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Marchetta again demonstrates her fearlessness in exposing humanity at its ugliest, but also at its noblest, as her damaged characters struggle to rebuild their lives. The precipice on which Marchetta leaves readers will have them aching—but also terrified—to discover what comes next.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In this impressive companion to FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, the focalization shifts from Finn to Froi (perhaps the most intriguing member of the first book’s superb supporting cast), enabling Marchetta to explore the political machinations working beyond Lumatere and to examine human interactions... Where Finnikin was about the reclamation of something lost, Froi’s story is about the building of something new in the wake of physical and sexual trauma at both an individual and societal level. Fans of the first book are no doubt expecting to be challenged by its sequel, and they will not be disappointed by this thrilling, romantic, and utterly unforgettable tale.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Marchetta's close attention to detail slows the pace initially, as she lays out the boundaries and topography of her imagined world. But dedicated readers will be richly rewarded, as soon enough the tale is transformed into a lush tapestry in which each stitch is a nugget of history and each splash of color a rounded character that engages readers' emotions. The expertly crafted ending is designed to leave fans old and new waiting with keen anticipation for the next entry... Expect significant attention for this highbrow, high-fantasy sequel.
—Booklist (starred review)
This intricately plotted novel has richly drawn and well-developed characters. This is Marchetta’s strength. She is truly a master of formal, stylized high fantasy. . . The characters and their conflicts, particularly Quintana—one of the most fascinating characters in the fantasy genre—will keep readers glued to this absorbing sequel. Recommend this book to fans of fantasy authors Christopher Paolini or Megan Whalen Turner.
Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed and award-winning author of Jellicoe Road, which won the Michael L. Printz Award; Saving Francesca, and its companion novel, The Piper's Son; and Looking for Alibrandi. She lives in Australia, where Finnikin of the Rock, her first fantasy novel, won an Aurealis Award.
One of the few trilogies which is well constructed. The first - Finnikin - really builds the framework for this and the plot becomes intense in this second novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. C. Clark
I absolutely loved Finnikin of the Rock when I read it last year but I have to admit I was nervous when I realised that Froi was the main character of the sequel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
Don't you love it when the second book in a series you've started is even better than the first one? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
Great follow-up to Finnikin of the Rocks. Great characters and adventures.Published 5 months ago by jan
Words. You defy me words. I can’t even. Between that end, the fact that I loved it, and the fact that I actually read a 600 page book I’m word less. Where do I begin?? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andi (Andi's ABCs)
I wish I could give this one 3 1/2 stars. I find myself baffled by this author - because she really is an excellent writer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by carrie_anng