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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: Evanjalin Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years.
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. 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. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Finnikin of the Rockplease sign up.
Because if it doesn’t, it sounds like my kind of book; and I’m really hoping it is!!! Maris Only a little swearing, but there is some very odd sexual content.
At times the author seems very shy of anything sexual, like an extremely awkward …more Only a little swearing, but there is some very odd sexual content. At times the author seems very shy of anything sexual, like an extremely awkward conversation between a girl and some men about her period.
There is an attempted rape, but I believe the other answer that says “it is not graphic” is very true. At other times, talking of sexual abuse seems to be normal and the characters are unabashed about it. It’s a little weird, but to answer your original question, there is both swearing and sexual content although not graphic and the swearing is rare and much lighter than other books.
Is this a book for adults or teen? It’s got quite a bit of violence, mention of rape, and later books in the …more It’s marketed as YA but is almost as mature as Game of Thrones. It’s got quite a bit of violence, mention of rape, and later books in the series have non-explicit sex scenes. See all 9 questions about Finnikin of the Rock…. Lists with This Book. Many, many, oh so many overwhelmingly positive GR reviews. Dear Finnikin of the Rockwhat happened? You and I were supposed to be enjoying the beginning of a beautiful friendship, walking into the sunset together.
Alas, no walking into the sunset was meant for us. Instead, our date ended with me awkwardly fumbling for keys and muttering, “Well, I’ll call you sometime, I guess”knowing very well that you also acutely felt the absence of that proverbial chemistry, that necessary spark, and that none of us would be reaching for the phone any time soon.
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (1 star ratings)
De Dear Finnikin of the Rockwhat happened? You seemed to have the melia package, after all. What’s not to like, right? But just like in the aforementioned “Friends” episode, the delicious-seeming ingredients just did not produce a mind-blowing final product – to my utmost disappointment and sadness.
Sadness, you hear that? I think my first stumbling point was the puzzling childishness of this story – including the mellna bits and all the ‘dangers’ the characters faced.
Never ever, not even for a moment, was there any sense of danger to our characters. Never ever was there a feeling that they are about to embark on a journey that could be painful and lead to losses. No, nothing like that – even if we are faced with prison mines, a battlefield, a refugee camp plagued by deathly illness.
No, everything was presented in a bright and happy light simply as another adventure at the end of which Finnikin and friends would – of course! My second stumbling block was the characterization of Evanjalin. I think there is a difference between a strong female character who is able to be a tough leader – and a bratty liar who is worshiped, for no apparent reason, by everyone she comes in contact with.
So many things would have been much easier and much less frustrating had Evanjalin at any time decided to just talk to her companions instead of manipulating them into doing what works for her. And what does everyone do after learning about the aforementioned manipulation and lies? If you guessed that they treat her like gold, you’re right.
Because clearly she knows what’s better for everyone, and is qualified to make choices for others. Thirdly, a question – how exactly does the nation of slightly over people develop several ethnic subgroups that are very distinct and apparently almost never intermix, all while living in close proximity?
In a nation where it appears everyone knows each other and each other’s business – and yet they manage to not intermix and lose their very distinct physical characteristics?
It just does not appear possible, and felt quite grating throughout the story. Fourthly, so many storylines and ideas seemed to be introduced just to be dismissed a few pages later.
That could have been a source of quite a bit of a story development – but no, it’s kinda there and then shrugged off. Evanjalin and the priest-king getting sick with the fever? Nevermind, all is behind-the-scenes fine without anything ever coming out of it. Being attacked by a seemingly brutal tribe? Nevermind, we’ll tell them a story and they will instantly become our BFFs!
An upset man whose beloved has a child with another man? Nevermind, it’s all connected to the spirit of the dead child that they had before, so no problemo! Long discussions about being able to ‘walk the sleep’ only during menses or while bleeding for another reason?
Never mind, here’s a small child doing it without precocious puberty or signs of abuse. It was getting a bit ridiculous. Anyway, I was more than willing to overlook the flaws – I do that all the time, in the countless books that I love. But with this one, I just could not. Without you by my side. It was not meant to be, Finnikin. View all 87 comments.
Trying to rate this book has me pulling at my hair. Why is it such a difficult thing? It was fascinating, realistic and definitely well-written. But before I could find it fascinating, realistic and well-written, I had to read around one hundred so-very-slow pages. The real problem is that it took me a long time to see the characters as real people.
Before the hundredth page, they were just lovely, original names on paper, nothing more.
But I eventually did. As the story progresses, we meet more characters who are either important to the plot or are connected somehow to the main ones. These connections make Finnikin, Sir Topher and Evanjalin open up on their pasts, life experiences and fears. But oh so very admirable and beautiful in a way. I commend anyone who has read this book. I can only imagine how much time and effort the author has put in it.
I commend her, too. View all 14 comments. Recommended to Steph by: So much WIN I can hardly stand it! This review will probably be the most unhelpful review you might ever read because nothing I say will do the book justice. I’ll just use this space to ramble and hopefully it makes some sort of coherency. I remember the first time I heard about Melina Marchetta and her special fragrance of awesome she regularly emits whenever she publishes a novel. I had seen review Whew.
But still I resisted the urge to hop on the Marchetta bandwagon for whatever reason. I was the Grinch sitting comfortably on my hill watching all the citizens of Whoville fangirl.
Especially when writing a 1 star review. Finally, my co-blogger, Kat Kennedy flnnikin, shook me fiercely and demanded I get off my ass and head to my local library. Naturally, I did exactly as she said because when the Boss Lady gets bitchy, you don’t ask questions.