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Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  28,806 Ratings  ·  3,551 Reviews
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.

Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 29th 2008 by Viking Australia
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Maris Only a little swearing, but there is some very odd sexual content. At times the author seems very shy of anything sexual, like an extremely awkward…moreOnly a little swearing, but there is some very odd sexual content. At times the author seems very shy of anything sexual, like an extremely awkward conversation between a girl and some men about her period. There is an attempted rape, but I believe the other answer that says "it is not graphic" is very true. At other times, talking of sexual abuse seems to be normal and the characters are unabashed about it. It's a little weird, but to answer your original question, there is both swearing and sexual content although not graphic and the swearing is rare and much lighter than other books. (less)
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Dec 04, 2013 Nataliya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nataliya by: Many, many, oh so many overwhelmingly positive GR reviews
Dear Finnikin of the Rock, what happened? You and I were supposed to be enjoying the beginning of a beautiful friendship, walking into the sunset together.

Alas, no walking into the sunset was meant for us. Instead, our date ended with me awkwardly fumbling for keys and muttering, "Well, I'll call you sometime, I guess", knowing very well that you also acutely felt the absence of that proverbial chemistry, that necessary spark, and that none of us would be reaching for the phone any time soon.

Steph Sinclair
Whew. So much WIN I can hardly stand it!


Girls rule and boys drool!

Oh my sweet... just gimme the next book now!

First, a cavet: This review will probably be the most unhelpful review you might ever read because nothing I say will do the book justice. I'll just use this space to ramble and hopefully it makes some sort of coherency.

I remember the first time I heard about Melina Marchetta and her special fragrance of awesome she regularly emits whenever she publishes a novel. I had seen review
Sep 20, 2011 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner
As seen on The Readventurer

My second reading of Finnikin of the Rock and I am changing my mind - 5 stars!

Now, when I have more fantasy under my belt to compare this book to, I am pretty confident it offers something that many others in the genre don't. This is a fantasy that is not drowned in clunky, 1000-pages long world-building, this is a book about people. People whose country is torn into pieces, people exiled from their homeland, lost, damaged, abused men, women and children. As a story of
Kat Kennedy
You know, I wish Melina Marchetta would be more considerate of my mind - it's exhausting, having it blown all the time.
The Holy Terror
I think this is the point where Marchetta and I go our separate ways. I read Saving Francesca and didn't enjoy it, and thought maybe it was just my aversion to realistic/contemporary fiction that was keeping me from riding the Marchetta love-train. After this second attempt I think she's just not for me. There isn't one thing I can point out that makes me say "this" is why I don't like her books, but there are numerous problems I can draw attention to.

My biggest gripe is that the plot hinges on
This is not a review. This is a badly written poem.

“Then I choose to drown,” Finnikin said. “In hope. Rather than float into nothing.”

Since I was a nipper I have come to the conclusion
That when it comes to fantasy: I am strongly opposed.
When I read a book with long, confusing names
And swords and maps, its pages remain closed.
So imagine my surprise when I finished this one
(In the early hours of this morning, I feel I should note)
That my stomach was rumbling (I had no time to eat!)
And my heart
Emily May

Whenever I write a review of a Melina Marchetta book, I risk sounding like the same old broken record... but, whatever, it's not my fault if she constantly manages to deliver the stuff I love! I'm not sure what'll happen if I ever dislike one of her novels, probably the sky will fall in and the world will end. Don't you know what to expect from Marchetta by now? If not, then I'll fill you in briefly: interesting, memorable and the very opposite of cliched characters, flawless writing, a plot th
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Apr 14, 2016 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Books are TARDIS

I do not read a lot of high fantasy books unless I find something extra special about them. In this case, that pretty, pretty cover with the beautiful young man beckoning me through his speaking eyes to read the book, and of course, one of my best buds, Fai’s irresistible review. I do not have to tell you therefore (even though that’s what I’m exactly doing now) how much I anticipated reading the book. My husband even caught me caressing the cover and holding the book close to my heart while mus
Lola  Reviewer
Lovely clear writing and good characterization but 1) Evanjalin annoys me, 2) it’s not that original and 3) I’m so darn bored. Which leads me to… dnf.
Sep 14, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it
I'm really emotional don't toUCH ME.

