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Finnikin of the Rock

(Lumatere Chronicles #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  43,328 ratings  ·  4,572 reviews
Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 29th 2008 by Viking Australia
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Maris Bave Only a little swearing, but there is some very odd sexual content. At times the author seems very shy of anything sexual, like an extremely awkward co…moreOnly a little swearing, but there is some very odd sexual content. At times the author seems very shy of anything sexual, like an extremely awkward conversation between a girl and some men about her period. There is an attempted rape, but I believe the other answer that says "it is not graphic" is very true. At other times, talking of sexual abuse seems to be normal and the characters are unabashed about it. It's a little weird, but to answer your original question, there is both swearing and sexual content although not graphic and the swearing is rare and much lighter than other books. (less)
Avaminn F'nett It's marketed as YA but is almost as mature as Game of Thrones. I'd say 14+. It's got quite a bit of violence, mention of rape, and later books in the…moreIt's marketed as YA but is almost as mature as Game of Thrones. I'd say 14+. It's got quite a bit of violence, mention of rape, and later books in the series have non-explicit sex scenes.(less)

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Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Dear Finnikin of the Rock, what happened? You and I were supposed to be enjoying the beginning of a beautiful friendship, walking into the sunset together.

Alas, no walking into the sunset was meant for us. Instead, our date ended with me awkwardly fumbling for keys and muttering, "Well, I'll call you sometime, I guess", knowing very well that you also acutely felt the absence of that proverbial chemistry, that necessary spark, and that none of us would be reaching for the phone any time soon.

Steph Sinclair
Whew. So much WIN I can hardly stand it!


Girls rule and boys drool!

Oh my sweet... just gimme the next book now!

First, a cavet: This review will probably be the most unhelpful review you might ever read because nothing I say will do the book justice. I'll just use this space to ramble and hopefully it makes some sort of coherency.

I remember the first time I heard about Melina Marchetta and her special fragrance of awesome she regularly emits whenever she publishes a novel. I had seen review
Kat Kennedy
You know, I wish Melina Marchetta would be more considerate of my mind - it's exhausting, having it blown all the time. ...more
Emily May
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2011

Whenever I write a review of a Melina Marchetta book, I risk sounding like the same old broken record... but, whatever, it's not my fault if she constantly manages to deliver the stuff I love! I'm not sure what'll happen if I ever dislike one of her novels, probably the sky will fall in and the world will end. Don't you know what to expect from Marchetta by now? If not, then I'll fill you in briefly: interesting, memorable and the very opposite of cliched characters, flawless writing, a plot
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My second reading of Finnikin of the Rock and I am changing my mind - 5 stars!

Now, when I have more fantasy under my belt to compare this book to, I am pretty confident it offers something that many others in the genre don't. This is a fantasy that is not drowned in clunky, 1000-pages long world-building, this is a book about people. People whose country is torn into pieces, people exiled from their homeland, lost, damaged, abused men, women and children. As a story of
I think this is the point where Marchetta and I go our separate ways. I read Saving Francesca and didn't enjoy it, and thought maybe it was just my aversion to realistic/contemporary fiction that was keeping me from riding the Marchetta love-train. After this second attempt I think she's just not for me. There isn't one thing I can point out that makes me say "this" is why I don't like her books, but there are numerous problems I can draw attention to.

My biggest gripe is that the plot hinges on
this was fine. not horrible, but nothing amazing either.

i definitely think i would have enjoyed this more if i had read this when i was younger. it has a veryyy outdated feel to it, one i dont think i would have noticed if i hadnt continued to read the YA genre into adulthood. but this very much feels like a book stuck in the time it was written.

i also think it would have been more enjoyable for me personally if it didnt feel like such a prequel book. its just… theres not plot? i mean, there is
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a review. This is a badly written poem.

“Then I choose to drown,” Finnikin said. “In hope. Rather than float into nothing.”

Since I was a nipper I have come to the conclusion
That when it comes to fantasy: I am strongly opposed.
When I read a book with long, confusing names
And swords and maps, its pages remain closed.
So imagine my surprise when I finished this one
(In the early hours of this morning, I feel I should note)
That my stomach was rumbling (I had no time to eat!)
And my hea
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Unreadable. I hated Evanjalin (I should have known from the spelling of her named). The POV and storyline kept jumping back and forth and gave me a headache. We're also supposed to care about the entire history from the day of creation of this world and all of its nation, it seems. Too much world-creation crammed into a lacking plot and failed to capture my attention.

