Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Spoiler Free Series Review of The Lumatere Chronicle by Melina Marchetta
Book 1; Finnikin of the Rock
Book 2: Froi of the Exiles
Book 3: Quintana of Charyn
Goodreads Description of book 1, Finnikin of the Rock:
Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.
Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.
But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin's faith in her . . . but in himself.
The Lumatere Chronicles is a new all time favourite high fantasy trilogy of mine. It is a fantastic series. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Something to know before picking up one of the books- This is not a companion series; I've heard people say each book focuses on a different character which is true but the story line from book one continues on on the second and third book.
The Lumatere Chronicles has a huge cast of characters. In the beginning it gets confusing but you gradually get to know them all and grow to love them so much. The side characters are fleshed out just as much as the main cast which I really appreciated.
What's great about having such a big cast of characters is that all their seperate stories cross paths. Marchetta expertly weaves all the storylines so that everything connects really nicely. It is so cool seeing the different plots come together.
The plot (of all three books) is so well paced. There is lots of adventure with twists and turns everywhere. A lot of the story focuses on journeys through the different lands which means there is lots of world building. We get to go to lots of different places and learn about their cultures and politics.
The first book does have a satisfying ending so you can stop reading after that one unless you want to know more about the side characters. The last book in the trilogy has a really great ending too. Everything is wrapped up really nicely.
I highly recommend The Lumatere Chronicles. It's classed as YA but it does have some adult content/themes. If you are only getting into YA high fantasy I don't think this series is for you. It's not heavy on the magic but is hard to get into if you're not used to reading HF with big worlds and huge casts of characters.
My ratings: I gave all three books 4.5 out of 5 stars
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