Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (Review)

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Finnikin of the Rock is a story about people locked within and outside of their homeland for a decade, and of a boy who is destined, along with the a girl, to free them and their people from suffering.

Wow, just wow.

This was a fantastic read and I highly suggest you give it a go, particularly if you’re a fan of fantasy novels. There are literally no negatives I can think of about this book. It was beautifully written with such fantastic world building and you really felt part of story. Such love went into the description of the Lumatere and it was sad to see what had happened to it through those 10 years. The story was fast-paced and there was not a boring part that I can think of. It’s one of those stories that leave you wanting more.

As for the characters, I loved them. You got to know so many characters in depth, and not just Evanjalin or Finnikin, but Froi, and Perri and Trevanion and many others. I’m going to talk about Evanjalin first because she was my favourite character. She is cunning and smart, and she uses this to her advantage of several occasions. But despite this, there is a kindness within her that makes her a great leader. She is one of my favourite female characters and a strong and admirable heroine. Finnikin was another favourite, and I loved the development between him and Evanjalin. He was another strong character aswell, with fierce loyalty to his father Trevanion and also to Evanjalin aswell as to Lumatere as a whole.

This is a dark novel, and probably isn’t suitable for younger readers, but a fantastic read nonetheless.

RATING: ★★★★★

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