Recommend A...Book You Read This Year (1)

Monday, July 23, 2012 11:19 AM
The blog Chick Loves Lit now hosts a weekly meme for bloggers called Recommend A... This week's is Recommend A...Book You Read This Year.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

I read this book during my senior year at college because my good friend, who I trust with fantasy recommendations, insisted that I read it. I am so disappointed that I hadn't read it before. Despite all of my college work, I sped through this book and was a little antisocial while I read it.

The son of the Captain of the Guard, Finn is told at the age of nine that he will have to sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save his kingdom of Lumatere. He stands on the rock of three wonders and mixes his blood with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar's cousin Lucian to protect Lumatere. But shortly after, the peace of Lumatere is ruined during the five days of the unspeakable when the royal family is brutally murdered in the palace. An intruder seizes the throne and The Forest Dwellers are blamed and burnt at the stake. Their leader curses Lumatere by trapping all those that remain inside while Lumaterans outside the walls are forced to remain exiles that die in fever camps. The curser proclaims that the curse will not end until the rightful heir returns. Ten years later, outside Lumatere, Finn is told to go to another rock to meet the novice Evanjalin. She claims that Prince Balthazar, the rightful heir to the Lumatere throne, is still alive and that she can lead Finn and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. But Evanjalin carries secrets and Finn doesn't know if there's any hope for a united Lumatere. Yet he follows her, discovering there may be more to him and his destiny than he ever knew.

This book is definitely a worthwhile read. Marchetta is a wonderful storyteller, and I enjoyed hearing about the gods and the different kingdoms. The world she builds is exciting and rich with political intrigue, and the reader gets to explore this world as the main characters travel on their journey across several kingdoms. We learn so much about the alliances and relations between the different kingdoms and we also hear the sad story of the Lumateran exiles hanging on by a thread. Plus, the characters are pretty awesome. I especially loved Finn and Evanjalin. They are two strong leads for this story, and Marchetta smoothly shifts from one POV to another, allowing the reader into the thoughts of different characters. This is recommended for anyone who loves young adult, fantasy, or just a good read.

Happy reading,



  1. The only book I've read by this author was Saving Francesca, which I really enjoyed. I must check out this one also.

  2. Sigh. Yet another amazing book languishing on my TBR pile! Here are my picks

  3. Adinabb, you should definitely read this book when you get a chance! Btw, love your blog! Is there a way I can subscribe?

    And rockyriverteenlibrarian, Love your blog too! I see you've started listening to 11/22/63. Great book! And I have a large TBR pile too. I wish I had more time and more money!

    1. Thanks Courtney. I'm still figuring my way around WordPress - it's cliche but I'm learning something new every day. The lesson tomorrow must be on setting up subscriptions. :)

    2. I know what you mean! It took me forever getting some stuff set up. And I'm still not done.

  4. This is a book I have had on my TBR since it came out. I haven't heard anything but amazing reviews, even my teens love it! I might need to read this one sooner rather than later!

  5. This book holds high ratings at GoodReads with some wonderful reviews, so I checked it out from the library... just one of many books I have right now that wait to be read! Hopefully I can get to it before the due date.

  6. Enjoy it midnightcoffeemonster! And you need to read it Alyssa! The third one is coming in September!


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