Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What We're Reading: Finnikin of the Rock

If you read and liked Graceling, by Kristin Cashore, or The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley, or any of Tamora Pierce's Tortall books, then I predict you will like Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta, too.

A false king has taken over a kingdom, slaying the entire royal family; he has also put to death the high priestess of one of the goddesses worshipped there. As she dies, she curses the kingdom so that all citizens still inside its boundaries are trapped, and all outside its borders are exiled. The story starts 10 years later, as nineteen-year-old Finnikin, best friend of the deceased young prince of the true rulers, meets Evanjelin, a strange novice from a religious retreat house who claims that they both have a role in breaking the curse. She claims that she can "walk the dreams" of those inside the clouded kingdom, and that she can lead Finnikin to the one true heir...but is she to be trusted?

Melina Marchetta's previous books are Saving Francesca (2004), and Jellicoe Road (2008), for which she won a Printz award in 2009. Finnikin is her first fantasy novel--let's hope there are more!

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