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Finnikin of the Rock por Melina Marchetta
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Finnikin of the Rock (edição 2008)

por Melina Marchetta (Autor)

Séries: Lumatere Chronicles (1)

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Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.… (mais)
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Título:Finnikin of the Rock
Autores:Melina Marchetta (Autor)
Informação:Viking Australia (2008), 416 pages
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Etiquetas:boring, fantasy

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I have had some bad luck with YA Fantasy lately. This one restored my faith in the genre.

At a young age, Finnikin's world is shattered when tragedy strikes his homeland. Over the next ten years he travels with a mentor and father-figure to try to find the answers to piecing their small country back together. You learn of this journey in the present day, through memories and flash-backs, as they come closer to the answers they have been searching for.

So much of this book paralleled our world today-where faith and homeland take a beating from the hatred perpetrated by ignorance and refusal to accept differences. The story drew me in-presently I have 7 books on my night stand-I treat them like TV shows- shuffling around which one I pick up-This one never made it to the bottom of the pile.

There was not a lot of magic in the story, just enough where things are still believable. So if you require dark arts, or spell casting beings, this may not be for you. However if you like a well thought out tale and great world building you may be pleasantly surprised, as I was. This is the first in a series and I am looking forward to more of the story. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
Finnikin, son of the head of the King's Guard, has been in exile for a decade with Sir Topher, the King's First Man. After the violent takeover of his birthplace, Lumatere, by a usurper, a curse by a priestess has effectively shut Lumatere from the outside world, dividing its people. Finnikin meets a mysterious young woman, Evanjalin, in a monastery, who claims that Finnikin's boyhood friend Balthazar, heir to the throne, is alive, and she forces Finnikin to confront his destiny, by rescuing his father and reuniting him with his Guard. Unforgettable characters from the King's Guard, Evanjalin's rescue and strange relationship with a young thief, Froi, make for a compelling read. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
It's a while since I've read much straight fantasy, but this book was a lovely dip back into the genre. Although there's not a lot of magic, that wasn't a drawback--in fact, it might have enhanced my enjoyment of the story because things were not made easy for the characters. I did guess/figure out one of the revelations of the book, but I wasn't disappointed in that--I felt vindicated at having figured it out. :) Anyway, there are compelling characters, wonderful world-building, and a first-class plot contained within these pages, so I highly recommend it! (P.S. I listened to the audiobook version, which is delightfully voiced!) ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
Super readable, in the Need-to-Know-What-Happens sort of way. And I can see why so many people love it. But it's a story with such violence, harsh and bleak at many points, that it just wasn't to my taste. It felt so much like reading non-fiction about kids who live in warzones, refugee camps, awful circumstances. I think I may prefer my fantasy to be somewhat escapist, so I never felt truly comfortable with the story. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
This is good adventurous story, but not the best fantasy. The only parts that stuck with me is the suspense of what happened with the Lumateres/Lumatarian (that sounds like a band) who got trapped inside the city when the curse happened and the refugees that found themselves suddenly locked out of their homes. You can’t help but make the connection to refugees in the real world, especially because of wars with cities like Aleppo that’s closed of, no one going in or out as I write this. But that is more an example of reading the right book at the right time than this book containing something special. It was a hard contrast with the fever camps and starvation, and it drove the characters, but it never got deeper. The target was always to break the curse and head home, which is far easier in the book than it will ever be in real life, and ruined a lot of the point. Sure, it starts all epic with having been locked out for a decade, but it gets pretty unrealistic from there, even for a fantasy book. Magic can’t solve everything, then you wouldn’t have a problem to begin with, at least not for so many years. If only they hadn’t killed all their healers…

It is, despite all that, a very good-hearted story about bravery and determination, trust and guilt. The characters are good enough written and… that’s it. Not very much of a plot, they travel around, issues come up and they get to prove themselves a couple of times, but the whole aim is getting home. The reason this book wasn’t worth it for me was that I could see the “big reveal” coming for a long time, and even the goodreads synopsis could spoil you, so be careful if you want to give this book a go. Also the world-building … not even going to get into that. It felt like magic was just involved for the sake of keeping the story light and the solutions simple, you could easily have written the same story with war as the cause of not being able to return. But then it wouldn’t have been so easy for a seventeen year old boy to take the lead, now would it?

I don’t think I’ll read the next book, there’s just too much other better fantasy (and ya) books out there. ( )
  aquapages | Jul 8, 2020 |
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You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Who dies because of a yes or a no.
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(PROLOGUE): A long time ago, in the spring before the five days of the unspeakable, Finnikin of the Rock dreamt he was to sacrifice a pound of flesh to save the royal house of Lumatere.
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Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

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