Finnikin of the Rock

Finnikin of the Rock At the age of nine Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar

  • Title: Finnikin of the Rock
  • Author: Melina Marchetta
  • ISBN: 9780763643614
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and tAt the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace An impostor seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere s walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive This arrogant young woman claims she ll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince Instead, her leadership points them perilously toward home Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united Evanjalin is not what she seems, and the startling truth will test Finnikin s faith not only in her but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.In a bold departure from her acclaimed contemporary novels, Printz Medalist Melina Marchetta has crafted an epic fantasy of ancient magic, feudal intrigue, romance, and bloodshed that will rivet you from the first page.

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    • Nataliya says:

      Dear Finnikin of the Rock, what happened? You and I were supposed to be enjoying the beginning of a beautiful friendship, walking into the sunset together.Alas, no walking into the sunset was meant for us. Instead, our date ended with me awkwardly fumbling for keys and muttering, "Well, I'll call you sometime, I guess", knowing very well that you also acutely felt the absence of that proverbial chemistry, that necessary spark, and that none of us would be reaching for the phone any time soon. De [...]

    • LolaReviewer says:

      Trying to rate this book has me pulling at my hair. It’s hard. So hard. Why is it such a difficult thing? It was fascinating, realistic and definitely well-written.But before I could find it fascinating, realistic and well-written, I had to read around one hundred so-very-slow pages. I think it’s amazing when a book suddenly gets better, as if some spell had been cast on us to finally see the magic of it. And on the twin bright side, I do have as feeling that I won’t have the same experien [...]

    • Steph Sinclair says:

      Whew. So much WIN I can hardly stand it!\(^o^)/Girls rule and boys drool!Oh my sweet just gimme the next book now!First, a cavet: This review will probably be the most unhelpful review you might ever read because nothing I say will do the book justice. I'll just use this space to ramble and hopefully it makes some sort of coherency.I remember the first time I heard about Melina Marchetta and her special fragrance of awesome she regularly emits whenever she publishes a novel. I had seen reviews o [...]

    • Kat Kennedy says:

      You know, I wish Melina Marchetta would be more considerate of my mind - it's exhausting, having it blown all the time.

    • Tatiana says:

      As seen on The ReadventurerMy second reading of Finnikin of the Rock and I am changing my mind - 5 stars!Now, when I have more fantasy under my belt to compare this book to, I am pretty confident it offers something that many others in the genre don't. This is a fantasy that is not drowned in clunky, 1000-pages long world-building, this is a book about people. People whose country is torn into pieces, people exiled from their homeland, lost, damaged, abused men, women and children. As a story of [...]

    • Emily May says:

      Whenever I write a review of a Melina Marchetta book, I risk sounding like the same old broken record but, whatever, it's not my fault if she constantly manages to deliver the stuff I love! I'm not sure what'll happen if I ever dislike one of her novels, probably the sky will fall in and the world will end. Don't you know what to expect from Marchetta by now? If not, then I'll fill you in briefly: interesting, memorable and the very opposite of cliched characters, flawless writing, a plot that i [...]

    • Shannon says:

      I think this is the point where Marchetta and I go our separate ways. I read Saving Francesca and didn't enjoy it, and thought maybe it was just my aversion to realistic/contemporary fiction that was keeping me from riding the Marchetta love-train. After this second attempt I think she's just not for me. There isn't one thing I can point out that makes me say "this" is why I don't like her books, but there are numerous problems I can draw attention to.My biggest gripe is that the plot hinges on [...]

    • Jo says:

      This is not a review. This is a badly written poem.“Then I choose to drown,” Finnikin said. “In hope. Rather than float into nothing.”Since I was a nipper I have come to the conclusionThat when it comes to fantasy: I am strongly opposed. When I read a book with long, confusing namesAnd swords and maps, its pages remain closed. So imagine my surprise when I finished this one(In the early hours of this morning, I feel I should note)That my stomach was rumbling (I had no time to eat!)And my [...]

    • Robin (Bridge Four) says:

      12/07/16 Kindle deal today for 1.99 here Buddy Read/Re-read with a great group of people at Lumatere Chronicles Group Read starting with Finnikin on Dec 1 2015So wonderful, the second time trough I loved it more so I'm bumping the rating up to 4.5 stars.I laughed, cried and was just amazed by the complexity of the characters in the story Marchetta tells.Original Review Dec 20134.5 StarsFinnikin of the Rock was so much better than I expected. I thought it would be about Finnikin and it is but the [...]

