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Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)

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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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Melliott There is an attempted rape, but it's not graphic at all--only a short struggle and an allusion afterwards. The language is appropriate to the book,…moreThere is an attempted rape, but it's not graphic at all--only a short struggle and an allusion afterwards. The language is appropriate to the book, which is to say that any swearing that takes place is set in that world-view and therefore not the use of contemporary swear words. This is not the best fantasy I have ever read, but the two sequels are AMAZING, so try it and if you like it, be sure to pick up the rest.(less)
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Dec 04, 2013 Nataliya rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.

Sep 20, 2011 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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 24, 2011 Lora rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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12.01.14 Soon as I finished Quintana of Charyn (maybe even three chapters before it ended) I have been looking forward to revisiting Lumatere again. #merryselfmas

”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 prob
"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
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
Oct 12, 2010 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
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?”

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Buddy read with my darlings Nab & Basuhi & Hershey

Reread Date: 24th July - 26th July 2013


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 having in mind that i have also read the rest of this series.

Melina Marchetta is captivating author. I love her stories, her wri

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.

Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠

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
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

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
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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
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
Re-read: December 2014 with a bunch of amazing GR friends at Lumatere Chronicles Group Read (:

“Balthazar pledged to die defending his royal house of Lumatere. Finnikin swore to be their protector and guide for as long as he lived. Lucian vowed he would be the light whom they traveled toward in times of need."

A few weeks ago, I read some highlights of an interview to Marchetta about her inspiration to write this book.
She was inspired to write Finnikin when she was living in New York for a co
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
If you’ve read Melina Marchetta's contemporary books first, then you might familiarise with being cautious to pick up a Marchetta book that is fantasy. Melina’s speciality is rooted in contemporary, and any other genre seems to be destined for disaster in my eyes. But Melina did far better than I could have imagined.

Quick summary of the good & bad aspects of Finnkin Of The Rock.

-Finnikin sounds like a male. (Female authors can go overboard with male narration. One only needs to read
~jumps up and down~ WowwowowowowowoW!

I've read Melina Marchetta other books, and I liked them just fine, but this is the kind of book that just seeps under my skin and doesn't let go.
Marchetta was born to write high fantasy!!

"Be prepared for the worse, my love, for it lives next door to the best."

A kingdom cursed. It's people trapped, traded or exiled. Separated by wars and madness. Prophecy destined and the hums that flickers in the hearts of hope.

Finnikin of the Rock is a sensational read!!!
Reread started: April 19 2014
Reread finished: May 2 2014

Notes on the audiobook
Narrated by: Tom Wren
I have really mixed feelings about this one. The audiobook was so, so good in some ways and really not good in others. Wren's narration was well done for the most part and some of his voices - like those of the older men in particular - were brilliant. But other voices were awful - Froi's was one that was very grating. And certain words and names were so badly mispronounced it drove me batty every
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.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into with Finnikin of the Rock; I wasn't expecting it to be so dark and full of despair. I found myself utterly fascinated. Finnikin of the Rock is about struggle; every one of the characters have their own story about the choices they have had to live and how those choices affected their relationships. Isn't it all so human? The struggle, the difficult choices, the search for identity, the feeling of belonging and how they change us, mold us, and shape us ...more
Wonderful, amazing, beautiful, absolutely brilliant... I need more stars!

"Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?"

This was such a powerful story that got straight to my heart. After finishing it I was left speechless - Melina Marchetta has this effect on people. The characters are so well defined, the story is so complex... All that I've felt while reading Jellicoe Road I felt again while reading this book, and these 2 stories are nothing alike.

Actual rating: 2.49 stars

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I rate Finnikin of the Rock two stars. This should have been a five star read. It's written by Melina Marchetta whose contemporary novels rank among my favorite YA books of all time, and it's fantasy which is my favorite genre. But alas, this turned out to be one of those situations where the whole was less than the sum of its parts.

I'd like to start out with the things that did work for me about this story. First and forem
I feel terrible about disliking this book when so many of my friends love it... But I've slept on it, thought about it, and I just didn't like it.

Of course this doesn't mean the book was bad. It just mean Finikin and I weren't meant to be.

Now, onto the actual review.

My first problem with the book came from the plot. I had a hunch about how everything was going to unfold around 15% of the book and I was right. So the first twist was expected, the second twist was expected, and the third "twist"
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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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  • Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)
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