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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
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Mar 03, 2012

really liked it
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Read from February 19 to March 03, 2012

This is an insightful fantasy that continues to unfold. The novel's eponymous protagonist is kind of cool, a young boy whose kingdom was cursed when he was 9 years old - the people inside the kingdom during the Five Days of the Unspeakable are trapped there by an invisible forcefield, trapped with the imposter king who murdered the beloved king and his family (it was an idyllic kingdom - they all used to sleep together under the stars in the Field of Celebration during on the eve of the Harvest Moon Festival...), and the rest are homeless exiles, often plagued by poverty and deadly fevers. Ten years later, Finnikin and the king's first man are roaming the earth, recording exiles and hoping to find a new homeland. But then they meet Evanjalin, a plucky girl who has done what it takes to survive. This sets off a string of events that could lead to the revival of the Kingdom of Lumatere...a fully realized world.

"She told me about many of the Yut traditions. That when one died away from Yutlind Sud, the person's name was to be taken back to the kingdom by the last person to hear the deceased's voice. To be shouted out for the ghosts to capture in their mouths and blow back into the land. Their spirit would never truly rest until that happened."

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

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