    • Maureen says:

      I'm really emotional don't toUCH ME.This was so SOOOO good. It was a little overhyped for me (I blame you, heist crew friends) but I really enjoyed it besides that. I loved the characters, even though they frustrated the HECK out of me sometimes, and even though some of their decisions felt more like plot devices than actual decisions people would make. This book takes a little bit to actually get going and took me about 100 pages to fully get into it, but when it gets good it gets so good.I WAS [...]

    • sana°¤° says:

      3.5 stars. This book put me in a slump. I've been reading this since January 9, 2017 and it is now January 29, 2017. This wasn't a bad book. It's fun and enjoyable, but I, however, wasn't able to enjoy it because I was dragging this book for almost an entire month. I think I kind of forgot what happened in the beginning, whoops. This was my first High Fantasy read and I can successfully say, I enjoyed it. It wasn't anything original, typical, my-kingdom-has-fallen-and-someone-claims-the-real-kin [...]

    • l a i n e y says:

      Yeah thank you very much Melina Marchetta for the biggest lump in my throat for hours on end reading this. People say the word 'slow burn'. This wasn't particularly slow but by god, it BURNED!! It burned bad.I was not prepared for the overwhelming emotions I'd feel for the characters & this Kingdom. Despite glowing reviews from many trusted gr friends, somehow I still underestimated the effect this book would have on me. Maybe it had to do with the fact I'd never read anything by her before [...]

    • Khanh (the meanie) says:

      Unreadable. I hated Evanjalin (I should have known from the spelling of her named). The POV and storyline kept jumping back and forth and gave me a headache. We're also supposed to care about the entire history from the day of creation of this world and all of its nation, it seems. Too much world-creation crammed into a lacking plot and failed to capture my attention.And Froi. I'm supposed to feel empathy for and look forward to reading the next book about a boy that tried to rape the female pro [...]

    • may ➹ says:

      If I expected the book to be as good as I’d thought it would be after I couldn’t even finish reading the blurb because it was just too boring, it was probably my fault.Except!! NOT!! Because the devil recommended this book to me and I wouldn’t have had to suffer through this if it weren’t for her.Anyways.My first complaint out of many is that this book was WAY. TOO. LONG. When I was at page 200, I wanted it to end right then and there, “it” meaning both the book and my life. Usually [...]

    • Lora says:

      Often times, when an author is highly talented in their genre, they don't do as well when trying their hand at another. Especially when the two genres in question are as dissimilar as realism and fantasy. Naturally, this sort of thing isn't a problem for an author like Melina Marchetta. As if being the fan proclaimed Queen of YA realistic fiction wasn't enough, she had to go and write Finnikin of the Rock and prove to her fans and critics alike that labels and genres mean nothing to her, that sh [...]

    • Kristalia says:

      Buddy read with my darlings Nab & Basuhi& HersheyFinal rating: 5/5 starsFinal rating - for the whole series: 5.5/5 stars“Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.”This is not the first time that i have read this book. This is my second time and i love it as much as i did back then. My feelings stayed true to it, and that wont change easily as it seems. So, you should know that i am writing this review while having in mind that i have also read the rest o [...]

    • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:

      4 stars - 4.5 stars - 5 stars? Oh, well, I don't know people. Sorry.Finnikin of the Rock is the story of people who try to step forward, and forward, and forward Until perhaps, one day, perhaps they'll share a land called home again."Speak, Finnikin wanted to shout at her. Lay blame. Shout. Rage. Rage!" Ready to travel with me?Finnikin of the Rock is a journey. The journey of Lumatere people who struggle to survive after their exile. I'll be honest, I didn't expect it to move me so much - and ye [...]

    • maymay ☕ says:

      I’ve put off writing this review for some time now because I know I won’t do this book justice. (Also, I was lazy and I have an exam coming up, but details, details.) Pros- The writing is gorgeous. It has a poetic touch yet the book remains dauntingly mysterious- Complex and developed plot- The characters – I woulddiefor them- WE ACTUALLY GET A POSITIVE REPRESENTATION OF A FATHER/SON RELATIONSHIP IM SCREAMING- I felt like I was being stabbed in the heart, multiple times- Melina Marchetta i [...]

    • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada) says:

      Set in the beautiful country of Lumatere, Finnikin goes on a quest to find his King and best friend Balthazar. Along on his journey, the beautiful but wild Evanjalin, his mentor and teacher, Sir Topher and thief Froi come together to find the mystery between the country’s impostor king and the biggest secret that is known in the entire kingdom.Full of adventure, wonderful story telling, highly developed characters and a mystery that will have you wanting more, Finnikan of the Rock is clearly a [...]

