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Froi of the Exiles

(Lumatere Chronicles #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  16,197 ratings  ·  1,907 reviews
Blood sings to blood, Froi . . .
Those born last will make the first . . .
For Charyn will be barren no more.

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home... Or so he believes...

Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to contro
Paperback, 593 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Viking Australia
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Susan It could be, but it wouldn't be nearly as good if you didn't have the background from the first one. Each book is really a story in itself. It's just…moreIt could be, but it wouldn't be nearly as good if you didn't have the background from the first one. Each book is really a story in itself. It's just really great to see the end of it all!

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You know what is sad? That Froi of the Exiles is #76 on the Goodreads list of most popular books released this October, while Silence is #1. Will Melina Marchetta ever get the acknowledgement she deserves? Will her publishers ever promote her books the way they deserve to be promoted? I mean, so much effort and money is put into hyping garbage, why not put it towards something worthy? Very few people I'd recommended this author's novels disliked them, so would it be really that risky to market
Kat Kennedy
Sometimes I feel like Marchetta books should come with a public health warning.

"Marchetta Fever," it would say.

"Symptoms include: pain, aching or burning in the chest region indicating a broken heart.

Uncontrollable weeping, both happy and sad, may occur frequently. More serious cases run the risk of having their mind blown.

This condition has no known cure."

That's me. That's me with every single one of these books.

I went into my local bookstore to order me some Marchetta this year. Let me explain the community I live in. The largest shopping center has,
Emily May
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2012, fantasy
Once upon a time...

I never would have thought a book could have me sobbing my heart out at four in the morning.
And then Melina Marchetta wrote On the Jellicoe Road.
I never would have thought I'd like traditional fantasy novels.
And then Melina Marchetta wrote Finnikin of the Rock.
I never would have thought characters could get any better than Finnikin and Isaboe.
And then Melina Marchetta wrote Froi of the Exiles.

I think that if Ms Marchetta were to ever write a bad novel, the earth would simply
I’ve been a fan of every other Melina Marchetta book I’ve read, which is all of them, so it sort of pains me to say that Froi of the Exiles was frustrating and unsatisfying for me. I’m still going to give it three stars because even when Marchetta is (subjectively to me) not on her game, she still has a way with words that blows nearly every other YA author out of the water. Originally, I tried to keep my review entirely spoiler-free but it just wasn’t happening. There will be a few spoilers but they are ones ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

My thoughts after reread : If there's something this reread taught me, it's that I can't think of a better author than Melina Marchetta to deal with a character as Froi with such honesty, depth, and respect. I won't shy away from the truth : Froi, as a 14 years-old rootless and lawless slave, attempted to rape the MC in Finnikin of the Rock, and I will never, ever, condone such awful and criminal behavior. Yet there's where Melina Marchetta's brilliance shows itself : giving Froi this book, she never, ever tries to excuse or simp
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You know how authors say that once in a story the two main characters get together there is no point in continuing because nobody is interested in reading about them getting married, having babies and discussing about who takes the kids to school?
Well, with Marchetta it doesn't work that way. Because, in fact, in this book she does tell us about the Happily Ever After. She also switches the focus of attention to some OTHER interesting characters and that's where it gets tricky, for the new char
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Does this book really need another glowing review? A book with 225 reviews on GoodReads alone and 4.62 average rating? What can it possibly change? Maybe not much, but yes, I believe that it does.

Melina Marchetta is extraordinary. Duh. I won’t sing her praise in this review. Almost everyone who ever gave one of her books a chance knows how brilliant she is. Writing about it here seems unnecessary and a little bit silly since it’s the one thing we all agree on, regardless of our favorite among h
Feb 09, 2017 marked it as d-n-f
DNF @pg 165

Alright, hear me out. I liked the first book but it put me in a slump and I liked this book too, but I've been reading this for like over a week now and I really don't feel it. It isn't the books fault. It's actually a really good book and I really would love to continue reading it, but whenever I pick it up I put it back down. I simple don't want to force myself to read this because that never ends well. I don't want to have a bad and boring time reading this.

