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Book 3 of 3 in the Lumatere Chronicles Series

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Gr 9 Up-This final book in the beautifully complex and sophisticated trilogy picks up right where Froi of the Exiles (Candlewick, 2012) ended. Quintana is hiding from those who want to kill her and steal her unborn child, the heir to the kingdom of Charyn. Froi, wounded but recovering, is desperately searching for her as armies converge to battle over her right to exist. Political misunderstandings and shifting alliances have given rise to distrust between provinces that should be allies. Amid the horrors of battle, there are also moments of humor in not found in the earlier titles, mostly related to child rearing and the idiocy of men, in the women's opinion. It also "looks at the side of wonder as opposed to the disastrous" to paraphrase a favorite saying of some of the characters. Marchetta gives intriguing secondary characters such as Perri, Lucian, Tesadora, and Phaedra their rightful due as she fills in their backstories. But it is the fates of the main players-Quintana, Froi, Isaboe, and Finnikin-with all of their strengths and weaknesses that readers will find so deeply satisfying. Like the other books, this one begs to be read slowly and savored for its carefully crafted plotting, lyrical language, and fully fleshed-out characters.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trentonα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* With previous installments of her mesmerizing Lumatere Chronicles, Marchetta allowed readers the satisfaction of piecing together parts of the puzzle that is the saga of the lands and peoples of Skuldenore, but the entire picture remained tantalizingly incomplete. Now, with this brilliant final volume, the remaining pieces snap perfectly into place. Froi sets out to find and protect pregnant Quintana, his strange and savage love; raise an army against the usurper; and prevent war. As in the previous volumes, the narrative is complex, alternating between Froi’s journey and the concurrent events in Lumatere, but here the plot is more straightforward, while the previous volumes’ excellent features—world building, plotting, and characterization—continue to shine. Marchetta builds on the reader’s knowledge of this world, adding rich sensory details to help create the vivid setting. She skillfully expands our understanding of the large cast of characters, most from the earlier books, through her masterful depictions of relationships. Of special interest is the portrayal of the often unlikable Quintana, whose very existence is the catalyst that offers the promise of peace and hope. As Froi gains understanding of the disparate pieces that make up Quintana, readers put together the intricately plotted pieces that make this vivid and wholly satisfying story complete. A standout fantasy series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The multiple copies that you order now may not be enough to satisfy Marchetta’s legions of fans, who have been buzzing about this trilogy’s conclusion for months. Grades 9-12. --Lynn Rutan

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Product Details

  • Series: The Lumatere Chronicles (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763658359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763658359
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alpha Reader on September 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This review contains SPOILERS of all other books in the 'Lumatere Chronicles'

`Quintana of Charyn' is the much-anticipated third and final novel in Melina Marchetta's `Lumatere Chronicles.'

I didn't want to read this book, because I didn't want to have it all come to an end. Melina Marchetta has taken readers on an epic and perilous journey that began with the assassination of a royal family, a Kingdom's curse and ten years of exile that separated families, and destroyed lives. She has written tangled webs and fractured hearts, and the types of classic, grandiose love stories that can only be found in fantasy. I've loved every page of `The Lumatere Chronicles', and though I was sad to read its end with `Quintana of Charyn', I found there was a lot to love in this goodbye. But, then again, maybe I shouldn't look at this as `the end'. A large focus of `Quintana' is hope; hope and family and how those two are sometimes irrevocably linked. So maybe it's more accurate to say that `Quintana' isn't about the destination, but the journey. You have to go there to come back, so to speak. Through the uncertainty of `Finnikin' and the darkness of `Froi', you had to go there to get to this point. To this book that's brimming with hope and family - maybe it's more like a homecoming than an ending?

`Quintana of Charyn' picks up where `Froi of the Exiles' left off, give or take a few weeks during Froi's recovery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Snyder on January 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall Series Rating = 4.75
Quintana of Charyn = 4.5

I will not be able to do justice how much I loved this series, it is impossible. Not all of it is happy and the feelings I felt throughout the series ranged the whole spectrum of emotions. I laughed, cried, got angry, hoped beyond belief and could not set the story down for anything else. If you are a fan of fantasy at all it is a must read.

- “It is what a man does for strangers that counts more than what he does for his family.”

It is a beautiful thing when an author takes their story to completion and ties everything together. Not every author seems to be able to do that, some lose their message along the way and never recapture it but Melina Marchette was able to tell the story of two lands, both cursed and the boy that unites them. If there is a message within the story I think that it is this:

- “And through all the misery, she said that some of us in this lifetime experience a moment of beauty beyond reckoning. I asked her what that was, and she said, "If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll know it when you see it. You'll understand why the gods have made you suffer. Because that moment's reward will make your knees weak and everything you've suffered in life will pale in comparison.”

Our heroes have been through so much suffering in this tale: A Princess forced to suffer the stigma of being a whore so that the other last born girls of her land would not be touched. Twin brothers separated by a deception and forced to bare the punishment meant for the other. Lovers torn apart for almost two decades and parents separated from their child for nearly as long.
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When a reader is compelled to keep turning the pages even when it’s way past the time you meant to sleep, you know that a book is good. If a book manages to make you weep with sorrow, seethe with anger, yell in frustration, chuckle with amusement and smile with joy, then you know it’s a great book. And, you may ask, what if a book manages to do both these things at once? Then, in my opinion, it’s a phenomenal read.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started Quintana of Charyn, but I definitely finished it feeling like a hollow place in my heart had finally been filled. This book is the last of The Lumatere Chronicles and Marchetta could not have chosen a more striking, more perfect, more right way to end this saga. Each character meets their appointed fate, each story is wrapped up, each revelation is finally brought into the open – and I completely loved it.

Once again, readers are greeted by the extensive set of characters that we’ve met in the previous novels. Chief among the characters we follow are Isaboe and Finnikin, Froi and Quintana and Lucian and Phaedra. Each individual in the group I’ve mentioned has their own part in this thrilling conclusion and they’re each given a surprisingly satisfying amount of time on the page.

While there were certainly moments where I was frustrated or annoyed, in the end, I could not help but love them all. Their actions were born out of love and fear, hope and desperation, and I cannot fault them for the choices they made that I didn’t particularly like. Marchetta’s strength when it comes to her characters is her ability to not just show them in black-or-white; she chooses instead to show them in black, white and all the shades of grey in between.
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