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Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles #3)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  10,955 Ratings  ·  1,457 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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Kiersten You definitely must read at least the second book (Froi of the Exiles) first. It has unresolved plot threads and several cliffhangers that will make…moreYou definitely must read at least the second book (Froi of the Exiles) first. It has unresolved plot threads and several cliffhangers that will make the third book really confusing if you haven't read it. You could probably follow Froi and Quintana together without reading the first book (Finnikin of the Rock), which is more of a standalone novel, but I would recommend reading all three in order for the best understanding. (less)
Deb Yes. The first is Finnikin of the Rock, the second is Froi of the Exiles.

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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
Emily May
Dec 27, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2012
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
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...

Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Reread 09/26 : As if I could stop at the end of Froi of the Exiles. Please.

"Our bodies aren't strangers," he said, his voice ragged. "Our spirits aren't strangers". He held her face in his hands. "Tell me what part of me is stranger to you and I'll destroy that part of me."

Original review : Truth to be told, I was wary at first, out of fear to be disappointed by this last journey through Lumatere and Charyn. I couldn't have been more wrong - indeed Quintana of Charyn was wonderful, as it cont
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’
Amber Skye
Jun 06, 2012 Amber Skye marked it as summer-2015
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
Apr 10, 2013 Basuhi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marchetta Lovers and High Fantasy lovers.
Shelves: fantasy

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 a
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-
Jan 09, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it really liked it
I think I love you, Melina Marchetta, for making a series/trilogy after the wonderfulness that was Finnikin of the Rock.
Feb 24, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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This Book Destroyed Me.

Melina Marchetta you have left me needing therapy after reading this Trilogy of yours. You blew breath into each character that you pen, made me love them, hate them, cry with them and experience every freaking miserable fictional feeling. I'm (at present ) trying and failing to think coherently *sob sob*

I can rave enough about this read, this book was a fantastic end to it all. The #Feels were real and the action plentiful. I'm going to sincerely miss all these character
Mar 18, 2012 Keertana rated it it was amazing
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 im
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
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
Mar 29, 2012 Mitch rated it it was amazing
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
Final rating: 6/5 stars

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!

This book was so wonderful, I just didn't want to put it down. Every sentence was beautiful and her writing style is amazing.

I am very, very sad to see that this is how it ends. There are those times where I love to read long series (more than 3 books) and when I don't. This series fa
Aug 14, 2015 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A brilliant (and VERY underrated) trilogy just came to an end.. I will miss these characters so much!

Everybody who's looking for a YA high fantasy series: Read this. Just do it. You won't be disappointed!
Sep 25, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
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 s
The whole time I was reading this book, I was thinking "This. This is what those Syrian refugees are experiencing. The despair, the frustration, the terror, the unexpected acts of kindness, the persistent hope for a better future..." For a book that is not, presumably, written as an allegory, it is eerie how representative this book (and Froi of the Exiles) are of the state of affairs today.

I loved Finnikin of the Rock. It was a mostly straightforward epic fantasy-type book, written beautifully
Liz* Fashionably Late
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
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
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
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.

Update 11/12/15 - Just realized I've read this series twice this year and I REGRET NOTHING.

Update 3/10/15 - Five million stars forever.

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
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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
Mar 13, 2012 Regina rated it it was amazing
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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 L
Judith (Paper Riot)
Second read: I can't believe how incredible this series is. I will never be able to.

First read: you can find the full love letter review here.

Warning: there will probably be spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.

I think of Quintana of Charyn and my heart is so full. I think of this series that has left me breathless and made me feel so at home and all I want to do is write love letters to the world and the writing and the characters, who I have come to care so much about. A coherent review is neve
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
Jul 10, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
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
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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)
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  • Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)

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“Our bodies aren't strangers,' he said, his voice ragged. 'Our spirits aren't strangers'. He held her face in his hands. 'Tell me what part of me is stranger to you and I'll destroy that part of me.'
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“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.” 139 likes
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