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Quintana of Charyn

This is a review of “Quintana of Charyn” by Melina Marchetta. It is the third and final book in The Lumatere Chronicles. It follows on from “Froi of the Exiles”.

If you read “Froi of the Exiles“, you were probably like: OMG what happens next?! I must know!!

CAUTION: Spoilers ahead. This may ruin the ending of “Froi of the Exiles” for you if you are yet to read it.

Quintana has found refuge. In the valley that borders Charyn and Lumatere. Phaedra of Alonso has faked her own death of plague to ensure that the pregnant Quintana remains safe and out of sight. Her heart aches for Lucian, but what is she to do? The future of Charyn and the life of their future King is at stake.

Isaboe wakes in Lumatere shouting out “Froi”. Finnikin is none too impressed by this. His wife has woken with another man’s name on her lips. When a mission to Charyn comes up he is keen to undertake it to get away from Isaboe. And perhaps he just may find Froi and take out his anger on him. Finnikin leaves in a fury, Isaboe is no less furious. They exchange very loud and angry words on his departure. Oh and that mission? It’s to kill Gargarin. A letter has been intercepted and Gargarin refers to Lumatere as a threat to be eliminated. Oh, and he may be responsible for advising the King of Charyn to invade Lumatere with the imposter King all those years ago…

Froi wakes after dreaming of Quintana. He is in the care of Arjuro, who has stitched him back together. Froi can’t believe that he lost Quinana, and wants to find her as soon as possible. But he needs to rest to recover from his injuries. His hair has had to be cropped to attend to a head wound, and when it is bare, it is revealed that Froi has been marked just like Quintana. His markings are the same but different. What does it mean?

Lucian is still mourning his Phaedra. He deeply regrets never telling her of his love for her. Beatriss is in the mountains visiting Tesadora. They wake him to tell him the gut wrenching news that Vestie has gone missing. They search the mountains but she is nowhere to be found, so they head down to the valley. Where they find Vestie. In the company of Quintana no less.

Can Quintana and Froi be reunited? How long will they be able to be together? Can Gargarin be saved from his death at the hands of Lumaterans? Will Phaedra have to remain ‘dead’ forever? Will the little King of Charyn be born safely? And can his birth reunite Charyn?

I loved this book. It was full of joy, comedy and wonder as well as sadness, sorrow and pain. I am sad this series is over, but I am glad it finished well. I think I will be reading more Marchetta in the future.

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Froi of the Exiles

This is a review of “Froi of the Exiles” by Melina Marchetta. It is the second book in The Lumatere Chronicles. It follows on from “Finnikin of the Rock“.

Froi has grown up. He excels in his combat training, and he’s become very adept at speaking foreign languages. He’s devoted to Queen Isaboe and her royal consort Finnikin, but he knows in his heart that he is loyal to them as individuals and friends, he’s not necessarily willing to die for the Kingdom of Lumatere. He lives by a bond made to Isaboe. He’s careful not to forget it. He’s afraid without the bond, he’d be debased and cruel. Much worse than the dirty, foul mouthed street urchin he was before Isaboe and Finn came along.

Isaboe has many duties as Queen. She’s rebuilding her own kingdom and meeting with the leaders of surrounding ones to ensure the safety of their future. She will never allow a repeat of the past to occur. She’s got her husband Finnikin and their daughter Jasmina, her cousin Lucian, Trevanion and his guard, Froi, and Beatriss, Yata and Tesadora. Everything seems to be progressing nicely.

Trevanion and Beatriss still have not gotten back to how they were. Truth be told, it’s probably impossible. But they so badly want one another. But Trevanion does not want to speak of the past, Beatriss thinks they really need to. Beatriss cannot get her village functioning again either. The ground just will not yield anything, no matter how many times it is plowed. Beatriss does not want to leave. But how can she stay?

Lucian of the Monts is finding it hard to rule his people. He misses his father very much, and doubts that he can ever fill his shoes. He’s entered into a marriage with a Charynite woman from across the border, honouring an agreement made by his father with her father. But his bride is useless. She’s constantly flinching away and crying, he sends her back. But she remains just across the border, in the valley just below the mountain of the Monts, claiming that her father will not have her back. A group of Charynite refugees have begun camping in the valley near the Monts. But Queen Isaboe will not grant them refuge in Lumatere. She cannot forget the part played by Charyn in the slaughter of her family and the invasion of the imposter King.

But the Charynites remain in the valley. And soon more join them. And with them they bring a plan. To bring down Charyn, and dispose of its twisted King. They need an assassin, and who better than Froi? A former exile who can speak like a Charynite, and who can kill with ease? So Froi travels to Charyn, and enters a world vastly different from that of Lumatere. A world without children, a world that speaks to him, and sings to his blood.

I really loved this book. I could not put it down. It was great to see so much page time devoted to Froi, who first intrigues us in “Finnikin of the Rock“. Quintana (Princess of Charyn) is wonderful. You can pity her, love her and dislike her all at once. I loved this story of Charyn. I am very glad that I do not have to wait for “Quintana of Charyn” after the way this book ended though!

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Finnikin of the Rock

This is a review of “Finnikin of the Rock” by Melina Marchetta. It is the first book in The Lumatere Chronicles.

When Finnikin was nine, life as he knew it turned upside down. The royal family of Lumatere was murdered and the People of the Forest slaughtered. Finnikin’s father Trevanion, Captain of the King’s Guard, was jailed for treason, his wife Beatriss executed. Seranonna of the Forest People proclaimed a dark curse as she was burned at the stake, and the people of Lumatere were trapped inside the kingdom, those who were outside were exiled. A tempest that cannot be breached surrounded (and still does) the kingdoms borders.

Ten years later, and Finnikin and his guardian, King’s First Man, Sir Topher, have not returned home. They travel the foreign kingdoms, searching for fellow exiles and a place where they can begin to rebuild, a place to call home. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a novice who claims that the heir to throne of Lumatere is alive. Finnikin is suspicious, but cannot help but hope that his best friend from childhood, Prince Balthazar, is alive…

They begin the journey back to Lumatere, gathering fellow travellers along the way, including a nameless Lumateran exile they call Froi, and some fearless warriors.

Can they locate the heir to the throne of Lumatere? Will they find their loved ones? What of those trapped inside the isolated kingdom? And how will they breach the tempest when the time comes to return home?

I really enjoyed this book. It is a great addition to Australian Fantasy. It took a little while for me to really get into it, as I was coming out of reading another series, and the names and spelling of those names struck me as very stereotypical of the fantasy genre. But the story did grab me right from the get go, and never once did I want to put the book down and give it up. I am looking forward to reading the next novel in this series.

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