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Return to Book Page. Preview — Finnikin of jelina Rock by Melina Marchetta. At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a ce of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere.
But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and t At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom.
But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An impostor seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.
Ten years marchetta, Finnikin is summoned to another rock–to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to melinz throne of Lumatere, is alive.
This arrogant young woman claims she’ll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Instead, her leadership points them perilously toward home.
Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united? Evanjalin is not what she seems, and the ifnnikin truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny. In a bold departure from her acclaimed contemporary novels, Printz Medalist Melina Marchetta has crafted an epic fantasy of ancient magic, feudal intrigue, romance, and bloodshed that will rivet you from the first page.
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Because if it doesn’t, it sounds like my kind of book; and I’m really hoping it is!!! Maris Only a little swearing, but there is some very odd sexual content.
At times the author seems very shy of anything sexual, like an extremely awkward …more Only a little swearing, but there is some very odd sexual content. At times the author seems very shy of anything sexual, like an extremely awkward conversation between a girl and some men about her period.
There is an attempted rape, but I believe the other answer that says “it is not graphic” is very true. At other times, talking of sexual abuse seems to be normal and the characters are unabashed about it.
It’s a little weird, but to answer your original question, there is both swearing and sexual content although not graphic and the swearing is rare and much lighter than other books.
Is this a book for adults or teen? It’s got quite a bit of violence, mention of rape, and later books in the …more It’s marketed as YA but is almost as mature as Game of Thrones.
It’s got quite a bit of violence, mention of rape, and later books in the series have non-explicit sex scenes. See all 9 questions about Finnikin of the Rock…. Lists with This Book. I hated Evanjalin I should have known from the spelling of her named. The POV and storyline kept jumping back and forth and gave me a headache.
We’re also supposed to care about the entire history from the day of creation of this world and all of its nation, it seems. Too much world-creation crammed into a lacking plot and failed to capture my attention. I’m supposed to feel empathy for and look forward to reading the next book about a boy that tried to rape the female pro Unreadable. I’m supposed to feel empathy for and look forward to reading the next book about a boy that tried to rape the female protagonist?
View all 30 comments. Sep 25, K. O’Bibliophile rated it did not like it Shelves: There are nameless evil people doing evil things, but a girl with whose parents were obviously illiterate “Evanjalin” manipulates everyone she comes in contact with to fix them, dragging Finn and other unwitting accomplices mwrchetta. Then everyone pretends fninikin all makes sense. I got the impression that the author was trying to stick to the adage of marchetya, don’t tell,” but in the process marchett that books aren’t actually a visual medium and finikin show by telling.
I was frequently flipping back pages to figure out what one character was referencing Explanations of and in this fantasy world were few and far-between. The kingdoms, the places, the religion, the magic Also, the second-most-important character is a jerk, by which I am not referring to someone who rova in line, but someone who cares for no one but herself and doesn’t care who she marchetga in the process of getting what she wants and there are probably a few more choice descriptives that would ifnnikin better, if you cared to use such language.
Evanjalin manipulative and rarely talks straight. This is a recurring event: My dreams say to do this. That sounds weird, but okay. You lied to us! We’re going to kill you! D, you can’t do this next thing without me, suckas. And a few things didn’t sit right. Yes, there was the attempted rape, but that felt so much like a plot device, it didn’t seem like it was something he’d actually do.
You mean there’s supposed to be romance in here? Sure go ahead and tell us it’s not Evanjalin being manipulative for the umpteenth time, because that would marrchetta totally beneath her, right?
Well, sure, I guess if you just tell us that they’re falling it fe, it makes up for the lack of reason or evidence! Superfluous, like the author was like, “what else should I add to add tension or realism? Young men like sex, right? He really didn’t seem like he or his father would be the type to do so. Perhaps the author’s goal was to write a gritty, semi-realistic fantasy. But the reasons behind everything are so convoluted and the characters so unlikeable it doesn’t work.
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
View all 5 comments. Apr 03, Ali rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Finnikin of the Rock was one of the worst books that I have ever read, and not because it was particularly badly written. Or even because it has a bad or nonexistent plot, which definitely contributes to whether Mlina enjoy a novel. No, it’s one of the worst because it is a problematic, nonsensical mess and an embarrassment to the world of female fantasy writing.
This is not the sort of dw that I make lightly. I am actually very generous to most books and forgiving of small problems, like maarchetta Finnikin of the Rock was one of the worst books that I have ever read, and not finnikij it was particularly badly written.
I am actually very generous to most books and forgiving of small problems, like if a plot twist seems to be a bit contrived or a character a bit too flat. Finnikin of the Rock, however, is about as harmful as the Twilight saga when it comes to messages sent to young adults who might pick it up and read it, and has enough pacing and worldbuilding issues that sometimes renders it close to unreadable.
Allow me to break it down: The first thing you see in the novel’s first pages is two maps, one of the land of Skuldenore and one of the marhcetta of Lumatere. Now, I will say that believable map-making is HARD, particularly for a world entirely unlike your own. But here’s the thing The countries themselves have borders that seem to be drawn at random, not following natural boundaries like rivers or mountains or even the marchetha borders that would be expected when people are marking territory, but instead in seemingly arbitrary arcs and slices.
It left a bad impression from page 1, but marchettx the rest of the book rose above it then marchtta could be forgiven like in Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, whose map has countries more-or-less called North, South, East and West, but the characters and world itself make up for it. However, the ridiculousness continues. The characters ride from country to country to country in the span of only a couple of pages, creating a jarring, rushed pace for much of the book.
In one particularly deus ex machina-like moment, when they have to travel from an extremely hostile land to a relatively friendly one over sea, there just HAPPENS to be a tiny neutral country at fonnikin shore where they can secure safe passage. How does that finnikim country not get overrun?
This is something that the author clearly used as a narrative device and didn’t think through very logically. But it gets worse The male protagonist of the novel is, to put it simply, completely unlikable. I think the author was going for “rogueish scamp,” but here’s the thing They are rogues with a heart of gold.
You can’t help but be charmed by them despite the womanizing, the snark and the devil-may-care attitude.
Finnikin has none of this. He’s constantly questioning everyone, getting into fights, manhandling the female protagonist more on this laterand complaining about the smallest things. At first I hoped that the author might be aware of these shortcomings and be setting it up for a fall into humility, or at the xe least an acknowledgment that it’s pretty gross.