I'm le
Jillian -always aspiring-
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy with deep meaning, intricate plots, and great characters
Authors like Melina Marchetta leave me in an uncomfortable position. As a reader, I'm overjoyed to read books such as hers since they challenge my mind, make me smile and gape alike, and steal away pieces of my heart. As a writer, however, Marchetta's books...intimidate me. Never before have I read work from an author that just keeps getting better and better with each successive novel (and those who have read Marchetta's debut novel, Looking for Alibrandi, know that she has never been even a mediocre writer). I don't knowbooks... ...more
L A i N E Y
She, The Ruling Queen Melina Marchetta: What is this thing you all call “second book syndrome” you peasants? I’ve never heard of the term, is it even real?

Me, a lowly peasant: Apparently not, your Majesty. Apparently not


I feel so satisfied.

That’s the feeling this book gives me. Just so fulfilled and contented - satisfied.

Please, please, please do not ask me how this story is better than others in the same genre, I cannot begin to even attempt to explain why or how or even whatthehell. Just that there was never a moment in this book that I roll
may ❀

Melina Marchetta was gifted with the ability to ruin my life and make me regret everything. I really appreciate it, Ms Marchetta, thank you for that, please never stop.


If we forget who we lost,’ Lady Abian would tell Froi and her children, ‘then we forget who we once were, and if we forget who we once were, we lose sight of who we are now.’

Why this Book Slays Every Other Book in the World
- froi gets 90% page time
- a princess who is neither beautiful nor sane yet she is still wonderfully fierce and yo
"....and he wanted to creep inside her head and join the madness."

So I guess I’m kinda a fantasy fan.
(But still very much a learner)
Because there have now been two series I can’t get enough of
And it’s all to do with Double M and Ms Whalen Turner.

It’s taken me a while to process this book
(Once I got over the jittery caffeine shakes and stiffness of the joints)
Because when I skimmed through my notes I found with dismay
My pages full of only sad faces and exclamation points.

I picked it up with the intention of spending a few days completely
Immersed… but I must admit I failed.
For I realised
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read/Re-read with a great group of people at Lumatere Chronicles Group Read

Second Read Review Dec 23 2014

This Book…..This Book. It has all of the emotions in it. I went from
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“Because I remembered your words,” she said quietly. “I remembered that you liked me least. You
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I always have a hard time reviewing these books: the ones that aren’t read so much as frantically consumed in a whirlwind of gluttonous book hedonism. Afterward I feel like, “What just happened to me? Yesterday is such a blur…a happy, sad, angry, intense blur.” So, I’ll just apologize now, because this review probably won’t be very coherent.

This book begins like a lot of Melina Marchetta books. (In fact, I might say that all of her best books begin this way.) There’s a mad jumble of names, events, an
Steph Sinclair

Once again I find myself at a loss for words and I do believe I'm suffering from Marchetta Fever. If you've read any book by her, you may know the symptoms yourself: First it's the euphoria that sets in right after you complete the book. Then, you find yourself thinking about the book long after you finish. You have the inability to form a single, coherent thought to review the book. And in the final stages, your palms go sweaty with the need for the next book. There is a reason why Marchetta is

I bow to you, Melina Marchetta! I've read hundreds of books, but none quite as impressive as yours.

When I first heard that Froi was going to be the lead character in the sequel to “Finnikin of the Rock” I think I might have given a silent cry inside, as I despised that pitiful young man in (most of) the first book.

Little did I know of the tremendous growth he would go through, the strenghts of his heart and the smarts of his mind, or the power of the song sleeping in his blood.

Little did I k
prag ♻
One day, I want to do something as well as Melina Marchetta writes. I want to be able to build something even half as emotionally charming as this book. Books like these make me want to put my hardest into everything I do, because these characters and their stories touched me like nothing else has done in a long time.

This. This is the real deal. This is literature. This is the kind of book that you will stay up past midnight for and not regret it. This is the kind of book that will make you think, feel, and sob. Af/>
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(Scroll down if you'd prefer the tl;dr version)

If Finnikin of the Rock was a story about a divided and displaced nation’s journey towards healing their collective psyche, Froi of the Exiles is about a people broken apart by hatred, the wound in their history left to fester, and seep suspicion and fear into the cracks between them. A faceless, malevolent presence in Finnikin of the Rock, this is Charyn’s unveiling as more than simply “the enemy” of Lumatere. It’s an insight into a land burdened by suffthe
Reviewing a Melina Marchetta book always takes me longer than reading one, even a 600-page whopper like Froi of the Exiles . It's like this: If someone were to point to this pen

and ask, "What color is this?", the answer is easy.


