Series: Lumatere Chronicles #1
Published by Candlewick Press on September 29th, 2008
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
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.
Wow guys. Wow. Honestly, this book is probably worth 5 oranges, and I might change that later, but I missed some things. Mostly that happened due to me reading this during the first, sleep-deprived, exhausting week of grad school.
When it comes to (I guess YA) fantasy novels, this is the way you do it. Seriously. Awesome worldbuilding. Intriguing prophecy. Ass-kickingly awesome heroine. Cool hero. Romance that is to die for, but NOT the main focus. A book that can very well standalone even though it’s in a series.
What I missed out on basically boils down to the fact that I read this on some days when I was completely exhausted and read like 7 pages before falling asleep with my ereader in my hand. And this isn’t the kind of book you easily stop and start. Sometimes I was a bit confused about things that had happened way earlier – like the prophecy that Finnikin is given: it’s only mentioned full out one time, I think? And then later in the story when all those threads start coming together I couldn’t for the life of me remember what the full prophecy was, and kept waiting for it to be repeated but it wasn’t. So I guess it’s more clarification issues – but again, mostly my own fault for how I read it.
Anyway, this was just great and I can’t wait to move on to the sequel. This book alone is definitely worth a reread as well, when I get around to that (say in like 3 years or so).