    • Regan says:

      I really liked this book, I am finding it hard to write a review on it though I found it confusing at times, but that didn't bother me? That sounds bad, but it was sort of the good kind of confusing I don't even know what's going on with this review. Okay, bye.

    • Ash Wednesday says:

      4 STARS”You asked me once what my magic was.That is my magic.”I am now convinced Melina Marchetta is made of equal parts freshly-baked cookies, clean laundry, pixie dust and waffles. Something about her books just comforts me in ways I cannot attempt to capture into words. Her oeuvre covers themes that in their simplicity would probably come across emotionally exploitative in lesser hands, but her crafty storytelling effortlessly ties textured characters with my personal reflexes and sentime [...]

    • Maxwell says:

      Upon re-reading this, I'm definitely not as enthusiastic about this as I was the first time through. Maybe it's simply because I had read it before, and as I made my way through it a second time I started to remember things and there wasn't that initial reaction to be surprised or delighted by. But I've also read a lot of books multiple times where that feeling holds up, and for some reason it just didn't really do that for me with this book. Nevertheless, I still think this is underrated and ex [...]

    • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink says:

      3.5 Stars I think? I'm having a hard time pinning down what I didn't like about this story. There really is so much to rave about so many beautiful moments. The character depth is MIND BLOWING phenomenal. The world building is just so many layers of fascinating. The plot twists are tear jerkingly gorgeous. So why only 3 stars? Bah. Okay. I've been thinking about this for a while and here's the best explanation I can offer: I felt like a 3rd party viewer- sitting in the stands, watching events ha [...]

    • Arlene says:

      “Finn, listen!” Trevanion (Finnikin’s father) said, his voice raw. “I prayed to see you one more time. It’s all I prayed for. Nothing more. And my prayers were answered. Go east, I’ll lead them west.”“We have a dilemma, then,” Finnikin said fiercely. “Because I prayed that you would grow old and hold my children in your arms as you held me. My prayers have not been answered yet, Trevanion. So whose prayer is more worthy? Yours or mine?” Melina Marchetta fan club??? Sign me [...]

    • Limonessa says:

      "Everything is evil that humans can't control or conquer"What kind of book is Finnikin of the Rock?It's a fantasy book. Evidently.It's a love story. Certainly. But not only. It all starts with three friends, a prophetic dream and a blood pledge. It continues with an invasion, a terrible curse and the struggle of one people to take back what they lost.For me Finnikin of the Rock is a book about identities. About a people, the Lumaterans, losing their national identity and fighting to get it back, [...]

    • Kells Next Read says:

      Be prepared for the worst my love, for it lives next door to the bestWords fail me, YesI.n'tnderightwords, to express how shockingly raw, deep and unequivocally flawless my first read from Melina Marchetta was. I'm still like this after this read:Guys I cried, laughed, curse, fought and fell in love alongside these wonderful characters. Please take my advice and stick with this book, even though I found it to start off just a tad dull. I shutter to think the gigantic mistake that I would have ma [...]

    • destini mia says:

      : this book sucksme @ myself: ok, but who tf asked ????you know when someone's like "oh, it hurts me to do this more than it hurts you" and you're just here like ( ͡°_ ͡°) seriously, you mcfreakin juiced carrot ??? i'm offended you would even say that to my face well, i'm here to say *takes a deep breath* thishurtsmemorethanithurtsyou (tag yourself: i'm the juiced carrot, obv) i just wanted to start off by saying that because i thought that the day i rated melina marchetta anything less tha [...]

    • Reynje says:

      I recently came to a realisation about my book and film tastes that, while obvious in hindsight, was a bit of a 'Eureka!’ moment for me. It happened while watching some action movie with a friend, and by watching I mean spending two hours scratching my nail polish off because I was bored to tears. It hit me that no amount of blowing things up or chasing things on screen or on the page will hold my interest if the characterisation isn’t there. For me, stories are about the characters, above a [...]

    • Alexandra Bracken says:

      I want to cry just thinking about this perfection.

    • Jessica says:

      This book is the literary equivalent of a FREAKING UNICORN.Here is a fantasy written by someone who cares more about characters than about checking off boxes on the Fantasy Novel Checklist. Here is a YA book that features a love story but not a love triangle. DID YOU CATCH THAT? THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE. I can't even remember the last time I read a YA fantasy that didn't involve a love triangle. I almost wept with gratitude when I realized that the plot wasn't going to come down to, "Which boy [...]

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