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ISBN13: 9780763643614
ISBN10: 0763643610
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2008 Printz Award Winner Melina Marchetta crafts an epic fantasy of ancient magic, exile, feudal intrigue, and romance that rivets from the first page.

Finnikin was only a child during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escaped roam the surrounding lands as exiles, persecuted and despairing, dying by the thousands in fever camps. In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp of manhood, is compelled to join forces with an arrogant and enigmatic young novice named Evanjalin, who claims that her dark dreams will lead the exiles to a surviving royal child and a way to pierce the cursed barrier and regain the land of Lumatere. But Evanjalin’s unpredictable behavior suggests that she is not what she seems — and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her, but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.

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"In her first fantasy work, Printz Award — winner Marchetta (Jellicoe Road) spins a sprawling yet intimate tale about a doomed kingdom and its struggle for reclamation. Years ago, Lumatere's royal family was brutally murdered, an imposter king placed on the throne, and a curse levied on the land, forever locking it away from the rest of the land of Skuldenore, with many of its inhabitants cast out to the winds. Finnikin has spent the decade after Lumatere's fall traveling, collecting stories of his scattered people and trying to ease their plight. Then he and his mentor are called to safeguard Evanjalin, an enigmatic young woman who claims to know the location of Lumatere's long-missing heir, who can break the curse and bring the exiles home. As Finnikin and Evanjalin seek to reunite Lumatere's far-flung people and restore their land, they face betrayals, horrors, and ethical crises. Magic, romance, intrigue, and adventure all play their parts as this dense, intricate epic unfolds, and flawed, memorable heroes fight for their kingdom's redemption. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In a bold departure, Printz Medalist Marchetta ("Jellicoe Road") crafts an epic fantasy of ancient magic, exile, feudal intrigue, and romance. [A] ripping fantastical adventure. In a word: marvelous.--"Herald Sun."

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Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed and award-winning author of JELLICOE ROAD, the Michael L. Printz Award winner, SAVING FRANCESCA, 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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sonofrich, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by sonofrich)
Best teen book I've read in ages. A fantasy book for non-fantasy fans. A fantasy book more steeped in real world concerns about refugees and displacement than any non-fiction book I've read. A fantasy book with two main characters whose motivations seem real, complicated and believable. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a good story or good characters.
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jmmx2, June 19, 2010 (view all comments by jmmx2)
I was recommended this book and I was not disappointed. The complexity of the characters is way beyond what you typically find in fantasy. Here I have taken it as a lesson in writing.

Also, the author creates a particularly complex world with many different peoples, each with their customs, characters, and gods. Very well done.

If there is a weakness, I would say this: while she tells a great story, she is not a great story-teller. - But then, very very few are. Let me explain. The story is very very good, and engaging. The language, however, was not above average. For example, take the opening to The Hobbit:

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that meant comfort."

WOW! there is story-telling, there is the use of language! Rhythm and alliteration and sound magnify the meaning. Read it aloud to hear this.

Marchetta's story is engaging, the characters draw you in, but the language is unexceptional. In Great fiction, the language itself draws you in, enchants you, almost mesmerizes you. This is of course rare.

To really see the kind of story telling to which I refer - watch the move "The Secret of Roan Innish" (John Sayles) Watch yourself as you are brawn in by the magic of their language. This is what I mean.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763643614
Author:
Marchetta, Melina
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
fantasy;young adult;fiction;ya;romance;war;magic;quest;refugees;adventure;family;exile;survival;love;politics;teen;coming of age;royalty;death;curses
Subject:
fantasy;young adult;fiction;ya;romance;war;magic;quest;adventure;refugees;family;exile;politics;royalty;love;survival;teen;curses;coming of age;ya fantasy;death
Series:
The Lumatere Chronicles
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.22x6.58x1.25 in. 1.50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 416 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763643614 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her first fantasy work, Printz Award — winner Marchetta (Jellicoe Road) spins a sprawling yet intimate tale about a doomed kingdom and its struggle for reclamation. Years ago, Lumatere's royal family was brutally murdered, an imposter king placed on the throne, and a curse levied on the land, forever locking it away from the rest of the land of Skuldenore, with many of its inhabitants cast out to the winds. Finnikin has spent the decade after Lumatere's fall traveling, collecting stories of his scattered people and trying to ease their plight. Then he and his mentor are called to safeguard Evanjalin, an enigmatic young woman who claims to know the location of Lumatere's long-missing heir, who can break the curse and bring the exiles home. As Finnikin and Evanjalin seek to reunite Lumatere's far-flung people and restore their land, they face betrayals, horrors, and ethical crises. Magic, romance, intrigue, and adventure all play their parts as this dense, intricate epic unfolds, and flawed, memorable heroes fight for their kingdom's redemption. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In a bold departure, Printz Medalist Marchetta ("Jellicoe Road") crafts an epic fantasy of ancient magic, exile, feudal intrigue, and romance. [A] ripping fantastical adventure. In a word: marvelous.--"Herald Sun."
"Synopsis" by , Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed and award-winning author of JELLICOE ROAD, the Michael L. Printz Award winner, SAVING FRANCESCA, 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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