Book Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Posted September 7, 2012 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Series: Lumatere Chronicles #1
Published by Candlewick Press on September 29th, 2008
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

4.5 Stars

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).

Recommended To:

Basically all fantasy fans.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

  1. I feel so out of the loop with this one. I read it earlier in the year, and thought it was just…average. In every area. The writing was good, but I felt like the story itself was just a reshapen telling of most high fantasies, without too much to set it apart from its peers.

    Almost every review I’ve seen for it raves about its awesomeness, though, so I’m wondering if it’s just me on this one. Maybe I should try giving it a reread, see if I missed something.

    Anyway, though I didn’t exactly share your zeal for Finnikin Of The Rock, your review is great as always. This is quickly becomming a favorite blog of mine.

    • Oh I don’t blame you! I totally know what you mean. I myself was really torn on what to rate it,and I think I would give it a lower rating now. It’s like… when I was thinking about it logically it checked all the boxes that would normally make me give a book a high rating but something just kept it from seizing my heart. I think that’s what’s keeping me from starting on the sequel, I just keep moving it down the list though I am still planning on reading it at some point.

      This one was just a really hard one to review, I’m still torn about it and am not really happy with my review as it is xD

      Thank you!!! You flatter me so much, omg. 🙂