But if the person pointed to a rainbow and asked, "What
Kells Next Read
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When I though it was not even possible for this trilogy to get better Melina Marchetta pens this sequel masterfully raw and flawless. She expertly marries the existing world from Finnikin of the Rock to the mysteries that surrounds Froi's ( my favorite character ) origins and the people that he gets intertwined with.

The introduction of the new characters were more than well spaced and place. Thier integrated with the existing crew was believable and (I shit you guys not) when I say that the twist andwith.
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beyond Amazing!

The one who reigns must die,
At the hands of she born last,
And the last will make the first,
When the bastard twins are one,
And blessed be the newborn King,
For Charyn will be barren no more.

...and with that curse sets the stage for Melina Marchetta’s newest masterpiece Froi of Exiles.

To call this a fantastical journey would be an understatement of the year. This story is about the test of one’s strength and determination to fight beyond the beliefs of m
Liz* Fashionably Late
Re-read December 2014 with the Lumatere Chronicles Group Read (:

Everything I remembered and more.
First read Dec 2013

Reading a Marchetta:

* Find your favorite place to read
* Get comfortable.
* Bring some coffee/alcohol/coffee+alcohol with you
* Don't forget some kleenex (you never know)
* Say goodbye to the world
* Embrace yourself for a hell of an emotional roller coaster.
* Add coffee to the alcohol

Re-read December 2014 with the Lumatere Chronicles Group Read (:

Everything I remembered and more.
First read Dec 2013

Reading a Marchetta:

* Find your favorite place to read
* Get comfortable.
* Bring some coffee/alcohol/coffee+alcohol with you
* Don't forget some kleenex (you never know)
* Say goodbye to the world
* Embrace yourself for a hell of an emotional roller coaster.
* Add coffee to the alcohol

Well, tell me something new. And if you're looking for the responsible here, Melina Marchetta is to blame.

She's the one who writes about this amazing kingdoms. Can someone fall in love with a kingdom? Lumatera and Charyn, home for the heartbroken. A place of secrets and injustice where women remember dark times and men live ashamed of their actions yet the land of the brave and loyal. A place where a young man with the strength to overcome the worst of himself finds the courage to wait for the best in the despised and rejected. A place where a young girl endures the hardest years just to keep safe the innocent.

How does she manage to write a high fantasy story and yet it feels so current? Finn and Isaboe struggling with their daughter, totally in love with her. Some scenes are so honest and simple...

"She'd go to Isaboe first. She always went to her mother first [...] With her cheek pressed against Isaboe's shoulder, his daughter stared at him. After a moment, she extended a hand and he pretended to bite at her fingers. Finally she smiled."

Do you wanna hear a secret? I read Finnikin of the Rock a long time ago, it was both my first high fantasy and my first Marchetta. Of course, I wasn't prepared for the task. When I finished it, I write an e-mail to the author thanking her. I KNOW, RIGHT? how silly, but I remember being so overwhelmed and touched by her writing I just had to thank her for Finnikin and Evangeline, even Froi whom I didn't like so much.

Now I know better, I'm not writing her anything but let me tell you one thing: I'm grateful for Froi. He grew. He is a man, not a child anymore. He learnt and decided to be better. Who is this romantic, amazing and brave knight in shining armor?

“In a kinder world," he whispered, "one I promise you I've seen, men and women flirt and dance and love with only the fear of what it would mean without the other in their lives.”

Ugh, I SHIP EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IN THIS BOOK. I ship the kingdoms and the secret lovers, I ship the brothers and the couples. I ship the returned wife and the stupid yet lovely Mont, I ship the exiled and the useless vessel, the proud Beatriss and the stubborn Capitan. The Lumatere Chronicles is an amazing series and it deserves every single one of the stars I'm giving it.

I'm weak enough to start Quintana of Charyn right now.

‘Let me tell you something, Oliver,’ she said with tears of sorrow in her eyes, ‘this is my real world.”
Damn it, I have something in my eyes again... yes, both of them. It's a condition.

Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I’ve tried writing this review countless times, but it just doesn’t turn out right. Maybe I should just give up?