And Froi. I'm supposed to feel empathy for and look forward to reading the next book about a boy that tried to rape the female pro
L A i N E Y
Yeah thank you very much Melina Marchetta for the biggest lump in my throat for hours on end reading this. People say the word 'slow burn'. This wasn't particularly slow but by god, it BURNED!!
It burned bad.

I was not prepared for the overwhelming emotions I'd feel for the characters & this Kingdom. Despite glowing reviews from many trusted gr friends, somehow I still underestimated the effect this book would have on me. Maybe it had to do with the fact I'd never read anything by her before but
Robin (Bridge Four)
12/07/16 Kindle deal today for 1.99 here

Buddy Read/Re-read with a great group of people at Lumatere Chronicles Group Read starting with Finnikin on Dec 1 2015

So wonderful, the second time trough I loved it more so I'm bumping the rating up to 4.5 stars.

I laughed, cried and was just amazed by the complexity of the characters in the story Marchetta tells.
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Original Review Dec 2013

4.5 Stars

Finnikin of the Rock was so much better than I expected. I thought it would be about Finnikin and it is but
Drcong O '
3.5 stars.

This book put me in a slump. I've been reading this since January 9, 2017 and it is now January 29, 2017. This wasn't a bad book. It's fun and enjoyable, but I, however, wasn't able to enjoy it because I was dragging this book for almost an entire month. I think I kind of forgot what happened in the beginning, whoops.

This was my first High Fantasy read and I can successfully say, I enjoyed it. It wasn't anything original, typical, my-kingdom-has-fallen-and-someone-claims-the-real-kin
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Initial post: A weak 4 stars from me. I liked a lot of things about this story, but I have Issues.

Six months later: Well, I should have written a full review a long time ago. At this point, all my efforts to gather my thoughts about this book have just resulted in something all stream-of-consciousness, namely this:

"man, this is taking a long time to get going and it's all depressing and angsty and I can't even with all this grimness and death ugh why does this person think she's so cool seriousl
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm really emotional don't toUCH ME.

This was so SOOOO good. It was a little overhyped for me (I blame you, heist crew friends) but I really enjoyed it besides that. I loved the characters, even though they frustrated the HECK out of me sometimes, and even though some of their decisions felt more like plot devices than actual decisions people would make.
This book takes a little bit to actually get going and took me about 100 pages to fully get into it, but when it gets good it gets so good.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
I really liked this book, I am finding it hard to write a review on it though.. I found it confusing at times, but that didn't bother me? That sounds bad, but it was sort of the good kind of confusing... I don't even know what's going on with this review. Okay, bye. ...more
------- 2019

8 years ago I was enjoying for the first time one of the most astonishing stories I've come across so far and the best fantasy series in the bookish world... if I say so myself.

A story of great loss, of curses and anguish, but also hope.
A story with the strongest characters in front and the brightest author behind.
A story that takes my breath away each time I re-read it, one that sings to my heart and fills me with such ineffable emotion.

Finnikin of the Rock is the beginning of a
Often times, when an author is highly talented in their genre, they don't do as well when trying their hand at another. Especially when the two genres in question are as dissimilar as realism and fantasy. Naturally, this sort of thing isn't a problem for an author like Melina Marchetta. As if being the fan proclaimed Queen of YA realistic fiction wasn't enough, she had to go and write Finnikin of the Rock and prove to her fans and critics alike that labels and genres mean nothing to her, that sh ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

4 stars - 4.5 stars - 5 stars? Oh, well, I don't know people. Sorry.

Finnikin of the Rock is the story of people who try to step forward, and forward, and forward... Until perhaps, one day, perhaps they'll share a land called home again.

"Speak, Finnikin wanted to shout at her. Lay blame. Shout. Rage. Rage!"

Ready to travel with me?

Finnikin of the Rock is a journey. The journey of Lumatere people who struggle to survive after their exile. I'll be honest, I didn't expect it to move me so much -
may ➹
If I expected the book to be as good as I’d thought it would be after I couldn’t even finish reading the blurb because it was just too boring, it was probably my fault.

Except!! NOT!! Because the devil recommended this book to me and I wouldn’t have had to suffer through this if it weren’t for her.


My first complaint out of many is that this book was WAY. TOO. LONG. When I was at page 200, I wanted it to end right then and there, “it” meaning both the book and my life. Usually 200-paged bo
♛ may

I’ve put off writing this review for some time now because I know I won’t do this book justice. (Also, I was lazy and I have an exam coming up, but details, details.)



