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“What a book! So many feels! I experienced so many emotions though this book. After the ending to the last book, I was extremely glad I had this one on hand to start. I slowly got attached to Froi in the second book and after the third, I would never give him up! What a transformation of this guy!...”see full review » see other reviews »
“What a book! So many feels! I experienced so many emotions though this book. After the ending to the last book, I was extremely glad I had this one on hand to start. I slowly got attached to Froi in the second book and after the third, I would never give him up! What a transformation of this guy! From street thug to hero. After more and more of his history is revealed, I wanted to cry for him. He had a hard life up until he met Isaboe and Finnikin.
So much goes on in this book. We have Lumatere, that when we last see them in Froi of the Exiles, are gunning for Gargarin. Unknowing who he really is. Everywhere you turn there is betrayal. Or sometimes what looks like betrayal. Sometimes I wanted to smack Isaboe and Finnikin upside the head, but I had to keep reminding myself that they didn't have the same information I did. They didn't have the chance to see what Froi had found out and uncovered. And after I realized that, it only made it harder when I realized that Froi was in a position where he might have to choose and that was the last thing he wanted to do.
What an adventure! I'm glad I finally picked up this series. I wasn't let down at any point while reading this series. Although, I wouldn't mind another book, that takes place 18 years after this one. What a sight that would be!”
“** PG-16. These books are not for yuong readersbk 3 of Finnikin of the Rock-- great ending I love Pheadra and Quintana is a great character that you just root for over and over”Kristy B wrote this review Monday, October 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This series is over. MY BODY IS NOT READY. I just want to live forever with these characters. Is that wrong? Sometimes reading is a painful hobby. I get so close to and so emotionally tied to the happiness of fictional characters, but then their books end and I emerge, blinking and lonely, into the real world. They leave me slightly changed, but are none the different for my love of them. Quintana of Charyn did not quite surpass Froi of the Exiles for me, but it is still an immensely satisfying read that I will surely revisit someday.
As ever, Melina Marchetta excels at world building. The whole of this world is so real to me, and I have such an understanding of their prejudices and customs. Those are, I think, what Marchetta does to really make the communities seem so real. There are always the stereotypes of whatever group, and they have their truth, but underneath there's so much more. For example, the Lumaterans are a much more physically affectionate culture. Happy occasions are shared with the whole of the community, like the scene with the proposal at the end of Finnikin of the Rock and another, similar scene in Quintana of Charyn. Of course, even within the Lumaterans, the people of the Rock aren't quite like those of the Mont, and, oh, Marchetta does this all beautifully.
In Quintana of Charyn, Marchetta really delves into the political situation in Charyn. With the death of the king, Charyn was thrown into chaos as various factions attempted to take control. The whole country is on the verge of a massive civil war. Neighboring Lumatere fears that such a war could overflow into their borders, especially since they already have a tense relationship with the Charynite exiles living in the Lumateran valley between the two countries. Political sounds boring, but it's not because battles and relationships in jeopardy.
For me, though, it's all about the characters. They're so beloved of me, this whole large cast of flawed, beautiful, grumpy people. Watching them find love and acceptance, move past the curses of their people, has meant so much. To speak to why I love each one of them would make this review of a length utterly unacceptable, so let me just hug them all in my head and proclaim that I would read as many books about these people as I could.
Though I loved this one nearly as much as Froi of the Exiles, I do have two issues with Quintana of Charyn. The first is a reiteration of my reason for not finding Froi of the Exiles quite perfect. Marchetta has created well-drawn, lovable characters, but I think her own love for them has kept her from making the book as dark as it would need to be for perfection. Everything wraps up a bit too conveniently.
The other issue is a change to the writing style in Quintana of Charyn. Where the rest of the series was entirely in roving third person limited, Marchetta makes the odd choice of adding in first person for Quintana. While Quintana's narration is hauntingly beautiful, written in a sort of savage poetry, I do not understand this decision. Perhaps if Quintana has ALWAYS been in first, but to add this, and for so few sections, in the final book in the series, makes absolutely no sense to me, and was really unsettling as a reader.
Quintana of Charyn is a solid conclusion to the Lumatere Chronicles, even if it does leave me wanting more because Marchetta probably couldn't write enough about these characters for me to tire of them. The final installment will not leave fans disappointed.”
“Final book in the Lumatere Chronicles. Quintana is on the run and fighting for her life. More twists and turns about Froi and his identity are revealed. Will Quintana live to be Queen and what will happen to Froi? Major themes of reconciliation, coming of age, identity, and relationships are explored in this novel. A satisfying ending to a series with strong characters and a story full of intrigue. High School.”April J wrote this review Tuesday, May 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Outstanding conclusion to the story (though I have to hope it’s not really the end at Marchetta will revist this world)
The whole series is unforgettable – with incredible characters and a deeply rich story
As always, Marchetta excels at developing her characters and making them so achingly real and flawed – Phaedra is especially admirable, we learn much about Quintana in this one that will change readers’ perspective, and Isaboe’s growth is painful and deeply satisfying
I can overlook the letter thing since I loved this series so much ☺
9th and up”
“I love this conclusion the Lumatere Chronicles. I highly recommend this to any fan of fantasy. The characters are so engaging, the story is so compelling. I couldn't put it down. ”Anna B wrote this review Thursday, May 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow! What can I say? Melina Marchetta is truly talented, and this series is a gem. I am constantly amazed by the level of writing, world building, and witty dialogue between characters. This addition to the Lumatere Chronicles did not disappoint. I sincerely hope this isn’t the last of the series. There are other characters and storylines to explore if she wanted to continue the series. (i.e. Ferragost – A Lady Celie of the Flatlands short story) Marchetta is great at developing all characters, however important they may be. I am happy to see that most of the character’s stories were wrapped up nicely. I can’t praise this series enough. I recommend the series to all teens and adults. ”Allison J wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The main character, Quintana is an exilied queen pregnet with Froi's child.
Froi and his friends are attmpting to avirt a war and maintain peace, while allowing Quintana to live.”
“Loved this trilogy! You really have to remember the first two to be able to enjoy this one!”YF wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No