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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wishlist Wednesday: Finnikin of the Rock

Finnikin of the Rock
by Melina Marchetta 

At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere. 

And so he stands on the rock of three wonders with his childhood friend Prince Balthazar and the prince's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. And Lumatere is safe. 

Until the 'five days of the unspeakable', when the King and Queen and their children are slaughtered in the palace. And an imposter king takes the throne. 
And a curse is put on Lumatere, which traps those caught inside and forces thousands of others to roam the land as exiles, dying of fever and persecution in foreign camps. 

But ten years later Finnikin is led to another rock to meet the young novice, Evanjalin. A girl plagued by dark dreams, who holds the key to their return to the Land of light...

I've had this on my wishlist for awhile because it was recommended by a few people I trust, but lately, I've just been reading so many good reviews and recommendations of it, or it seems to randomly pop up in posts or conversations.  I'm thinking I might have to cave on this soon.  Especially with this gorgeous cover for the Australian version.
What do you think?  Anyone read this one?  Love it or hate it?
What's on your wishlist?


  1. Kristen and I were JUST talking about this book today! I'm inclined to like it, because it's written by Melina Marchetta, and I have LOVED everything of hers that I've read thus far. Granted, it's only three of her novels, BUT I've loved them hardcore. :) The books I've read have been contemporary though, so who knows how the fantasy will be. BUT MM is one of my favorite authors, right up there with LHA. So, ya. You should totally read this one! :)

  2. I just finished this book! It. Was. AMAZING.


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