Finnikin of the Rock
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles)
Finnikin of the Rock
Melina Marchetta
2008 Printz Award Winner Melina Marchetta crafts an epic fantasy of ancient magic, exile, feudal intrigue, and romance that rivets from the first page. (Age 14 and up)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, dying by the thousands in fever camps. In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp of 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 surviving 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 destiny.

Book Details


  • Fantasy
  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Finnikin of the Rock (by Melina Marchetta)

This book was on my to-read list for a long time before I requested it on LitPick, so I was duly excited to read it when it arrived at my house. 

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For nearly ten years, Finnikin of the Rock and his mentor have been traveling the land of Skuldendore, searching for an area for the exiles of Lumatere.  During five fateful days, the royal family of the kingdom of Lumatere was slaughtered and a terrible curse was placed on the land, separating it from the rest of the kingdoms in Skuldendore; those who were able to leave the kingdom walls before the curse set in became exiled in the surrounding kingdoms, while those stuck inside were left to be ruled by an imposter king.  The exiles live separated and in despair, as do Finnikin an

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