From internationally best-selling and award-winning author Melina Marchetta comes The Lumatere Chronicles, her dazzling epic fantasy series. Finnikin has not been home to his beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was brutally murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then he is summoned to meet Evanjalin, an enigmatic young woman who claims the heir to the throne still lives. She is determined to return home and Finnikin is affected by her arrogance. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again.
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See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. Despite the horrific nature of the treason and ensuing wars, the power and redemption of hope is a strong theme. Compassion and forgiveness are also powerful themes.
Compassion is shown to those wounded by violence and some royalty even forgive those raised to hate according to nationalism or religion. The spiritual damage done by war and hate are discussed in ethical ways that do not disregard human nature but also do not diminish it or excuse it.
Set against a bleak, war-weary dystopia, the leading characters awaken from a decade of despair with a resilient power that inspires. Finnikin and his childhood friends honor their friendships, their people and those around them as equals, whether the same religion or culture or not.
Loving marriages are also depicted, with soldiers being faithful to spouses that have been kept from them for a decade. The king's wife and daughters are raped and slaughtered; soldiers control the people by raping women and children descriptions are somewhat graphic without being explicit ; religious persecution includes burning at the stake; and graphic battle scenes.
The effects of this violence are also well depicted, both long-term and short-term. Finnikin spends the night with a prostitute; references to a king and his queen making love and being overheard; Finnikin an Evanjalin kiss. Parents need to know that this epic fantasy has mature themes and depictions of violence in a war-torn dystopia that make it better for more mature teen fantasy readers. And the complexity of the fantastic story -- multiple kingdoms, politics, a large cast of characters -- will turn away less experienced readers, as well.
Despite the undercurrent of darkness, with killings, wartime rapes somewhat graphic without being explicit , burnings at the stake, and graphic battle scenes, the compassion and strength of the young main characters shine through, as do themes of hope, redemption, and forgiveness. Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now. Add your rating See all 2 parent reviews.
Add your rating See all 2 kid reviews. At the age of 9, Finnikin has a prophetic dream that leads him to make a pledge with his two best friends; one of them a prince, the other the prince's cousin. Then the entire royal family is brutally slaughtered by a new king who also burns those who worship a different goddess, eliciting a curse that raises a wall and imprisons the new king and those left behind in Lumatere, and plunges the other half into refugee camps and despair.
At 19, Finnikin is still searching for a new homeland for those exiles. Led to a young mystic called Evanjalin, she convinces Finn and his mentor that the true heir of Lumatere still lives.
Their quest to restore the rightful heir and thus defeat the curse separating them from their homeland leads to unexpected reunions and many dangerous battles for Finn as they raise troops. Evanjalin is a Joan of Arc-type heroine whose lies are as troubling as her powers, and as Finn falls in love with her he finds himself forced to choose between the country he fled and his own future.
Political intrigue, epic adventures, and characters who sometimes struggle to do the right thing but who long to live up to their ideals and those of their families are brilliantly realised. Marchetta eloquently articulates the damage caused by violence to those who experience it, and the necessity of recognizing and repairing that damage with compassion and hope. Mystery, young love, great family relationships, unusual cultures, and compelling characters combine to create an epic that will be read repeatedly by fantasy lovers and will hook other readers with its interplay of darkness and light.
Rich and complicated, with humor, wisdom, and surprising plot turns, this story also raises provocative moral issues, just as the best epic fantasies have always done. Families can talk about what drives Finnikin and his mentor to travel the world for 10 years. What keeps them from giving up the search for a new homeland for the other exiles?
What inspired the pledge that Finnikin made with his two best friends at the age of 9? What inspired their culture to raise their children to hold such devotion to their country? Was it religion? Or cultural values?
What were those values? As Finnikin and Evanjalin travel back to Lumatere they are reunited with many loved ones. Which revelation was the most surprising? Evanjalin has hidden many things about herself. What was the source of her strength, do you think? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. See how we rate. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase.
Thank you for your support. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality. Learn how we rate. Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work! Finnikin of the Rock. Riveting epic, but too complex, violent for younger teens. Melina Marchetta Fantasy Rate book. Read or buy. Based on 2 reviews. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization.
Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book. Educational Value. Positive Messages. Some references to drinking mead and drunkeness. Set limits for violence and more with Plus. What parents need to know Parents need to know that this epic fantasy has mature themes and depictions of violence in a war-torn dystopia that make it better for more mature teen fantasy readers.
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Parent of a 13 and year-old Written by stuhlly January 9, Slow and hard to understand at first. But very good!! Good book! Evanjalin is a strong minded and a very Continue reading. Teen, 13 years old Written by bookworm29 July 4, At the beginning, there is little What's the story? Continue reading Show less. Is it any good? Talk to your kids about For kids who love fantasy.
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Finnikin of the Rock
Finnikin's mother Bartolina died in childbirth, and therefore he was raised by his father Trevanion who was the Captain of the King's Guard. When his father was training, Finnikin was looked after in the Rock Village by his Aunt Celestina, his mother's aunt. Finnikin spent most of his childhood playing with Prince Balthazar and the Prince's cousin, Lucian of the Monts. The three of them used to make pledges and enjoyed playing games - especially the one to capture the legendary silver wolf. Princess Isaboe, Balthazar's younger sister and Lady Celie of the Flatlands, were often part of their games.
The Lumatere Chronicles
Finnikin of the Rock is a young adult fantasy novel by Melina Marchetta. But when he is told that the heir to the throne is still alive they must follow a young woman, Evanjalin, in order to reach the prince. Finnikin of the Rock was first published in Australia on 29 September by Viking Press in trade paperback format. Later, they travel to a town in Sarnak. Finnikin and Evanjalin go to the market to buy food.