Finnikin of the Rock

Finnikin of the Rock 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 ter

  • Title: Finnikin of the Rock
  • Author: Melina Marchetta
  • ISBN: 9780670072811
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.EvanjalinFinnikin 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.Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance and her hope He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.But Evanjalin is not what she seems And the truth will test not only Finnikin s faith in her but in himself.

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    About “Melina Marchetta

    • Melina Marchetta

      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 Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper s Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier s Lit Award, NSW Premier s Lit Award, Prime Minister s Literary Awards, CBC awards and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award Her follow up to Finnikin, Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn were released in 2012 and 2013 Her latest novel Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is an adult crime novel.



    437 thoughts on “Finnikin of the Rock

    • 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 Dear F [...]


    • Trying to rate this book has me pulling at my hair It s hard So hard Why is it such a difficult thing It was fascinating, realistic and definitely well written.But before I could find it fascinating, realistic and well written, I had to read around one hundred so very slow pages I think it s amazing when a book suddenly gets better, as if some spell had been cast on us to finally see the magic of it And on the twin bright side, I do have as feeling that I won t have the same experience with the [...]


    • Whew So much WIN I can hardly stand it o 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 reviews of On the [...]


    • You know, I wish Melina Marchetta would be considerate of my mind it s exhausting, having it blown all the time.


    • As seen on The ReadventurerMy second reading of Finnikin of the Rock and I am changing my mind 5 stars Now, when I have 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 a displa [...]


    • 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 that is gr [...]


    • 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 assum [...]


    • 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 conclusionThat when it comes to fantasy I am strongly opposed When I read a book with long, confusing namesAnd 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 heart was in my thr [...]


    • 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 2015So wonderful, the second time trough I loved it 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.Original Review Dec 20134.5 StarsFinnikin of the Rock was so much better than I expected I thought it would be about Finnikin and it is but the char [...]


    • 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 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.I WAS SO EMOTI [...]


    • 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 king is al [...]


    • 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 either way [...]


    • 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 protagonis [...]


    • 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.Anyways.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 books are WA [...]


    • 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 she s [...]


    • Buddy read with my darlings Nab Basuhi HersheyFinal rating 5 5 starsFinal 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 series.Melina Ma [...]


    • 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 and yeah, I realized pr [...]


    • 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 Pros The writing is gorgeous It has a poetic touch yet the book remains dauntingly mysterious Complex and developed plot The characters I woulddiefor them WE ACTUALLY GET A POSITIVE REPRESENTATION OF A FATHER SON RELATIONSHIP IM SCREAMING I felt like I was being stabbed in the heart, multiple times Melina Marchetta is the author S L O [...]


    • 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 , Finnikan of the Rock is clearly a winner [...]


    • 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.


    • 4 STARS 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 sentiments tow [...]


    • 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 excel [...]


    • 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 events happen I neve [...]


    • Finn, listen Trevanion Finnikin s father said, his voice raw I prayed to see you one time It s all I prayed for Nothing 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 worthy Yours or mine Melina Marchetta fan club Sign me up now If she has Finnikin of the Rock type books up her [...]


    • 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 back, about [...]


    • Be prepared for the worst my love, for it lives next door to the bestWords fail me, YesI.n tnderightwords, to express how shockingly raw, deep and unequivocally flawless my first read from Melina Marchetta was I m still like this after this read Guys I cried, laughed, curse, fought and fell in love alongside these wonderful characters Please take my advice and stick with this book, even though I found it to start off just a tad dull I shutter to think the gigantic mistake that I would have made [...]


    • this book sucksme myself ok, but who tf asked you know when someone s like oh, it hurts me to do this 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 thishurtsmethanithurtsyou 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 less than a billion stars would be the day my ver [...]


    • I recently came to a realisation about my book and film tastes that, while obvious in hindsight, was a bit of a Eureka moment for me It happened while watching some action movie with a friend, and by watching I mean spending two hours scratching my nail polish off because I was bored to tears It hit me that no amount of blowing things up or chasing things on screen or on the page will hold my interest if the characterisation isn t there For me, stories are about the characters, above all.The fir [...]



    • This book is the literary equivalent of a FREAKING UNICORN.Here is a fantasy written by someone who cares 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 will she c [...]


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