My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I heard your song the moment we were born. And years later, it dragged me back from the lake of the half-dead when all I wanted to do was die. Each time someone tried to kill me, it sang its tune and gave me hope.
I have read the first book in this series (Lumatere Chronicles) entitled Finnikin of the rock months ago and I was extremelty impressed with it. The world Melina Marchetta has created was very different (in a good way) and she described it in such a way that makes the setting very realistic and very fantastic at the same time. The characters she created was very rich and deep that they feel like they’re your old friends. Needless to say, the book for me was remarkable.
After reading Finnikin of the rock, I was not certain if I’d like to read the second book, Froi of the Exiles, because I fear that the book would disappoint me. Based on experience, second books always disappoint me. Furthermore, I have also recently read another work of Melina Marchetta-Saving Francesca-and it was not how I hoped it be.
In the end, I decided to give this book a chance and it’s a really good decision.
Froi of the Exiles is obviously about Froi, a supporting but really significant character from Finnikin of the Rock. He’s different in the book – he has changed a lot, he’s no longer a “thief” and he’s very loyal to Queen Isaboe and her consort. Froi was tasked to impersonate a “last born”, an important individual in Charyn, in order to kill the King of Charyn. “Kill the king and go home,” that was his orders. However, a lot of twists and turns happened: He fell in love with the princess and he isn’t exactly who he thought he is. He is NOT Froi of the EXILES.
The story is told in several point of views and each point of view is interesting. Each character had a lot to say. And with these characters, I found myself away from my bed. I am no longer reading a book. I was in Lumatere and Charyn. I felt the sufferings of all those people. I saw the misery in Quintana’s eyes and the frustrations in Froi’s. That’s just how good Melina Marchetta is.This book will leave you gasping for air or sobbing in the corner of your bed. It is so obvious that this series is very well-planned.
And there’s something really different on how Melina Marchetta writes. She gives us plot twists the way we give presents. Everything is wrapped in mystery with a ribbon on top. And she slowly unveils it and wowww… it will blow you away because everything was really unexpected. She also chooses the perfect timing in revealing this plot twists.
The only bad thing I see in this book is that it ended. And it ended with a cliffhanger!
Here’s what I really want to tell you: Do yourself a favor and read the Lumatere Chronicles.