This was so SOOOO good. It was a little overhyped for me (I blame you, heist crew friends) but I really enjoyed it besides that. I loved the characters, even though they frustrated the HECK out of me sometimes, and even though some of their decisions felt more like plot devices than actual decisions people would make.
This book takes a little bit to actually get going and took me about 100 pages to fully get into it, but when it gets good it gets so good.
Jul 26, 2015 Lora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA fantasy and/or Melina Marchetta
Often times, when an author is highly talented in their genre, they don't do as well when trying their hand at another. Especially when the two genres in question are as dissimilar as realism and fantasy. Naturally, this sort of thing isn't a problem for an author like Melina Marchetta. As if being the fan proclaimed Queen of YA realistic fiction wasn't enough, she had to go and write Finnikin of the Rock and prove to her fans and critics alike that labels and genres mean nothing to her, that sh ...more
Khanh (the Grinch)
Unreadable. I hated Evanjalin (I should have known from the spelling of her named). The POV and storyline kept jumping back and forth and gave me a headache. We're also supposed to care about the entire history from the day of creation of this world and all of its nation, it seems. Too much world-creation crammed into a lacking plot and failed to capture my attention.

And Froi. I'm supposed to feel empathy for and look forward to reading the next book about a boy that tried to rape the female pro
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Set in the beautiful country of Lumatere, Finnikin goes on a quest to find his King and best friend Balthazar. Along on his journey, the beautiful but wild Evanjalin, his mentor and teacher, Sir Topher and thief Froi come together to find the mystery between the country’s impostor king and the biggest secret that is known in the entire kingdom.

Full of adventure, wonderful story telling, highly developed characters and a mystery that will have you wanting more, Finnikan of the Rock is clearly a w
Ash Wednesday
”You asked me once what my magic was.
That is my magic.”

I am now convinced Melina Marchetta is made of equal parts freshly-baked cookies, clean laundry, pixie dust and waffles. Something about her books just comforts me in ways I cannot attempt to capture into words. Her oeuvre covers themes that in their simplicity would probably come across emotionally exploitative in lesser hands, but her crafty storytelling effortlessly ties textured characters with my personal reflexes and sentiment
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read/Re-read with a great group of people at Lumatere Chronicles Group Read starting with Finnikin on Dec 1

So wonderful, the second time trough I loved it more so I'm bumping the rating up to 4.5 stars.

I laughed, cried and was just amazed by the complexity of the characters in the story Marchetta tells.
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Original Review Dec 2013

4.5 Stars

Finnikin of the Rock was so much better than I expected. I thought it would be about Finnikin and it is but the character that really stole the show for me
Aug 18, 2011 Limonessa rated it it was amazing
"Everything is evil that humans can't control or conquer"

What kind of book is Finnikin of the Rock?

It's a fantasy book. Evidently.
It's a love story. Certainly.
But not only.

It all starts with three friends, a prophetic dream and a blood pledge.
It continues with an invasion, a terrible curse and the struggle of one people to take back what they lost.

For me Finnikin of the Rock is a book about identities. About a people, the Lumaterans, losing their national identity and fighting to get it bac
Oct 12, 2010 Arlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Graceling and Fire
Recommended to Arlene by: Gift from Alexa - Thank you!!
“Finn, listen!” Trevanion (Finnikin’s father) said, his voice raw. “I prayed to see you one more time. It’s all I prayed for. Nothing more. And my prayers were answered. Go east, I’ll lead them west.”

“We have a dilemma, then,” Finnikin said fiercely. “Because I prayed that you would grow old and hold my children in your arms as you held me. My prayers have not been answered yet, Trevanion. So whose prayer is more worthy? Yours or mine?”

Melina Marchetta fan club??? Sign me up now! If she has mo
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

4 stars - 4.5 stars - 5 stars? Oh, well, I don't know people. Sorry.

Finnikin of the Rock is the story of people who try to step forward, and forward, and forward... Until perhaps, one day, perhaps they'll share a land called home again.

"Speak, Finnikin wanted to shout at her. Lay blame. Shout. Rage. Rage!"

Ready to travel with me?

Finnikin of the Rock is a journey. The journey of Lumatere people who struggle to survive after their exile. I'll be honest, I didn't expect it to move me so much - a
Buddy read with my darlings Nab & Basuhi & Hershey

Reread Date: 24th July - 26th July 2013

Final rating: 5/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 5.5/5 stars

“Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.”

