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Finnikin of the RockFinnikin 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 despa. Dear Finnikin of the Rock what happened You and I were supposed to be enjoying the beginning of a beautiful friendship walking into the sunset togetherAlas no walking into the sunset was meant for us Instead our date ended with me awkwardly fumbling for keys and muttering Well I'll call you sometime I guess knowing very well that you also acutely felt the absence of that proverbial chemistry that necessary spark and that none of us would be reaching for the phone any time soon Dear Finnikin of the Rock you do understand why I thought it was going to work out right You seemed to have the whole package after all 1 A medieval ish fantasy setting with strong emphasis on the modern day values of tolerance and political correctness judge me all you want but I believe in getting rid of any 'authenticity' when it comes to misogyny and other forms of intolerance in my pleasure reads 2 A strong willed female protagonist who is NEVER in any need of rescuing 3 Melina Marchetta's prose which I have praised before on several occasions What's not to like right Right Right But just like in the aforementioned Friends episode the delicious seeming ingredients just did not produce a mind blowing final product to my utmost disappointment and sadness Sadness you hear that Because I wanted it to work out between me and this book I mean Catie liked it and she's my go to person for good books so what's wrong with meI think my first stumbling point was the puzzling childishness of this story including the 'epic' bits and all the 'dangers' the characters faced Never ever not even for a moment was there any sense of danger to our characters Never ever was there a feeling that they are about to embark on a journey that could be painful and lead to losses No nothing like that even if we are faced with prison mines a battlefield a refugee camp plagued by deathly illness No everything was presented in a bright and happy light simply as another adventure at the end of which Finnikin and friends would of course come out victorious with no lasting conseuences physically and mentally with Finnikin perpetually acting like a lovable brat and inevitably earning some appreciation from one or father figures YeahMy second stumbling block was the characterization of Evanjalin I think there is a difference between a strong female character who is able to be a tough leader and a bratty liar who is worshiped for no apparent reason by everyone she comes in contact with So many things would have been much easier and much less frustrating had Evanjalin at any time decided to just talk to her companions instead of manipulating them into doing what works for herAnd what does everyone do after learning about the aforementioned manipulation and lies If you guessed that they treat her like gold you're right Because clearly she knows what's better for everyone and is ualified to make choices for othersThirdly a uestion how exactly does the nation of slightly over 6000 people develop several ethnic subgroups that are very distinct and apparently almost never intermix all while living in close proximity In a nation where it appears everyone knows each other and each other's business and yet they manage to not intermix and lose their very distinct physical characteristics It just does not appear possible and felt uite grating throughout the storyFourthly so many storylines and ideas seemed to be introduced just to be dismissed a few pages later view spoiler Froi attempting to rape Evanjalin That could have been a source of uite a bit of a story development but no it's kinda there and then shrugged off Evanjalin and the priest king getting sick with the fever Nevermind all is behind the scenes fine without anything ever coming out of it Being attacked by a seemingly brutal tribe Nevermind we'll tell them a story and they will instantly become our BFFs An upset man whose beloved has a child with another man Nevermind it's all connected to the spirit of the dead child that they had before so no problemo Long discussions about being able to 'walk the sleep' only during menses or while bleeding for another reason Never mind here's a small child doing it without precocious puberty or signs of abuse hide spoiler

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Iving 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 desti. Yeah thank you very much Melina Marchetta for the biggest lump in my throat for hours on end reading this People say the word 'slow burn' This wasn't particularly slow but by god it BURNED It burned badI was not prepared for the overwhelming emotions I'd feel for the characters this Kingdom Despite glowing reviews from many trusted gr friends somehow I still underestimated the effect this book would have on me Maybe it had to do with the fact I'd never read anything by her before but either way I was floored So much courage so much love Such hope and unity Lumaterans were scattered They were destitute They were exiles Yet there was always this sense of togetherness belongingnessAnd gosh it was fucking magicalI needed to conciously holding back my tears when view spoilerFroi relay Evanjalin's supposed last wish to Finnikin hide spoiler

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READ & DOWNLOAD ë Finnikin of the Rock ☆ 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 dyiIring dying by the thousands in fever camps In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm Finnikin now on the cusp on 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 surv. I think this is the point where Marchetta and I go our separate ways I read Saving Francesca and didn't enjoy it and thought maybe it was just my aversion to realisticcontemporary fiction that was keeping me from riding the Marchetta love train After this second attempt I think she's just not for me There isn't one thing I can point out that makes me say this is why I don't like her books but there are numerous problems I can draw attention toMy biggest gripe is that the plot hinges on assumptions made by numerous characters What I mean by this is if Evanjalin had revealed her secret early on then a lot of the problems that cropped up wouldn't have manifested Although Marchetta does address this by having one of the characters point out to Finnikin that if he knew the truth then he wouldn’t have made the right choices So we have assumptions on top of assumptions now Evanjalin constantly keeps secrets from them both big and small ones She puts everyone on a need to know basis and makes their journey harder by doing so I can’t even count how many times I wanted to shake her and tell her just to be straight with them It was beyond frustratingAnd THEN when her secret is revealed everyone treats Evanjalin like she’s a saint and did no wrong doing; suddenly she's up on this pedestal and can't be touched This felt so manufactured and inorganic Everyone acts differently and practically out of character from how they were just a few chapters ago I can understand some of this to a point but the complete 180 everyone did just didn't sit well with me Surprisingly Finnikin was the only one who still acted marginally the sameEvanjalin manipulates everyone and everything around her without any regret She is largely of the mind that the ends justify the means and does whatever the hell she wants Evanjalin knows best and everyone else can just suck it I understand she went through than any person should have to endure but her actions and her attitude throughout the book did not endear me to her I liked Finnikin until he decided that he was in love with Evanjalin; which was yet another thing that didn’t occur naturally Evanjalin lies manipulates and somewhat betrays everyone in her traveling party even Finnikin and everyone just accepts this and falls in love with her It's so mind boggling Then we have Froi I will never get over what he did and I honestly don't understand why Marchetta had his character do what he did because it didn't fit with the image she created of him for the rest of the book You want me to like him Well don’t make him view spoilerattempt to rape the main character hide spoiler