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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
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Nov 18, 2008

really liked it

Marchetta’s Finnikin of the Rock, couldn’t possibly divert farther than her previous Sydneysider schoolgirl novels. It’s a fantasy epic, following 19-year old Finnikin, who is journeying through the land of Skuldenore, and documenting the whereabouts of his displaced people, of Lumatere, scattered across the land after escaping a curse that devoured his kingdom. Accompanied by the former First Man to the kingdom, Sir Topher, they are entrusted to protect Evangelin, a young woman with a mysterious past, who claims to be able to lead them to Balthazar, the rightful heir to the kingdom of Lumatere. I have to admit that I was a little sceptical when I started reading, hoping desperately that it wasn’t going to be a dud. After all, there’s only so much David Eddings, Robin Hobb and Robert Jordan that one can read until it all just becomes more of the same. But fortunately, Marchetta delivers in this fast-paced medieval epic. Sure, the plot feels a little clichéd, but that doesn’t matter, as this is a book with plenty of heart. Like Abdel-Fattah’s novel, this is also a story of dispossession, of family, and of hope. It’s a story about identity, and remembering who you are, and remaining faithful to it.
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