel is always amazing beyong belief; and second, of feeling ever-so-slightly nervous because, let's be honest, how could I ever possibly even think or ima
Melina Marchetta's Lumatere Chronicles is like the crowning jewel of the young adult fantasy genre, so of course I had huge expectations coming into Quintana of Charyn. Twice now, Marchetta has delivered indescribable stories of a cursed land, a nation of refugees, a series of powerful characters who exemplified hope, vengeance, and forgiveness rising from great tragedy, all through two unforgettable books. And with so much on the line, a lot can go wrong, but I’m happy to report every word is w ...more
Wow. I’ve just finished reading Quintana and I really don’t know where to start, there are so many different stories in this book, and I don’t want to spoil anything but I also know most readers of this series are dying to know what happens next! The story picks up after the events of Froi ofthe Exiles. Froi is recovering from his injuries; he’s in the godshouse of Trist with Arjuro. He’s desperate to leave so he can start searching for Quintana but he’s not the only one looking for her and the ...more
How do you even begin to do justice on a review for such an amazing end to a truly amazing series? I have yet to read a better series because 1) the stories had me intrigued; 2) the characters moved me and 3) the books made me think the whole way through and kept me on my toes.

First of all, I think it's a bit of a misnomer that the book was entitled "Quintana of Charyn" because I thought this book was going to be about her. I actually didn't see very much from her perspective, and I felt she sh
Final rating: ★★★★★★/★★★★★

let me tell you about my feels.

This was.....fantastic. At least for me. I always loved Lumatere, especially after Froi of the Exiles, which was NOT what i expected of young adult fantasy to be. Great job Melina, great job!


I loved, loved, loved, loved every freaking word of this ♥♥♥ I read it in a day and it was just that awesome!!!!!!

So........I just didn't want this awesomeness to end. I need more. More. MOREEEEEEEEEEEEE. But i guess it won't happen.

Anyway, this was really interesting, because i h
Duchess Nicole
I couldn't possibly do this series justice with a review. It's honestly unlike anything else I've read...just the style of writing that Melina Marchetta's unique to her. Her characters are flawed...some to the point that you never really like them, but you can certainly relate to them. Quintana is a great example. I don't think I really like her all that much. But I understand her, and she makes Froi happy. There's so much more to that but what a fantastic character.

This is the biggest
I'm just ... speechless at this point.

I need to ruminate.

If I could sum up this series with one word, and MM uses it copiously throughout the entire series is fierce . It's a fierce story, full of fierce characters and stories with even fiercer emotions.

It has the ability to tear you to shreds, believe me.

So, last night I finished reading this and I want to say that it just really hasn't hit me yet. The full impact that a story I've invested a good threes years of my life i
Reading a Marchetta, always:


...leaning on the side of wonder.

I'm genuinely moved by this series, I really am. I'm not good with words, I'm not good expressing myself and that never upsets me until moments like this when I really need words to work.

I'm in love with the Lumatere Chronicles series. Even when it broke my heart at one point, I will probably read it again in the future because this was perfection, from beginning to end.

Every character, every love story and every traged
Well, we've come a long way since the little feef that roamed the streets of Sprie in Sarnak. A long, long way.
Final book in the trilogy, Quintana of Charyn does not disappoint; it's full of joy, horrors, tears and laughter as well. Truth be told, thanks to the grumpy Charynites, it's even more humorous than its predecessors.
As usual, Froi stars in every way, at least for me. The parallel stories all pale in comparison to the strength of this character, whose development throughout the trilogy
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Melina Marchetta, where the heck do you get your ideas? I can't think of very many authors who are able to cross over into a different genre and successfully write a brilliant and captivating novel? *drums fingers on table* Margaret Atwood? Stephen King? J.K. Rowling? I guess it depends on how we are determining the distinction between genres. What is clear is that Marchetta’s earlier books are realistic young adult fiction and the Lu
This is not an actual review, more like a confession of my love towards this series. If you don't want to read me blabbering about how awesome everyone in this series is, and want an actual review, you shouldn't read further. Kay? Thanks.

