Oh Melina Marchetta, how much do I love thee? You’ve written some of the most amazing teen literature on the shelves today. You write realistic fiction as well as you write fantasy. And the language…so lyrical, so evocative, so flawless.
Much like Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles is a superlative example of what fantasy can and should be. Froi picks up a few years after Finnikin ends and we begin to realize just how damaged the entire land has become, not just the kingdom of Lumatere. Froi is sent to a neighboring cursed country to assassinate their corrupt king. But it’s never that easy, is it? While impersonating another, Froi infiltrates the palace in Charyn with the intention of following orders, but the more Froi learns, the more he realizes that there’s far more than meets the eye going on in this land. What’s more is that he may not be a mere random player in this drama.
I love Marchetta’s flawed-but-believable characters. I mean, Quintana? How awesome is she? And Gargarin and Arjuro? So curmudgeonly, but so wonderful. There’s a lot going on in this book and in any other author’s hands, it would likely fall flat, but in Marchetta’s hands, it soars to great heights before dropping you at its cliff-hanger of an ending. My only complaint is that it’s going to feel like a really, really long time before I get to read another installment in the Lumateran Chronicles. I mean, Froi of the Exiles isn’t even technically out yet (in the US, anyway).
U.S. publication date: March 13th, 2012 (and yes, we will be ordering this title!)
Disclaimer: I received this ARC directly from the publisher and I am in no way compensated for my review (other than the satisfaction of having read such an amazing book).