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Description - Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

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. He stands on the rock of three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and the prince's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. And Lumatere is safe: but then the unspeakable!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780670072811
Format: Paperback / softback
(232mm x mm x mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Viking Australia
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta - Reviewed by (22 Oct 2011)

I was at first hesitant to read Finnikin Of The Rock. I mean, I have complete faith that Melina Marchetta can write a great novel, but an epic fantasy? So I took a few chapters to get into the story, but after that I was glad I did pick it up.

Finnikin is the son of Lumatere's captain of the guard, and after 'the five days of the unspeakable', he's become the king's first man's apprentice. He meets the gifted novice, Evanjalin, on his travels, and she reveals that the heir to the throne of Lumatere is alive, and they can find him and take back their homeland.

The plot isn't as straightforward as the synopsis would lead you to believe. There are turns, unexpected twists, and revelations that keep you constantly at the edge of your seat.

Melina Marchetta doesn't create characters, she creates people. Finnikin, Evanjalin, Trevanion (who has the coolest name EVER, by the way), Sir Topher - hell, everyone - felt real and dynamic. I really felt for Finnikin and Evanjalin, and really rooted for their relationship.

The best thing about Melina Marchetta's books is - or at least, what I think the best thing about them is - the way they're written. Her prose evokes so much emotion from the reader. The style she uses is beautiful and vivid and heart-wrenching.

The only negative thing about this book to me would be the ending. It was the realistic conclusion to the story, and it was satisfying, sure. But it was dragged out longer than I felt it needed to be. I like my books to resolve the main plot, and then tie up the smaller subplots in a chapter or two, but this book had so many subplots and background stories that it couldn't end that quickly after the denouement.

Recommend it for fans of: Graceling, Mistwood, and Melina Marchetta's other books.

I give Finnikin Of The Rock a 4 out of 5.

Book Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta - Reviewed by (14 Jan 2010)

Finnikin Of The Rock is the first and only novel I have read by Aussie author, Melina Marchetta. Her writing is amazing. She has a way with words that is sometimes lyrical and yet very rich and descriptive. Take the first sentence of this book for example :

"When it finally appeared in the distance, Finnikin wondered if it was some phantom half-imagined in this soulless kingdom at the edge of the world."

It's rather poetic, don't you think?

The characters in this book are strong and their personalities are clear. The world that the story is set in is well built and believable. The differences between people living so close, and yet the just on the other side of a border are so similar to those in real life. Though it is quite obvious I feel that I should add this is not a modern tale - think more Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

The storyline goes along quite quickly with twists and turns aplenty. The story probably goes longer than it should, to leave the readers with a happy ending but I like that it does this. I'm not very imaginative so I want to know how the characters end up. I'm not a big fan of loose ends and I can't think of any from this book.

Overall Finnikin of the Rock deserves the highest rating possible in my opinion, so I'm giving it 5 stars out of 5. I recommend it to lovers of adventure-type, coming-of-age fantasy stories.

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