Dear Melina Marchetta,

A few months back I had no idea that a talented author like you existed and I still feel ashamed of my ignorance. You walked into my life with Jellicoe Road. That book had me convinced that I needed to read more of your work. Instead of re
Just WOW!! What a great end to a trilogy. It was everything that I hoped it would be and actually a little better than i thought it might be. Complete review to come if I can figure out how to write one.

Not sure how to go about review so I’m just going to give some thought on the experience. It took a little time to get back into it. I should have done a reread of Froi but I just wanted to sink my teeth into this book. There are a gazillion characters and it took a little while to remember who e
4.5 stars

This book is such a strange mixture of laughter and tears. The strangest thing of all is that it completely worked.

Froi + Quintana forever.

Tesadora + Perri forever, but really just Tesadora forever.

Isaboe + Finnikin forever.

Trevanion + Beatriss forever.

Lirah + Gargarin forever.

Arjuro + De Lancey forever.

Phaedra + Lucian forever.

Lord Augie + Lady Abian forever.

Yata forever.

Jasmina forever.

Tariq forever.

Every single character forever.

Lumatere + Charyn forever.

Ellis + Marchetta forever.

Me before reading a Marchetta book:


Me after reading a Marchetta book:



Melina Marchetta (authoress divine) is one of those rare authors whose writing is constantly improving, constantly pushing the limits of how much I think I can love a book. When I read FINNIKIN, I felt like I had found The Best Book Ever (aside from Jellicoe Road, of course). But then she wrote FROI and now QUINTANA and I just have no words. At least, none that I haven't said before.

QUINTANA OF CHARYN is, undoubtedly, a conclus
Nov 04, 2012 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: 132 Minutes Blog Tour
As Froi would say... My side of despair is that our Lumatere journey is over. My side of wonder is that this amazing experience Marchetta delivered will forever remain in my heart. Quintana of Charyn was more magnificent than I could ever express in words. Melina Marchetta once again delivered an epic tale of friendship, loyalty and love. Those elements combined with her magical storytelling provided an emotional and heartfelt journey not to be missed by fans of this gifted author!

In this final
If there is a book that I can read with my eyes filled with tears and my heart full of happiness, it is one of Marchetta's stories..


This story took my breath away!
It's an ocean of emotions that I've been sinking in and it's not like I haven't expected it, because I really did. I knew it was coming and even thought I was prepared for the force of it, it still blew my mind away - I loved it from the first page to the very last one .. and I guess my love for it will still go on forever
My heart was filled with joy, and did a happy dance at the end of this story! Quintana of Charyn was AMAZING! I knew it would be, but I’m still stunned at how much I loved this story! There are just no words adequate enough. Still, I have to say, I’m sad to let this series go.

For those of you who read Froi, you know we were left with so many things up in the air. Quintana and Froi’s fates were unknown. And after witnessing Phaedra and Lucian’s love creep up and grow right before our eyes, we we
I felt everything again. This is what this author’s books do to me. Every. Single. Time. Because it’s either about family or about friends or about roads that lead them to each other or away from each other. It’s the individuals and how one links to another then another then another that makes me feel all these things. Right now? I’m looking to the side of wonder with them.

Perhaps, the most delightful part is how there’s a playful bit that’s wove through the rest of those emotions. Oh, yes, The
Joy (joyous reads)

Quintana of Charyn is the third and last book from The Lumatere Chronicles. Questions will be answered, curses will be broken, romances will be rekindled (one will be reborn) and a kingdom will be rebuilt. As usual, Melina gave us everything we wanted and left us screaming at the injustice of having to wait for another one of her books. BUT. This trilogy ended the way it was meant to end, regardless of how much I want this to go on.

The story begins with Froi recovering from his injuries while h

I know I said I was going to wait until I'd done a series re-read before I wrote this review, but, well, I lied. Because I just can't stop thinking about this book, and I really haven't been able to since I finished it at 2:30 this morning (It's gonna be a yawn-filled day). It was that good. It was incredible. And I know that I will revisit this review soon, when I finally make it to the end of Quintana again, but for now I just need to get my thoughts on the page. So here goes.

Melina Marchetta
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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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Lumatere Chronicles (3 books)
  • Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)
  • Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)
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