FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: 29th September 2008
Review Format: Hardcover
Goodsreads Synopsis: At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere.
But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the kind and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An imposter seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere's walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.
Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock - to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive. This arrogant young woman claims she'll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Instead, her leadership points them perilously close to home. Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united? Evanjalin 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.
My thoughts: I was so excited to start this book. It had been highly recommended and sounded fabulous. When I eventually gave in and ordered it (could only get the hardcover version from Amazon UK) I squealed with delight when it arrived and couldn't wait to dig in. The book cover is just amazingly gorgeous too.
The writing style of Finnikin reminded me very much of Lord of the Rings and I have to be honest here, I didn't like Lord of the Rings because of the style of writing and, you've guessed it, I wasn't all that keen on Finnikin either. I found myself 'getting lost' in their world, litterally. I couldn't 'see' the story unfold in my head or envisage the characters and found myself just concentrating hard on trying to follow the words without taking it in. I actually feel kind of guilty for not enjoying it.
I always struggle with books in this style, but if you are one of the millions who adore Lord of the Rings then you'll probably love this book too so do give it a try. After all, life would be boring if we all loved the same books, wouldn't it?
My rating: 2 stars