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Froi of the Exiles: The Lumatere Chronicles Hardcover – March 13, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Lumatere Chronicles Series

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Editorial Reviews


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.

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Lumatere Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763647594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763647599
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Regina on March 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Froi of the Exiles is 593 pages and despite the length, I read it in just a few days. Covert reading at work, at home behind my family's back and late through the night helped me finish this in just a few days. Really, I had no choice, the book consumed me; it compelled me to keep going and keep turning those pages (or clicking "next" on my kindle). My reading experience was akin to hanging off of a cliff and having no idea if rescue was coming or if the ground below me was close.

What is it about Melina Marchetta? How does she continuously create the magical and emotional reading experience that I go through when I read her books? Why is this book so special? Jellicoe Road by Marchetta, is one of my favorite reads of 2011. Froi of the Exiles is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2012. However, disclosure - I was not a fan of Finnikin on the Rock. I listened to the audio of that book and was bored during most of it. While I liked the characters Marchetta created in Finnikin, the book did not grab me at all and only the high reviews for Froi of the Exiles made me want to continue. I am so glad I continued; reading Froi of the Exiles was one of the most powerful reading experiences I have had so far this year. Having read these three books by Marchetta, it seems obvious that she is incredibly gifted in writing stories and imagining worlds to write about but, I have noticed in each of these three books she makes use of certain plot devices to unfold her stories and create tension. A main device Marchetta employs - - and did so effectively in both Jellicoe Roadand Froi of the Exiles - is the keeping of secrets and leaving characters floundering in the unknown.
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Best Book Ever! O.K. that might be a little too much praise, but I just finished this breathtaking work of art and I LOVED it and feel the praise is worthy at this moment.

I can honestly say I am in awe of Melina Marchetta's ability to weave this epic tale so descriptively, intelligently and romantically. Just like Isaboe and Froi, Melina must follow the song in her heart to reveal such a compelling and beautiful story of love, heartache, loyalty and purpose. I am amazed at the profound truths she weaves in this story and her ability to tell it so well. This is one of the best epic tales ever and I highly recommend it as well as its predecessor, Finniken of the Rock!

While Finniken of the Rock was about the budding love of Finniken and Isaboe and the breaking of the Lumateran curse so that they could reunite with thier kin, Froi of the Exiles was about the complicated relationship between Froi and Quintana and the absolution of the curse of the Charyn (the people who had terrorized the Lumatere in the days of the unspeakable). Quintana is the bastard daughter of the king and the Oracle queen before she was murdered. Quintana is one of the last born of Charyn and prophesied to end their curse of barrenness. Froi is sent to Charyn as a last born imposter, to kill the hated King who was responsible for Lunatere's imprisonment and also to kill Quintana. But so much more happens to Froi while he is in Charyn, the least of which is the land singing him home and realizing that he has found out who and what he is.

I cannot stress enough how remarkable I found this story and how in love I am with all of Marchetta's wonderful characters, but most especially Froi. He was fierce, loyal, brave, honorable, hot tempered and self controlled all together.
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Sometimes I ask myself what the secret formula is to writing a great fantasy novel and I think of all of the ones I love the most and for me it is the layers. The best stories have overlapping layers to the characters, plots, arcs, histories and worlds. Melina Marchetta is a weaver of those layers until there is a seamless work of art.

I was afraid that we would leave Finnikin and Isaboe behind on this new journey with Froi but I was happily surprised that the characters I loved from the first book are all over in this one as well. We join them three years after Finnikin of the rock where we see that Isaboe and Finnikin have been busy indeed. Presented with a great opportunity to get revenge against the King of Charyn, Froi is sent to the palace to assassinate him. But Froi is not who he thinks he is and the princess is not at all what he expected. That is when it all gets confusing. Should he follow the orders of his bond to Lumatere and the Queen, is he the one destined to break the curse that has been placed on all of Charyn or is there another purpose for him still?

”In a kinder world,” he whispered, “one I promise you I’ve seen, men and women flirt and dance and love with only the fear of what it would mean without the other in their lives.”

I think the greatest gift that Isaboe and Finnikin gave Froi is that they showed him that kinder world so that he could see the potential for good in people. When first meeting Quintana it seems that she is start raving mad, but she is a survivor and somehow she calls to him in a way he never expected. I loved their half crazed talk and how Quintana saw the world. Her story is completely tragic and broke my heart a little.
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