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Froi of the Exiles

(Lumatere Chronicles #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  16,648 ratings  ·  1,963 reviews
From master storyteller Melina Marchetta comes an exhilarating new fantasy springing from her celebrated epic, Finnikin of the Rock.

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 taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and h
Hardcover, 593 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Candlewick Press (MA) (first published October 3rd 2011)
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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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Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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 re
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 expla
Emily May
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2012
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 s
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 ...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,
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
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
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 whatth
Jillian -always aspiring-
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 me ...more
Feb 09, 2017 marked it as d-n-f  ·  review of another edition
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 leaving my rating bl
♛ 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 f

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.

Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"....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 wit
Steph Sinclair
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: High fantasy fans
Recommended to Steph by: Kat Kennedy

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
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 said it in my palace chamber. ‘Have one of the others wake me, for I like you least.’”
She turned to face him and brushed tears fiercely from her face. “Sometimes when I see what’s left of Qu
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, event
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 thin
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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 b
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 color is this?", the answer is no longer simple because a rainbow is every color. Likewise, a Marchetta book can't be narrowed down to one thing or one emotion. It's every emotion.

In Froi of the Exiles, as in
Kells Next Read
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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
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 man and past the barriers of
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

Well, tell me something new. And if you're looking for the responsible he
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wanting for mo

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'
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! But when
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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.
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 abou
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,
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, faves, 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.
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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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“I've been waiting for you all night and day,' she said.
Froi shivered. He realised that the words came from Quintana the ice maiden. Realised, as he felt his face heating up, that the idea of this Quintana waiting for him with excitement spoke to parts of him he believed to be dormant. And then she winked.
'Did I do that right?' she asked. Her smile was lopsided and he saw a glimpse of the teeth.
And Froi imagined that he would follow her to the ends of the earth.”
“I don't despise you for what you allowed to happen to me. I despise you because when I was released, you refused to be found and I needed you more than anything in my life. Not to mend my broken bones, Arjuro. I needed my brother to mend my broken spirit.” 92 likes
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