Published by Viking Australia on September 29th 2008
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Overdrive
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.
This book makes me feel like ajdasdjkfjksdghksdakg.
I didn’t think I would like this book, at the very start. In fact, I was confident that it would only be rated a maximum of 3 stars, if not lesser. But boy, was I wrong. I was so so very wrong. I am, in actual fact, finding it really really hard to write this review, because for the life of me, I have no idea what to write. I mean, WOAH. JUST. WOAH. The amount of plot twists in this book can turn your whole life upside down, or at least leave your jaw hanging off the floor. BECAUSE DAMN. WHAT.
I’ve heard tons of compliments for this book, and I never really believe all that hype until now. Finnikin of the Rock was possibly one of the coolest fantasy book I’ve ever read. However, I felt that the book got off on the wrong start. Like I said, reading the introduction, I wanted to give this book at most 3 stars. The introduction was slow, and lack the fast-paced sentences that accompanied the rest of the book. Finnikin was not such a great main character during the introduction. I felt like his character was supposed to be this kid who was destined for so much more, and yet here he was, being a petulant kid, nagging about the new girl in their group.
But lo and behold, his attitude actually changed for the better and I really love the way he turned out in the end. We saw the reason behind his harshness and distrustful nature, and for some reason, Finnikin falling in love meant a whole lot more to me than anything else. I guess it was because I saw him as this boy who took up so much as his responsibility when he was so young, that he turned out to be this tough, no-nonsense type of guy, and seeing him fall in love? Damn, that vulnerability of the love right there struck me in the heart.
Finnikin was the kind of character that you’ll slowly fall for. It wouldn’t be obvious or drastic. You’ll just suddenly realize that no matter what happens, you want Finnikin to have his happy ending. The whole story was based on him, which was pretty much obvious considering the whole book is called Finnikin of the Rock, but he was the unlikely hero in this book.
Like I said, there were so much twists and turns in this book, that at the end of the day, you really did not expect the whole story line. It just happened. Just when you think you know what’s coming up next, it jumps out and surprised you, both in a good way and a bad way.
I didn’t want this book to end, because ending means I have to scour for the next book. But I wanted this book to end too, because I needed to know what would happen in the end. But damn. This book is REALLY REALLY good. You guys HAVE to read it. All I ask is for you to hang in there for the first few pages. It gets better after that.