“Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)” by Melina Marchetta
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.
Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.
But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself.
Stopped at 47%
- It took me over a month to read a little over half of this book. That’s not a good sign.
- I really didn’t like any of the characters.
- Evanjalin was too backstabby for me. She turned Finnikin into jail? Yes, it helped him get hit father out but I still didn’t like it.
- Froi’s a thief. That just turned me off of him from the beginning. Nothing happened so far to redeem him for me.
- Finnikin had potential for me. He feels guilty about what happened to Prince Balthazar and he’s trying to find the prince in an effort to redeem himself? Unfortunately he met up with a prostitute pretty early in the story for absolutely no reason. That turned me off pretty much right away.
- I literally have no idea what’s going on in the story. I know someone killed the royal family years ago but they might still be alive. …And that’s all I got. It doesn’t help that the language and style is hard for me to read. I’ll read for a few pages and still not be sure about what I read. Because I have no idea what’s going on, I really don’t care about the characters or what’s going on. That’s a very bad sign for a book.
The bottom line? High fantasy like this is NOT for me and I should really stop trying to read it.