Finnikin of the Rock

Finnikin of the Rock

Lumatere Chronicles, Book 1

eBook - 2010
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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 on 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 seemsђ́ؤand 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.
Publisher: Somerville : Candlewick, 2010
ISBN: 9780763651756
Branch Call Number: E-Book TEEN
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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PimaLib_KellyW Oct 16, 2014

Lumatere has befallen dark times. Finnikin, Sir Topher and Evanjalin each have a reason for returning in search of the missing heir. Their journey will test their faith and loyalties in this first book of the Lumatere Chronicles.

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MelifluousView Jun 05, 2018

I inhaled this book. I loved how Finnikin grew and floundered and came to conclusions about fate. His relationship with Evanjalin was nuanced and intriguing as well as how he related to the others in his life. I was surprised that the ending wasn't right at the end of the main battle, but was instead after his own personal battle with who he would become.

Aug 25, 2017

The story really picks up after Chapter 3. Just stick with it and it keeps getting better and better.

LPL_NathanB Jan 07, 2017

@LPL_KimberlyL If you liked this book, the other two books in this trilogy are excellent as well. Additionally, I REALLY loved this series on audiobook. Like REALLY REALLY loved it.

I also used the book club in a bag set of these books for my 11th grade students, and although this book was the largest (which turns off some students when they are choosing between books - but the ones who chose this one did not regret it).

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 04, 2017

This book snuck up on me. I liked it at first, but as I continued to read, I found myself wanting to spend more and more time with the characters, not wanting to let go. Finnikin is hot-headed, arrogant, and stubborn. Evanjalin is deceitful, spiteful, and cunning. Despite all of this, they are some of the best in high fantasy I have ever read. They are complex, three-dimensional, and deeply flawed (making them all that more interesting!). If you struggle in the beginning, I suggest you take a chance and keep reading. This book has a slow start, but the payout is more than worth it.

ArapahoeAlyson Aug 06, 2016

1st in a great series for teens and adults. Good choice for fans of Graceling.

Dec 17, 2015

I have some issues with the magic/curse parts, and I felt the climax was too short. All that preparation, all the angst and worrying and its's over in a couple of pages. The heroine, although badass, seemed to provide a solution to every problem which irked me. I also had some issues with the multiple POVs but...

I loved Finnickin. I loved that he accepted his role on his own terms and not under pressure. And mostly of all, I loved all the interactions he had with the people around him, family and strangers alike.

Sep 24, 2014

A compelling and dark fantasy - this is the first in a trilogy that I really enjoyed.

Apr 01, 2014

One of the best books I've ever read. Fantastic!

Apr 25, 2013

Very good novel. However, Its dark and is not for the faint of heart. It is also very confusing.

Dec 29, 2012

Finnikin of the Rock - Lumatere Chronicles – book 1 was an enjoyable book to read but I found it a little slow to start. I did have numerous great laughs while reading this book at the same time as I listened to the book on CD. It’s a great way to sit back and relax. I do however recommend that some of the humour is more appropriate for older teenage readers. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

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MelifluousView Jun 05, 2018

Sexual Content: Although not graphic, multiple references to rape


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Jun 19, 2012

Sir Topher finally looked up. “Because any hope beyond that, my boy, would be too much. I feared we would drown in it.”
"Then I choose to drown,” Finnikin said. “In hope. Rather than float into nothing.


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