Finnikin of the Rock
Author: Melina Marchetta
Pages [hardcover]: 399
Opening Lines: A long time ago, in the spring before the five days of the unspeakable, Finnikin of the Rock dreamed that he was to sacrifice a pound of flesh to save the royal house of Lumatere.
Memorable Quote: “Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.”
Favorite Character: Evanjalin
At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere.
And so he stands on the rock of three wonders with his childhood friend Prince Balthazar and the prince’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. And Lumatere is safe.
Until the ‘five days of the unspeakable’, when the King and Queen and their children are slaughtered in the palace. And an imposter king takes the throne.
And a curse is put on Lumatere, which traps those caught inside and forces thousands of others to roam the land as exiles, dying of fever and persecution in foreign camps.
But ten years later Finnikin is led to another rock to meet the young novice, Evanjalin. A girl plagued by dark dreams, who holds the key to their return to the Land of light.
This book was pretty good. It’s one of those stories where you have a main goal throughout, and several minor ‘quests’ scattered about in the middle. I don’t really mind these types of novels, but they’re not for everyone, obviously.
One thing I really liked about Finnikin of the Rock was that while there were many people and places to keep track of, somehow it was easy to remember all of the different names. Not an easy task when every page has a smattering of different proper nouns. I applaud the author because while I have no idea how she did it, I was able to remember the different countries and characters.
The plot was very good, and at points I couldn’t put the book down. At some parts character decisions made no sense, as in Finnikin being furious at Evanjalin one moment and the next be perfectly nice to her.
The book was nicely set up, and it’s good for anyone who wants a good fantasy/adventure/romance. It’s not the best, but it’s one of the better books I’ve read lately.
Finnikin of the Rock gets 4/5 stars.
Warnings: Some language, adult content, violence