This is not the first time that i have read this book. This is my second time and i love it as much as i did back then. My feelings stayed true to it, and that wont change easily as it seems. So, you should know that i am writing this review while
Feb 22, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Be prepared for the worst my love, for it lives next door to the best

Words fail me, Yes..I..can't...find...the...right...words, to express how shockingly raw, deep and unequivocally flawless my first read from Melina Marchetta was. I'm still like this after this read:
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Guys I cried, laughed, curse, fought and fell in love alongside these wonderful characters. Please take my advice and stick with this book, even though I found it to start off just a tad dull. I shutter to think the gigantic mistak
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I proclaim this is the year, I fell in love with Melina Marchetta.

A fair warning to everyone, this is not a full review of any of the books, but instead a quick overview discussing what, I find thought provoking about the series.

This is a spoiler free analysis.

Proceed with caution.

Lumatere Chronicles are a radical, progressive taleabout a nation trying to restore their honor.

Finnikin of the Rock is a great introduction to hesitant readers who’s slowly grasping the concept of the series. It wa
Aug 31, 2012 Reynje rated it really liked it

I recently came to a realisation about my book and film tastes that, while obvious in hindsight, was a bit of a 'Eureka!’ moment for me. It happened while watching some action movie with a friend, and by watching I mean spending two hours scratching my nail polish off because I was bored to tears. It hit me that no amount of blowing things up or chasing things on screen or on the page will hold my interest if the characterisation isn’t there. For me, stories are about the characters, above all.

Jun 18, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, fantasy, own
This book is the literary equivalent of a FREAKING UNICORN.

Here is a fantasy written by someone who cares more about characters than about checking off boxes on the Fantasy Novel Checklist. Here is a YA book that features a love story but not a love triangle.

DID YOU CATCH THAT? THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE. I can't even remember the last time I read a YA fantasy that didn't involve a love triangle. I almost wept with gratitude when I realized that the plot wasn't going to come down to, "Which boy
Feb 03, 2011 Vinaya rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you read a book, and you feel like you've won this amazing prize, and you just want to shed some tears and make grandiose speeches and feel on top of the world... So I'd like to thank Tatiana and Flannery, who recommended this book to me. I'd like to thank Melina Marchetta for having the talent to write such an amazing story. I'd like to thank Finnikin and Evanjalin for making me fall head over heels for them. And I'd like some world peace too, thanks. (yes, I love Miss Congeniality, g ...more
Oct 13, 2013 Basuhi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own

3.5 to 4.5 Stars. ( Yep, it's still oscillating. )

On the whole, I absolutely loved this book.

But the rating just won't stop oscillating and I don't know why.

I'm so confused.
5 stars is just a click away.
And yet.

So, this review, or rambling, which would be more appropriate, is my attempt to discover just that.

Let's start from the beginning, shall we ?

The Prologue.

The book started out with a prologue that really made me realize that I'm reading Marchetta from somewhere deep in my innate subcon
May 09, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
I really liked this book, I am finding it hard to write a review on it though.. I found it confusing at times, but that didn't bother me? That sounds bad, but it was sort of the good kind of confusing... I don't even know what's going on with this review. Okay, bye.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kind of a weak 4 stars from me. I liked a lot of things about this story, but I have Issues.

Six months later: Well, I should have written a full review a long time ago. At this point, all my efforts to gather my thoughts about this book have just resulted in something all stream-of-consciousness, namely this:

"man, this is taking a long time to get going and it's all depressing and angsty and I can't even with all this grimness and death ugh why does this person think she's so cool seriously anno
Alexandra Bracken
Mar 07, 2013 Alexandra Bracken rated it it was amazing
I want to cry just thinking about this perfection.
I haven't felt this baffled after reading a book since I read Twilight and realized I was the only girl in my entire high school who hated it. But unlike with the Twilight Saga, I was pretty sure I would love Finnikin of the Rock; firstly because it's been entirely too long since I've read a true fantasy novel, and secondly because Marchetta is one of the most popular authors on GR and many reliable reviewers seem to adore her. But if Finnikin of the Rock is any indication, I won't be jumping o ...more
Sep 25, 2011 Kayt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Finnikin has dreams from gods he may or may not believe in and when he was nine years old did silly nine-year-old things that everyone is convinced has affected THE DESTINY OF EVERYONE, although there's not a lot of evidence this is true.

There are nameless evil people doing evil things, but a girl with whose parents were obviously illiterate ("Evanjalin") manipulates everyone she comes in contact with to fix them, dragging Finn and other unwitting accomplices along. Then everyone pretends it all
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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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