I put down the bottle and picked up a book. Reading saved my life! I went from booze hangovers to book hangovers and I am the happiest I've ever been!
I am so in love with this book! After I finished the last page of the book, I was hit with total sadness! Not because I was disappointed with the book or how it ended! I was devastated that it was now over!!! I literally clutched the book to my chest not wanting to let it go, I actually woke up this morning with the book beside me, beneath my pillow.
This is my first Melina Marchetta book and I hear that this is her first Fantasy book published. Her books being more Realism and Contemporary, which is shocking because she did this High fantasy so beautifully! I guess her realism skills show in Finnikin of the Rock because the story is so utterly believable.
This story is about The Lumatere kingdom that has been taken over by an imposter King and then cursed by someone he burned at the stake. Years later, Finnikin, a Lumateran, and his mentor, Sir Topher journey the lands with a novice, Evanjalin, who claims she sleep walks with the people trapped inside the over-taken Kingdom and leads Finnikin to believe that the heir to the Kingdom is alive and he must bring him home to his people of Lumatere, to take their Kingdom back!
Oh my gosh! The way Marchetta's world and character building is so detailed and thoroughly in depth. There is not a character she leaves flat. They are all well introduced and throughout the story they continue to grow. Her story-telling is so beautifully told. So flawless, complex and just real!!! I am in awe of how she tells this story, how it's planned out and how certain elements fit in here and there. Then she brings it all together, fluent and uncomplicated! Even when the story is being told from different character's POV, knowing that each character has a personal story to share with the readers. She also is able to bring issues up about war, abuse, sex, and even puberty without it being too overwhelming.
This story has action, adventure, romance and betrayal! Humor too, trust me it does not lack humor! Though this story is very sad most of the time, it definitely makes it up with the romance and humor!! Finnikin and Evanjalin struggle in telling eachother how they feel but when it all comes together, it is breath-taking and will make your heart flutter ♥
This is a thrilling tale that I wish every one will one day read! It is so gripping and will forever linger in my mind and in my heart!! The characters are unforgettable!! Thankfully Marchetta has made this into a series so we'll see some of the character's from Finnikin of the Rock in Froi of the Exiles!
I'll be re-reading this story sometime in the future, a couple times actually b/c I love it so much. But for now I'm onto the next chapter of the story in Froi of the Exiles and I will let Finnikin of the Rock's story rest, for now ;)
P.S. (I can so see this played out in a movie)
Happy Reading Y'all