This story has a very peculiar atmosphere. It is actually hard to describe: almost dream-like in some parts, but so very real in others - simply an extraordinary combination. Especially the scenes taking place in and around the Citavita induced the strangest feeling in me. This feeling is almost impossible to grasp, and I’m certainly not able to put in into words – but I loved the exp
Final rating: 6/5 stars

I excepted a great book from Melina Marchetta. And she delivered it. This book is a lot more darker than the previous one. Instead of following the story of of two main characters from the previous book, this one follows the life of Froi, three years later after the events in Finnikin of the rock.

Not only I enjoyed this book, I also love it way too much. Not only has it been a long read, but it was worthwhile and strong book. The type that gets you crazy and wantin

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

It's been about two days since I finished this book, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. All I've been doing is skimming through the entire book and rereading my favorite parts and coming up with theories on how Melina Marchetta is going to resolve everything. When I started it, I stayed up really late the first day because I just could not put it down! It's definitely the fastest I've read through a Melina Marchetta novel. I can't s
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh Sagra! This was so goooood!!!

I will never be able to express how much this book touched me. I wanted to write this in bold capital letters with exclamation points scattered throughout the entire review, but instead of abusing those buttons, just note that I write this with a bounce in my heart and an excitement that I wish I could scream from the rooftops:)

When I first heard that Melina Marchetta was going to write a companion to the much beloved Finnikin of the Rock I was thrilled
Froi of the Exiles is 593 pages and despite the length, I read it in just a few days. Covert reading at work, at home behind my family's back and late through the night helped me finish this in just a few days. Really, I had no choice, the book consumed me; it compelled me to keep going and keep turning those pages (or clicking "next" on my kindle). My reading experience was akin to hanging off of a cliff and having no idea if rescue was coming or if the ground below me was close.

Froi of the Exiles is 593 pages and despite the length, I read it in just a few days. Covert reading at work, at home behind my family's back and late through the night helped me finish this in just a few days. Really, I had no choice, the book consumed me; it compelled me to keep going and keep turning those pages (or clicking "next" on my kindle). My reading experience was akin to hanging off of a cliff and having no idea if rescue was coming or if the ground below me was close.


What is it about Melina Marchetta? How does she continuously create the magical and emotional reading experience that I go through when I read her books? Why is this book so special? Jellicoe Road by Marchetta, is one of my favorite reads of 2011. Froi of the Exiles is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2012. However, disclosure - I was not a fan of Finnikin of the Rock. I listened to the audio of that book and was bored during most of it. While I liked the characters Marchetta created in Finnikin, the book did not grab me at all and only the high reviews for Froi of the Exiles made me want to continue. I am so glad I continued; reading Froi of the Exiles was one of the most powerful reading experiences I have had so far this year. Having read these three books by Marchetta, it seems obvious that she is incredibly gifted in writing stories and imagining worlds to write about but, I have noticed in each of these three books she makes use of certain plot devices to unfold her stories and create tension. A main device Marchetta employs - - and did so effectively in both Jellicoe Roadand Froi of the Exiles - is the keeping of secrets and leaving characters floundering in the unknown. Characters have their secrets, their painful pasts and choose not to disclose information to other characters even though it is clear that other characters are suffering due to the lack of information. Characters are kept in the dark, intentionally by other characters and thus, the pain and suffering is increased from the desperate need for missing information. This plot device could be very frustrating and irritating, especially once it becomes obvious. A lesser author could not carry this device off. But Marchetta is such a genius at crafting her story that it is not frustrating or angsty. The story unfolds, readers likely know before the characters do where everything is headed, yet she does this in such an artful and entrancing manner I could not look away.

Froi of the Exiles is a character driven drama within the structure of a fantasy novel. Marchetta cleverly creates a historical fantasy world that is rich with its own history, music, religion and myths. She creates a political plot line that twists and turns and is intriguing to follow. But that is just the set up and the structure; ultimately, the book is about the characters and the characters move the story forward. I do not know how else to describe this story but to say it is raw; it is so raw that the characters are bleeding their emotions all over the pages. The history and facts leading up to Finnikin of the Rock, which is #1, and Froi of the Exiles, which is #2, involves years of war, starvation and the events that often surround both war and starvation. The characters each have their own painful histories to overcome and those histories control their present actions and choices. I feel like many movies and many authors write horrific pasts or events into their characters' lives and then have their characters miraculously overcome these painful events and they all march toward a satisfying happy ending by the conclusion of the story. This is not what happens in Froi of the Exiles. Froi is a dark dark book about tortured individuals deeply affected by war. Marchetta brilliantly puts her characters in situations that shows how scarred they are and how difficult it is for these characters to move past what has happened to them. Not to say there is no progression, because that is not the case at all.

