Review: Finnikin of the Rock


3 stars

Read from October 24 to 26, 2014

Synopsis: Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself.

Bookish Things: 416 pages. The cover is quite nice, it certainly drew my attention.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $9.49 or paperback for $9.99 (might be best to pick up a second hand copy from somewhere instead.)

My Review:

Bbookshelves: dead-tree-books, aww2014, october-2014-challenge, spring-challenge-2014, november-challenge, 3-star-review, aussie-authors, fantasy, romance-ish, something-missing, ya

This is the first of Melina Marchetta’s books I’ve read, although I have seen ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ and I quite enjoyed it.

Finnikin of the Rock was not special. It was cookie-cutter fantasy, with nothing new.


It left me feeling flat, bored and rather underwhelmed.

I enjoyed the world building, but I felt that the oppression was a little too strong, the idea of hope was completely trodden on by the doom and gloom. Realism in the Young Adult genre is important, but this amount of oppression in a childs book, while not really explored in graphic detail was constantly thrown up (rape, murder, atrocities of war, beatings etc) it was always in your face, always loitering just round the corner. It was too much for a YA book!

I also didn’t like how the relationship between Finnikin and Evanjalin progressed. I mean how immature do you want to get?


And that twist about 70% in…when we find out someting about Evanjalin…(I don’t want to add spoilers!)


And, while we’re on WTF moments, I didn’t like what happened with Trevanion and Beatriss. I felt ripped off and it felt weird. What was with that relationship?


Ultimately, this book was a giant let down after all the hype I’d heard. It was boring, too long and quite dark (not that I mind dark) but it doesn’t have this sort of place in a Young Adult book.


I will not be continuing on with the series.


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