- The writing is gorgeous. It has a poetic touch yet the book remains dauntingly mysterious
- Complex and developed plot
- The characters – I would die for them
- I felt like I was being stabbed in the heart, multiple times
- Melina Marchetta
Buddy read with my darlings Nab & Basuhi & Hershey

Final rating: 5/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 5.5/5 stars

“Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.”

This is not the first time that i have read this book. This is my second time and i love it as much as i did back then. My feelings stayed true to it, and that wont change easily as it seems. So, you should know that i am writing this review while having in mind that i have also read the rest of this
Set in the beautiful country of Lumatere, Finnikin goes on a quest to find his King and best friend Balthazar. Along on his journey, the beautiful but wild Evanjalin, his mentor and teacher, Sir Topher and thief Froi come together to find the mystery between the country’s impostor king and the biggest secret that is known in the entire kingdom.

Full of adventure, wonderful story telling, highly developed characters and a mystery that will have you wanting more, Finnikan of the Rock is clearly a w
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ya
Upon re-reading this, I'm definitely not as enthusiastic about this as I was the first time through. Maybe it's simply because I had read it before, and as I made my way through it a second time I started to remember things and there wasn't that initial reaction to be surprised or delighted by. But I've also read a lot of books multiple times where that feeling holds up, and for some reason it just didn't really do that for me with this book. Nevertheless, I still think this is underrated and ex ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Everything is evil that humans can't control or conquer"

What kind of book is Finnikin of the Rock?

It's a fantasy book. Evidently.
It's a love story. Certainly.
But not only.

It all starts with three friends, a prophetic dream and a blood pledge.
It continues with an invasion, a terrible curse and the struggle of one people to take back what they lost.

For me Finnikin of the Rock is a book about identities. About a people, the Lumaterans, losing their national identity and fighting to get it b
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 Stars... I think?

I'm having a hard time pinning down what I didn't like about this story. There really is so much to rave about... so many beautiful moments. The character depth is MIND BLOWING phenomenal. The world building is just so many layers of fascinating. The plot twists are tear jerkingly gorgeous.

So why only 3 stars? Bah. Okay. I've been thinking about this for a while.. and here's the best explanation I can offer: I felt like a 3rd party viewer- sitting in the stands, watching e
Ash Wednesday
”You asked me once what my magic was.
That is my magic.”

I am now convinced Melina Marchetta is made of equal parts freshly-baked cookies, clean laundry, pixie dust and waffles. Something about her books just comforts me in ways I cannot attempt to capture into words. Her oeuvre covers themes that in their simplicity would probably come across emotionally exploitative in lesser hands, but her crafty storytelling effortlessly ties textured characters with my personal reflexes and sentime
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“Finn, listen!” Trevanion (Finnikin’s father) said, his voice raw. “I prayed to see you one more time. It’s all I prayed for. Nothing more. And my prayers were answered. Go east, I’ll lead them west.”

“We have a dilemma, then,” Finnikin said fiercely. “Because I prayed that you would grow old and hold my children in your arms as you held me. My prayers have not been answered yet, Trevanion. So whose prayer is more worthy? Yours or mine?”

Melina Marchetta fan club??? Sign me up now! If she has mo
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I proclaim this is the year, I fell in love with Melina Marchetta.

A fair warning to everyone, this is not a full review of any of the books, but instead a quick overview discussing what, I find thought provoking about the series.

This is a spoiler free analysis.

Proceed with caution.

Lumatere Chronicles are a radical, progressive tale about a nation trying to restore their honor.

Finnikin of the Rock is a great introduction to hesitant readers who’s slowly grasping the concept of the series. I
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok

me: this book sucks
me @ myself: ok, but who tf asked ????

you know when someone's like "oh, it hurts me to do this more than it hurts you" and you're just here like ( ͡°_ ͡°) seriously, you mcfreakin juiced carrot ??? i'm offended you would even say that to my face

well, i'm here to say ...... *takes a deep breath* thishurtsmemorethanithurtsyou (tag yourself: i'm the juiced carrot, obv)

i just wanted to start off by saying that because i thought that the day i rated melina marchetta anything les
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, fantasy, own
This book is the literary equivalent of a FREAKING UNICORN.

Here is a fantasy written by someone who cares more about characters than about checking off boxes on the Fantasy Novel Checklist. Here is a YA book that features a love story but not a love triangle.

DID YOU CATCH THAT? THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE. I can't even remember the last time I read a YA fantasy that didn't involve a love triangle. I almost wept with gratitude when I realized that the plot wasn't going to come down to, "Which boy
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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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