“It is hilarious to me that I can read the same formula over and over in fantasy novels and still be so entertained that it's impossible to put the book down until I finish it. But that happened once again to me with Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta.
What is that formula? Young boy or girl, quest, strange creatures, seemingly insurmountable odds, and a fantastic world that it's all set in. However, even with this tried and true formula, some fantasies just do not work - because one of those ingredients, or more, are never fully developed. That was not the case in Finnikin of the Rock.
This book had it all - strong male and female characters, confusing quest that reveals all in such a beautiful way in the end. I honestly expected to find something wrong, because there's inevitably always a character who will annoy me in some way be that I find lacking in another way but I didn't have that issue with this book. It was well-rounded in every way, which is something I should have expected considering the quality that Marchetta brings to her stories.
This is a series that will be set proudly on my shelves with other favorites. So glad I decided to take the leap and explore the fantasy world of Finnikin!”