“Everything in Charyn seems far more complicated and tragic.”
I was perfectly okay with disliking Froi until the end of Finnikin of the Rock when he sa...more“Everything in Charyn seems far more complicated and tragic.”
I was perfectly okay with disliking Froi until the end of Finnikin of the Rock when he said to Trevanion, “I’ll never do anover evil fing if we stay here. Never.” He was just a young boy who wanted to protect the people he had begun to love and think of as his family. It brought tears to my eyes and I had to let go of the grudge I was holding against him for what he tried to do to Isaboe. Everyone makes mistakes and he was trying to become a better person. And now three years later in Froi of the Exiles, our boy Froi is all grown up and Queen Isaboe has sent him on a mission to Charyn. But nothing in Charyn is as it seems and soon Froi finds himself questioning everything, including his bond to Lumatere.
Froi of the Exiles is somewhere between a 3.5 and 5 stars for me after the first read. So I will just settle for 4 stars right now. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did Finnikin of the Rock. Froi of the Exiles was too dark for me. The first book was dark but it had enough laugh out loud moments to balance it out. I laughed just as much as I cried. Not so with Froi of the Exiles. This second installment of the Lumatere Chronicles had me in a constant state of disbelief and horror at the things that happened in Charyn. Don’t get me wrong I really did enjoy this book but it was so gut-wrenching to read. I had to take several breaks. In the words of Aunt Mawfa all I kept thinking was, “poor Quintana, poor Lady Beatriss, poor Lucian, poor Froi, etc.” I was afraid to read the next chapter because I just knew something bad was going to happen. This book had so many twists and turns, I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride. I have no idea how Marchetta comes up with this stuff. Fans of the Lumatere chronicles are in for a real treat. Once again Marchetta does not disappoint; but she will make you cry….again…and again…and again. Oh just have a box tissues ready.
I’m really looking forward to Quintana of Charyn. She is one interesting character. I can only imagine what it will be like to see things from her point of view. I plan to read Froi of the Exiles again before Quintana of Charyn is released in October. (less)
“It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.”-Evanjalin
So I just added another Marchetta book to my collection. It’s sa...more“It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.”-Evanjalin
So I just added another Marchetta book to my collection. It’s sad really. I don’t even know why I bother checking them out from the library first. I always end up buying them after I read them. Once again Marchetta has brought me to tears and made me fall in love with all her characters. It’s like she takes you to the darkest place possible, breaking your heart into a million tiny pieces, and then slowly puts it back together; and yet you thank her for it.
Finnikin of the Rock is such a beautiful story. It will make you think about the world we live in today. Why do we let certain things happen? Why do we often tell ourselves that there is nothing we can do? How do we choose what battles to fight? These are all the questions that Finnikin must answer for himself.
I love this story as much as I do Jellicoe Road….well, almost. Jellicoe Road will always be my favorite Marchetta book, but Finnikin is a really close second.
Favorite quotes “He knows no other way but ugliness,” Sir Topher said quietly. “He was taught no other lessons but those of force. His teachers have been scum who live by their own rules. No one has ever taught him otherwise.” “Am I to forgive?” she said, her voice shaking with anger. “No,” he said sadly. “Pity him. Or give him new rules. Or put him down like a wild animal before he becomes a monster who destroys everything he encounters.”
“You list the dead. You tell the stories of the past. You write about the catastrophes and the massacres. What about the living, Finnikin? Who honors them?” (less)