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Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)

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At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere.

But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and t
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Hardcover, 399 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published September 29th 2008)
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Nataliya
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.

De
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Tatiana
Sep 20, 2011 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Steph Sinclair
Whew. So much WIN I can hardly stand it!

\(^o^)/

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
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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
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Jo
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
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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
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Lora
Sep 24, 2011 Lora rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Ash Wednesday
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

4 STARS
”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 probab
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Limonessa
"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 back
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Arlene
Oct 12, 2010 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristalia
Buddy read with my darlings Nab & Basuhi & Hershey

Reread Date: 24th July - 26th July 2013


FINAL RATING: ★★★★☆/★★★★★



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,
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Reynje

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.

T
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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
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Basuhi


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 subcons
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Vinaya
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
Dija
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
Liz*
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 cou
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~Tina~
~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!!!
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Belle
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
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Kayt
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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Merna
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.

Good:
-Finnikin sounds like a male. (Female authors can go overboard with male narration. One only needs to read
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Ariana
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
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Lisa
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
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Regan
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.
Janina
Initially, I rated Finnikin of the Rock four stars. Honestly, I do not remember why. So this is the official upgrade of my rating! I enjoyed every single minute of my re-read and am now really looking forward to Froi of the Exiles. I am pondering ordering it from Australia. Should I? My book budget says no …

I am really glad one of my favourite authors ventured into a completely new genre. I love fantasy, and I am very happy to say that Marchetta excels in it – did I really expect anything else?
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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
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Duchess Nicole
4.5 Stars
"Finnikin imagined the life he would have had if he'd settled for a role as an advisor to a foreign king. Instead, he was trekking across the land for a Guard that may not want to be found, on his way home to a kingdom that no longer existed..."

I had put this series off despite two different recommendations from friends...for very random reasons, really. The title brought to mind a very juvenile story, for some reason, and I just want to say how very much that is NOT the case. This was
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 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Mar 12, 2012 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy Readers esp. if one enjoys books like Graceling
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: My love of Melina Marchetta's work
5 Stars

The five days of the unspeakable…

When the King and Queen of Lumatere and their children were slaughtered in the palace...and an imposter king seized the throne.
"And then the dark forces of the curse entombed the kingdom, separating the people in two. This is the story, as told to those of us who were born to see such days, recorded here in the Book of Lumatere so we will never forget.

The story of those trapped inside the kingdom, never to be heard from again, and those who escaped but we
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

*Spoiler-free review*

My first epic fantasy that I actually finished! I am giving myself a pat on the back for pushing through!

I went on an interesting journey with this book. For the first 100 pages, I was sure that I was going to DNF. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and keeping all of the world-building elements straight (maybe I'm not smart enough for high fantasy!?!). I was positive that even if I did finish, I would end up giving this book maybe two stars. It j
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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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