Case in point the character Froi is virtually unrecognizable from the Froi in Finnikin on the Rock. Three years have passed since the end of the first book and Froi is now educated, literate and disciplined. To say that I disliked Froi in the first book would be an understatement. I had my doubts as to how Marchetta could possibly redeem a character who had attempted to rape someone. But she did; Marchetta redeems Froi in such a way that he becomes one of my favorite literary characters. Froi's attempt at raping someone in the first book continues to haunt him throughout the second book. It is not simply explained away by a violent past; it is not explained away by his being "saved" by Isaboe and Finnikin. It is the ghost of this behavior that haunts him, that he has nightmares about and which shapes his behavior.

Could this tale have been told in a swifter manner? Yes, maybe the text could have be tighter and perhaps there could have been less wandering around by the characters. I am not sure if the story would have been better in the end, though. Marchetta takes her time with Froi's tale and with the side character stories involving Lucien, Beatriss, Traveneon, Finnikin and Isaboe. There is quite a bit of traveling and smaller struggles and interactions that lead to larger confrontations. It seems that through these stories, their wanderings and struggles, Marchetta is showing the effects of war and violence on the individual and on nations. What struck me is that there is no true evil or bad "side". At the end of Finnikin on the Rock, we leave the Lumatere tale believing in an evil enemy. But what is learned and developed through a slow but steady progression is that there is not one true evil actor; instead, there are gray areas and that arch evil enemy lying across the border is likely suffering from its own internal issues. Yesterday's victim can become tomorrow's bully. Marchetta demonstrated this theme with smaller interactions - for example with Beatriss's daughter being verbally attacked by a neighbor child; however, Beatriss later learns there may be more to the story than just her daughter and herself being singled out. Again and again this was stressed, one person's foreign is another person's home; one person's strangeness is another person's comfort. The struggles the characters go through and the small progressions inch by inch (page by page?) of the story arc are worth the 593 pages because Marchetta's message is so strong and beautiful.

Froi of the Exiles is marketed as a young adult novel, but it reads like an adult novel to me. Some of the characters are 18, some are in their twenties and quite a few are in their forties or older. There is sex in Froi; characters experience, as demonstrated in very well written scenes, strong sexual desire. Additionally, there is graphic violence and systematic rape which is remembered as to multiple characters.

If, like me, you were not thrilled with Finnikin of the Rock, I can almost promise you that you will be in love with Froi of the Exiles. I strongly recommend this book for people who enjoy dark stories or character driven tales.

Warning!!!! Froi of the Exiles ends with a cliffhanger and the sequel will not be released in the U.S.until March 2013.

I received a review copy from Penguin/Viking through Netgalley in exchange for a review

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2) by Melina Marchetta Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3) by Melina Marchetta
Ash Wednesday
”Where do you hail from Lumatere?” he asked suspiciously.
“I was found in exile,” Froi said, having no reason to lie to Ariston. “I belong to all of them.”

I choose you, pikachu Marchetta!

And good lord is she doing a masterful job at killing me, this woman.

I don’t want to write anything lengthy or get into my pretentious space (which I indulge in from time to time and for which I apologise profusely) discussing the psychology of war, rape, abandonment, the lesser evil etcetera. Because, let’s all admit it, after finishing this installment, there’STARS
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, audiobook, ya, aussie
Reread September 2017.
Even though I've read it before and knew what would happen I still couldn't tear myself away from this world. I love it and the characters so much.


Reread May 14 2014.


First read December 22 2012.
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was amazing, better than the first and I can't not wait to read the last in this series! Read it if you haven't, because trust me it's worth it.
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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)
  • Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)
  • Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)
“If we forget who we lost, then we forget who we once were, and if we forget who we once were, we lose sight of who we are now.” 269 likes
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