AUTHOR: Melina Marchetta
GENRE: Fantasy Fiction
SETTING(S) : Lumatere
SUBJECT: Fantasy, Adventure, Love & Magic
MAIN CHARACTERS: Finnikin, Sir Topher, Evanjalin, Balthazar, Froi, Trevanion and Lucian
SUMMARY: 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.
Via: Good Reads
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If you’re looking for a good book to take during a holiday or something to read instead of watching countless hours of television. I highly recommend this book. You may say you do not like to read fantasy but this book did not read like usual fantasy fiction. It read almost like really good historical fiction.
The land of Lumatere felt like a real land with its flatlands, hills, mountains, valleys, rivers and oceans. You take a wonderful adventure inside a world of Lumatere where finding any light or hope appears insignificant but it is there in the eyes of the people when they look to find their beloved King’s Guards.
It is also a coming of age story of Finnikin a young 19-year-old who spent wondering the land to find a new location for his people. But instead finds his way back home through the help of his friends and family. It is a great start to a series that I’m sure will have many twists and turns.
I highly recommend it to anyone who loves real good fiction but I would not recommend it to Young Adults under the age of 16. There is some adult material in this and would be a great book for teens to read with their parents. It is a book that both adults and young adults will enjoy.
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